Matt McIlwain | Member, Board of Directors
Matt is a Managing Director at Madrona Venture Group where he focuses on a broad range of software-driven companies. He currently serves on the boards of Apptio, ExtraHop, Skytap, Mixpo, PayScale, Smartsheet, and Isilon Systems (ISLN). He was on the boards of iConclude (acquired by Opsware), Farecast (acquired by Microsoft), Performant (acquired by Mercury Interactive), and World Wide Packets (acquired by Ciena), and was actively involved with TeamOn Systems (acquired by Research in Motion). Before joining Madrona in 2000, Matt was vice president of business process for the Genuine Parts Company (NYSE:GPC), a Fortune 250 company. He also was an engagement manager at McKinsey & Company, concentrating on strategy and marketing in technology and financial service industries, and worked in investment banking at CSFB. Matt is a graduate of Dartmouth College and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a master’s in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
George Bischof | Member, Board of Directors
George Bischof joined Meritech as a Managing Director in 2008 and focuses primarily on software, enterprise infrastructure, digital media, and technology-enabled services companies. George has led or oversees the firm’s investments in BigFix, Box.net, ExtraHop, Fusion-io, Model N, Springsource and Vantage Oncology. Prior to Meritech, George spent eight years as a General Partner with Focus Ventures where his investments included: Crossbeam Systems, EqualLogic, Extricity, G-Log, Isilon Systems, QuinStreet and Wily Technology. Previously, George worked in Robertson Stephens’ technology investment banking group for nine years where he led portions of the firm’s eCommerce, software, and hardware/systems banking practices. George helped more than 60 companies raise over $4.5 billion in public equity offerings and private placement transactions. Notable clients included: BEA Systems, Bindview, Broadvision, Concur Technologies, Epiphany, Genesys Labs, i2 Technologies, JD Edwards, Peregrine Systems, Portal Software, QAD and Siebel Systems. George holds a B.A. from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Sujal Patel | Member, Board of Directors
Sujal Patel is a successful technology entrepreneur and executive. Patel founded Isilon Systems in 2001 with the vision that the rapid proliferation of unstructured, file-based data would necessitate a shift away from traditional storage architectures and toward a new, scale-out paradigm. In 2006, Isilon completed one of the most successful initial public offerings of the year, with a market capitalization in excess of $1 billion. From 2007 to 2010, Patel, as CEO, led Isilon during a period of profound growth, improving operating margins from -37.5% to +20%.
Isilon was acquired by EMC in December, 2010 for $2.5 billion, the largest acquisition in EMC’s history. Patel served as the President of EMC’s Isilon Storage Division from the acquisition until November, 2012, driving significant revenue growth, market expansion and organizational scale. Prior to EMC and Isilon, Patel served in various engineering roles at RealNetworks, Inc., in part as chief architect behind the company’s second-generation core media delivery system. Patel holds nineteen patents in the areas of storage, networking, and media delivery, is a well-known speaker on entrepreneurship, and has received a variety of industry awards. Currently Patel serves on the board of directors at ExtraHop Networks, Qumulo and Elemental Technologies. He graduated from the University of Maryland College Park in 1996 with a degree in Computer Science.
Ted Coons | Member, Board of Directors
Ted Coons is General Partner at Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV) and has 16 years of financial and investment experience in the technology sector. While he has investment experience across multiple technology sectors, he focuses primarily on IT infrastructure investment opportunities including all facets of enterprise and service provider IT.
Prior to TCV, Ted was a Managing Director in Blackstone’s Private Equity Group where he sourced, evaluated and executed investments across the technology sector. Before joining Blackstone, Ted was a Vice President at the Credit Suisse First Boston Technology Group where he was responsible for advising and financing the firm’s semiconductor and capital equipment clients. Ted began his career as an investment banker at Deutsche Bank.
Ted graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania’s Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology, where he received a BS in Engineering from the School of Engineering and Applied Science and a BS in Economics from The Wharton School. He is on the board of directors of Achievement First Brooklyn, an umbrella organization of 17 charter schools in Brooklyn, New York, the New York City/Newark Advisory Board of New Leaders, and the board of overseers of the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania.
Jesse Rothstein | Member, Board of Directors
Jesse Rothstein is the CEO and co-founder of ExtraHop Networks, where his technical vision and expertise in enterprise networking provide ExtraHop with a competitive edge in the industry. With a world-class team behind him, Jesse is responsible for the technical architecture of the ExtraHop Application Delivery Assurance platform as well as the vision for growing the business. Jesse co-founded ExtraHop after a six-year tenure at F5 Networks where he was a Senior Software Architect and co-inventor of the TMOS platform. Jesse was the architect and project lead for the BIG-IP v9 development effort and the technical lead for frameworks, clustering, and performance. Prior to F5, he worked in product development at Motive Communications and the Trilogy Development Group. Jesse specializes in designing and implementing high-performance networking products. Jesse holds bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from Rice University.
Raja Mukerji | Member, Board of Directors
Raja Mukerji is the President and co-founder of ExtraHop Networks, where he contributes to nearly all aspects of the business. Raja ensures customer success, leveraging his expertise in network-protocol development and his background in the financial-services industry. Raja co-founded ExtraHop after a seven-year tenure at F5 Networks where he was a Senior Software Architect and co-inventor of the TMOS platform. He was one of the lead developers behind the BIG-IP v9 product and the major-accounts liaison for critical issues within Product Development. Prior to F5, Raja worked as a Technology Architect at Strong Capital Management. Raja is a renowned expert in application delivery and network protocols. He was involved in the FreeBSD project and contributed several enhancements to its TCP stack. Raja holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering.
Dr. James Truchard | Advisory Board Member
Dr. James Truchard is the co-founder and CEO of National Instruments. Under his leadership, National Instruments has pioneered the development of virtual-instrumentation software and hardware that has revolutionized the way engineers approach measurement and automation applications. Dr. James Truchard also is a recognized industry leader. In 2007, he was elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering, widely considered to be the highest honor given in the engineering profession. In 2002, a leading electronics publication, Electronic Design, inducted Truchard into its Engineering Hall of Fame and in 2001, a global market consulting firm, Frost & Sullivan, honored him as the CEO of the Year for the test and measurement industry. In addition, Worth magazine named him one of the best CEOs for three consecutive years, emphasizing his focus on long-term growth and innovation. Before founding NI, Truchard worked as managing director of the acoustical measurements division at Applied Research Laboratories at The University of Texas at Austin. Truchard holds a doctorate in Electrical Engineering as well as a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in Physics, all from The University of Texas at Austin.