Co-Founder & CEO
Alex Freedland is Mirantis’ co-founder and CEO. With more than 20 years of executive management and leadership experience, Alex brings a unique combination of business acumen and intimate understanding of the OpenStack community and technology. Alex serves on the Board of the OpenStack Foundation and was recently recognized by Business Insider as one of the “Most Important People in Cloud Computing”.
A serial Entrepreneur, Alex co-founded RSI Group, Inc., one of the world’s principal providers of Receivables Management Software, which sold to London Bridge Software PLC (now part of Fair Isaac Corporation–NYSE: FICO) at 800% return to the investors. Alex’s previous experience includes a wide range of technical and management positions with Tektronix, IBM, ADP, Netscape, and KLA-Tencor.
He holds a master’s degree in computer engineering from Santa Clara University in California.
Insight Venture Partners
Jeff Horing has been a co-founder and managing director at Insight Venture Partners since 1995. Under his leadership Insight has become a premier venture capital and private equity firm with over $8 billion in committed capital for growth investments in software and internet businesses. Jeff’s areas of focus include data, analytics, mobile, and infrastructure and SaaS software in Europe and North America.
Jeff has invested in more than 30 companies, notably AirWatch (acquired by VMware), Greenfield Online (IPO, later acquired by Microsoft), Shutterstock (IPO), Teamviewer (acquired by Permira), and WIX (IPO Nasdaq: WIX).
Prior to founding Insight, Jeff worked at Warburg Pincus and Goldman Sachs. Jeff graduated from M.I.T. and the University of Pennsylvania.
Dharmesh focuses on Cloud Infrastructure, Big Data and Embedded Software investments, and led Intel’s investment in 10gen, DynamicOps (acquired by VMware), ElasticBox, Enlighted, and Guavus Analytics. He joined Intel Capital from Advanced Technology Ventures.
Dharmesh brings strong entrepreneurial and operating experience in cloud software and SaaS to support his portfolio companies. At Keynote Systems (KEYN), he launched performance management solutions for many of the world’s leading video, mobile and web apps, and helped grow recurring SaaS revenue from 0 to $20mm in 2 years. He was also an early team member at InterNetwork (acquired by FinePoint) and Peakstone (acquired by Entrust) leading OEM and channel sales with HP, Exodus, and IBM. He received his MBA from Wharton and a BS in Electrical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. He is on the Advisory Board for The University of Texas Commercialization Office as well as other industry groups including TiE Angels and VentureBeat.
Elise Huang is Partner at WestSummit Capital. She has over 15 years of venture capital and private equity investment experience in both the US and Asia. Prior to WestSummit, Elise was a Vice President/Head of US Investment at Vertex Venture Holdings ($1.5B VC arm of Singapore Temasek Holdings) where she oversaw all direct investments and fund of funds investments for the fund in the U.S. She actively invested in growth stage companies across Internet, Software, Mobile, Semiconductor and Cleantech sectors.
Earlier, she was a Principal at AsiaTech Management, an early stage high-tech fund based in Silicon Valley. Prior to her relocation to US in 1999, Elise worked in Vertex Singapore office as the Investment Officer covering China, Southeast Asia and Europe investments.
Elyse holds a BA in Law from the Southwest University of Political Science & Law (China) and an MBA from the University of Dubuque, Iowa.
Jim Dvorkin has 15 years of technology and operational experience building companies in the cloud computing space.
Previously, Jim served as CTO at Five9 – a market leading cloud-based call center software company, where he was managed software development, data center operations, customer support and implementation, with a team of over 300 employees across 3 continents. Prior to that Jim has been a Vice President of Call Center Technology for Salesforce.com where Jim created their Call Center Edition; today it has hundreds of thousands of users and generates a significant revenue stream for the company.
Prior to Salesforce.com Jim launched a series of innovative cloud computing offerings, with technology leadership roles at a number of successful companies he co-founded: HipBone, an early provider of cloud-based web collaboration tools, was acquired by Kana; WhitePJ, a cloud-based provider of customer service and call center technology, was acquired by Contactual; NextAge Technologies, a leading skills-based workforce optimization solution for call centers, was acquired by Genesys/Alcatel. Products Jim helped develop have have enjoyed industry recognition through awards for innovation and excellence. He also holds multiple patents related to cloud deployment technologies.
When not thinking about technology, Jim enjoys playing golf and tennis.
Independent Board Member
Adrian Ionel most recently served as CEO of Mirantis, and was its co-founder as an OpenStack company. He joined in 2009 and initiated the company’s investment in OpenStack in 2010. Since then the company grew from five to nearly two hundred customers, becoming the OpenStack market leader and one of the most respected brands in cloud infrastructure.Prior to Mirantis Adrian was CEO, Chairman and co-founder of eOnline, (now part of Xerox), VP and General Manager EMEA at Qualys (NASDAQ: QLYS) and Venture Partner at Trident Capital. He earned a MSEE degree from the University of Erlagen-Nuernberg and spent his early years in R&D and product management. A Romanian by birth, Adrian lived in the UK, Germany and Japan and settled in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1995. Outside work he loves trail runs, power yoga, spending time with family and the occasional mountain biking ride.
Independent Board Member
René Bonvanie is the CMO of Palo Alto Networks. He has more than 25 years of executive management and marketing experience in enterprise technology. Most recently, he served as Senior Vice President of Marketing, SaaS, and IT at Serena Software, and was Senior Vice President of Global Marketing at SAP. Earlier, as CMO at Business Objects, René was responsible for all marketing activity, including corporate communications, field marketing, and product marketing. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing at VERITAS Software Corporation. In his 10 years as Vice President of Product Marketing at Oracle Corporation, he managed the Oracle database product line, had editorial responsibility for Oracle Magazine and Profit Magazine, and co-founded Oracle’s developer program, Oracle Technology Network.