In addition to co-founders Andrew Allison and Matt Stuart, the Board of Directors includes:
Michael Dearing is the Founder of Harrison Metal. Prior to Harrison Metal, Michael spent many years at eBay (NASDAQ – EBAY), where he worked as Senior Vice President & General Merchandise Manager for eBay.com. In that role, he led category management, product marketing, seller development, eBay Stores and direct-to-consumer marketing for eBay North America. Michael was also responsible for the launch and growth of many new merchandise categories and new businesses, such as Buy-it-Now, listings upgrades, eBay Stores and ProStores.
Michael holds an AB in Economics with a focus in economic history from Brown University, as well as an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School.
Rob Stavis is a Managing Partner at Bessemer Venture Partners. Rob focuses on investments in the financial services sector as well as in emerging software technologies. Since joining BVP, Rob has led the firm’s investments in and sits on the boards of independent research companies Gerson Lehrman Group and Soleil Securities, CRM software developer Portrait Software (formerly AIT Group, LSE-AIM: PST), financial marketplace Zopa, independently produced video distributor Revver, home network management software provider Pure Networks, and the stock loan focused Broker/Dealer financial services company Quadriserv. Rob was closely involved in BVP’s investment in Motilal Oswal Financial Services, an India-based financial services and brokerage company.
Rob entered private equity after a 15-year career at Salomon Smith Barney, where he became co-head of global arbitrage trading. He was a member of Salomon’s operating and risk management committees, and chaired the recruiting committee, in addition to managing a $100 billion balance sheet. Rob holds degrees from the Engineering School of the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School of Management.
Julie Black is a Product and Engineering leader focusing on monetization and big data products. She is currently a Product Manager at Pinterest. Prior to Pinterest, Julie was the Director and Head of Engineering at TellApart, a leader in customer data driven online marketing, and engineering manager for numerous key advertising products at Google. Julie holds BS and MS degrees in Computer Science from Stanford University and an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.
Walter Kortschak is a Silicon Valley venture capitalist and now invests privately in early and growth stage technology-enabled companies with innovative business models. He is also a senior advisor and former managing partner of Summit Partners, a private equity and venture capital firm that invests in profitable growth companies. Prior to Summit, Walter was a Vice President at Crosspoint Venture Partners. He is also a past director of the National Venture Capital Association. Walter has consistently appeared on Forbes Magazine’s Midas List of the Top 100 venture capitalists.
Jenny Lefcourt has been an entrepreneur, board member, advisor, and operator of consumer or SMB Internet companies for over 15 years. She founded WeddingChannel.com (sold: KNOT) and Bella Pictures (sold: CPI). At both companies she led sales organizations and created game-changing partnerships with key market incumbents.
Brent Tworetzky is a product management leader and startup advisor focusing on innovative consumer and small business web services. Brent is currently VP, Product Management at Udacity, a leader in online education and training, and previously helped build and scale category leaders Chegg, WebMD and Mint.com. He also invested in consumer and enterprise technologies as a venture capitalist at Shasta Ventures.
Tristan Walker is the Founder & CEO of Walker & Company Brands. Prior to his founding Walker & Company he was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Andreessen Horowitz. Prior to his time at Andreessen Horowitz, he was the Director of Business Development for foursquare, where he oversaw strategic partnerships and monetization. He has been named to Ebony Magazine’s 100 Most Powerful People list, The Hollywood Reporter’s Digital Power 50, and Black Enterprise’s 40 Next. He is also the Founder and Chairman of CODE2040, a program that matches high performing black and latino undergraduate and graduate coders and software engineering students with Silicon Valley start-ups for summer internships. Tristan holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Stony Brook University, where he graduated as valedictorian, and an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He currently lives with his wife in Palo Alto, California.