Bob Kagle has more than 25 years of venture capital investment experience. Prior to co-founding Benchmark Capital in 1995, Bob spent 12 years as a general partner with Technology Venture Investors (TVI). Before TVI, he worked for the Boston Consulting Group where he handled corporate strategy for clients in retail distribution, high technology manufacturing, and other industries.
Bob also serves on the boards for several Benchmark Capital consumer companies, including Art.com, eBay, Gaia Interactive, Jamba Juice, Prosper, and Zipcar.
Tod Francis has more than 20 years of experience working with marketing and consumer driven companies. Since 2004, Tod has been a managing director of Shasta Ventures where his investment focus is technology-enabled consumer companies. Some of his current investments include Logoworks, Flock, Turn and companies still operating in stealth mode. Prior to co-founding Shasta Ventures, Tod was a general partner at Trinity Ventures for ten years where he was involved with 16 companies serving the consumer and small business such as Blue Nile, FatBrain, LoopNet, NextCard, Wedding Channel and BabyCenter.
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Rob joined First Round Capital in 2006. Rob came to First Round Capital from Omidyar Network where he was their first venture investor. He led most of Omidyar Network’s initial venture capital deals and later built and ran its technology investing group.
Prior to joining Omidyar Network in 2004, Rob was at Palm, Inc. where he launched their corporate venture fund. While in that role, he also managed the strategy effort for Palm OS that led to the spinout of PalmSource. Rob started at Palm as product manager for the initial device-independent releases of Palm OS. During this time, Rob was responsible for the versions of Palm OS on dozens of devices including the initial Treo products.
Rob previously spearheaded complex, system-level product development efforts at companies such as Geoworks and Go Corp where he focused on building products for the Japanese market. He began his career with the Japan External Trade Organization, studying international trade issues and building relationships between US and Japanese businesses, at a time when trade friction between the two countries was at its peak.
Mark was most recently the chief marketing officer at PassMark Security, now a unit of RSA. He serves on the board, and as an investor for Credit Interlink, Benefit Street, Nolo Press and BullRun Financial. Previously, Mark was senior vice president and general manager of Intuit’s Consumer Division, leading the $200 million Quicken, Quicken.com, Quicken Insurance and Quicken Mortgage portfolio of businesses. Prior to Intuit, he held senior marketing roles and product strategy positions for Crocker Bank (now Wells Fargo) and Charles Schwab, innovating software and services that formed the foundation for today’s online trading industry.
Founder and CEO, Mint Software
The visionary and technical mind behind Mint. A serial entrepreneur who started two web development and online marketing companies, and worked for IBM and Nascentric. Holds an MSEE from Princeton University and a BS in computer science, computer engineering, and electrical engineering from Duke University. Ten patents filed or pending.
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Josh has been an active entrepreneur and investor in the Internet industry since its commercialization. In 1992, while he was a student at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Josh co-founded Infonautics Corporation an Internet information company. In 1996, Infonautics went public on the NASDAQ stock exchange.
Josh founded Half.com in July of 1999 and led it to become one of the world’s largest sellers of used books, movies and music. Half.com was acquired by eBay in July 2000 –– and Josh remained with eBay for three years, running the Half.com business unit and growing eBay’s Media marketplace to almost half a billion dollars in annual gross merchandise sales.
In late 2003 Josh helped to found TurnTide, an anti–spam company that created the world’s first anti–spam router. TurnTide was acquired by Symantec just six months later.