Bill Chambers: Executive Chairman of the Board, Starboard Storage Systems
Bill has more than 25 years experience in storage and business management and strategy leading both start-up and Fortune 100 companies. A visionary and successful entrepreneur, Bill was Founder, president and CEO at LeftHand Networks where he grew the company from $0 - $100M. LeftHand Networks was successfully sold to Hewlett Packard in November 2008 for $360M. Bill became vice president of HP StorageWorks, the new LeftHand product line of Hewlett Packard.
Dennis Johnson: Advisor to the Board
Former Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing Compellent, Dennis has a track record for building loyal, high performance teams that consistently achieve aggressive revenue, growth and profitability targets. He has guided over ten companies to profitability across multiple segments of the technology industry including hardware/software manufacturers, value added resellers (VARS), service providers, and professional service organizations. As Executive Vice President (EVP) of Sales and Marketing for Compellent, a start-up in 2002, his team helped them achieve profitability and a listing on the NYSE in 2007. As EVP of Sales for Xiotech, revenue increased from $5M to a run rate over $100M in just two years. They were purchased by Seagate for $360 million. During his tenure as President and CEO of XATA, the organization achieved INC’s List of 100 Fastest Growing Companies and he led an IPO for a listing on NASDAQ.
John McArthur: Advisor to the Board
John McArthur was previously group vice president and general manager for Information Infrastructure and Enabling Technologies at privately-held technology market research firm, IDC. At IDC, Mr. McArthur managed a worldwide team of analysts serving IT professionals, investors, resellers, distributors, and manufacturers. He also oversaw IDC’s small and medium business, hardware channels, pricing, and leasing services. While at IDC, John became an internationally recognized speaker on storage and storage management trends and was a featured speaker at end-user, trade-organization, and sales-training events.
Alec Rauschenbusch: Managing Director, Grazia Equity GmbH
Alec Rauschenbusch founded Grazia Equity GmbH in 2000 and has worked as a venture capital investor and business angel since 1997. In 2001 Mr. Rauschenbusch was awarded the prestigious Golden Nose award as the German Business Angel of the Year by the Business Angel Network of Germany (BAND). He also founded 5r Private Equity KG in 1998 after several years of successful entrepreneurial activities. Before helping young technology companies he first worked as internal consultant for ABB and later as head of strategy and corporate development of Behr Group, a major car supplier. Alec Rauschenbusch earned a master degree in aerospace engineering from Technical University in Munich, Germany and a MBA from Harvard Business School
Torsten Kreindl: General Partner, Grazia Equity GmbH
Torsten Kreindl has been a General Partner at Grazia Equity GmbH since 2005. At Grazia, Torsten focuses on investments in communications, new media and software. He successfully ran and grew businesses with W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc. and with Deutsche Telekom, where he was the CEO of the then world´s largest cable TV business that he turned around and grew to 19.6 million customer homes. Torsten was also a strategy consultant to telecom and media executives and member of Booz.Allen & Hamilton´s German management board, the Vice President of the European Cable Communications Association, and has been a board member and finance committee chairman at Swisscom AG since 2003. Since 1999, Torsten has been an investor in various venture-backed companies in both the US and Europe. Torsten studied Industrial Engineering/Technical Chemistry at Johannes Kepler University Linz in Austria and earned a Dipl.-Ing. (M.Sc.) and a Dr.techn. (Ph.D.).