Emergence Capital Partners
Emergence Capital Partners is a leading venture capital firm focused on early and growth-stage technology-enabled services (TES) investing. Its mission is to help build successful market-leading businesses in partnership with great entrepreneurs. Emergence partners have funded and helped build over 25 TES companies, more than any other early-stage venture firm. Emergence’s portfolio includes Software-as-a-Service category leaders Salesforce.com, Success Factors, Intacct, Genius and SmartTurn. The firm’s focus and team-based approach allow it to create unique value for their service-based portfolio companies.
StarVest Partners is a New York-based venture capital firm with $400 million under management that is funding technology-enabled business services companies throughout the United States. The firm’s value-added partnership maintains a laser focus on five key emerging technology and services sectors: Software-as-a-Service, internet marketing services, e-Commerce services, data aggregation services, and identity and security management. StarVest combines a sophisticated investment background with the experience to foresee opportunities for both its portfolio companies and its funding partners. StarVest gained national recognition in 2007 as the only outside venture capital firm in NetSuite, whose December 2007 initial public offering opened with a $1.6 billion market capitalization, the second highest market capitalization of any venture capital–backed technology IPO since Google.
Trident Capital is a leading private equity and venture capital firm committed to empowering entrepreneurs to build innovative and industry-leading businesses. Founded in 1993, the firm manages over $1.6 billion of capital in a focused effort to develop world-class information services and software business. The team has invested in more than 100 companies since inception, including market leaders such as CSG Systems, Viant, Mapquest and iRobot. Trident invests in companies regardless of their size or stage of growth. The company leverages its experience, industry expertise and contacts to guide talented entrepreneurs to market success.
Pelion Venture Partners
Pelion Venture Partners works closely with visionary entrepreneurs to build innovative and disruptive businesses. Our team’s deep technology, investing and operational expertise make Pelion a trusted and valuable partner to support businesses as they move progressively through each stage of development.
Board of Directors
The most recent addition to PivotLink's Board, Jack Noonan brings both a seasoned chief executive's guidance as well as deep expertise in the business intelligence market. A 30-year software veteran, Jack has served in senior executive roles for leading software companies and is widely recognized for catalyzing the business analytics market at SPSS, Inc. Jack became President and Chief Executive Officer of SPSS in 1992, was appointed Chairman in 2008 and led its $1.2 billion acquisition by IBM Corp in 2009. Over his 18 years with SPSS, Jack grew the company from a $30 Million entrepreneurial organization with a single product to a market-leading $300 Million public company with over 40 product offerings.
Deborah Farrington is a founder and general partner of StarVest Partners, L.P., a New York City based venture capital firm that invests in software, e-Commerce and business services. Founded in 1998, StarVest has invested in many leading Software-as-a-Service and internet marketing companies. Deborah has over 30 years of private equity and venture investing, finance and operating experience. Prior to founding StarVest, Deborah held positions including: President and CEO of Victory Ventures, LLC, a New York-based private equity investment firm where she also served as chairman of Staffing Resources, Inc.; and Managing Director of Asian Oceanic Group, a Hong Kong-based merchant bank. She is a graduate of Smith College and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, where she is a member of the Dean’s Visiting Committee.
Emergence Capital Partners
Gordon Ritter is a founder and general partner of Emergence Capital Partners. He has spent more than 15 years building companies that pioneered new markets, including embedded web-based interfaces, server appliances, on demand services for the SMB market and web-native application development. Prior to founding Emergence, Gordon was Co-Founder and CEO of Software As A Service, a web services platform company he created with Marc Benioff, the Chairman and CEO of Salesforce.com. He is a graduate of Princeton University.
Evangelos Simoudis joined Trident Capital in 2005 as a Venture Partner and has been a Managing Director since 2007. Evangelos focuses on investments in Internet, new media, and software businesses. Prior to Trident, Evangelos spent 5 years as a partner at Apax Partners, a private equity and venture capital firm where he invested and served on the boards of early and mid-stage IT companies. Prior to entering venture capital, Evangelos had more than 20 years experience in high tech industries, with executive roles spanning operations, marketing, sales and engineering. Evangelos earned a PhD in Computer Science from Brandeis University and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Caltech.
President & Chief Executive Officer, PivotLink
Bruce brings over 25 years of experience developing, marketing, selling, and investing in technology to PivotLink, with an emphasis in data warehousing and analytic applications. Prior to joining PivotLink, Bruce served as Chairman and CEO of venture-backed Kickfire, a pioneer in next-generation data warehouse appliances focused on the open source MySQL database market (acquired by industry leader Teradata in 2010). Earlier, Bruce served as President and CEO of publicly-traded KNOVA Software, a leading provider of search and analytic applications for unstructured data. Prior to that, he was EVP of Sales & Marketing at Broadbase Software, where he helped create the analytic application category for CRM, and VP & GM of the Server Products Group at Sybase, where he ran the company's $700M enterprise database management business. Bruce started his career at Teradata Corporation, where - after seeing the company through a successful IPO and acquisition by AT&T/NCR - he was named VP & GM of the $500M Enterprise Solutions Division, President of Teradata, and a company officer of AT&T. Mr. Armstrong has a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley.
Founder, Chief Technology Officer, PivotLink
Before founding PivotLink in 1998, Ching Wan was a senior technical architect at Cambridge Technology Partners, specializing in data warehouse practices. Ching also worked at several startup companies in the Los Angeles area. He led a number of pioneering software development projects, including an object-oriented database management system, a graphic spreadsheet application, and warehouse management systems. Ching earned a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from Tsinghua University in China.