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Top Hat has 16 executives. Top Hat's founder is Mohsen Shahini. Top Hat's is .

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Top Hat Board of Directors

2 Board of directors

Top Hat has 2 board of directors, including Gordon Ritter.

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Gordon Ritter

Gordon Ritter is a founder and general partner of Emergence Capital. He has spent over 15 years building companies which pioneered new markets including embedded web-based interfaces, server appliances, "on demand" services for the SMB market and web-native application development. He led Emergence's first investment in the on demand leader, salesforce.com. Gordon was named to the Forbes' Midas List of the top venture capital investors in 2007, 2012, 2014, and 2015. He currently sits on numerous company boards, including Veeva, Insightly, Top Hat Monocle, High Alpha, and Textio. Prior to founding Emergence, Gordon was co-founder and CEO of Software As Service, a web services platform company he created with Marc Benioff, the chairman and CEO of salesforce.com. Software As Service is the origin of salesforce.com's Salesforce 1 platform. Prior to forming Software As Service, he was vice president of the $3 billion IBM global small business division, created as a result of IBM's acquisition of his company, Whistle Communications, in 1999. Gordon's division was responsible for partnerships with dozens of technology-enabled service companies as part of IBM's on demand computing strategy. He led IBM's launch partnership with salesforce.com. Prior to IBM, Gordon was co-founder and president of Whistle, a pioneering internet appliance and services platform for small and medium-sized businesses. Gordon has a bachelor of arts degree in economics from Princeton University.

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Kristen Hamilton

Kristen Hamilton is a technology entrepreneur and CEO with multiple exits and is currently SVP Strategic Partnerships at Guild Education, a unicorn in the education to employment space. The primary focus of her career has been driving impact in the technology, talent and education industries. Kristen is a recognized expert in education and HR technology spaces, with a deep focus on the intersection of education and employment. She is currently a board director of growth stage companies Top Hat, Aduro, and Strivr, and is chair of the board of Directors’ Cup Invitational Ski Classic. She co-founded predictive hiring software leader Koru, and was it’s CEO until it was acquired by UK based Capfinity. She previously co-founded e-commerce pioneer Onvia and took it public on NASDAQ. She has served as an executive for large enterprises including Microsoft, where she was head of educator strategy, and World Learning, where she was COO. She grew up near Montreal, and currently lives in Seattle. She has a passion for skiing, biking, rowing, and spending time outdoors with her two daughters and her golden retriever.

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Gordon Ritter

Kristen Hamilton

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Gordon Ritter is a founder and general partner of Emergence Capital. He has spent over 15 years building companies which pioneered new markets including embedded web-based interfaces, server appliances, "on demand" services for the SMB market and web-native application development. He led Emergence's first investment in the on demand leader, salesforce.com. Gordon was named to the Forbes' Midas List of the top venture capital investors in 2007, 2012, 2014, and 2015. He currently sits on numerous company boards, including Veeva, Insightly, Top Hat Monocle, High Alpha, and Textio. Prior to founding Emergence, Gordon was co-founder and CEO of Software As Service, a web services platform company he created with Marc Benioff, the chairman and CEO of salesforce.com. Software As Service is the origin of salesforce.com's Salesforce 1 platform. Prior to forming Software As Service, he was vice president of the $3 billion IBM global small business division, created as a result of IBM's acquisition of his company, Whistle Communications, in 1999. Gordon's division was responsible for partnerships with dozens of technology-enabled service companies as part of IBM's on demand computing strategy. He led IBM's launch partnership with salesforce.com. Prior to IBM, Gordon was co-founder and president of Whistle, a pioneering internet appliance and services platform for small and medium-sized businesses. Gordon has a bachelor of arts degree in economics from Princeton University.

Kristen Hamilton is a technology entrepreneur and CEO with multiple exits and is currently SVP Strategic Partnerships at Guild Education, a unicorn in the education to employment space. The primary focus of her career has been driving impact in the technology, talent and education industries. Kristen is a recognized expert in education and HR technology spaces, with a deep focus on the intersection of education and employment. She is currently a board director of growth stage companies Top Hat, Aduro, and Strivr, and is chair of the board of Directors’ Cup Invitational Ski Classic. She co-founded predictive hiring software leader Koru, and was it’s CEO until it was acquired by UK based Capfinity. She previously co-founded e-commerce pioneer Onvia and took it public on NASDAQ. She has served as an executive for large enterprises including Microsoft, where she was head of educator strategy, and World Learning, where she was COO. She grew up near Montreal, and currently lives in Seattle. She has a passion for skiing, biking, rowing, and spending time outdoors with her two daughters and her golden retriever.

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