Board of Directors
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
Stu Phillips is a managing director at Insight Venture Partners. He joined in 2016 with a successful 20 year technology investing track record and almost 20 years’ experience in corporate operating roles. At Insight he serves on the board of directors, or works with DataSift and Ensighten.
Prior to Insight, Stu was a general partner at Bay Partners where he was a board member or observer with Bay’s investments in Deis (formerly Engine Yard), Envia Systems, MiMoni, Mulesoft, Vaxart, and AMEC. Prior to their exits, he also managed investments in Covestor (acquired by Interactive Brokers), Eventful (acquired by CBS Local Media), Lending Club (NYSE:LC), Oncomed (NASDAQ: OMED), Zenprise (acquired by Citrix) and Paraccel (acquired by Actina).
Earlier in his career, Stu was a founding partner at Ridgelift Ventures and also served as a general partner at US Venture Partners, where he led investments in communications, software and services companies. These included Cacheflow, @Road, Procket Networks, Flyswat, Merlin Networks and Force10 Networks.
Before becoming a technology investor, Stu was VP of Central Engineering at Cisco, responsible for the strategy and development of Cisco’s IOS. He previously held leadership positions at Tandem Computers, Logica, and ICL.
Stu is a Commercial Pilot and an avid participant in RadioSport (the contesting side of Ham Radio). Stu lives with his wife, Barbara, in Woodside, CA, where the hardest decision is whether to turn left or right when they cycle on the many routes in the area. Stu earned a BS Electronic from Cardiff University in Wales, graduating summa cum laude.
Vivek joined August Capital in 2003. He invests broadly in IT infrastructure and areas of interest include data center technologies, systems management, security, storage, and cloud computing systems and software. Prior to joining August Capital, Vivek co-founded Cobalt Networks in 1996. As CTO & VP of Product Development, Vivek built the first successful server appliance and grew Cobalt into a worldwide leader in the category, culminating in a successful IPO and acquisition by Sun Microsystems for $2B. At Sun, Vivek served as the Vice President and General Manager of the Cobalt Business Unit and a member of Sun’s Technical Architecture Council.
Prior to founding Cobalt, Vivek held a number of technical and management positions at Apple, SGI, and Digital Equipment Corporation and successfully developed numerous products including Internet enabled set-top boxes, PDAs, RISC workstations, and high performance graphics subsystems.
Vivek received a BS in Electronics from Punjab University, India, and an MS in Computer Engineering from Iowa State University.
Current August investments: AirPhrame, Celect, Kentik, Mirantis, RetailNext, Upguard (fka ScriptRock), Tegile, and ThreatMetrix.
Previous August investments: Appformix (acquired by Juniper Networks), Palerra (acquired by Oracle), DNN, Mavenir (NYSE: MVNR, acquired by Mitel Networks), Virsto Software (acquired by VMWare), Reconnex (acquired by McAfee), Encentuate (acquired by IBM), NeoPath Networks (acquired by Cisco), PulseCore Semiconductor (acquired by ON Semiconductor), PacketTrap Networks (acquired by Quest Software), Mimosa (acquired by Iron Mountain) and Iridigm (acquired by Qualcomm).
Previous other investments: NetFish (acquired by Iona) and Octane Software (acquired by Epiphany).
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
René Bonvanie 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.
Lisa Davis is vice president and general manager for IT Modernization in Intel Corporation’s, Enterprise and Government Data Center Group where she is responsible for growing Intel’s data center business and working alongside enterprise and government CIOs to create IT modernization strategies for their organizations.
Lisa joined the Data Center Group from Intel’s IT Group where she led and developed the IT architecture and integrated technology solutions supporting Intel’s world-class global supply chain, HR, Finance, and M&A IT.
Davis is a three-time Chief Information Officer and has led four technology modernizations over the course of her 30-year career in technology. Prior to Intel, Davis served as Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Georgetown University, and held a variety of technology leadership roles in her 26-year career in the Federal Government. As a member of the Senior Executive Service she was the CIO of the U.S. Marshals Service in the Department of Justice, as well as CIO of the Counterintelligence Field Activity in the Department of Defense.
Throughout her 30-year career in technology, Lisa has been a champion for women in technology and leadership – channeling that passion into leading professional development initiatives for women. She serves on the board of Mirantis, as well as a number of non-profit boards.
Lisa holds a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from Syracuse University, and a master’s degree in human resources management from Golden Gate University, and is also a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).