Jeff Horing is a co-founder and managing director at Insight Venture Partners. Under his leadership Insight has become a premier venture capital and private equity firm focused on growth investments in software and internet businesses; the firm has raised $7.6 billion since inception and made more than 200 investments worldwide. Insight's mission is to find, fund, and work successfully with visionary executives who are driving change in their industries – hence Insight’s investment is DataSift.
In addition to data companies, Jeff's areas of focus include mobile, infrastructure and internet software. Among some of his investments, Jeff includes Airborne Entertainment (acquired by Cybird Co.), Beechwood Data Systems (acquired by Cap Gemini), Greenfield Online (IPO, later acquired by Microsoft), Hitwise (acquired by Experian Group Ltd), IAG Research (acquired by The Nielsen Company), ProMira Software (acquired by Manugistics), Shutterstock (IPO), Solarwinds Inc. (IPO), Wix (IPO) and Xchange (IPO acquired by Amdocs).
Jeff currently serves on the Boards of Directors of AirWatch, Anaqua, Datacore Software, GFI, New Relic, Whitney University System, and Zumba. He was named to the Forbes Midas List in 2012.
Rory O’Driscoll is a founding member of Scale Venture Partners (ScaleVP) and has been an active investor at ScaleVP or its predecessor funds since 1993. His primary focus is on software companies benefiting from the move to software-as-a-service and the wider transition of enterprise computing to the cloud. In addition to DataSift, he currently sits on the boards of Box, Boundary, DocuSign, ExactTarget (ET), Livescribe, and Vantage Media.
Prior investments include Omniture (IPO:OMTR; Acq: ADBE), Net Genesis (IPO: NTGX; Acq: SPSS), ScanSafe (Acq: Cisco), Frontbridge (Acq: MSFT), Zone Labs (Acq: CHKP), Placeware (Acq: MSFT), OuterBay (Acq: HP) among others. The automation of marketing in the Internet era has been a theme of his investments from NetGenesis in the 1990′s, to Omniture in 2005, and ExactTarget today.
Rory was named to the Forbes Midas List in 2012 and was also named one of the "power players" of venture capital by AlwaysOn in 2011 and 2012. Prior to ScaleVP, he was the CEO of a manufacturing company in the UK. Rory holds a BSc from the London School of Economics.
Mark Suster joined Upfront Ventures (formerly GRP Partners) in 2007 after having worked with GRP for nearly 8 years as a two-time entrepreneur. Most recently Mark was Vice President, Product Management at Salesforce.com (NASDAQ: CRM) following its acquisition of Koral, where Mark was Founder and CEO. Prior to Koral, Mark was Founder and CEO of BuildOnline, the largest independent global content collaboration company focused on the engineering and construction sectors, which was acquired by SWORD Group (PARIS: SWP). Earlier in his career, Mark spent nearly ten years working for Accenture in Europe, Japan and the U.S.
Mark received a BA in Economics from the University of California, San Diego, and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He grew up in the U.S. and is also a citizen of the UK.
In the current portfolio, Mark sits on the Boards of Ad.ly, Awe.sm, Burstly, DataSift, GumGum, Maker Studios, Ring Revenue, and textPlus.
IA Venture invests in early-stage companies developing breakthrough tools and technologies for managing and extracting value from Big Data.
IA Ventures was founded on the belief that managing and extracting value from massive, occasionally unstructured, often real-time data sets is a competitive advantage.
Most data generated today is simply treated as exhaust - lost forever along with the valuable insights held in it. This is purely because all but the most sophisticated organizations are overwhelmed by the massive datasets that are now commonplace. And this is just structured data. Messy unstructured data is everywhere and goes largely unexplored. Unlocking even a small amount of the information held within it will transform entire industries.
We believe many factors, including commodity clusters, cloud platforms, and advanced statistical algorithms, are making it possible to store, manage, and extract insight from massive datasets - creating a Big Data revolution. We invest in talented early stage teams fueling this revolution with the development of innovative tools, technologies and analytics for managing and extracting value from Big Data - both structured and unstructured. We are interested in a wide variety of verticals including government, healthcare, financial services, and often our investments are directly or indirectly relevant to quantitative trading.
Chris Smart is a General Partner of Acacia Capital Partners. This was established as a buy out of IDG Ventures Europe. Acacia is a venture capital company which invests in technology companies across Europe. He is a founding partner in the fund.
He currently has board roles in Automsoft International, Mirics Semiconductor, Shazam and Solarflare Inc. In addition he is on the Advisory Board of Aptivate, a not-for-profit company looking to solve the problems of information access in developing nations and is on the Council of the Cambridge Society for the Appplication of Research. Prior to IDG he was Managing Director of Cambridge Research and Innovation which he established in the 90s as one of the pre-eminent specialist early stage technology venture capital companies in the UK. He was involved in funding from inception and the development of a range of ventures among which are Cambridge Display Technology, Nanomagnetics and Cambridge Positioning Systems, Cambridge Molecular Technology and Brax. He held directorships in these companies. Before entering venture capital he held senior executive positions in the electronics industry, primarily in a product and software development environment.
Mr. Smart graduated in Electrical Engineering and then obtained an MSc in Physics (Cum Laude) from Durban University and an MSc in Management from Imperial College, London University. He is an honorary member of Magdalene College, Cambridge.