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Successful operators across a broad set of technology companies with deep experience handling a wide range of strategic, operational, organizational, leadership and governance related issues.

Raymond Stern
Co-Founder and Managing Director

Raymond has worked for over 25 years as an operating executive, consultant and advisor to leading technology companies ranging from venture backed start-ups to Fortune 500 companies


Early in his career Raymond was a partner at The Boston Consulting Group where he was head of the High Technology and Media practice on the West Coast.  He worked with global high technology and media companies at the CEO and Board level on issues of business strategy, organization and execution. Raymond was at Intuit for 8 years where he held a variety of senior executive positions including SVP, Strategy & Corporate Development and Chief Marketing Officer. While there, he also led numerous other functions including Finance, Government Relations and Legal.  Later in his career, Raymond was at Yahoo! where he was SVP, Global Partnerships & Business Development. He also was responsible for operations in Latin America and Canada and the small business division. Raymond has also been the CEO of a venture backed start up and has served on the board of numerous start ups which have had successful exits. Throughout his career he has served as an advisor and mentor to technology executives. Raymond has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and a MBA from Harvard University.


Mark Lockareff
Co-Founder and Managing Director


Mark has spent the last 25 years growing, leading, and investing in disruptive technology companies during their key growth stages in the enterprise infrastructure, software and internet markets. These companies include: Nexenta, ParAccel, Agiliance, Apptera, Softricity, Model N, Facebook, Riverbed, Quigo, Acopia, ProofPoint, Excite, Classifieds2000 and Echelon.Mark joined Nexenta in February 2013 as Interim CEO for six months, and is also a member of the Board of Directors. He was responsible for setting the strategic direction of the company and leading the executive team across all operational aspects of planning and execution.


Mark is a passionate company builder who has spent the last 25 years growing, leading, and investing in disruptive technology companies during their key growth stages.  Mark has served dozens of companies as a CEO, senior executive, board member, advisor, and venture capital investor in the Internet, software, enterprise infrastructure, big data, and mobile/social markets.


Mark was most recently the Managing Director at Bridge Advisory Partners, an advisory firm he founded in 2008 that provided CEO, mentoring, board of director and executive chairman services to high potential, expansion stage venture and private equity backed technology companies. While at Bridge, Mark served as the interim CEO at Nexenta, ParAccel, Agiliance, and Apptera.  Prior to Bridge, Mark was a Venture Partner at Meritech Capital Partners, a $2.6 billion venture capital firm, where he led or supported investments in: Acopia, AmberPoint, AudienceScience, Facebook, Kanisa, Model N, ProofPoint, Quigo, Riverbed, and Softricity. Prior to Meritech, Mark was a Founder and Managing Director of GameChange Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm affiliated with Accenture that focused on enterprise software investments. Prior to that, he was VP, Corporate Development at Excite@Home and VP & GM of Classified Advertising for Excite. Earlier in his career, he was VP&GM at Classifieds2000, a product manager at Echelon, an investment banker at Salomon Brothers, and started his career in sales at IBM. Mark holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and Economics from Stanford University, and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

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