Investors & Advisors

Carl Ledbetter

Managing Director 

Pelion Venture Partners

In the last five years, Carl has received four new patents and had three new grandbabies, but it is clearly the grandbabies that are the most important to him. He’s no longer our only grandfather, but he’s still the only one of us with a passel of patents, which we don’t even pretend to understand, and we do follow his grandbabies on social media. He likes to think he’s perceived as a tough-guy executive and technologist, but it’s a hard role to play when we watch Finn, Adeline, and Portia turn him into a pushover Poppie.

Carl is a (former) marathoner, an avid hiker (having done twenty Fourteeners and been to Kilimanjaro), a SCUBA diver, and a technical rock climber. And that’s saying something. He has also been on every continent, including on mainland Antarctica, to over seventy countries, swum in every ocean in the world, including the Baltic, the Black Sea, and both the Arctic and Antarctic Oceans (where it was 29 degrees Fahrenheit—can you say shrinkage?). We tell you these not to boast about Carl, but to point out one irrefutable truth that he mentions all the time in defense of his activities: They’re a lot safer than his day job.

Carl has been in the venture capital business for 23 years — thirteen at Pelion and the rest at Novell and AT&T. And during that time he has served on the boards of three public and more than twenty private companies. Carl has served in senior executive positions at IBM (where he was Lab Director of the Engineering and Scientific Processor Products Laboratory at Kingston, NY), Control Data Corporation (where he was President of CDC’s supercomputer subsidiary, ETA Systems), SUN Microsystems (where he ran SUN’s PC Networking Division), and AT&T (where he was President of the Consumer Products Division).

Carl is a member of the DriveScale Board of Directors.

Connie Sheng

Managing Director 

Nautilus Venture Partners

Connie Sheng is the founding managing partner of Nautilus Venture Partners, a Silicon Valley venture capital fund focusing on early stage investments in mobile and IoT areas.

Connie is also a member of Silicon Valley China Angel and CFO of Silicon Valley Association of Industrial Innovations. Connie currently sits on several boards including DriveScale.

Previously, Connie was the managing director of Global Investment at Foxconn. Connie has also worked in HP Computing, Inkjet imaging and Printing, and Enterprise System business units for over 7 years.

Connie is a member of the DriveScale Board of Directors.

Advisors

Scott McNealy

CEO

Wayin

Scott was chairman of the board of directors of Sun Microsystems, a company he co-founded in 1982.

From 1984 to 2006, McNealy served as chief executive officer and chairman at Sun, steering the Company to constant innovation in open, network computing.

In his 22 years at the helm, McNealy grew Sun from a Silicon Valley start-up to a leading provider of network computing infrastructure with 37,900 employees worldwide, all while positioning the Company as the model of corporate integrity.

In 1986, he took Sun public, creating one of the most notable publicly traded technology companies.

Since leaving Sun after Oracle bought it, McNealy co-founded Wayin, a Denver-based digital marketing company, and has served as Chairman and has been CEO since 2015.

He also serves of the board of www.Curriki.org and the advisory board of the San Jose Sharks.

Amr Awadallah, Ph.D.

CTO

Cloudera, Inc.

Before co-founding Cloudera in 2008, Amr (@awadallah) was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Accel Partners. Prior to joining Accel he served as Vice President of Product Intelligence Engineering at Yahoo!, and ran one of the very first organizations to use Hadoop for data analysis and business intelligence. Amr joined Yahoo after they acquired his first startup, VivaSmart, in July of 2000. Amr holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from Cairo University, Egypt, and a Doctorate in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

James Gosling

Chief Software Architect

Liquid Robotics

James has worked on all kinds of software, from ground analysis for telemetry for the ISIS II satellite, to the original Unix Emacs, the NeWS window system, and the Java Programming language.

He spent some wonderful years at Sun Microsystems, where he was best known as the original developer of the Java programming language.

His Ph.D. thesis from Carnegie Mellon University was on “The Algebraic Manipulation of Constraints”.

More recently, he spends time hacking the control software of autonomous ocean-going robots.

His specialties include graphics, languages, embedded systems and distributed systems.

Ameet Patel

Former CTO

JP Morgan Chase

Ameet Patel is a seasoned & noted advisor/investor in early stage and high growth technology companies looking to disrupt and revolutionize enterprise computing markets and business models.

He is currently a senior advisor to TPG Growth. He was a CTO at JPMC, Managing Executive of LabMorgan, and SVP & Chief Architect of Chase’s consumer business. He was also an EIR/Venture Partner at Meritech Capital.

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Ingrid Burton

CMO

Hortonworks

Ingrid is a technologist at heart. With a degree in Math and concentration in Computer Science from SJSU, she was a software developer earlier in her career. She was persuaded to try her hand at marketing, and now combines her creativity and analytics background to drive modern marketing forward. Her 25+ year marketing career includes heading up marketing at Sun Microsystems, leading Innovation and Technology Marketing at SAP, and CMO roles with Plantronics, Silver Spring Networks, and most recently, the Big Data leader, Hortonworks.   Her passion to blend art and science has helped energize these companies’ brands and drive demand for the business with modern marketing practices.

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Phil Roussey

Co-Founder and Former EVP

Bell Micro

Phil co-founded Bell Micro in 1987, a major distribution and applications specialist in computer and storage technologies. At Bell Micro, he served in numerous executive leadership positions including Executive Vice President of Worldwide Marketing. Phil retired from Bell Micro in 2010, when the company was sold to Avnet, Inc., a large global technology company.

Prior to founding Bell Micro, Phil spent his early career in electrical engineering and applications engineering roles at General Motors and Texas Instruments.

Phil is currently a management consultant for high tech start-ups focused on channel development.