Reed Elsevier Ventures
Kevin was one of Reed Elsevier Ventures founding partners in late 2000, joining from SOFTBANK/News Corporation’s European joint venture fund, eVentures. Prior to that he was an entrepreneur, having founded a risk management technology company selling derivative pricing and management software to the banking and energy industries.
Jon is truly passionate about early stage companies. He has founded three companies of his own, and he has a mighty track record of success in traditional venture capital investing. Jon founded True because he saw a gap in the market for experienced VC funding for the earliest stage companies. Having spent the majority of his career with these entrepreneurs, he knows what they need most in an investor: an experienced, valuable, and trustworthy partner. True strives to be this partner for every investment.
Ammar H. Hanafi joined Alloy Ventures as a general partner in 2005. At Alloy, he focuses on investments in cloud computing infrastructure and services.
Ammar previously served as Vice President of New Business Ventures at Cisco Systems and Vice President of Corporate Business Development prior to that, where he was responsible for Cisco’s acquisitions, acquisition integration, investment, and joint venture activity on a global basis. He joined Cisco in 1997 as a member of the Corporate Business Development Group. During Ammar’s tenure at Cisco, he helped the company complete over 100 investment and M&A transactions, including 50 acquisitions and over $750 million in venture capital investments. Ammar received a BS in Applied and Engineering Physics from Cornell University (1988) and an MBA from Stanford University (1995).
Ammar serves on the board of directors of HighTail, Mavenir Systems, Cortina Systems, Gigaom, and Agari. He also serves on the board of directors of American Leadership Forum – Silicon Valley (ALF), a non-profit organization.
Om has more than 20 years’ experience as a journalist covering technology and business news. He was part of the founding team of Forbes.com as a senior editor. He then went on to become a senior writer at Red Herring during its glory days before joining Business 2.0 in March 2003, covering telecom, innovation and broadband. His contributions have been published in The Wall Street Journal, The Economist and MIT Technology Review. Additionally, Om is the author of Broadbandits: Inside the $750 Billion Telecom Heist. He is also the recipient of many industry awards, including Excellence in Journalism from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Gold Award from American Society of Business Publication Editors.
Jason Schoettler is a managing director at Shea Ventures where he invests in mid- and late-stage previously venture-backed companies. He invests across multiple sectors and sits on the boards of Cool Planet Energy Systems (observer), Gigaom, PropertyRoom, SolarBridge Technologies, and Winery Exchange (observer). His other investments include 3D Robotics, Dollar Shave Club, EKOS (acq. BTG), Evolution Robotics (acq. IRBT), Quickoffice (acq. GOOG), Vascular Control Systems (acq. JNJ), and Wavestream (acq. GILT). Jason also sits on the advisory board of Cendana Capital. He joined Shea Ventures in 2002, after an operating role at a JPL/CalTech software startup, and he started his career as a management consultant with Ernst & Young. He holds a BA in history from the University of Notre Dame, and received his MBA from Claremont Graduate University.
Paul Walborsky brings two decades of entrepreneurial, financial, and executive expertise to Gigaom. A former Wall Street executive and founder of two companies, Paul has the unique ability to grow a disruptive business idea into a highly successful company. Prior to Gigaom, Paul founded WorldStreet Corporation, a collaborative, peer-to-peer communication platform for the financial services industry acquired by Thomson Financial in 2002. Paul has served as an advisor/investor to numerous companies, including Mobilocity (acquired by Qualcomm), Starmine (acquired by Thomson Reuters), Peanut Labs (acquired by eRewards), WeGame, and Santa.com.
Paul has raised over $100 million in venture capital funds for startups during his career, and grown startups from the ground up: he has experience working with top-tier venture funds, establishing strategic alliances, acquiring customers, building revenues, creating marketable products, and disrupting established markets. Prior to his entrepreneurial career, Paul held senior positions at major Wall Street firms including Swiss Bank, Lehman Brothers and ING Barings. Paul holds a MA degree in economics and finance from Brandeis University.