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Bruce Evans

Bruce joined Summit Partners in 1986 and focuses primarily on the technology sector. Bruce has served as a board director for more than 30 companies, including 4 public companies. He is currently a director of Analog Devices (NASDAQ: ADI), Casa Systems (NASDAQ: CASA), and Masternaut. His previous directorships include FleetCor Technologies (NYSE: FLT), Hittite Microwave (NASDAQ: HITT, later acquired by Analog Devices), Hyperion Software (formerly IMRS, NASDAQ: HYSL, later acquired by Oracle), Jamba! AG (acquired by VeriSign), Multifonds (acquired by Temenos), OPNET Technologies (NASDAQ: OPNT, later acquired by Riverbed Technology), optionsXpress (NASDAQ: OXPS, later acquired by Charles Schwab), Pediatrix Medical Group (NYSE: PDX; later renamed MEDNAX, NYSE: MD), Renal Treatment Centers (NYSE: RXT, later acquired by DaVita), and Unica Corporation (NASDAQ: UNCA, later acquired by IBM).

Prior to Summit, Bruce sold mainframe computers for IBM Corporation in Louisville, Kentucky. He received a BE in mechanical engineering and economics, magna cum laude, from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Bruce was named to the Forbes Midas List from 2006 to 2009, and was a director of the National Venture Capital Association and Chairman of the NVCA’s Growth Equity Group from 2009 to 2014. In addition, he is Chairman of the Vanderbilt University Board of Trust, the Former Chairman of Vanderbilt’s Investment Committee and a member of the Harvard Business School Board of Dean's Advisors.

Rick Kimball

Rick has been a venture capitalist and technology investor for more than 30 years.

He and Jay Hoag co-founded Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV) in 1995. Since that time, TCV has raised over $12 billion in capital and emerged as a leading provider of growth capital to technology companies. Rick has been involved in TCV investments including Actifio, AllBusiness.com (acquired by NBCI), Alteon WebSystems (acquired by Nortel), Claremont Technology Group (acquired by Complete Business Solutions), Clarus, Copper Mountain Networks, Corsair Communications, Extrahop, Fuze, GoDaddy, kgb, Liquidnet, LHS Group (acquired by Sema), Metapath Software (acquired by Marconi), Redback Networks(acquired by Ericsson), RiskMetrics Group, Saville Systems (acquired by ADC Telecommunications), Solect Technology Group (acquired by Amdocs), Techwell, Trading Screen, Vastera (acquired by JP Morgan), XIOtech (acquired by Seagate), and Xylan (acquired by Alcatel). Rick has been recognized numerous times by Forbes on its Midas List as one of the industry’s top technology investors.

Prior to TCV, Rick was a Managing Director at Montgomery Securities, where he spent more than 10 years focusing on telecommunications and data communications as a venture capitalist and senior equity research analyst. Rick’s research received number one institutional rankings from Greenwich Associates and “Home Run Hitter” accolades from Institutional Investor Magazine.

He is currently on the board of directors of AxiomSL, kgb, and Rent the Runway.

Rick is a member of the Dartmouth College Board of Trustees. He chairs its Investment Committee and is a member of the Finance and Executive Committees. Rick is also a member of the UCSF Board of Overseers.

Rick graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College with an A.B. degree in History and received his M.B.A. with an emphasis in Finance from the University of Chicago.


Bob Goodman

Bob Goodman, a partner in Bessemer Venture Partners’ New York office, joined the firm in 1998. He focuses on investments in software, mobile, digital media and healthcare IT.

Bob is currently a member of the board of directors of mobile-advertising company Millennial Media (IPO); mobile application management company Apperian; self-optimizing mobile network software provider Intucell; enterprise social-networking company SelectMinds; data-management and backup-software company Syncsort; mobile video session software developer Vasona Networks, diversified SMB software company GFI (merged with Teamviewer); and information-security company Perimeter E-Security.

Bob also led Bessemer’s investment in telecommunications provider GTS, and has served as Chairman of VoIP-communications company BroadSoft (IPO) since its inception.

Bob Hower

Bob is a 13-year VC vet twice named to the Forbes “Midas List,” having led investments in great ideas and teams including Acme Packet (APKT, acquired by Oracle), AppIQ (acquired by HP), Channel Advisor (ECOM), Actifio, [x+1], Evergage, and Fuze. Before becoming a venture investor, Bob held senior marketing, product management, and sales positions at Lotus Development, Cabot, Cabot & Forbes, General Mills, and Priority Call Management.

Today, Bob is on the boards of Channel Advisor, Actifio, [x+1], Evergage, and Fuze. He remains a GP at Advanced Technology Ventures; serves as an Xconomist; and is on the non-profit boards of the New England Venture Capital Association and Cambridge Community Foundation.

Bob holds a B.A. from Harvard College and an M.B.A. from the Amos Tuck School. He lives in Cambridge with his wife and their two children.

Jay Markley

Jay Markley is Managing Director of Bear Creek Capital Management, an investment firm focused on public and private companies in the communications, media and technology industries.

From 1996 to 2009, Mr. Markley was a partner at Columbia Capital, a venture capital firm. Mr. Markley has served as a director of Charter Communications (NASDAQ: CHTR) since 2009 where he serves as Chair of its governance committee.

Mr. Markley is a director of Interdigital, Inc. (NASDAQ: IDCC). Mr. Markley previously served as Chairman of the board of BroadSoft, Inc. until its acquisition by Cisco Systems, Inc. in February 2018 where he also served on the compensation committee, and as a director of Millennial Media, Inc. from July 2006 to May 2014.

Mr. Markley received a B.A. degree from Washington & Lee University and an M.B.A degree from Harvard Business School.

David Baum

David is the President of Baum Media Group and is an active investor and strategic advisor.

David’s “first career” began in 1986 when he joined the investment banking analyst program at Goldman Sachs. In 1988, David became one of the first ever analysts to be directly promoted to associate after only two years at the firm. In 1998, at the age of 34, he was one of the youngest people to ever be named a Partner in the firm’s Investment Banking Division. At such time, David took over leadership of Goldman’s M & A department in the Americas, an effort he led until he decided to leave the firm (and Wall Street) in 2003. Over his investment banking career, David worked with many of the firm’s most important clients and focused much of his attention on contested situations for corporate control.

Among other endeavors since leaving Wall Street, David combined his passion for business and golf by acquiring the Golf Odyssey newsletter in 2005. He subsequently launched another golf travel publication and merged those entities with the digital video start-up Revolution Golf in early 2013 and assumed the role of President. Over the next four years, David was instrumental in turning Revolution Golf into the world’s leading digital platform serving the golf community through a unique strategy that united content, commerce and advertising. Revolution Golf was acquired by NBC Sports Group’s Golf Channel subsidiary in July of 2017.

Today, David also serves as a director of The Marcus Corporation (Ticker: MCS), Cumulus Media Inc. (Ticker: CMLS) and Happify, Inc.

David holds a B.S. from Indiana University and lives in Short Hills, NJ.

Brian Day, CEO

As CEO, Brian is responsible for the operational leadership of Fuze. Brian has a 25 year track record as a successful financial leader and operator at high-growth companies, most recently at Apperian where he served first as CFO, and then President and CEO through its sale in 2016.

Prior to Apperian, Brian held financial and operational leadership roles at Goal.com, Gomez, Inc., and Octave Communications. He began his career with Fleet Financial Group as a Vice President in the Bank’s structured finance group.

Brian has a B.A. in Economics from the University of New Hampshire, and a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School in Boston.

Outside of work, Brian is an avid sailor and skier and has even been known to show up at a triathlon or two.

Steve Kokinos, Founder

Steve is co-founder of Fuze. Under his leadership, Fuze transformed the way enterprises view communications as a key driver of business visibility, process improvement, and results.

Previously, Steve was a founder of BladeLogic, Inc., a recognized leader in the data center automation market with a Fortune 500 client list that includes GE, Time Warner, Microsoft, Cable & Wireless, Walmart, and Sprint, among others.

Prior to BladeLogic, Steven was founder, president, and CEO of WebYes, Inc., an early market leader in the Web hosting and application service provider arena. WebYes provided the electronic software distribution platform for all of Sun Microsystems’ software products, including Java, and was acquired by Breakaway Solutions in 1999. At Breakaway, Steve established and ran the company’s ASP business. He played a critical role in driving the business to $120M in revenue and taking the company public, and in just 18 months was responsible for Breakaway’s #2 worldwide ASP industry ranking.

Steve holds a B.A. from McGill University