Board of Directors
Robert Abbott is a General Partner at Norwest Venture Partners.
His current investments and board seats include Act-On Software, ClariPhy, ClearDATA, Elemental, mBlox, and Zenverge. Robert was formerly a member of the board of directors of Brand.net (acquired by Valassis Communications), Covigo (acquired by Symbol Technologies), KACE (acquired by Dell), Mozes (acquired by ePrize), 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), Kayak (Nasdaq: KYAK), mPower (acquired by Morningstar), and Quantum Effect Devices (acquired by PMC-Sierra).
Before joining NVP, Robert was at Silicon Graphics. Prior to Silicon Graphics, he worked at IBM-ROLM Systems. Robert holds a BS and MS in electrical engineering as well as an MBA, all from Stanford University.
Diane serves as a Partner with Voyager and focuses on software and digital media investments in the Pacific Northwest, particularly Oregon. With over 30 years of technology company experience in leading marketing, strategy and business development, Diane works with startups in the enterprise software, Internet/mobile/social, and security software industries throughout the West Coast.
Diane was previously Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for Sanctum, a VC-backed startup providing Web application security software (acquired by Watchfire) and Vice President of Worldwide Marketing for the database company Informix Software (acquired by IBM), both based in Silicon Valley. Prior to her move to Silicon Valley, Diane was Vice President of Marketing for Tektronix (acquired by Danaher) in their Video and Networking Division and a marketing executive with Sequent Computer (acquired by IBM), both based in Oregon. She previously spent 16 years in sales and marketing roles at Digital Equipment Corporation in the US, Europe, and Asia Pacific.
Rick Lewis joined USVP in 2004, and is a General Partner at the firm. He focuses on software (enterprise, SaaS, and security) and consumer internet (social, mobile, and e-commerce).
In addition to Act-On Software, Rick serves on the Board of Directors at Yammer, Victrio, Hooked Media Group, myYearbook.com, ScoreBig, and Trunk Club. He is a Board Observer at ThreatMetrix, Intermolecular, Redwood Systems, and Xicato.
Prior to joining USVP, Rick spent six years in high tech leadership roles at Autodesk and Walt Disney Imagineering, and was a co-founder of Design Variations and Common Point Technologies (acquired by Bentley Systems). He also held positions at Sun Microsystems, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and McKinsey & Company.
Rick holds a BS in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of California at Davis (summa cum laude), an MS in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He has been published for his research in computer graphics at UC Berkeley and is a member of the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society.
Karan led the Trinity Ventures investment in Act-On Software. His areas of focus include enterprise software and systems, SaaS, semiconductors, consumer electronics, and next-generation data center infrastructure technologies.
Prior to Trinity, Karan was a Senior Associate at Scale Venture Partners and was actively involved with Scale’s investments in NComputing, Siimpel (acquired by Tessera), and Discera. At Scale, Karan focused on enterprise infrastructure including storage, virtualization and cloud computing, enterprise software, and SaaS.
Karan is an active member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) Silicon Valley and a Charter Member of C100.
Karan holds a BS with Honors in Electrical Engineering from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, and an MS in Management Science from Stanford University.
Raghu is the product visionary and driving force behind Act-On Software. A seasoned entrepreneur, he led the initial design of the Act-On service and the development of its core technology and infrastructure.
Previously, he was the co-founder and CTO of Responsys, Inc. (NASDAQ: MKTG), the long-time market leader in on-demand email and life cycle marketing solutions for high-end retailers. The company was originally backed by Accel, Foundation Capital, Redpoint Ventures, and Sigma Partners.
Raghu holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota and a B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay.
Bob has over 35 years of experience in the technology space with both private and public companies and is focused on investment opportunities in the software and internet sectors.
Bob was most recently the CEO of Art Technology Group (ATG) and led the turnaround and rejuvenation of the business. Under Bob’s leadership, ATG became the leading e-commerce software provider and was successfully sold to Oracle for over $1 billion.
Before ATG, Bob was CEO of Quidnunc, a privately-held web consultancy with headquarters in London and additional offices in the United States. Before Quidnunc, Bob was President of ePresence Solutions (formerly Banyan Systems), where he led the repositioning of Banyan from its legacy Network Operating System business both organically and by acquisition.
Bob started his career as a software specialist at Digital Equipment Corporation and held a wide variety of roles in hardware and software infrastructure, software applications, and services. His various roles at Digital included being general manager of its billion-dollar-plus systems integration business with operations in over 45 countries.
Bob has a B.S. in Physics from Eastern Michigan University.