Advisory Board

Jeff Epstein

Jeff Epstein is an Operating Partner at Bessemer Venture Partners.
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

From September 2010 to October 2013, Andy served as Group Chief Technology Officer of UBS. From 2008 to 2010 Andy worked as Head of Strategy, Architecture and Optimization at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. From 2006 to 2008 Andy was the CTO of Infrastructure at Credit Suisse. Prior Credit Suisse, Andy was at Merrill Lynch for 10 years holding various positions, including roles as Chief Technology Architect, CIO of Direct Markets, and Head of Networks, Market Data and Email. Andy also worked in chemical, oil and telecomms industry prior.

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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