J. Benjamin Nye: CEO, VMTurbo
Ben joined VMTurbo as CEO in 2013 after serving as a member of its board from leading Bain’s initial investment in VMTurbo in 2011. Ben joined Bain Capital Ventures in 2004, and presently serves as Managing Director and Co-Managing Partner. Prior to joining Bain Capital Ventures, he was a SVP at Veritas Software. Prior to Veritas, Ben was COO and CFO of Precise Software Solutions, where he helped build Precise from a $10MM revenue private company to a $100MM revenue public company prior to its sale to Veritas for $600MM. Earlier in his career Ben was a Principal at Allied Capital, a public investment company, and he also worked in the U.S. Treasury Department for Treasury Secretaries Lloyd Bentsen and Robert Rubin, and as a consultant for Mercer Management Consulting. Ben attended Harvard College and Harvard Business School, where he graduated with honors.
Shmuel Kliger: Founder & President, VMTurbo
As President of VMTurbo, Shmuel is currently focused on product and technology strategy, as well as strategic partnerships. Previously, he founded and served as CEO of VMTurbo. Prior to founding VMTurbo, Shmuel served as Vice President of Architecture and Applied Research in the EMC CTO Office. Prior to joining the CTO Office, Shmuel was the Chief Technology Officer of EMC’s Resource Management Software Group. Shmuel Kliger joined EMC with the acquisition of SMARTS. Shmuel Kliger was a Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of SMARTS. As CTO of SMARTS Shmuel Kliger was responsible for setting SMARTS vision and strategy, managing SMARTS R&D organization, as well as Professional Services, Technical Support and Technology Partner Development. Prior to joining SMARTS, Shmuel was a member of the Distributed Systems Software Technology department at IBM Research developing middleware technologies. Shmuel also served as a senior researcher at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel, and Manager of Technical Support Services for International Business Software in Israel. Shmuel holds a B.S. in mathematics from Bar Ilan University, an M.Sc.and a Ph.D. in computer science from the Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel.
Peter Bell: General Partner, Highland Capital Partners
Peter is a General Partner at Highland Capital Partners specializing in technology investments across all stages of company growth. Before joining Highland, Peter was Managing Director and founder of Stowe Capital, LLC, which specialized in providing capital and management expertise to emerging growth companies. Prior to establishing Stowe Capital in 2002, Peter was the co-founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of StorageNetworks, an information storage software and services company. Under his leadership, Peter took the company from pioneering concept to over $120 million in annual revenue in three years and closed six rounds of equity capital financing, totaling over $700 million, including a successful IPO in June 2000. Peter began his career at EMC Corporation. During his tenure he held positions in marketing, operations and sales and played a key role in building and managing the Open Storage Group at EMC, a major growth engine for the company.
Jack Sweeney: CEO, SevOne
Jack is a board member of VMTurbo and several other technology companies, CEO of SevOne and Executive Chairman at AppNeta, previously serving as President & CEO of the company. Jack has a deep experience as a technology entrepreneur and investor. Previously, he was Vice President, Mergers & Acquisitions at EMC. Prior to EMC, he was President and C.E.O. of Network Intelligence, Inc. where he led the organization to the successful acquisition by EMC in July 2006. Before this, Jack was General Partner at Prism Venture Partners, where he made significant investments in data security markets including GeoTrust, Ingrian Networks, and Silverback Technologies. Previously, he served as the Chief Executive Officer at EPiCON Inc., Stargus, and Bell Atlantic Network Integration. Jack also served as the Vice President of Sales at Bell Atlantic and was instrumental in building the division’s business initiative and development. He has also worked as the National Sales Manager at Wang Laboratories’ PC Systems Division and has held various marketing and management positions at Unisys.