In addition to chairing the board of mBlox, Simon serves as non-executive Chairman of bwin.party digital entertainment plc and Cell C (Pty) Limited. He is also a non-executive director of Oger Telecom Limited and Modern Times Group AB. Previous non-executive directorships include Imperial Tobacco Group plc, GWR Group plc, Thames Television plc, HMV Media Group plc, Gartmore plc, Berisford plc, Cadogan Petroleum plc, iMedia Holdings Ltd, Cantab Pharmaceuticals plc, Amteus plc, Tiscali S.p.A. and the Intellectual Property Institute.
From 2007 until 2008 Simon was Executive Chairman of Tradus plc (formerly QXL ricardo plc). Prior to Tradus, he was Executive Vice Chairman of ntl:Telewest Inc. (now Virgin Media Group), having previously been President, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer of ntl Inc., the major component of VMG. Prior to ntl, Simon was Chief Financial Officer of Orange SA and before that Chief Executive Officer of Denmark-based wireless data company End2End AS. He joined End2End from internet service provider WorldOnline International BV, where he was Chief Executive Officer and Deputy Chairman. Previously he had spent eight years at EMI Group plc, where he was Group Finance Director and Deputy Chairman, and six years at Guinness plc, including three as Operations Director of United Distillers.
Simon holds an MA from Oxford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was a Harkness Fellow.
Norwest Venture Partners (NVP)
Robert joined NVP in 1998 and is focused on a wide variety of investment categories including mobile, online advertising, infrastructure and systems. His current investments and board seats include Brand.net, ClariPhy, ClearDATA, Elemental, Kayak, mBlox, Mozes and Zenverge. Robert was formerly a member of the board of directors of Covigo (acquired by Symbol Technologies), KACE (acquired by Dell), Occam Networks (acquired by Calix), Resonext Communications (acquired by RF Micro Devices) and SideStep (acquired by Kayak). He has also worked with such companies as Embark (acquired by Princeton Review), Escalate (acquired by GERS), mPower (acquired by Morningstar) and Quantum Effect Devices (acquired by PMC-Sierra).
Robert has nine years of operational experience in various roles, from engineering to marketing and product management. Before joining NVP, he was at Silicon Graphics. Prior to Silicon Graphics, Robert worked at IBM-ROLM Systems.
He holds a bachelor of science and a master of science in electrical engineering and an MBA, all from Stanford University.
Managing Director, Scale Venture Partners
Kate is a Managing Director and co-founder of Scale Venture Partners, a venture capital fund located in Silicon Valley, California. She leads investments in software bringing more than 25 years' experience in technology, finance and management to her portfolio. Kate has actively worked with portfolio companies such as Jaspersoft, mBlox, Wayport, & Tonic Software as they grow to become successful enterprises. She was the 2010-2011 Chairman of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and remains active in policy matters that impact start-ups & innovation. In addition, Kate is a member of the Silicon Valley Bank Board of Directors (NASDAQ: SIVB).
Prior to becoming a venture capitalist, Kate held various corporate development and technology management positions at Bank of America and was responsible, among other things, for the launch of the bank’s initial online banking presence in the mid 1990’s. Kate holds a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from the Executive Program at Golden Gate University in San Francisco. She also attended the Harvard Executive Program. Kate is active as a Charter Member of Environmental Entrepreneurs (Silicon Valley).
Matthew Chagan joined Trident Capital in 2007 and is a Principal in the Palo Alto office. Prior to Trident, Matthew was a Vice President at SVB Alliant, Silicon Valley Bank's investment banking arm, where he worked on a number of transactions in the software, communications, internet and cleantech sectors. Before Alliant, Matthew was the Director of Finance at SOMA Networks, a wireless broadband systems company focused on selling hardware, software and services to telecom carriers. Before joining SOMA, he worked as an Associate in Banc of America Securities' Technology Investment Banking Group. Matthew is currently on the board of directors of mBlox and has served or is currently serving as a board observer at Appia, AccountNow, Bytemobile and Merchant e-Solutions.
Matthew holds a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Colgate University where he graduated cum laude.
Andrew Bud is the co-Founder of mBlox. He was CEO from 2000 to 2003 and Executive Chairman until 2010.
In 2008, Andrew was elected as Global Chair of the MEF, the industry body representing the global mobile content and commerce industry. He also serves as non-executive Chairman of UK-based Passiv Systems, the smart home energy management platform.
From 2005-2008 he was a non-executive director of PhonepayPlus, the agency of UK telecoms regulator Ofcom. Andrew chairs the Advisory Board on Computer Science for University College London, one of the world's top faculties. He is also a Fellow of the IET and a graduate of the University of Cambridge.
Gary D. Cuccio
Chairman, Openet Telecom Ltd.
Gary is a chairman at Openet Telecom Ltd., a venture backed Software Company providing IP mediation to leading wireless carriers worldwide. He was the 2002-2003 CEO at ATG and successfully completed the sale of the company as well as taking part in the sale of LHS as its 1999-2000 CEO.
Prior to becoming CEO at ATG he held several positions at Airtouch, most notably Vice President of Operations for Europe and Asia and President of Airtouch Paging.
He also held numerous positions at Pacific Telephone- California and ended his career there with the title General Manager. Gary holds a BA from California State University, an MBA from St. Mary’s College, California and also attended the Harvard Advanced Management Program.