Advisory Board

Lane Bess

Lane Bess

Lane has more than 30 years’ experience as an operational executive, and launching technology start-ups and growing medium sized businesses to large scale.

A former CEO of Palo Alto Networks and COO of Zscaler, he has been a trusted advisor for many enterprise CIOs and CISOs including PernixData, Inc., Nutanix, Inc., and others.

Jeff Epstein

Jeff Epstein is an Operating Partner at Bessemer Venture Partners, where he specializes in Marketplaces and Cloud Computing.

Jeff is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Oracle, one of the world’s largest and most profitable technology companies, with a market value of over $150 billion.

Prior to joining Oracle, Jeff served as Chief Financial Officer of several public and private companies, including DoubleClick (sold to Google), King World Productions (sold to CBS) and Nielsen’s Media Measurement and Information Group. Earlier in his career, he was an investment banker at The First Boston Corporation.

He serves on the Boards of Directors of Kaiser Permanente, The Priceline Group, Shutterstock, Twilio, Global Eagle Entertainment and several private companies. In addition, he is a Lecturer at Stanford University’s Department of Management Science and Engineering.

Jeff holds an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar, and a BA from Yale College, where he graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa.

Andy Brown

Mr. Brown currently serves as CEO of Sand Hill East, LLC, which provides strategic management, investment and marketing services to emerging companies. Mr. Brown is also a member of the boards of directors of Guidewire (GWRE) a public company providing cloud based insurance services, Zscaler, Inc., a privately held company providing cloud security services, LMRKTS LLC, a company providing FX and Swaps compression utilities, Moogsoft, a next generation AI-Operations company, and SiteHands, a company providing “field engineering as a service.” He is also CEO and co-owner of Biz Tectonics LLC, a privately held consulting company. From September 2010 to October 2013, Mr. Brown served as Group Chief Technology Officer of UBS, an investment bank. Prior to that, Mr. Brown served in a variety of executive management and leadership roles at a variety of leading banking companies including Bank of America, Merrill Lynch and Credit Suisse. Mr. Brown holds a BSc Honors Degree in Chemical Physics from University College London.

Charlie Federman

Charlie Federman has been an investor and advisor to information technology companies for nearly thirty years. Before co-founding Crossbar Capital, Charlie enjoyed a long relationship with the venture group BRM. He joined BRM as its first US based Managing Director in 1998 and subsequently co-founded BRM Capital in 1999, where he led its New York office. He served as a Managing Director of this Israel and New York based, venture fund until 2008. Before joining BRM Capital, Charlie spent fifteen years (culminating as Chairman) with Broadview, a preeminent Mergers and Acquisitions boutique for the Information Technology industry.

David Assia

David Assia is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor, being one of the pioneers of the vibrant Israeli high tech software industry. David founded multiple global companies and listed them on either NASDAQ or TASE (Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange). David is the Chairman of iAngels, a leading crowd funding platform and is also the founding board member of Biocatch, the Cognitive Authentication Biometrics Company. David is actively involved as a lead angel and a director in multiple high tech companies. David runs his family’s, privately held, investment company, Nadyr Investments Ltd.

Richard N. Foster

Richard N. Foster, Presidents’ Circle co-chair, is a member of the Policy & Global Affairs Committee of the National Research Council.
Dr. Foster is an Emeritus Director of McKinsey & Company, Inc. Dr. Foster joined McKinsey in 1973, was elected a partner in 1978 and a Senior Partner/Director in 1982. During his tenure at McKinsey, Dr. Foster founded several practices including the private equity practice, the healthcare practice and the technology and innovation practice. From 1995 to 1998 he led McKinsey’s worldwide knowledge development. Dr. Foster was also a member of the key personnel committees from 1985 – 1995.

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