Co-Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary
Jeff Epstein, our Co-Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary since inception, has since 2011 been an operating partner with Bessemer Venture Partners, a venture capital firm, where he primarily works with chief executive and financial officers to create substantial operational improvements. From 2008 to 2011, Mr. Epstein was executive vice president and chief financial officer of Oracle Corporation (NYSE:ORCL), a global technology company. Prior to joining Oracle, he served as chief financial officer of several public and private companies, including DoubleClick (sold to Google), King World Productions (sold to CBS) and Nielsen’s Media Measurement and Information Group. Earlier in his career, he was an investment banker at The First Boston Corporation. Today Mr. Epstein leads the CFO Advisory Board at Bessemer where more than 100 portfolio company CFOs meet in person and online to help each other improve their effectiveness. Mr. Epstein specializes in marketplaces and B2B software companies and co-teaches the Lean Launchpad class at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Engineering. Within the last five years he has served on the boards of directors of Kaiser Permanente, a non-profit healthcare company, Booking Holdings (NASDAQ:BKNG), an online provider of travel services, Twilio (NYSE:TWLO), a cloud communications platform, Shutterstock (NYSE:SSTK), a stock photography and stock footage provider, and several private companies. Mr. Epstein holds an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and a BA from Yale College.
Co-Chief Executive Officer and Director
Brad Koenig, our Co-Chief Executive Officer and a Director since inception, co-founded and served as chief executive officer of FoodyDirect.com, an online specialty food marketplace, from 2011 until 2018 when the company was acquired by Goldbelly, Inc. Mr. Koenig has served as an independent director for Theragenics Corporation, a private medical device company serving the surgical products and prostate cancer treatment markets, since 2013 and as a director of Hercules Capital, a business development company focused on venture lending, where he serves on the Audit and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees, since 2017. From 2009 to 2011, he was an advisor at Oak Hill Capital Management, a private equity firm. Previously, Mr. Koenig worked for over twenty years at Goldman Sachs. Mr. Koenig was the Head of Global Technology Investment Banking at Goldman Sachs from 1990 to 2005, and the Co-Head of Global Technology, Media and Telecommunications from 2002 to 2005. He started at Goldman Sachs in 1984. Mr. Koenig holds a B.A degree in Economics from Dartmouth College and M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
David Chao guides portfolio companies in formulating corporate and product marketing strategies, developing strong management teams and implementing domestic and international partnerships. He is also responsible for DCM’s investments in numerous public and private technology-related companies in the US, China and Japan. Mr. Chao has since 2000 been the chairman of the board of 51job (NASDAQ: JOBS), a human resources advertisement and outsourcing company in China. Mr. Chao also serves on the Advisory Board of Legend Capital in China. Mr. Chao was previously a co-founder of Japan Communications Inc. (TYO:9424), a provider of mobile data and voice communications services in Japan. Previously, he worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company in San Francisco, in marketing and product management at Apple Computer (NASDAQ:AAPL) and as an account executive for Recruit Co., Ltd., a Japanese provider of integrated human resources services. Mr. Chao holds a B.A. with high honors in East Asian Studies from Brown University, and an M.B.A from Stanford University.
Peter Bell has spent three decades starting, building, and investing in technology businesses. His thematic areas of focus include Machine Learning, Big Data, Cybersecurity, Internet of Things, Autonomous Logistics, Data Analytics, Cloud Computing, Personal/Mobile Commerce, FinTech, and Enterprise Software. Over the last five years he has served on the boards of several private technology companies including, most recently, Bromium, which focuses on virtual hardware seeking to reduce or eliminate endpoint computer threats like viruses, malware, and adware, LevelUp, an ordering, payments and loyalty experiences provider for restaurants, Turbonomic, an enterprise software company, WePay, an integrated payments provider affiliated with Chase bank, Qumulo, Inc., a hybrid cloud storage provider, GameClosure, a maker of messenger games and HTML 5 apps, and ENJOY, a provider of same day technology delivery and setup services. Mr. Bell began his career at Price Waterhouse in Boston. In 1986, he joined, EMC Corporation (now Dell EMC) an enterprise data company, and helped lead EMC initiatives in Silicon Valley. In 1998, Mr. Bell co-founded StorageNetworks, a pioneer in cloud computing. He led the company as its chief executive and completed an IPO in 2000. After stepping down in 2003, he formed his own investment firm, Stowe Capital, focusing on early stage investments in enterprise software, data center infrastructure, and consumer internet companies, where to this day he is managing director. In 2006, Mr. Bell joined Highland Capital Partners, a global venture capital firm, where he led investments in early and growth stage technology companies, eventually becoming the managing general partner of the firm. He stepped down from his day-to-day responsibilities at Highland in 2016 and continued to serve as a senior advisor to the firm through 2018. Mr. Bell holds a B.S. in Management from Boston College, an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School, and an Honorary Doctorate from Babson College.
Donna Wells is a serial entrepreneur, an experienced public and private company board director, and an innovator in the financial services, FinTech and cloud software industries. Since 2017 she has been the founder and chief executive officer at Valencia Ventures, LLC, a private holding company that provides strategic consulting advice and assists founding teams in capital raising activities. From 2010 to 2017, Ms. Wells was chief executive officer of Mindflash Technologies Inc., a private enterprise software company which she grew from product launch to market leadership, and which was named a Top 50 Small Company to Work for by Fortune Magazine in 2016. Before leading Mindflash, she was the founding chief marketing officer for Mint.com, a personal finance platform, from 2007 to 2009, during which time she was instrumental from launch to the company’s acquisition by Intuit, Inc. (NASDAQ:INTU). Prior to Mint, Ms. Wells had a 20-year career in strategic B2C, B2B and product marketing with The American Express Company (NYSE:AXP) and The Charles Schwab Corporation (NYSE:SCHW) and led marketing for two Fortune 500 companies, Intuit, Inc. (NASDAQ:INTU) and Expedia Group (NASDAQ:EXPE). Ms. Wells has served as a director at Betterment, an online investment company, since 2018 and Happy Money, a private financial services company, since 2017. She has also served as a board advisor at Mitek Systems, Inc., a software company providing digital identity verification (NASDAQ: MITK) since 2017 and CrowdStreet, Inc, an online commercial real estate marketplace, since January 2019. She was previously a director at Boston Private Financial Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: BPFH), a bank holding company, from 2014 to 2018. She holds an M.B.A. from Stanford University and a B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Ken Goldman has served as the president of Hillspire, LLC, the family office of Eric Schmidt, former Google executive chairman, since 2018. In this role, he has been responsible for financial and administrative functions, along with real estate, aviation and maritime activities. Mr. Goldman is the former chief financial officer of Yahoo! (formerly NASDAQ:YHOO). Mr. Goldman joined Yahoo! in 2012 and throughout his five year tenure was responsible for Yahoo!’s global finance functions including financial planning and analysis, controllership, tax, treasury and investor relations. Prior to joining Yahoo! Mr. Goldman served as chief financial officer at Fortinet, Inc, (NASDAQ:FTNT) a provider of unified threat management solutions, from 2007 to 2012. Mr. Goldman also served as chief financial officer of Siebel Systems, Inc. (formerly NASDAQ:SEBL) from 2000 to 2006. During a professional career spanning over 40 years, Mr. Goldman has served as chief financial officer of multiple public and private companies and as such has helped take three companies public. In addition, his experience includes board director, audit committee chairman and financial advisory roles at more than 40 corporate boards, of which over 10 have gone public while he was a board member. Mr. Goldman currently serves on the board of directors of NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ:NXPI), TriNet (NYSE:TNET) a cloud-based professional employer organization for small and medium-sized businesses, RingCentral (NYSE:RNG), a provider of cloud-based communications and collaboration solutions for businesses, Zuora (NYSE:ZUO), an enterprise software company that creates and provides software for businesses to launch and manage their subscription-based services, GoPro, Inc. (NASDAQ:GPRO), a manufacturer of action cameras that develops its own mobile apps and video-editing software, and the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) Foundation. Mr. Goldman was appointed in 2015 to a three-year term to the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s (PCAOB’s) Standing Advisory Group (SAG). From 1999 to 2003, Mr. Goldman served on the Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council (FASAC). Mr. Goldman holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.