Board Members

Beth Axelrod

Beth is Vice president of Employee Experience at Airbnb, where she oversees recruitment, employee engagement, and benefits and resources. She most recently served as Senior Vice President of Human Resources at eBay where she was responsible for all aspects of the company’s global human resources capabilities including recruiting, learning and development, compensation, benefits and the continuing evolution of the company’s corporate culture. Prior to joining eBay, Beth was chief talent officer at WPP Group, one of the world’s leading communications services groups, responsible for the recruitment, development and retention of WPP staff worldwide. Before WPP, she was a principal with McKinsey & Company where she was co-leader of the firm’s global organization and leadership practice.

Eric Upin
Makena Capital

Eric is a Partner with Makena Capital. Prior to Makena, Eric was Chief Investment Officer for Stanford Management Company, overseeing the investment strategy of Stanford University’s endowment. Prior to joining Stanford Management, Eric was Director of technology research at Wells Fargo. Eric was also previously a Managing Director and senior research analyst at Robertson Stephens, a leading boutique investment bank.

Jack Hughes

Jack is founder of TopCoder, an Internet-based software development and services firm with a proprietary component catalog and a global community of professional programmers. TopCoder creates objective ratings of programmers’ skills and builds opportunities and a community for programmers through ongoing programming tournaments and employer connections. Prior to founding TopCoder, Jack was Co-founder and Chairman of Tallán Inc., a provider of web-enabled business solutions. In 2000, CMGI, Inc. acquired a majority ownership of the company for $1 billion.

Kenny Pasternak
Chestnut Ridge

Kenny is CEO of hedge fund Chestnut Ridge Capital. Prior to founding Chestnut Ridge Kenny was Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of Knight Capital, a leading financial services firm that provides market access and trade execution services in nearly every U.S. equity security and a large number of international securities, futures, options, foreign exchange and fixed income. Prior to Knight, Kenny was Director of Trading at Spear, Leeds and Kellogg, a specialist firm on the New York Stock Exchange. Kenny represented the financial industry in 2001 and 2002 by serving on the NASDAQ Board of Directors and the NASD Board of Directors.

Sandy Robertson
Francisco Partners

Sandy pioneered the creation of West Coast technology banking as an industry in the late 1960s, and has remained one of the industry’s most renowned participants. He served as Vice President and Director at Smith Barney before founding a firm that later became Montgomery Securities. In 1978, he founded Robertson, Stephens & Co, one of the most significant underwriters of IPOs, mergers, and acquisitions. After selling the company in 1998 he founded Francisco Partners, a leading technology-focused private equity fund, where he currently serves as a Founding Partner. Sandy has had significant financing involvement in over 500 growth technology companies, including 3Com, AOL, Applied Materials, Ascend, Dell Computer, E*Trade, Siebel, and Sun.

Venetia Kontogouris
Growth Equity Investor

Venetia was a Managing Director at Trident Capital, a leading private equity and venture capital firm. Prior to joining Trident, Venetia was an executive of Dun & Bradstreet Corporation in their new product development and marketing departments. Previously Venetia was also President of Enterprise Associates, the venture capital division of IMS Health, where she represented Enterprise Associates with respect to its partnership interest in Information Associates and Information Associates-II (Trident’s Fund II and Fund III). Prior to that, Venetia was Senior Vice President of Venture Development at Cognizant Corporation. Venetia has held sales management positions at AT&T and IBM and was founder of a start-up telecommunications company.