Advisory Board

Todd Dagres

General Partner, Spark Capital

Todd Dagres is a founder and General Partner of Spark Capital. He leads the drive to find the home runs, to uncover the 100x opportunities. He has said that his work to bring Akamai from idea to publicly traded company was his doctoral thesis in venture capital. It is that bedrock of knowledge and the experiences built upon it that he brings to Spark and our partner companies. Todd has led Spark’s investments in Signpost, Menara Networks, Verivue, Covestor, Kateeva, Group Commerce, Intune Networks and FitOrbit.

Todd was previously a General Partner and Executive Committee Member at Battery Ventures. There he led the Communications Investment practice while focusing on the media, entertainment and communications industries. Some of his investments at Battery include Akamai Technologies (NASDAQ:AKAM), Qtera (acquired by Nortel Networks), XCOM (acquired by Level 3 Communications), Redstone (acquired by Siemens), River Delta Networks (acquired by Motorola), Broadbus Technologies (acquired by Motorola), Arbor Networks and Cedar Point Communications.

Prior to Battery Ventures, Todd was Principal and Senior Technology Analyst at Montgomery Securities; Senior Technology Analyst and Vice President at Smith Barney/Robinson Humphrey; Vice President of Communications at the Yankee Group; and Business Development Manager for Networks and Communications at Digital Equipment Corporation.

Todd holds an MBA from Boston University and a B.S. in psychology from Trinity College, Hartford, CT.

 

Bill Helman

Partner, Greylock Partners

Bill joined Greylock in 1984. He is primarily focused on enterprise software and currently represents Greylock on the board of Zipcar. Historically Bill focused on enterprise software, healthcare and biotechnology and led Greylock’s investments in Aveo Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: AVEO), Exact Sciences, Upromise (merged with Sallie Mae), Outlooksoft (merged with SAP), Tessera (merged with IXL), Ontogeny (merged with Curis), Hyperion Software (merged with Oracle), Filene’s Basement, Pharmacopeia, Millennium Pharmaceuticals (merged with Takeda), Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Mitotix (merged with GPC Biotech) and Reveal Imaging (merged with SAIC).

In addition, Bill serves on the Board of Trustees of Dartmouth College where he serves as Chair of the Investment Committee and on the Board of Harvard Management Company. He is on the Board of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and The Steppingstone Foundation and is an Overseer at the Museum of Fine Arts and a member of the Harvard Medical School Board of Fellows.

Bill is a graduate of Dartmouth College (A.B.) and the Harvard Business School (M.B.A.).

 

Ronald H. Hovsepian

President, CEO, and Director, Intralinks, Inc.

Ronald W. Hovsepian was appointed president, chief executive officer and director of Intralinks, Inc. in December 2011. Previously, Mr. Hovsepian served as president and chief executive officer of Novell, Inc., from 2005 to 2011. He joined Novell in 2003 as executive vice president and president, worldwide field operations. Prior to his time at Novell, Mr. Hovsepian spent from 2000 to 2003 in venture capital –as a Managing Director with Internet Capital Group and with Bear Stearns Asset Management. He started his career at IBM and served in a number of executive positions over approximately a 16-year period.

Mr. Hovsepian has served as a member of the Board of Directors for ANN Inc. since 1998, and currently serves as the non-executive chairman of the Board of Directors of ANN Inc. since 2005. In addition, Mr. Hovsepian has served as a member of the Board of Directors for ANSYS since 2012, and is currently serving as the non-executive chairman of the Board of Directors of ANSYS since November 2014.

Mr. Hovsepian received a Bachelor of Science degree from Boston College

 

Brian Owen

Operating Partner, Oak Investment Partners, Fung Capital USA, Aligned Partners, and M2O

Brian D. Owen is a growth-stage and turnaround CEO within Cloud, SaaS, and Enterprise B2B software ventures, who has successfully led three companies through critical stages of growth and development and has delivered realized Private Equity/VC IRR’s greater than 300% for such firms as Greylock (led the IPO for MapInfo) and Carmel (sale of decalog, NV to SunGard).

Mr. Owen has served on the Board of Directors or as a Board Advisor/Observer for 16 companies including Cloud Technology Partners, Centric Software, Lecorpio, Full Circle Insights, X-IO, Decalog (sold to Sungard), MapInfo (Nasdaq:MAPS, sold to Pitney Bowes, Raptor Systems (Nasdaq:RAPT, Sold to Symantec), Nuron (sold to Intel), Packet Designs (Sold to Lone Rock Technology Group), RuleStream Corporation (Sold to Siemens), WorldWide Packets (Sold to Ciena), and AEP Networks (Sold to Ultra Electronics).

Mr. Owen received a Bachelor of Science degree from Boston College and earned his MBA from the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Chris Pasko

Senior Managing Director, Blackstone Group

Chris Pasko is a Senior Managing Director in Blackstone Advisory Partners LP, based in Boston. Since joining Blackstone, Mr. Pasko has been involved with a variety of transactions including advising Xerox in its acquisition of ACS, Sapient in its acquisitions of Derivatives Consulting Group and Nitro, SeaChange in its acquisition of VividLogic and its sale of Casa, Xafinity in its sale to Advent International, DTN in its sale to Telvent, Everbank in its sale of an equity stake to Sageview, and Microsoft in its partnership with Yahoo.

Prior to joining Blackstone in 2007, Mr. Pasko spent 20 years at Morgan Stanley, during which time he founded the firm’s Boston office and was one of the Heads of its Technology Investment Banking Group. During his career, Mr. Pasko has advised on over 150 completed technology transactions for clients including ADTRAN, Akamai, Amdocs, America Online, AT Kearney, Breakaway, Cascade, Diamond Technology Partners, Digitas, EMC, Fujitsu, Hackett, Keane, i-cube, Mainspring, Microsoft, Publicis, Sapient, Siemens, TCS, WebMD, Wipro and Xerox.

Mr. Pasko holds a BA in Economics from Williams College with Honors, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, was named a Class of 1960 Scholar in Economics, and won the Jack Larned International Management Prize. Mr. Pasko earned his MBA from Harvard University. While at Harvard, Mr. Pasko served as a Teaching Fellow in the Economics Department.