Board of Directors
Kevin Efrusy‘s background is primarily as an entrepreneur and operating executive. Kevin joined Accel in 2003. He served two stints as an entrepreneur when he started Corio, an ASP/SaaS pioneer that went public on Nasdaq and was acquired by IBM in 2005. Later, he built and served as the first CEO of IronPlanet, an online marketplace for heavy equipment with current annual gross sales over $500 million. Prior to his entrepreneurial career, Kevin worked at Zip2 and Bain & Company. Kevin focuses primarily on consumer Internet services and next generation business software, and he also is responsible for much of the firm’s efforts in Brazil and Latin America. Within consumer services, he serves on the boards of BranchOut, Medio Systems, and Capital Access Networks.
He formerly served on the board of Groupon. Kevin also sourced Accel’s investment in Facebook. Within next-generation business software he serves on the board of Couchbase. In Brazil/Latin America, Kevin led the firm’s investments in Despegar, Mind Lab, Shoes4You and Elo7. Prior boards and investments include Terracotta (acquired by Software AG), Xensource (acquired by Citrix for $500 million), SpringSource (acquired by VMWare for $420 million) and BBN Technologies (acquired by Raytheon). In 2011, Kevin was listed at #6 of the Forbes Midas List of Top 100 Tech Investors.
Kevin has an MSEE, BSEE, and BA in Economics all from Stanford University, and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he was an Arjay Miller scholar.
Len Jordan currently sits on the boards of Control4, Wetpaint, and Medio Systems. He most recently served as a senior vice president at RealNetworks. He managed the media systems division from 1997 to 1999, releasing four major versions of the RealSystem software platform, which generated the majority of the company’s more than 100 percent annual revenue growth during that period. From 1999 through 2001, Jordan’s team pioneered RealNetworks’ entry into non-PC markets, developing products and technology integration agreements with Nokia mobile phones, Sony PlayStation game consoles and numerous television set-top boxes.
Prior to this, he was president of Creative Multimedia, Inc., a developer and publisher of CD-ROM/internet products. Creative Multimedia co-developed reference products with Time-Warner, USNews, Viacom and Billboard before its acquisition in 1995 by TBG Holdings, NV. In addition, Jordan led product management for PCTools’ utility software for several years at Central Point Software, before it was acquired by Symantec. He began his career at Safeco Insurance Company, developing financial models for personal computer automation of the independent insurance industry. Jordan graduated magna cum laude from the Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah with BS degrees in finance and economics.
Scott Alderman is the President of Trilogy Equity Partners, an investment fund formed in 2006 by the founding leadership team of Western Wireless Corporation, Western Wireless International and Voicestream Wireless/T-Mobile.
Previously, Alderman spent eleven years at Western Wireless, most recently the Chief Financial Officer of Western Wireless International, a company that operated wireless businesses in eleven countries in Europe, Africa, South America and the Caribbean. There, he was involved in the acquisition, financing, network development and sale of wireless assets that created nearly $2 billion in value for the company’s shareholders. Earlier in his career at Western Wireless International, Alderman was instrumental in securing spectrum assets that enabled the growth of Voicestream Wireless, which was spun out of Western in 1999 and later became T-Mobile. He has a BA degree from Whitman College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Jim Smith leads investments in software and systems companies, and is active in extending MDV’s relationships with leading universities and research centers.
Prior to MDV, Jim spent six years developing computing architectures and integrated circuits for high performance multimedia systems at Silicon Graphics, Inc., including the multi-billion dollar revenue O2 and Octane workstation lines. He has authored and refereed numerous papers on computing systems and circuit design. He also spent three years as a researcher in the Computer Systems Laboratory at Stanford University. Jim received a doctorate in electrical engineering and a master’s degree in industrial management from Stanford University. He also earned a bachelor’s degree in computer systems engineering and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Stanford.
A seasoned executive, Rob has built multiple successful high-tech businesses in digital media, mobile, software and consumer products. He joined Medio from Universal Electronics (NASDAQ: UEIC) and during his time as President and COO, the company reversed declining sales, fortified its technology, quadrupled its patent portfolio and developed an array of new products. As a result, revenue grew rapidly, earnings more than tripled, and the market capitalization grew from ~$100 million to ~$500 million.
Rob was also on the initial team that built the Windows Networking business at Microsoft where he served in a number of management roles. He was responsible for shipping multiple versions of Windows NT Server and building the Windows networking business from zero to over $500 million in sales.
Rob also holds seven patents in the digital media and wireless control space. He speaks German, Spanish, and English. Rob holds a B.A. from the University of Puget Sound and a MBA from Harvard Business School.
Brian brings more than two decades of technology, entrepreneurial and product leadership to Medio. He co-founded Medio in 2004 from his role as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Mohr Davidow Ventures. Prior to the creation of Medio, Lent was the founding CEO of Intelligent Results, a leading business analytics enterprise software company later acquired by First Data Corporation. Brian also held the position of Director of Information Technology at Amazon.com. Before joining Amazon, Brian served as Principal and Director of Applications at Junglee Corporation, the first company to launch a shopping comparison search and recommendations engine, which was acquired by Amazon in 1998.
Brian studied in the Ph.D. program at Stanford University, where he co-founded MIDAS (Mining Data at Stanford), the same lab that incubated the Google crawler and search engine. Brian holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Nevada, Reno and an Masters and Ph.D. Candidacy in Computer Science from Stanford University.