Pete joined NEA in 2005 and is co-head of NEA’s enterprise software practice group. Previous investments include Xensource (acquired by Citrix Systems) and Teracent (acquired by Google). Pete also serves on the board of the Silicon Valley Forum (www.svforum.org), and in 2011 was named as a "Rising Star" of the next generation of venture capital general partners by Dow Jones Private Equity Analyst.
Prior to joining NEA, Pete was Senior Director of Strategic Alliances at VMware where he struck the company's OEM deals and grew annual sales through OEMs from $0 to $40 million in four years. Prior to VMware, Pete was one of the first hires on the business side at Mirapoint, where he ran product management. Pete also served in various sales and marketing positions in Hewlett-Packard’s server division, including Worldwide Product Manager for the mid-range server business. Pete began his career at Montgomery Securities where he was an Associate in the firm’s Technology Corporate Finance group. Pete received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and his BA in Political Economy from the University of California, Berkeley, where he lettered in varsity rugby and was a member of the national championship team.
Kevin is a seasoned entrepreneur with a long track record of developing innovative technologies into successful enterprises. Prior to Benchmark, Kevin was founder, president and CEO of Approach Software where he led the development of the world's first end-user client/server database for Windows. Approach Software was purchased by Lotus Development in 1993.
Before founding Approach Software, Kevin founded Styleware and pioneered integrated software for the Apple II personal computer. Styleware was purchased by Claris Corporation where Kevin's team went on to create ClarisWorks, one of the best-selling software programs for the Macintosh.
Andreas von Blottnitz
Andreas has been a Partner at BV Capital since August 2004.
Prior to BV Capital, Andreas was the president of Citrix Online following Citrix's acquisition of Expertcity in February 2004. While President and CEO of Expertcity, Andreas successfully grew the company from an early stage company to a leader in Web-based remote access and customer support technology known as GoToMyPC. He was instrumental in developing the company's innovative online marketing and acquisition model, which resulted in over 150,000 customers and in the acquisition of Expertcity by Citrix.
Prior to Expertcity, Andreas served in senior management roles with several online media companies. As president and CEO of AOL in Germany, he managed the European service launch and propelled the company to a $150 million dollar corporation within a few years.
Steve Harrick joined Institutional Venture Partners (IVP) in October 2001 and has over fourteen years of venture capital experience. He focuses on investing in later-stage technology companies with exceptional growth potential. Specifically, Steve targets Internet, communications and technology-enabled services companies which have the potential to become leaders in their respective markets. He enjoys working closely with committed entrepreneurs to help create businesses that are both respected and revolutionary. Steve was recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of the top 100 venture capitalists in the world by his inclusion in the 2009 Forbes Midas List. He was also recognized by AlwaysOn as one of the top 100 venture capitalists by his inclusion in the AlwaysOn 2009 VC 100 List.
Steve led IVP's investments in Aster Data Systems (TDC), Business.com (DEXO), CafePress (PRSS), ConnectAndSell, eHealth (EHTH), Eucalyptus, LegalZoom, MarkMonitor, MySQL (ORCL), Personal Capital, RGB Networks, Spiceworks, Teros (CTXS), and Tripwire (Thoma Bravo). He was actively involved in IVP's investments in ArcSight (HPQ), Buddy Media, Danger (MSFT), LivingSocial, and Yext. Steve currently serves on the Board of Directors of ConnectAndSell, Eucalyptus, MarkMonitor, Personal Capital, and Spiceworks.
Rich Wolski is a Co-founder of Eucalyptus Systems Inc. and a Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). Having received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California at Davis (while a researcher at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory) he has also held positions at the University of California, San Diego, and the University of Tennessee. He is currently also a strategic advisor to the San Diego Supercomputer Center and an adjunct faculty member at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Rich has led several national scale research efforts in the area of high-performance distributed computing and grid computing, is the author of numerous research articles concerning the empirical study of distributed systems, and is the progenitor of the Eucalyptus project.
Chief Executive Officer
Marten Mickos is the CEO of Eucalyptus Systems. Previously, as CEO of MySQL AB for seven years, Mickos grew that company from a garage start-up to the second largest open source company in the world. After the acquisition by Sun Microsystems of MySQL AB, he served as Senior Vice President of Sun's Database Group.
Earlier, Mickos held multi-national CEO and senior executive positions in his native Finland. He is a member of the board of Electrosonic. Mickos holds a M.Sc. in technical physics from Helsinki University of Technology. He is a recipient of the Audemars Piguet "Changing Times Award: European Entrepreneur of the Year" and the Nokia Foundation Award.
Marten blogs are at http://www.eucalyptus.com/blog/marten and his tweets can be followed at http://www.twitter.com/martenmickos