President & CEO, VoltDB
As President and CEO of VoltDB, Bruce Reading brings nearly 30 years of experience building teams and creating business value in a variety of strategic roles including sales, marketing, asset management, mergers & acquisitions and operations.
Before joining VoltDB, Bruce was senior vice president and general manager for Compuware Corporation (formerly NASDAQ:CPWR). Prior to Compuware, he spent six years as president, chief operating officer and senior vice president at Gomez, Inc. Previously, Bruce served in senior management capacities at Access International, Cayman Systems and Dictaphone Corporation. A native Canadian, Bruce maintains an active role in the startup community as a seed investor and board member to several early stage companies, is a father to four great kids, and is an avid hockey fan.
Bruce received his BS in Economics from McMaster University. Bruce helped build Boston-based Care 2 Communities (formerly Containers 2 Clinics), a non-profit focused on saving lives by delivering sustainable primary health care to women and children in developing countries, and was chair of the board of directors for many years.
Partner, Sigma Partners
John joined Sigma Partners in 1996. With more than 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur, a business unit manager and investor, John uses motivation, enthusiasm, and his own technology and operational expertise to support Sigma’s portfolio companies. Throughout his career, he has held executive management positions, created new business units and departments, and sponsored new projects at some of the industry’s most successful technology companies.
Partner, Kepha Partners
Jo Tango founded Kepha Partners. Jo is passionate about start-ups and loves working with entrepreneurs who dare to strive. He has been a founding or first institutional investor in AutoVirt, Azuki Systems, Bit9, ExaGrid, StreamBase Systems, Vertica Systems, Virtual Iron (acquired by Oracle) and VoltDB, almost always getting involved at the company inception phase. Other investments include Ask Jeeves (Nasdaq: ASKJ), Digital Market (acquired by Agile Software), and NextCard (Nasdaq: NXCD).
Managing Director of Infastructure, GETCO
Larry joined GETCO in 2005 and serves as Managing Director of Infrastructure for the firm. In this role he is responsible for the firm’s trading and technology infrastructure and development.
GETCO is a global market maker in the Fixed Income, FX, Equities and Commodities asset classes. The firm’s primary business involves both buying and selling securities to provide two-sided markets on exchanges around the world. As a global market maker, GETCO plays a critical role in helping to lower the cost of capital for businesses and in reducing trading costs for investors.
Larry began his career in 1995 at Accenture in Chicago. During his tenure, Larry worked his way from technical analyst to consultant and, ultimately, to manager. In 2000, he joined Yes Trader, Inc. as director of Quality Assurance where he managed several teams responsible for release testing, version management/automated installation, operational guidelines and technical documentation. In 2001 he became director of technology for York Business Associates, LLC. He received his B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering in 1995 from the University of Illinois in Champaign and earned an MBA in Strategic Management from Northwestern.
Thomas N. Erickson
CEO, Acquia, Inc.
Thomas has over 25 years of experience in software products and services. Most recently, he was the CEO of Systinet Corporation, a privately held software company recognized globally as a leader in providing a foundation for service oriented architectures (SOA) in Global 2000 companies. Systinet was sold to Mercury Interactive in 2006, which itself was acquired by Hewlett Packard (HP). Prior to Systinet, Thomas was the executive vice-president, international for webMethods, a Nasdaq listed company recognized as the fastest growing software company in the USA from 1998 to 2003. During the time that Thomas was at webMethods, their international business averaged 90% annual growth.
Thomas is a board director of New York and Sydney based Quickcomm Software, a leader in telecom expense management (TEM) software. Thomas earned his honors degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
President and CEO, Bit9
Patrick is president and chief executive officer of Bit9. He is an industry veteran with a proven track record of driving companies large and small to revenue growth and market leadership. Before Bit9, Patrick held senior leadership positions with six venture-backed software companies, including three that had successful IPOs. He came to Bit9 from Corel, where as chief operating officer he led the company’s global sales, marketing and operations functions for the Americas, EMEA and Asia. Patrick played a significant leadership role in the company’s turnaround, acquisition strategy and eventual IPO. Prior to Corel, Morley was CEO of Imprivata Corporation, a Massachusetts-based security company. He also held senior management positions at Macromedia, Allaire, Rational Software and SQA. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and computer science at Providence College.