Nino Marakovic, CEO and Managing Director, Sapphire Ventures
Nino is responsible for the overall investment strategy, execution, operations and performance of Sapphire Ventures. After more than 20 years in various investing and operating capacities, Nino has participated in investments in more than 100 private companies and has held numerous board seats. Currently, he is a board director/observer at Inkling, Integral Ad Science, OpenX, Reltio and Tidalscale. He is furthermore closely involved with investments in Alteryx, Box (BOX), Feedzai, iovation, MuleSoft, Scytl and Square (SQ).
Before Sapphire Ventures, Nino was a partner with meVC Draper Fisher Jurvetson and IVF Ventures. Prior to venture capital, Nino worked as an investment banker at Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and Robertson Stephens. He has a BA in economics and psychology from Williams College and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business. Nino was born in Croatia, and has also lived in Austria, Italy and Germany before settling in the San Francisco Bay Area more than 20 years ago.
JIM FEUILLE, PARTNER, CROSSLINK CAPITAL
Jim joined Crosslink in 2002, bringing 20 years of technology investment banking and management experience to the firm. Jim’s prior positions included global head of technology investment banking at UBS, where he built a powerful global technology investment banking practice from scratch; Chief operating officer at Volpe Brown Whelan & Company, where he ran all aspects of the firm’s investment banking and brokerage operations and led the firm to record growth in revenue and market share prior to its acquisition by Prudential; and head of technology investment banking at Robertson Stephens, where he built the technology investment banking team into a leadership position in the industry.
GRAHAM BROOKS, PARTNER AT .406 VENTURES
As a recovering engineer (license to code was revoked in 2008, currently under appeal), Graham Brooks loves to geek out with techie founders. He joined .406 Ventures in 2007, after nine years of technology-oriented operating, investing and start-up experience. At .406 he focuses on early-stage investments in BigData, Healthcare, Digital Video and AdTech. Graham also runs the firm’s university outreach initiatives including the .406 StudentFellows program.
MIKE GUSTAFSON, INDEPENDENT BOARD MEMBER
For more than 25 years, Mike has served in executive leadership and management roles across infrastructure and software companies – public and private, startups and established companies – as well as high growth businesses. Among his deep operational and leadership experience, Mike was senior vice president and general manager of WD's (Western Digital Corporation) Flash Platforms Business, and before that, served as CEO and chairman of Virident Systems (acquired by Western Digital). He also led BlueArc Corporation as CEO and board member, which was acquired by Hitachi Data Systems. Mike held senior roles in services, product, sales and marketing in a six year career at McDATA Corporation, which went public in 2002 and grew to more than $450M in revenues during that time. And early in his career, he served in various marketing and sales roles at IBM. Today, he is the executive chairman of the Board at ClearDB and is an independent board member at Druva.