Guardian Analytics has assembled a team of industry leaders with diverse backgrounds in Internet and enterprise technologies.
Laurent joined Guardian Analytics in 2016 and brings expertise in analytics, financial crimes, customer experience and eCommerce from companies such as Oracle, FICO, and Blue Martini. Most recently, he served as Group VP of Oracle Sales Cloud where he was a key driver in “end-user delight” and delivered innovations in real-time mobile analytics that created improvements in productivity and the customer experience. He has held award-winning CMO roles and pioneered some of the first enterprise e-Commerce applications on the Web. Recognizing the shift to the cloud, he was a key executive at Corio, which had a successful IPO and was later acquired by IBM. He is a co-founder and board member emeritus of the Clean Tech Open, the world’s largest accelerator for clean tech startups, which has raised more than $1B to fight climate change. Laurent holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.
Skip joined Foundation Capital in 2007, and works to assist the firm's portfolio companies and help in the assessment of potential new investments. He has more than 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur, investor, and advisor to dozens of successful software, networking, and security companies, including as CEO and President of URoam (acquired by F5), COO of Kiva (acquired by Netscape), VP of Field Operations at Illustra (acquired by Informix), VP of Marketing at Sybase, and trading area manager at IBM. He currently represents Foundation Capital on the boards of SpringCM, MSDSonline, Guardian Analytics and Attensity.
Prior to Foundation Capital, Skip worked with Canaan Partners, representing that firm on the boards of Voyence (acquired by EMC), Groundwork Open Solutions, and VUE Technology (acquired by Tyco). As an early stage investor, Skip has invested in several technology startups including Sygate (acquired by Symantec), SleepyCat Software (Acquired by Oracle), eHealth Insurance (IPO), and Retention Education (privately held).
Skip has also used his entrepreneurial expertise in the charitable world, having participated in the funding and management of a number of organizations. He is a recipient of the J. William Brownsfield award for outstanding civic contribution. Skip holds a BS from Sacramento State University and an MBA from University of Arizona. In his rare moments of downtime, he can be found cycling, hiking, and vacationing with his family.
Greg Sands joined Sutter Hill Ventures in 1998 from Netscape Communications. As the company's original product manager, he co-authored the company's original business plan and launched and shipped its initial products, working closely with both engineering and sales. He then created and led the SuiteSpot business unit, growing it from $0 to $150M. He also worked previously at Cisco Systems and at Corporate Decisions (now Mercer Management Consulting).
Greg serves as a director for Consorte Media, ChoiceStream, Intacct, Merced Systems, Nexxo Financial, QuinStreet, Return Path, Valista and Volo Media. Greg is also a board observer at MyNewPlace and SeeSaw Networks. Previous investments include FeedBurner(GOOG), Closedloop (LWSN) and AllBusiness (DNB).
Greg is a trustee of the Stanford Business School Trust, the Stanford University DAPER Investment Fund and the Western Association of Venture Capitalists. He also co-founded the non-profit Start Up, a microenterprise program for entrepreneurs and small business owners in underprivileged communities.
He earned an AB in government from Harvard College in 1989 and received an MBA at Stanford in 1994.
Jim focuses on software and services companies, which are enabled by ubiquitous low-cost computing and communications connectivity. Jim offers a deep understanding of direct marketing to consumers and how technology is changing the way businesses acquire, retain and service their customers.
Prior to founding Split Rock Partners, Jim served as General Partner of St. Paul Venture Capital, which he joined in 1996 and where he focused on early-stage investing in software and services opportunities. Before joining St. Paul Venture Capital, Jim was a partner at Marquette Venture Partners, where he was responsible for investments in a variety of industries. Jim began his career in the investment banking group at Trammell Crow Company and in the corporate finance department at First Boston Corporation.
Jim received a BA in economics and history from Stanford University and an MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
Matt Glickman is a successful serial entrepreneur, having co-founded and served as CEO of both BabyCenter and Merced Systems. Currently, he is a lecturer in entrepreneurship at Stanford Graduate School of Business, and serves as a board member of TNTP and NovoEd. Previously, he worked at Intuit and Bain & Company, and he advised or served on the board of Teach For America, New Schools Venture Fund and KIPP Bay Area. Matt holds an MBA and a MA-Education from Stanford and a BA from Amherst College.