Paul is a strategic advisor and board member with 25 plus years of experience in the enterprise software (SaaS) industry. Paul's most recent experience was Chief Business Officer and SVP of Sales, at Interactive Intelligence, Inc. that went public in 1999 and was recently acquired by Genesys for $1.4B. Interactive was a global provider of business communications software in the Unified Communications/Contact Center space. Joining Interactive in 1997, Paul was part of the original team that set the go to market strategy while scaling the direct and channel salesforce to $400m in revenue and over 2,000 employees.
Prior to joining Interactive, Paul spent five years with Software Artistry Inc. selling within the early stage HelpDesk (CRM) industry. Working from the start-up phase of the business through the IPO, leaving just prior to the time the company was sold to IBM.
Paul is a Venture Partner with Cultivation Capital and currently serves as a Board Member and/or Advisor to several private (Cloud) companies in the Customer Experience/Contact Center and Artificial Intelligence space. He is also on the board of "Be My Eyes", a volunteer assistance app for the Blind
Sanket Merchant is a Principal at PeakSpan Capital, a growth-stage investment firm with offices in Silicon Valley and New York City. He has dedicated his entire career to working with growth-stage business software businesses across the entire company development lifecycle (1st institutional capital to exit). Sanket splits his investment focus between category-defining innovators in HR Tech, Customer Experience Management (CX software), Infrastructure, and Enterprise Fintech.
Since joining PeakSpan, Sanket has assisted on more than six partnerships and boards, including Cyara, Epignosis, Inference, MindBridge, Fuel50, and Qwil.
Previously, Sanket worked in the Technology, Media, and Telecom Group at Houlihan Lokey (NYSE: HLI), where he focused exclusively on B2B software M&A and private financing transactions. Prior to Houlihan Lokey, Sanket was a consultant in the Global Banking and Brokerage Group at FactSet Research Systems, where he partnered with investment banking, private equity, and venture capital clients.
Sanket holds a B.B.A. in Finance with a minor in Economics from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado at Boulder (Go Buffs!).
Be My Eyes, Capacity, MindTouch, Sharpen Technologies, and Textel
ClairMail, Cordial, Cordial, Ecwid, Fuel50, GroupBy, Healthline Media, HireVue, ID Analytics, InQuira, MatterSight, Novariant, ReviewTrackers, Rocket Lawyer, Stylitics, Venda, Visible Technologies, and Visiprise