Who We Are / Board of Directors
Chris Golec founded Demandbase in 2006. Since that time he has led the company, bringing over 20 years of experience and a successful entrepreneurial track record. Chris started his first company in the mid 90's to help large enterprises overcome the challenges purchasing and engineering groups faced in managing their global supplier base. After building significant momentum in the marketplace, Supplybase was acquired by i2 Technologies (ITWO) in 2000 as part of the largest software merger in history. Chris then started a consulting practice helping companies build and manage world-class demand generation operations. The success of the practice evolved into Demandbase, with the vision of transforming the way B2B companies identify, reach, and convert new customers online. Prior to his success as a software entrepreneur, Chris spent 10 years with GE and DuPont in global marketing, sales and engineering. He earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Michigan State University and his MBA from Boston University.
Anthony Lee is a General Partner of Altos Ventures, focusing on software and digital media investments. Anthony also currently serves as a director of BrightEdge, Hooked Media Group, Kontagent, Koofers, MyERP, Netbase Solutions, Roblox, and Xignite. He was also a director of GuardianEdge, which was acquired in 2010 by Symantec (SYMC). Before joining Altos Ventures, Anthony led marketing efforts for three start-up companies including Evolve Software (Nasdaq:EVLV, later acquired by Oracle). Anthony began his career as a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Company and has published a national magazine. Anthony serves as Chairman of TechSoup Global, the world's largest non-profit distributor of computer software and hardware. He co-founded and co-chairs the C100, a network of top Canadian technology leaders dedicated to supporting Canadian entrepreneurs. Anthony is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a charter member of the Pacific Council on International Policy. He is a founding member of the Full Circle Fund, a venture philanthropy group based in San Francisco. Anthony received his MBA from Stanford University and earned a BA in Politics and Economics from Princeton University.
Dennis Stradford has more than 35 years in the high tech industry leading global companies to success. After starting his career in sales for IBM, Dennis joined Flextronics (NASDAQ: FLEX) where he led the growth from $40 million to $2+ billion per year and an IPO as the company's senior vice president of Sales and Marketing. After leaving Flextronics, Dennis entered the software industry at Supplybase where he successfully built and sold the company in March of 2000 for $380 million. He now serves as CEO of Nomis Solutions, a leader in pricing software for large banks and financial services companies. Dennis earned his B.A. at San Jose State University and his M.A. from St. Patrick's Theologate.
Bob Spinner is a Managing Director at Sigma Partners and brings two decades of high-technology business operational experience. Bob also works with CrownPeak Technology, Intacct, MarketLive, Vormetric and YouSendIt. Bob has served in various operational capacities, including CEO, worldwide sales, technical sales support, software programming, database design, and private and public fundraising. While at Sigma, Bob has helped a number of the firm's portfolio companies expand operations, build management teams and increase revenues. Bob's technology focus areas include enterprise applications software, e-commerce, and software as a service. Prior to joining Sigma, Bob was President and CEO of Extensity. During his tenure, Extensity grew from $1 million to $25 million while raising money through private funding and an IPO. In March of 2003, Extensity was sold to GEAC. Prior to Extensity, Bob was Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales and International Operations at Clarify, a leading provider of integrated CRM solutions where he grew the company from $5 million to $140 million in revenue while managing a worldwide organization of 260 professionals. Earlier in his career, Bob served in expanding roles at Sybase including working as the director of one of Sybase's most successful regions, and held technical roles at ADR and Chevron, including sales engineer, programmer and database administrator. Bob received his B.A. in Mathematics from Washington University.
Greg Sands is Founder and Managing Partner of Costanoa Venture Capital, an early stage venture capital focused on helping great entrepreneurs build real companies that solve real problems. Prior to forming the firm, he was a Managing Director for 13 years at Sutter Hill Ventures, where he was an early investor in important companies such as Merced Systems, QuinStreet, Feedburner, AllBusiness, Return Path, and Youku. Before joining Sutter Hill, Greg was the first hire at Netscape Communications after its founding engineering team. He was its first Product Manager, wrote the initial business plan, came up the name Netscape, and created the SuiteSpot Business Unit, which he grew from zero to $150m in revenue. He also served as Manager of Business Development at Cisco where he architected a global channel management plan. Most importantly, Greg has a long-standing love of entrepreneurs and start-ups. He began investing in and advising start-ups in 1991 as a consultant at Corporate Decisions, Inc. (now Mercer Consulting) where he led case teams to write business plans and develop market entry strategies for technology companies. While a student at Stanford Graduate School of Business, he co-founded a micro-enterprise program in East Palo Alto to help entrepreneurs with limited access to resources start businesses of their own. Costanoa is the embodiment of this lifelong passion, combining his dedication to helping entrepreneurs with the opportunity to build his own firm. Greg has an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and graduated from Harvard College Magna Cum Laude. He currently serves as President of the Stanford DAPER (Athletics Department) Investment Fund, is Former President of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists and served as a Trustee of the Stanford Business School Trust and Chair of its Venture Capital committee. Greg also currently serves on the boards of Guardian Analytics, Inflection, Intacct, LinkSmart, Return Path, and QuinStreet.
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