Bob Rinek is the co-CEO of PJC Capital Partners LLC and a managing director in the merchant banking group, as well as a member of the general partner. Rinek has worked in the investment banking and private equity industry for more than 35 years. Prior to Rinek’s current role, he established the firm’s financial institutions group (“FIG”) in the late 1980s and served as global group head of FIG until December 2007. He is also a former board member of Piper Jaffray Ventures. Rinek joined Piper Jaffray in 1982 and was previously with the Northern Trust Company and ITT Financial Corporation. Currently, Rinek is either on the board of, or has board observation responsibility for, the following portfolio companies: Living Proof, PerfectServe, Harvest Power, LogRhythm, Lattice Engines and Brainyak, Inc. (d/b/a GutCheck). Rinek is also the board chair of Twin Cities Public Television and serves on the board of the Minnesota Council on Economic Education. Over the course of his career, he has served on the boards of many for-profit and non-profit organizations, including the Science Museum of Minnesota, The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation and Multi Service Corporation. Rinek is also actively involved in the investment community. He is a founding member of Twin Cities Angels, which makes angel investments in start-up companies in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. He has served on the board of Marshall Financial Ventures, an equity fund focused on investing in late-stage financial service companies. Rinek graduated from Denison University and earned a Master of Business Administration degree from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He also holds the Certified Management Accountant (CMA®) professional designation.
Former President, CEO and founder of NetRatings, Inc. He led NetRatings to its position as the leading provider of Internet audience information and analysis. As President and CEO, David formed strategic partnerships with Nielsen Media Research and ACNielsen. Together, the three companies developed Nielsen/NetRatings, the leading global Internet Audience Measurement service with deployments in 29 countries throughout the world. Prior to forming NetRatings, David was a Vice President at Hitachi Computer Products where he led the Network Products Group and was responsible for the development, sales and marketing of numerous hardware and software products. Former affiliations include Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Interlink Computer Sciences and PPG Industries. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors at TubeMogul, SkyTree Corporation, and Edgewater Networks. He was formerly a Director at NexTag (acquired by Providence Equity Partners.) David holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.
Jeff has been a venture capitalist since 1997 and is a General Partner of Icon Venture Partners. Jeff began his venture career at Crescendo Ventures and then co-founded Vesbridge Partners with Icon Venture Partner Zenas Hutcheson in 2004. He has also been a General Partner with El Dorado Ventures since 2008. Jeff’s past investments include Algety (acquired by Corvis for $2 billion), Broadsoft (Nasdaq: BSFT), Compellent (acquired by Dell for $960 million), Enstratius (acquired by Dell), IPCell (acquired by Cisco for $150 million), iTKO (acquired by CA for $330 million), NetCentrex (acquired by Comverse for $165 million), NuSpeed (acquired by Cisco for $465 million) and Sistina (acquired by Redhat for $40 million). Jeff’s current investments include LockPath, Rapid Engines and SportNGIN. Jeff also ran Sistina Software as its CEO and has twice been the President of the MVCA. Jeff began his professional career at McKinsey & Company and received his JD from Harvard Law School and his BA from Northwestern University.
Joseph R. Zell joined Grotech as a General Partner in 2002. At Grotech Ventures, Joe focuses on investment opportunities in communications and IT infrastructure, cloud services, mobile, networking, and internet and digital media sectors. Joe currently serves or has served on several portfolio company boards including Aztek Networks (acquired by GenBand) BroadSoft (BSFT), buySAFE, Collective Intellect, Fieldglass, Hatteras Networks (acquired by Overture Networks), HiveLive (acquired by Rightnow Technologies/Oracle), Lagrange Systems, LogRhythm, SkyeTek, SpotRight, Rebit, USinternetworking and Ziptronix.
Co-founder and CEO of GutCheck. Matt has been in the start-up world for the last 15 years having co-founded two companies, and having funded dozens of others as a venture capitalist. Prior to GutCheck, Matt was a General Partner with Village Ventures. During his tenure at Village Ventures, the firm grew from $100mm to $750mm of assets under management. Matt also led the healthcare practice for Village Ventures. He co founded and was head of business development for CyberCrop, which pioneered online cash trading of agricultural commodities. He was an intial member of Koch Ventures, where he led investments in VerticalNet (NSDQ – VERT), Universal Access (NSDQ – UAXS), and Energy Interactive (Acquired – ABB). In addition, he was a Senior Consultant with Deloitte Consulting Group where he focused on the financial services sector.
Martha Crawley is Vice President of Crawley Ventures, Inc. Crawley joined Crawley and opened its Denver office in 1995. She earned an MBA from Yale and an Economics degree from Williams College. Crawley is on the Board of Directors of Crawley Petroleum Corporation, CenterStone Technologies, First Western Financial, Collective Intellect, and Opera Colorado.
A General Partner of Highway 12 Ventures. He has led a distinguished career in the technology industry since co-founding both IMSAI/ComputerLand (NASDAQ: CLND) in 1975 and BusinessLand (NYSE: BLI) in 1982. IMSAI was one of the earliest manufacturers of Intel 8000-series microcomputers, then became ComputerLand, the first and largest dedicated distribution channel for personal computers. In 1992, he became President & CEO of SkyStar Aircraft Corporation, manufacturer of the popular Kitfox aircraft which is sold in 27 countries. In all, Phil has founded or co-founded more than a dozen companies in his career. Phil has served as Chairman of multiple of the firm’s portfolio companies including @Last Software which was acquired by Google. In 2004, Phil succeeded in co-founding Boise’s first organized Angel group, The Boise Angel Alliance. He is a graduate of Harvard University.