Ronald Weissman, Non-executive Chairman of the Board of Directors. Mr. Weissman manages a venture portfolio of technology investments for Apax Partners where he was a partner from 2000 to 2006 until the firm transitioned from venture capital to private equity. He is currently Executive Chairman of Host Analytics, a provider of corporate performance management tools and has worked with numerous venture-backed companies as an advisor or director.
Mr. Weissman is Chairman of the Software Special Interest Group for the Band of Angels, Silicon Valley’s oldest angel investor group. As an investor, his focus has been on text technologies and business analytics. Prior to joining Apax Partners, he was Vice President of Global Marketing at Verity from April 1997 to March 2000, where he managed strategy, corporate marketing and investor relations. During Mr. Weissman’s tenure, the company attained top market share in enterprise information retrieval and was named the Turnaround of the Year (1999) by the Turnaround Management Association during which time Verity saw its market capitalization grow from $50 million to $1.7 billion.
Prior to Verity, he managed corporate marketing and European marketing for Next Software from January 1990 to June 1995, where he reported directly to Steve Jobs. Mr. Weissman was a Fulbright Scholar with advanced degrees from the University of California, Berkeley and an Associate Trustee of the University of Pennsylvania. He currently serves on a U.S. State Department Task Force on the application of text-related and Internet technologies to e-diplomacy.
Prior to joining Metavana, Mr. Tupanjanin served as a General Manager at Microsoft. In his role, he was responsible for the firm’s Digital Marketing and Search group where he led strategic planning, global sales, and business development.
Michael joined Microsoft as a result of its acquisition of FAST Search & Transfer. At FAST (and later as a Microsoft subsidiary), Michael was Executive Vice President of Global Operations and was responsible for a 500 person sales, consulting services, and business development organization. During this period, Mr. Tupanjanin was responsible for growing revenues at the company from an early stage business to a market leader in search and ultimately being acquired by Microsoft for $1.4 billion in 2008.
Earlier in his career, Michael held positions in general management, business development, marketing, and sales at both start ups and established companies. These included Centra Software (IPO in 2000; $1 billion market valuation), CMP Media (IPO in 1997; acquired by United Business Media for $1 billion) and Ziff Davis (leading digital media company focused on the technology market).
Dr. Minh, one of the founders of Chaos Theory, graduated from Cornell University in Quantum Field Physics, and joined SLAC, Stanford University in 1973. He has also worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in non classified and classified fields. He has lectured widely in England, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Denmark and Russia. His book "The Physics of Chaos", to be published, is widely used for teaching at various universities.
In 1999, Dr. Minh Duong-van founded Network Physics, a network monitoring appliance company. After raising over $40 million in venture capital, the company was acquired in 2008 by Optnet. In 2005, he founded Search Physics, a web search company, which was subsequently acquired by Metavana Inc.
Dr. Minh held several patents on Implantable Heart Defibrillators, assigned to Ventritex, now St. Jude. He also held several patents on end-to-end Internet packets acceleration and monitors, Web Classifications and Sentiment Engines.
Mr. McGrath joined Metavana's Board in 2008 and was President of Metavana from 2008 to 2011. Since September 2004, Mr. McGrath has been the Chief Executive Officer of STETG, where he is responsible for identifying, mentoring and realizing value in early stage companies in the communications, networking, information technology and Internet sectors in Silicon Valley, California. In July 2000, Mr. McGrath founded and was the Managing General Partner of McKenna Capital, LLC, an early-stage information technology and communications venture capital fund formed in partnership with Regis McKenna and the McKenna Group, LLC. Prior to that, he was the Founder and Director of Strategos, a strategy innovation consulting company, from January 1995 to June 2000, and Manager at the MAC Group, an international strategy consulting company, from October 1991 to December 1994. Mr. McGrath received a B.A. and M.A. in Physics and Theoretical Physics from Cambridge University and an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Mr. Kornel is Senior Managing Director at Spencer Trask & Co., where he sources investment opportunities, negotiates deal terms, and works with entrepreneurs to grow value and drive to liquidity. For more than 20 years, he has helped launch high-tech and internet ventures. Prior to joining Spencer Trask in 2004, he founded Kornel & Associates, a Silicon Valley innovation consultancy, and was a partner at The McKenna Group from 1998 to 2002, a strategy consultancy founded by marketing guru Regis McKenna. Previously, he was chief operating officer at Metacode Technologies, a software startup acquired by Interwoven (now HP Autonomy). He was CEO of Metavana while it was incubated by Spencer Trask and still serves on the Board. He also currently serves as a director of InnoCentive Inc. and Palo-Alto based software developer DFMSim, Inc.. Mr. Kornel received a BA in Biological Sciences from the University of Chicago and an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management. His articles on science and technology have appeared in many newspapers and magazines, including the International Herald Tribune and The Economist.