Guardian Analytics has assembled a team of industry leaders with diverse backgrounds in Internet and enterprise technologies.
Terry Austin is the CEO of Guardian Analytics, a provider of real-time fraud prevention solutions for financial institutions. Terry is a regular speaker and contributor at security, payments and financial industry events, sharing best practices for protecting internet banking from current and emerging cyber threats. Prior to joining Guardian Analytics, Terry held CEO and executive leadership roles at companies such as MarketLive, Good Technology, Manugistics and Accenture.
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.
Irfan brings to MarkMonitor more than 20 years of experience growing and leading world-class Internet security, fraud prevention, and domain registrar companies. Prior to MarkMonitor, he was president and chief operating officer of Internet security company Zone Labs, which was acquired by Check Point Technologies. Earlier, Irfan was president and CEO of NameSecure.com, an Internet domain name registrar and services company. Irfan has also held positions including president of US and European operations at TrendMicro; president and CEO at desktop publishing and presentation software company Software Publishing Corporation; and vice president and general manager of the Spreadsheet Division at Lotus Development. Prior to Lotus, Irfan spent 7 years with Texas Instruments. He holds an undergraduate degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Imperial College London, and an M.B.A. from Manchester Business School, England.
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.
Greg is responsible for IronPlanet's development, refinement and execution of the company's overall business strategy and tactics. Prior to joining IronPlanet, Greg served as Managing Director at Red Zone Capital, a Washington, D.C. private equity firm focused on strong revenue growth opportunities. Prior to that time, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Manugistics Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:MANU), where he doubled annual revenues to $300 million for the supply chain management software company. Before that, he served as Global Managing Partner Supply Chain Management at Accenture (NYSE:ACN) where he was a founding member of their supply chain group. Greg also serves, or has served, on several outside boards including Serena Software, Inc., S1 Corporation and SecureWorks, Inc. Greg brings to IronPlanet many years of experience and proven results in revenue growth and supply chain business management.
Greg holds a B.S. in Industrial Management from Georgia Institute of Technology and serves on the President's Advisory Board as well as the College of Management Board.
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.