As managing director at General Catalyst Partners, Steve invests in enterprise infrastructure start-ups. Until 2013, Steve was chief technology officer and senior vice president of Research and Development at VMware. During his tenure, Steve helped build a world-class 3,000-person engineering organization that delivered numerous industry-changing products; he was also named InfoWorld’s CTO of the Year in 2009. Prior to VMware, Steve co-led the development of a virtual CPU with “code morphing” technology at Transmeta Corporation, and held roles at SGI and MIPS Technologies. Outside of work, Steve focuses on the advancement of children’s education, particularly around STEM. Steve holds a PhD and a master’s degree in computer science from Stanford University, and a BA with distinction in computer science from the University of Texas at Austin.
John M. Jack (JJ) has worked in the software industry since 1980 in sales, marketing, and executive management. Highlights include: CEO at Fortify Software (sold to Hewlett Packard) and CEO Covalent (sold to VMware). COO at The Vantive Corporation (public, sold to PeopleSoft), and executive positions at Sybase, Inc. Since leaving Hewlett Packard in January of 2012, he has served as a consultant to start-up companies and their CEOs. JJ currently serves on a number of venture-backed company boards in the cyber-security and other segments. He is also a board partner at the VC firm Andreessen Horowitz. linkedin.com/in/johnmjack
Joe Lonsdale is a founding partner at 8VC, a San Francisco-based venture capital fund. He serves on several boards including Addepar, OpenGov, Oscar, Illumio, Radius, Hyperloop-One and Wish. Joe is a co-founder of Palantir, a multi-billion dollar global software company best known for its work in defense and finance. Most recently, he was a founding partner at Formation 8, the precursor fund to 8VC, which manages over 1.5 billion USD and is one of the top performing private funds. Before that, he founded Addepar, a leading wealth management technology platform, and OpenGov. Previously, Joe was an early executive at Peter Thiel’s Clarium Capital, which they grew into a large global macro hedge fund. He also worked with the financial arm of PayPal while he was at Stanford. Joe received a B.S. in Computer Science from Stanford in 2003. He often lectures and writes on entrepreneurship and technology.
John is the chairman of the Board of Microsoft and he brings over 40 years of experience in the technology industry including being the former chief executive officer of Symantec and Virtual Instruments. During his 10-year tenure at Symantec, John helped transform the company into a leader in security, storage, and systems management solutions. Prior to Symantec, Thompson held a number of leadership positions at IBM, including sales, marketing, software development and general manager of IBM Americas. Since 2009, John has been an active investor in early stage technology companies in Silicon Valley, including an early investment in Illumio. He is currently on the board of Trustees for the Wetland America Trust, an organization dedicated to wildlife habitat conservation, and formerly served on the national board of Teach for America, an organization dedicated to eliminating educational inequities for all children. He has also served on a number of government commissions as well. John received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Florida A&M University, and a master’s degree in Management Science from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.
Illumio has raised $267.5 million in funding to date from J.P. Morgan Asset Management, Andreessen Horowitz, General Catalyst, Formation 8, BlackRock Funds, Accel Partners, and Data Collective, as well as individual investors including Microsoft Chairman John W. Thompson, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, and Yahoo Co-founder Jerry Yang.