From Mobile Apps to Successful Startups – The VC Side Stories

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Speakers for SVEntrepreneurs’s second event for From Apps To Startups series: Paul Martino, Managing Director, Bullpen Capital Paul is the founder of four companies and active early stage investor. He was most recently the CEO and founder of Aggregate Knowledge. In 1990, Paul started his first venture which was an online gaming company. In these pre-internet, bulletin board days, he was one of the original innovators to bring to life the multi-player user experience. Paul’s early games from almost 20 years ago are the inspiration for several of the modern social gaming offerings. In 1997, Paul founded Ahpah Software, a computer security firm that was the result of his work as a Ph.D. student at Princeton University. Paul’s tools for reverse engineering and obfuscation were first used by the premier security lab, the Princeton Secure Internet Programming Lab (SIP). In 1999, Ahpah Software was split into two companies and one half was acquired by InterTrust Technologies. Paul went to InterTrust as part of the acquisition and moved into roles in business development, strategic alliances, and mergers & acquisitions. InterTrust went public and was later acquired by Sony and Phillips. In 2003, Paul formed Tribe Network, one of the first social networks, with Mark Pincus, Chris Law, and Valerie Syme. Tribe’s lead investors were Mayfield, The Washington Post, and Knight Ridder. Tribe’s assets were acquired by Cisco and are the cornerstone of Cisco’s Entertainment Operating System (EOS). Paul is the inventor of several core patents related to social networking. In 2005, Paul and Chris Law formed their second venture together, Aggregate Knowledge. Aggregate Knowledge was the natural product of their early work in social networking. The key insight being that the data produced by such networks would be highly valuable for predictive modeling and targeting. Aggregate Knowledge has raised over $35 million in financing from First Round Capital, Kleiner Perkins, DAG, and OVP. Paul is a limited partner in First Round Capital and has been doing angel investing for almost a decade. He personally invested in the first rounds of Zynga, PayNearMe, and TubeMogul. Paul holds a BS in Mathematics from Lehigh University and Masters in Computer Science from Princeton University Linked In:http://www.linkedin.com/in/pauljmartino Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/ahpah Twitter: @ahpah

Peter A. Howley
Peter A. Howley

Peter A. Howley Peter A. Howley is a serial entrepreneur with unprecedented experience in building high growth disruptive service companies in the telecom, wireless and other sectors. Mr. Howley has been involved in starting, building, advising, mentoring, financing and leading both early and later stage companies. As Chairman and Founder of The Howley Management Group he works closely with Entrepreneurs, CEO’s, Boards, Strategic Partners and Venture Capitalists to turn good ideas in to great businesses. His career in Telecom began at AT&T serving in a number of managerial positions.   He was then recruited into a start-up MCI where in addition to critical regulatory and policy work, he launched their initial service in New York City and then Los Angeles. Mr. Howley next led Citizens Utilities Company’s very high growth Arizona Telephone Operations as General Manager and Vice President. Citizens Utilities has the distinction of increasing earnings every quarter for fifty five years. Mr. Howley has the distinction of leading his first venture backed company from start up through successful IPO and acquisition into the pages of American business history as CEO of Centex Telemanagement (Nasdaq : CNTX). It was recognized as one of the fastest growing, best managed, most profitable companies in America by publications including Business Week, Fortune, Equities, and INC Magazines. It retains a cult status in the service industry. At Centex in 1985 Mr. Howley created the Telemanagement concept for small and medium-sized companies. He built the company into the world’s leading telecommunications management services company.   This included its sale at a sizable premium. The company was highlighted in three books including Dr. Spechlers’ book Managing Quality in America’s Most Admired Companies. The Wall Street Journal declared Centex “the darling of Wall Street.” It continues to be used as a case study at Harvard Business School among others. Recruited during a presentation of the CNTX model at Stanford University, Mr. Howley joined the founders of Exodus Communications, a Global Web Hosting Company, at its inception. He continued to advise and serve on the post IPO Board (Nasdaq :EXDS ) until June 2000. Exodus still holds a NASDAQ record for 13 consecutive quarters of greater than 40% revenue growth. One out of every three to four Internet crossing packets traversed the Exodus network at its peak. As Co-founder of IPWireless in 1999 and initial CEO, Mr. Howley enthusiastically led the company in developing the world’s leading, cost effective, wireless mobile broadband technology. His personal fundraising efforts raised more than $120 million. His leadership as an active investor and board advisor has been instrumental in the company’s successful acquisition in May, 2007 by NextWave (Nasdaq: WAVE ). In addition to founding five companies, Mr. Howley has also advised, served on the board and as interim CEO in numerous companies looking to accelerate their success. He has published articles, spoken frequently to a wide array of audiences on industry topics, and been quoted extensively in publications including USA Today, the Wall Street Journal andFortune Magazine. Mr. Howley is a Charter Member of the Washington DC based American Business Conference Foundation and Board Director of The Independent Institute, an influential and non-political scholarly research and educational organization which sponsors comprehensive studies on political economy .   He also serves as Chairman of their Investment Committee. He graduated from New York University with an Industrial Engineering degree,   served two military tours and was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal for “Outstanding Achievement”. Mr. Howley later acquired an MBA degree in Marketing from NYU.   His thesis was on the viability of tele-purchasing using the “Picture Phone”, a theory thoroughly proven in today’s PC-Internet e-commerce world.   He continues to be involved with the NYU Stern School of Business, as well as other universities, serving as speaker, business plan judge and mentor.

Mark Radcliffe, Partner, DLA Piper.

Mark Radcliffe,  Partner, DLA Piper. Mark F. Radcliffe Mark F. Radcliffe concentrates in strategic intellectual property advice, private financing, corporate partnering, software licensing, Internet licensing and copyright and trademark. Leading international legal publishers consistently rank Mr. Radcliffe among the top lawyers in his profession. The respected English publishers Chambers and Partners has repeatedly named him in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, and has described him as “outstanding” and “a leader in open source-related matters.” Legal 500 also recognizes him, commenting: “His expertise in providing strategic IP advice, with particular specialism in open-source matters, has won him plaudits. Indeed, one client describes him as ‘probably the best lawyer in his field.'” Additionally, Mr. Radcliffe is listed in The Best Lawyers in America. In 2004, he was named one of Northern California’s Top 100 intellectual property Super Lawyers, in a joint project of Law & Politics and San Franciscomagazines.

Chris Ullrich – Technical Lead, Immersion

  Chris Ullrich – Technical Lead Chris is the technical lead at Haptify and Sr. Director of Applied Research at Immersion Corp, responsible for product development activities at Haptify. At Immersion, Chris leads research activities into current and next generation haptics on mobile devices, specifically focusing on the creation of value through operating system and application based innovations. Prior to this, Chris managed the engineering team responsible for virtual reality surgical trainers as well as hand-based virtual reality hardware and software applications. Before joining Immersion, Chris developed robotic devices at Virtual Technologies Inc., and was a flight dynamics analyst at Telesat Canada. Chris has over 30 pending and issued patents related to haptic feedback, control algorithms and software simulation. He holds a Master of Science in Mathematics from the University of British Columbia and a bachelor’s degree in Math from the University of Waterloo.

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