Alex Ferrara is a partner in Bessemer’s New York office where he focuses on investments in the application software and Internet sectors. Alex’s current and previous board service includes Dashlane, NewVoiceMedia, Wandera, Shopify, OMGPop (acquired by Zynga), SelectMinds (acquired by Oracle), Yodle and Quadriserv. He was also involved with the firm’s investments in Pure Networks (acquired by Cisco), Skype (acquired by Ebay), SiteAdvisor (acquired by McAfee), Goal.com (acquired by Perform Group), Activ Financial, TeamViewer, and Gerson Lehrman Group.
Alex’s other historical investments include HootSuite and Alibaba Group. Earlier in his career Alex worked at Goldman Sachs in technology investment banking. Alex started his career as a software developer at Salomon Brothers and later worked as a derivatives trader.
Alex holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, and a B.S. in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.
David is a Director with the RBC Venture Partners group at Royal Bank of Canada and oversees direct investments in a broad range of information technology companies.Prior to joining the group in 2001, David had a successful track record within RBC Financial Group in retail and commercial banking, e-commerce strategy development and project management.David is on the board of Viigo Incorporated and currently is an observer on the boards of Lumeta Corporation, Tacit Software Inc., Avolent Inc., Varicent Software Incorporated and Adaptive Planning Inc.David obtained an MBA from Queen's University, holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from Wilfrid Laurier University and is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP). He is also a graduate of the NVCA's Venture Capital Institute.david.unsworth@rbc.
Ed is founder of boldstart ventures, a day one partner and true believer for developer first and SaaS founders. boldstart is a lead investor and often partners with technical founders at inception, helping accelerate their path to product market fit.
Ed is currently a board member/observer of Snyk, Kustomer, BigID, Harbr Data, Blockdaemon, Env0, and Cycle. Other notable day one investments include Superhuman, Security Scorecard, and Front. Over 25 years leading first round investments including LivePerson (NASDAQ: LPSN), GoToMeeting (acq. By Citrix), and Greenplum (acq. EMC/Pivotal). Ed has a BA in Economics from Harvard.
Gil Beyda is a seasoned entrepreneur & technologist turned venture capitalist. Gil launched his first company Mind Games in 1982 to develop games for the original Apple II. Gil then started a software consulting firm with Fortune 100 clients in the U.S., Asia and Europe.
In 1995, Gil helped pioneer Internet advertising by founding Real Media, the first online ad network and ad server company. After Real Media was acquired in 2001, Gil pioneered the next wave of online advertising as CTO of TACODA, the first behavioral targeting, ad network. Following AOL’s acquisition of TACODA in 2007, Gil founded Genacast Ventures in partnership with Comcast Ventures to invest in seed-stage, B2B technology start-ups. From 2017 to 2020, Gil was Managing Director at Comcast Ventures and invested in companies at all stages in AI, communications and Quantum computing. Gil continues to manage and invest in seed-stage companies via Genacast Ventures.
Gil has a MBA and BS in Computer Science from California State University. He lives with his wife and four daughters in the Philadelphia suburbs.
Business savvy, information security and risk management leader and security investor with more than 20 years of result driven experience in developing and executing long-term strategies, with a proven track record of addressing current business objectives and today’s operational risks. Strong technical background, product development experience, program management expertise and communication skills with a data centric and risk based approach ensure that business and information security objectives are fully achieved at all levels of the organization. Global experience, including direct management of multicultural environments and personnel, provides unique perspective to information risk management, information security, privacy, governance and compliance.
Cofense, Dashlane, Kenna Security, NewVoiceMedia, OMGPOP, Pipedrive, and Wandera
IGLOO Software, Jana Holdings, Jana Mobile, Verafin, and Viigo
Blockdaemon, Env0, FortressIQ, Kustomer, Manifold, and Snyk
Blockdaemon, Confetti, DoubleVerify, DrayNow, Jornaya, Neural Magic, and Zapata Computing
AppOmni, Capsule8, CloudKnox, CyberGRX, IntSights, Respond Software, and SecZetta