Scott SavitzScott Savitz is the Founder and Managing Partner of Data Point Capital, an investment firm focused on the internet. Scott is a strong advocate of entrepreneurship and innovation, especially where it aims to raise the bar on the consumer experience. Scott is also the founder and former CEO of Shoebuy.com. Scott founded Shoebuy in 1999, and served as its CEO through its sale to IAC. Under his guidance, Shoebuy grew on average over 55% a year becoming one of the largest online retailers in the country, with over 1 million products and $3.5 billion in inventory available for sale, serving over 8 million visitors a month. Between the sale of Shoebuy in 2006 and Scott retiring from the company in 2011, Shoebuy tripled revenues and grew bottom line faster than top-line. Scott is Chairman of Smart Lunches and also serves on the boards of Kitsy Lane, Vee24, Jebbit, Bluestem Brands, and MITX, and served as an Advisor for Olejo Stores (acquired by Mattress Firm) and On The Spot Systems, Inc. (acquired by Press Ganey). He also serves on several committees focused on fostering growth and a more robust economy including the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, Nantucket Conference, and Co-Chair of 12 X 12. Scott received a B.A. in English from the University of Colorado and currently resides in Boston, MA. He is a frequent industry speaker and has received numerous awards and accolades including Ernst & Young's New England Entrepreneur of the Year.
Evan KornackEvan Kornack joined Data Point Capital as a Senior Associate in 2012. Previously, Evan worked for UBS in their Global Investment Banking group, where he executed take-private transactions, and equity raises. Prior to UBS, Evan worked as a Corporate Development Consultant for RainDance Technologies, which is a Digital Biology™ Company that is backed by Mohr Davidow Ventures, Alloy Ventures, and Quaker Partners. At RainDance, he was heavily involved in the firm's capital raising efforts, and select business development activities. Before working at RainDance Technologies, Evan was an Analyst in the Investment Banking Group at Leerink Swann, where he executed numerous M&A transactions, and public and private equity financings. Evan has a BA in Economics from Bates College and an MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia.
Mary ShannonMary Shannon joined Data Point Capital as a Principal of Finance in 2012. In addition to her duties at Data Point Capital, Mary manages Masthead Venture Partners' financial, accounting, tax and investor relations functions. Before joining Masthead, Mary was the Director of Planning & Analysis for Zefer, a venture-backed, high-growth Internet consulting firm, where she was responsible for forecasting, budgeting and analysis. She also managed the real estate function, led financial due diligence and participated in the IPO process. Prior to joining Zefer, Mary was Director of Special Projects with Liberty Mutual Group's international business unit, where she led due diligence teams and performed mergers and acquisitions analysis on targets in Asia, Australia, Latin America and Europe. Prior to that, Mary held various financial roles at Liberty. She received her M.B.A. from Boston College, after spending four years with the venture firm Burr, Egan, Deleage & Co., most recently as an analyst. Her undergraduate degree is from Holy Cross.
Lars AlbrightCo-Founder and CEO of SessionM, a venture funded mobile engagement and advertising platform. Prior to founding SessionM, Lars was at Apple, Inc., where he was a member of the senior executive team of iAd, Apple's first advertising focused business unit. Before Apple, Lars was Co-founder of Quattro Wireless, a leading mobile advertising platform that was acquired by Apple in late 2009.
Fred BertinoFounder and President of MMB. Prior to MMB, Fred was President and Chief Creative Officer at Hill, Holliday. Under Fred's leadership, Hill, Holliday grew from $300 million to $1.2 billion winning international awards such as the Grand Clio, Cannes Lion, the Grand Effie, The One Show and the British Art and Designers Club.
Desh DeshpandePresident of Sparta Group LLC, and Founder and Chairman of Sycamore Networks (SCMR). Prior to co-founding Sycamore Networks, Desh was Founder and Chairman of Cascade Communications Corp. As well as sitting on various boards, Desh is involved in several non-profit initiatives that include MIT's Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation, Akshaya Patra Foundation, and the Social Entrepreneurship Sandboxes in India, Massachusetts and Canada.
Diane HessanFounder, Chairman, and former President and CEO of Communispace, a leading social networking company that is transforming the way that companies listen to and understand their consumers. Communispace was sold to Omnicom in 2011. The company has created nearly 600 private online customer communities for a premier list of over 120 global corporations, with a 90% client retention rate and a tripling of revenues over the last four years. Communispace has won over a dozen awards for impact, innovation and culture. Diane has also served on the boards of numerous organizations including The Advertising Research Foundation, the Alliance for Business Leadership, Horizons for Homeless Children, and The Boston Philharmonic.
Steve PapaFounder and CEO of Endeca building it until it was Oracle's 6th largest acquisition ever on announcement in 2011. Prior to its acquisition, Endeca had achieved $750M in cumulative worldwide revenue and pioneered Guided Navigation, one of the leading search innovations of the decade and now an industry standard. Before founding Endeca, Steve was part of the original team creating Akamai; a member of the early team at Inktomi in charge of creating the company's infrastructure caching business; a product manager at Teradata; and a venture associate at Venrock.
Alan PhillipsFounder of Where.com, a mobile location-based media company, which sold to eBay in 2011. Prior to Where.com, Alan was at GrandBanks Capital, a Softbank affiliate, and before that, Alan served as an Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer of ZDNet, where he managed technology and infrastructure and was instrumental in the sale of ZDNet to CNet for $1.6 billion.
Jim SalzanoFormer President of Clarks Americas. In his role, Jim was responsible for overseeing US, Canada, Central and South America and the Caribbean markets. Jim was with the company for 19 years and during that time the company grew from just over $200M in revenues to over a $1B share of the North American market including over 13,000 locations where Clarks products are sold, inclusive of almost 300 company-owned stores.
Leonard SchlesingerLen is a Baker Foundation Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School after concluding a five-year term as President of Babson College. Prior to Babson, Len was at Limited Brands (now L Brands), where he served as Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer, and before that was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Au Bon Pain. His earlier academic career includes twenty years at Harvard Business School where he served as the George Fisher Baker Jr. Professor of Business Administration, leading MBA and executive education programs. Len currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), a Director of Viewpost, LLC, a Director of Demandware, a member of the Corporation of the Winsor School, a member of the President’s Council of the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, an advisory council member of Goldman Sachs' 10,000 Small Businesses Initiative, and as a member of both the Council on Competitiveness and the Council on Foreign Relations.
Gordon HoffsteinGordon founded and has served as Chief Executive Officer of five companies. These companies have included Be Free, PCs Compleat, and Microamerica. As CEO, Gordon has overseen the acquisition of 13 companies and negotiated the sale or merger of five companies. Gordon has raised more than $62 million from nine venture partners and over $250 million in public money during the successful IPO's of Microamerica and Be Free. Gordon also orchestrated the sale of Be Free to ValueClick.