Meet our board of directors and advisers
Find out more about each of our board members and advisors
Riadh Dridi is the Chief Marketing Officer for RingCentral, Inc. (NYSE:RNG), a leading provider of cloud-based business communication and collaboration solutions. Prior to joining RingCentral, Riadh was VP of Americas Marketing at VMware Inc. Before that, he held several leadership roles at Hewlett-Packard in marketing, product management, and sales. Riadh started his career as a software engineer and holds a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from Ecole Superieure de Chimie Physique Electronique de Lyon (France).
Brian Goffman is currently a venture partner at Technology Crossover Ventures. He was previously VP Enterprise Marketing at LinkedIn, leading all of LinkedIn’s monetization marketing efforts including Talent Solutions, Marketing Solutions, and Sales Solutions. Prior to LinkedIn, Brian was CEO and Co-Founder of Optify, a marketing automation software company, acquired by Marketo (MKTO). Earlier, he helped launch the Unified Communications and Office 365 businesses at Microsoft. Brian started his career at McKinsey & Company. He holds an AB and MBA from Harvard University.
Richard Heald is the CEO and founder of CallSquad, a company providing a highly scaleable outbound sales development platform. Prior to CallSquad Richard was the executive vice president of sales at BrightTALK where he was responsible for growing the company’s global client base and ensuring that every client engagement was successful. Prior to BrightTALK, he was an associate director at Schroders Investment Management. He previously held similar roles at HSBC Bank and Aviva Insurance. Heald has a bachelor’s degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Leeds University (U.K.).
Andrew is an experienced consumer and enterprise technology executive. Andrew is the former President of Lynda.com, President of EF EnglishLive, CRO of Blurb, GM and SVP of Ancestry.com and has held many growth, marketing, product, international and technology leadership roles. Andrew was a key contributor to the sale of Lynda.com to Linkedin and to the Ancestry.com private equity and IPO transactions. He holds a BA from The University of California at Berkeley and an MBA from St. Mary’s College.
Graham Elliott is currently CEO of Azur Underwriting, a new Managing General Agency platform. Prior to that he was the Managing Director of Aqueduct Underwriting Ltd, a specialist MGA that provided niche insurance products via intermediaries. Before joining Aqueduct he was CEO of Oxygen Insurance Brokers Ltd. He began his financial services career in institutional equity sales and was, latterly, global director of US Institutional Equity Sales for Prudential Equity Group in New York. He is also an experienced angel investor. Elliott has a degree in English Literature from Christ Church, Oxford (UK).
Paul Heald created BrightTALK in 2002 to help professionals advance their careers and learn from the expertise of global thought leaders. BrightTALK’s rapidly growing professional communities now stimulate a vibrant knowledge exchange between experts, companies and business decision makers. As CEO, Heald has led BrightTALK to its current position as the leading video destination for business professionals. Before founding BrightTALK, Heald was the European managing director of Scient. Prior to Scient he ran Arthur D. Little’s e-business consulting group. Heald is an MBA graduate of Cranfield School of Management (U.K.).
Russ Pyle joined North Bridge Growth Equity in 2007 where his areas of focus include technology-enabled services, communications and software companies. Prior to North Bridge, he invested in technology and communications companies at M/C Venture Partners. Russ enjoys partnering with passionate entrepreneurs who are proud of their success but who see the opportunity to create category-defining businesses. Before M/C, he worked at private equity firm, TA Associates in the technology group and at Alex, Brown & Sons as an investment banking analyst. Pyle has an MBA degree from Harvard Business School and an AB degree from Princeton University.
Chris Yeh is Senior Vice President of Product and Platform at Box, where he is responsible for Box’s product management, platform strategy, partner ecosystem development and third-party innovation. Chris joined Box from Yahoo!, where he was the product lead for Yahoo! Groups, Delicious and other community products. Chris was also formerly the head of the Yahoo! Developer Network (YDN), the company’s third-party developer program. Prior to Yahoo!, Chris was Vice President of Marketing at Tacit Software, which was acquired by Oracle in 2008, Vice President of Product Management at Blue Martini Software, and a principal at strategy consulting firm Mercer Management Consulting. A long time ago, Chris was employee 9999 at Oracle. Chris holds an M.B.A. from Wharton and a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Michigan.
Samantha is FinancialForce.com’s VP of Customer for Life where she leads the company’s post-sales services efforts, including Services, Customer Success and Support. Prior to joining FinancialForce.com, she was at Findly where she started their Customer success Program. Prior to that, Samantha was at Microsoft (acquired Yammer in June 2012), where she ran the Customer Engagement organization world wide. Functions included on her team were customer success, services, training, support, and renewals. Before that, Samantha was a Vice President at salesforce.com, a leader in SaaS and CRM solutions, where she ran the Customer Success and other services teams . Previously, she was a Senior Manager at Deloitte Consulting focused on CRM its impact to industries. Samantha has a B.A. in Quantitative Economics from UCSD and a MBA from Columbia University.
Chuck Dietrich is the CEO and co-founder of MileIQ, a company involved in revolutionizing mileage reporting. Previously Dietrich was the CEO of SlideRocket, a VMWare company, that was sold to ClearSlide. Prior to SlideRocket, Chuck served as general manager and vice president at salesforce.com. In his nine years at salesforce.com, Chuck built and ran many channel and partner programs and spearheaded the company’s mobile strategy. Dietrich holds an MBA degree from the University of Utah and a BA degree from the University of Colorado.