Bob Goodman is a Partner at Bessemer Venture Partners where he focuses on investments in software, mobile, and communications. Prior to joining Bessemer in 1998, Bob founded two successful telecommunications companies: wireless-equipment company Celcore, acquired by Alcatel through the acquisition of DSC in 1997, and Boatphone, a group of cellular operating companies in the Caribbean. Having acted as CEO in both companies, Bob brings the uncommon combination of entrepreneurial, operating and investment expertise to his portfolio companies. As a venture capitalist, Bob has been involved in building many successful companies including leading the first rounds for Flarion, BladeLogic and Broadsoft.
Ricky Pelletier is a Partner at OpenView where he focuses on identifying and analyzing various market and investment opportunities and works to structure and conduct diligence on new investments. Ricky is also a Board Director at Lesson.ly, Intronis and Open-E, and is active as a Board Observer at FieldLens, Spredfast and FieldAware. Prior to joining OpenView, Ricky was an Associate at Symmetric Capital, a growth-focused private equity firm investing across industries. He previously interned at Landmark Partners, an investment firm centered on acquiring secondary interests in venture capital and private equity funds.
Hunter focuses on investments in Software & Technology, Internet & Consumer, and Healthcare companies for SSM Partners, one of the largest and most experienced private equity firms in the Southeast. Prior to joining SSM, Hunter spent several years in investment banking with Stephens Inc. working on mergers and acquisitions, private placements, and public offerings for middle-market companies across numerous industries. Hunter received his bachelor’s degree in Economics from Vanderbilt University.
Mike Hennessy is the founder of SmashFly. He’s been an industry innovator in recruiting technology for the past 15 years. In the late ‘90s, he conceived, designed and built the first web-based talent management system at HireSystems/BrassRing, now part of IBM Kenexa ─ still used today by scores of Fortune 500 companies. Mike founded SmashFly in 2007 to pioneer a new category of HR technology focused on managing candidate leads before they apply. He’s an expert in the recruitment marketing space and helps organizations leverage best-practice strategies and technologies to build out successful recruiting marketing programs and processes. Prior to BrassRing, Mike was co-founder and CEO of Millennium Productions, an Internet ISP based in Cambridge, Mass., where he led the technology, sales and client services groups.
Vance Loiselle has more than 20 years of experience building high-tech companies into market leaders. As co-founder of BladeLogic, Vance helped lead the company from idea and initial funding to IPO and subsequent $880 million acquisition by BMC Software. Throughout BladeLogic’s eight-year trajectory from inception to acquisition, Vance held multiple leadership roles in product management, marketing, business development, pre-sales and operations. After BladeLogic was acquired by BMC Software in 2008, Vance remained with BMC Software for four years serving in various executive positions, including worldwide vice president of global services, sales operations, field marketing and software consulting. Most recently, Vance was president and CEO of Sumo Logic, leading the company from launch through multiple years of hyper growth in employees, customers and revenue.
Christopher Lynch is the Executive Chairman and CEO of AtScale, a Boston-based company that's the industry leader in data federation and cloud transformation. Christopher has a proven track record of innovation and market disruption, having previously galvanized markets around technologies from Web Switching to Virtualization, Security and more recently Big Data Analytics. Prior to AtScale, Christopher was the CEO of Vertica Systems and the CEO and co-founder of Acopia Networks. Throughout his career as an entrepreneur, Lynch has raised more than $150M in capital and returned in excess of $7BN to investors and shareholders.