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Dan Wright serves as CEO of DataRobot, the leader in Augmented Intelligence. As CEO, Wright sets the strategic direction and manages the company’s fast-growing business operations around the world. Dan is committed to democratizing AI by enabling organizations across the globe to use AI to solve their most pressing challenges.
Prior to joining DataRobot, Wright served as Chief Operating Officer at AppDynamics, the leader in application performance management (APM). During his tenure, he was instrumental in helping AppDynamics increase annual recurring revenue 100x and establish the company as the largest and fastest-growing APM vendor. AppDynamics was acquired by Cisco in 2017 for $3.7 billion two days before its planned initial public offering and continued its aggressive growth as a part of Cisco.
Jai is a partner, president and co-founder at Sapphire Ventures. He invests in startups he believes are developing ground-breaking products and services, and have embarked on their journey to become a company of consequence. He has more than 15 years of experience helping companies innovate their product and marketing strategies in order to scale and become market leaders.
Thirteen of Jai’s investments have become publicly traded companies and more than 15 have been acquired. Jai is currently a member of the board (director or observer) at Catchpoint [catchpoint.com], CircleCI [circleci.com], Clari [clari.com], DataRobot, Narrative Science [narrativescience.com], OpsRamp [opsramp.com], PubNub [pubnub.com], Splashtop [splashtop.com], [sumologic.com] Tetrate [tetrate.io], ThoughtSpot, [thoughtspot.com] UJET [ujet.co], Uptycs [uptycs.com], and Verbit [verbit.ai]. He also led the firm’s investments in Privacera [privacera.com] and Netskope [netskope.com].
Tony is a general partner at NEA and leads the firm’s Consumer Internet and Venture Growth Equity investment practices. Tony focuses on investments in the internet and software sectors and is on the board of directors for several companies, including Care.com (NYSE: CRM), Casper, CCP Games, DataRobot, Duolingo, EverFi, Goop, Jet.com, Letgo, Moda Operandi, Raise.com, Tamara Mellon, and Wallapop. He led the firm’s investment in Quidsi (Diapers.com), which was acquired by Amazon in 2011, Jet.com, which was acquired by Walmart in 2016, and Cvent (NYSE: CVT), which was acquired by Vista Equity Partners in 2016. Prior to joining NEA, he was a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley and was Head of Technology Banking in New York. He was also a member of the North American Management Committee for investment banking. Tony received an MBA and an AB in Economics from Dartmouth College.
Chris Lynch is a serial entrepreneur and technology executive, currently serving as Executive Chairman at AtScale, the industry leader in data federation and cloud transformation. Over the past two decades, Chris has been responsible for proceeds in excess of $7BN on $150M capital raised, while creating markets in virtualization (Arrowpoint, acquired by Cisco and Acopia, acquired by F5 Networks) and taking Big Data analytics to the enterprise (Vertica, acquired by HP). Prior to joining AtScale, Chris founded Reverb Advisors, assisting entrepreneurs in cyber security, data science, and next generation application development. Prior to Reverb, Chris co-founded and was a General Partner at Accomplice, a venture capital firm investing in early-stage technology companies. Chris also devotes a significant amount of time working with nonprofit organizations, having co-founded hack/reduce, a nonprofit behind Boston’s big data ecosystem, hack/secure, a nonprofit shaping the cyber security community across the U.S., and Tech Tackles Cancer, a nonprofit supporting research to eradicate pediatric cancer. In his free time, Chris is an advisor and mentor to dozens of entrepreneurs and startups.
Jit has a long and successful career of entrepreneurship and business leadership in growing new global industries. As founder, chairman, and CEO of Netezza, the leading provider of data analytics and monitoring appliances, Saxena led its initial public offering and its acquisition by IBM for $1.7 billion in 2010. Saxena also founded and led Applix, a leader in analytical CRM software, which he took public in 1994. At this stage in his career Jit is interested in working with strong teams with big ideas and plans to build a very scalable business.
Chuck Robel is currently the Chairman of the Board of GoDaddy, the world’s largest domain name registrar and one of the world’s largest web hosting providers for consumers and small businesses. Previously he was the Chairman of the Board of McAfee Inc. prior to its approximately $8 billion acquisition by Intel. In addition, he was the Lead Director of Informatica, Inc., the largest independent data integration company prior to its acquisition by the Permira private equity group for $5.5 billion in 2015. In 2016 he was Chairman of the Audit Committee of Blue Coat, a leading security vendor, assisting with its proposed IPO prior to its sale to Symantec for approximately $4.7 billion. Until early 2017 he was the Lead Director for AppDynamics during both its IPO listing process and subsequent $3.7 billion sale to Cisco. Previously he had served as a member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Audit Committee at Palo Alto Networks, Borland, Adaptec, Jive Software, Model N, and DemandTec.
Sigal Zarmi is an award-winning CIO with over 30 years of experience in large-scale digital transformation, strategic planning, technology operations, leadership and talent development. She is currently a Senior Advisor at Morgan Stanley and a nonexecutive board member at ADT Inc. and Hashicorp. As recently as June 2021, Zarmi served as the International CIO and Global Head of Transformation for Morgan Stanley. Prior to Morgan Stanley, she held executive leadership positions at PwC and GE Capital.
Mark Hawkins serves as President and CFO Emeritus Advisor for Salesforce. Hawkins has more than 35 years of experience leading finance organizations at global software and technology companies including Salesforce, Autodesk, Logitech, Dell, and Hewlett-Packard. During Hawkins’ tenure at Salesforce, the company entered the S&P 500 and Dow Jones 30 Industrial indexes and its market capitalization value increased by over $200 billion.
James I. Cash, Ph.D. served on a number of public, private and non-profit boards, including Wal-Mart, General Electric, Chubb and Microsoft. Among his non-profit boards he served as an Advisory Council member of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture since its founding in 2003 until 2020, and as a Trustee for Massachusetts General Hospital and Partners Healthcare. Under the umbrella of The Cash Catalyst, he runs personal development programs for executives in Global 500 organizations. Dr. Cash is an Emeritus James E. Robinson Professor of the Harvard Business School, where he served as Chair of the MBA Program, and Chair of Harvard Business Publishing, before his retirement as Senior Associate Dean in 2003.
Dr. Amit Sinha currently serves as President, CTO, and Board Member at Zscaler. He has over 20 years of technology, strategy, and entrepreneurial experience leading category-creating businesses at Zscaler, Motorola, AirDefense and Engim. Dr. Sinha has a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is the inventor of over 30 U.S. patents.