Jody Gessow , ,

Jody Gessow, Woodside, CA is a private equity investor with DivcoWest. From 2007 – 2012 he was Managing Director and Partner of OEP, the private equity platform of JPMorgan Chase, where he led the investment of Mandiant Corporation ( merged with FireEye (FEYE) on 1/2/14). Before joining OEP, Jody was a partner at Oak Hill Re ( Robert M Bass). He co-founded K.K. daVinci Japan and Signature Resorts. Prior to this he was a partner at Trammell Crow Residential.

Jody has served on the boards of Mandiant Corporation, TV Guide Holdings, Luca Technologies, Oncology Therapeutic Networks, Cable Systems Holdings, and the not for profits Board of Trustees of University of Maryland, UCLA’s Foundation Board of Governors, YPO International Chapter and the USPS Pro Cycling Team. Jody received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Emory University in 1978 and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University in 1980.

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Dawn G. Lepore , , , Former Chairman and CEO

Dawn Lepore was most recently Chairman of the Board and CEO of, inc., a leading online retailer of health, beauty, and wellness products. In June of 2011, Dawn led drugstore through a successful acquisition by Walgreens, Inc. In her six years at drugstore, she repositioned the company to focus on the over-the-counter, beauty, and vision businesses and led the company to record revenues, adjusted EBITDA, and free cash flow.
Prior to joining, Dawn held leadership positions at The Charles Schwab Company where she played a key role launching, and then building Schwab’s highly successful e-commerce business. In her 21 years with Schwab, she held a wide variety of roles and responsibilities. She served as Vice Chairman of technology, operations, administration, strategy and active trader, was the Chief Information Officer, a member of Schwab’s Executive Committee and trustee of SchwabFunds.

Currently Dawn serves on the board of AOL Inc., Quotient, formerly known as Incorporated, Real Networks and She previously served on the boards of eBay Inc., The New York Times and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Dawn has been honored by Fortune Magazine four times as one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in American Business, by the National Organization for Women at their Aiming High Conference, was named one of InformationWeek’s Chiefs of the Year. Dawn graduated from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.

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David E. Siminoff , ,

David graduated with Honors from Stanford University, where he was a member of the varsity Swimming & Diving Team, which went on to win multiple Pac-10 and NCAA Championships. He later earned an MFA from USC Film School in 1989 and an MBA from Stanford Business School in 1993.

Having founded global syndicate barter company EastNet in Moscow and Eastern Europe, he graduated from business school and joined Capital Research, the largest mutual fund in the world as measured by assets under management. In his tenure at Capital Research, he focused on the Technology, Media & Telecommunications sectors, and his fund was a large early investor in Yahoo!, eBay, Amazon, PayPal, and America Online. His investments were a key component of a top-performing growth fund, which led to Siminoff being named “Best of the Buy Side” by Institutional Investor Magazine and receiving numerous accolades from financial industry publications, including Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and Fortune.

MySpace founder Chris DeWolfe observed, “Siminoff is an artsy guy in a suit who puts the literature of what sites do above anything else, even though he’s trained as a finance guy. He was a great advisor for us as we scaled – he has a really clear vision for what’s coming in the world. Entrepreneurs are clearly at the top of his pyramid.” The Wall Street Journal noted that Web executives call him “The Smoking Man,” after the mysterious character on television’s “X-Files,” who pulls the strings behind the scenes. Institutional Investor Magazine remarked, “You can look at him from a Wall Street perspective or an industry perspective. David’s very close to the Technology community and has a solid sense of what’s going on in the Media and Technology businesses. There aren’t a lot of investors who get that convergence.”

Siminoff later served as the Chief Executive Officer of Spark Networks, a publicly traded firm which is the parent company of JDate. He also founded 4info, the largest SMS media company in the United States, and was a general partner at Venrock, the Rockefeller family’s venture capital arm. With his wife, Ellen Siminoff, the couple have been an angel investors /advisors for dozens of successful Silicon Valley start-ups, including StubHub, Richrelevance, Tonic Generation, SlideShare, BlogHer and Crunchyroll.

He is an active pilot, sharing flight duties with Eclipse Aviation partner, Mark Pincus, the founder of Zynga.

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Steve Horowitz , , , Vice President of Engineering, Snapchat

Steve Horowitz is currently Vice President of Engineering for Snapchat in Venice, California. He brings vast technology expertise including the development of world-class products at Google, Apple and Microsoft.

Prior to joining Snapchat, Steve led global software engineering for Google’s Motorola Mobility. While at Motorola Steve was responsible for software strategy and development of the best selling smartphones in Motorola history including Moto G, Moto X and the Droid franchise.

Prior to joining Motorola, Steve was CTO at, now Quotient, where he was in charge of worldwide engineering and technology strategy.

While at Google, Steve led the Android engineering team responsible for the creation of Android, the world’s most-used operating system. He introduced Android along with Google founder Sergey Brin via the Android Developer Challenge and also gave the world’s first public demonstration of Android at Google I/O.

At Microsoft, Steve spent nine years in leadership roles shipping a series of consumer products including AT&T U-verse, Windows Media Center Edition, UltimateTV and WebTV. He was also one of the earliest employees at Be Inc., where he played a key role in developing and then introducing the BeOS at the Agenda 95 conference to a standing ovation.

Steve began his career at Apple where he spent six years working on Macintosh products and technologies, including the first extensible Macintosh Control Panel, which he developed at Apple during a summer internship while attending college at the University of Michigan.

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Steven Boal , , , Chief Executive Officer

A former Wall Street executive, Steven Boal founded Quotient, formerly Incorporated, in 1998 and is responsible for its strategic and operational direction. Mr. Boal previously served as vice president of business development for Integral Development Corporation, a privately held financial software company in Silicon Valley. Prior to that, Mr. Boal was vice president and head of global emerging markets derivative technology at J.P. Morgan. Before that, he was president of OptEdge, a real-time options, analytics and risk management business. Mr. Boal also held various management positions at TriStar Market Data, most recently running the company’s Montgomery Securities division. He holds a B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany.

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Quotient Technology Inc. is a leader in digital coupons, including online, printable, social, mobile and loyalty card promotions. Founded in 1998, the company is based in Mountain View, CA.