Mr Bess is the Principal and Founder of Bess Ventures and Advisory. He has spent over 30 years as an operational executive and has successfully launched start-ups and grown medium-sized businesses to large scale. Between 2008 and 2011, Bess was CEO of Palo Alto Networks where he led the late fundraising, and scaled the company from its early go-to-market to a revenue run rate exceeding $200 million on path to its IPO. Prior to Palo Alto Networks, he served as the EVP of Worldwide Sales and General Manager of publicly traded Trend Micro Inc. (Nikkei) – growing worldwide revenues to over $1 billion annually. He has extensive experience in building technology businesses in Europe, Asia Pacific, and Japan as well as other international regions. His considerable work in the security technology sector has made him a trusted advisor for many enterprise CIOs and CISOs.
Mr. Caspi is a seasoned CEO and serial entrepreneur with 15+ years of experience in enterprise technology in roles spanning from tech to business, including CRO and corporate development. He has lead companies in senior positions at various levels of growth, ranging from early-stage startups through IPO. Caspi is a thought leader with deep domain expertise in computer science, deep learning, AI assimilation in cybersecurity, and big data analysis combined with strong GTM execution. Caspi was selected as a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2017 and in 2018 was nominated as a board member of the prestigious Forbes Magazine Technology Council. He has a Masters degree from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and completed a Global Executive Program from the joint MIT Sloan Business School / Israeli Technion Institute.
Ms Chase-Hopkins is a seasoned C-Suite executive and corporate leader. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors at Union Pacific, Marsh & McLennan, and Virtusa and an Advisory Board Member at M3 Biotechnology, SalesHero, and an Executive Fellow at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.
Prior to her retirement from Citi as Chief Operations and Technology Officer, Chase-Hopkins was founder and CEO of Citi Ventures, and Citi’s first Chief Innovation Officer. In that role she and her team focused on partnering with emerging technology companies across cybersecurity and deployment technologies for the financial sector. These partnerships included direct equity investments by Citi Ventures, and support to these companies enabled them to scale at a rapid rate.
Prior to Citi, Chase-Hopkins served as Chief Financial Officer at The Boeing Company and Lucent Technologies. She was General Auditor at General Motors, then VP of Finance at GM Europe in Zurich.
Mr Cheng is a Partner at Millennium Technology Value Partners, for which he leads the firm’s investments in PrecisionHawk, Blackmore Sensor & Analytics, Phantom AI, BigCommerce, and actively manages a number of portfolio companies.
Prior to Millennium, Cheng spent three years with Rho Ventures where he was a Senior Analyst. At Rho, Cheng focused on investments in Internet companies, software services and clean technology. He was involved with Rho’s investments in OMGPOP (acquired by Zynga), Precision Demand (acquired by AOL), SolarBridge (acquired by SunPower), ChargePoint, Vidyo and Enerkem.
Cheng graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Economics from The Wharton School and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Systems Engineering from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
William Abecass is Head of Innovation Capital at BlackRock.
Prior to joining the firm in 2012, Mr. Abecassis was Head of Fixed Income Trading Strategy at Bridgewater Associates where he spent four years in roles blending investment research in fixed income and currency markets with development of quantitative models and trading technologies. Previously, Mr. Abecassis was principal and founder of LogisticScience, a strategy consulting firm focusing on development of quantitative decision-support models for Fortune 500 firms.
Mr. Abecassis earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiology with extended coursework in Non-Linear Systems and a Minor in Management from McGill University, Canada in 1997. He later earned a Graduate Diploma in Computer Science from Concordia University, Canada in 2000.
Mark Anderson is an experienced board member, investor and leader, who has supported the development and expansion of numerous hi-tech businesses. Currently the CEO of Alteryx (NYSE: AYX), Anderson spent four years as the Operations Director at Cisco Systems and then served as President for Palo Alto Networks. Seeking to apply his hard-earned knowledge and experience to support many hi-tech initiatives he has filled numerous board member positions to help companies achieve important expansion milestones.
John Spiliotis is a seasoned sales executive operator known for enabling high-growth company acceleration. His vast career experience includes SVP at Palo Alto Networks amongst other senior sales engineering positions. In these positions, he built world-class sales engineering and channel distribution teams and directed go-to-market strategies with outstanding success. His latest achievements include having led Palo Alto Networks Americas theater (~70% of WW sales) from $300m p/a to $1.8B p/a, a critical component towards achieving an $8B market valuation.