Sinclair Schuller is the CEO of Apprenda. With his two co-founders, Apprenda has secured $57M in venture capital from funds NEA, Ignition Partners, Safeguard Scientifics, and High Peak Ventures to deliver private and public PaaS to enterprise developers. Apprenda is the best way for enterprises to cloud enable existing and new applications on current and future infrastructure investments. Sinclair serves on multiple venture networks and speaks nationally on the topics of enterprise IT efficiency, cloud computing and next generation enterprise architectures. Before Apprenda, Sinclair held positions at Morgan Stanley, Eden Communications, and consulted for the State University of New York’s (SUNY) vast IT systems. Sinclair holds dual Bachelor of Science degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Isaac “Ike” Arias is the CTO of Apprenda. He has been at the confluence of technology and media for more than 20 years. Previously, Co-founder and CEO of Tokenzone, the pioneer in virtual goods and online collectibles that managed billions of transactions for companies like Disney, NBC/Universal, WarnerBros and the Coca-Cola Company. Ike has advised Time, Inc., Johnson&Johnson and others on Open Source and Digital Transformation/Operations at scale. He started his engineering career in telecommunications at AT&T and Lucent/Bell Labs, where he was responsible for LatAm public exchange and cellphone operations. Ike is an Electrical Engineer and holds an M.B.A. from the NYU Stern School of Business, where he also mentors budding entrepreneurs at the W. R. Berkley Innovation Labs.
SVP of Product Strategy & Development
Prior to joining Apprenda, Rakesh was at Microsoft for more than nine years where he most recently was principal group program manager for cloud and data center management and was among the one percent of employees nominated to Microsoft’s Corporate Leadership Bench Program. Previously, he was principal lead program manager for Microsoft’s Enterprise Storage Division. During his tenure at Microsoft, Rakesh helped found the cloud and virtualization group in 2005, built and managed a team of program managers to deliver System Center Virtual Machine Manager and assisted in promoting the company’s cloud technology platforms including Windows Server Hyper-V and Windows Azure. Rakesh received his bachelor of applied science in computer engineering from the University of Waterloo where he graduated with first class honors.
SVP of Client Services
Ryan joined Apprenda from Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) where he was most recently Head of Architecture and Technology Strategy. His teams led BAML to their next generation application design framework, implementation of Platform as a Service (PaaS), and adoption of agile software delivery. Prior to this role, Ryan led BAML’s infrastructure strategy. Before joining BAML, Ryan led Accenture’s IT service strategy practice, where he led senior IT consulting practitioners responsible for selling and managing IT strategy, operating models, and technology transformations. He is a contributor to ITILv3 Service Strategies book and one of four named authors of the ITILv3 Service Strategy Key Element Guide. Ryan holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a B.A. in Philosophy from Carnegie Mellon University.
SVP of Worldwide Field Operations
Jason is responsible for leading Apprenda’s global field organization, which includes various aspects of strategic customer initiatives, field execution, and team building. Jason brings 14 years of enterprise sales experience to the team and has earned numerous performance and leadership awards. He most recently served as the VP of Sales for Tasktop Technologies, a leader in DevOps integration software. Prior to joining Tasktop, Jason held various sales and sales leadership roles with CA Technologies, Wily Technology, Unisys, WebMethods, and TechTrader. He holds a BBA in Computer Information Systems from James Madison University’s College of Business.
VP of Marketing
Jesse is responsible for the creation and execution of Apprenda’s strategic marketing initiatives, generating demand and awareness, and evolving the company’s brand. Jesse draws from a strong background in Software as a Service, having served as Community Evangelist and Product Manager at SaaS ISV Autotask before joining Apprenda. Prior to Autotask, Jesse served as Director of Marketing at Eden Communications (acquired by Unicom Systems). Jesse holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology, with a focus in Neuroscience from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
VP of Engineering
Abraham focuses on coordinating engineering efforts and making technology choices. Previously, Abraham worked at SaaS vendor Informz and held a role as Director of Java Development at Eden Communications. Prior to that, he worked at SUNY as a lead engineer on a finance application that supported 40,000 users distributed across approximately 50 SUNY campuses. Abraham holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
VP of Finance and Operations
Wayne is responsible for the management and coordination of all aspects of G&A, which include finance, HR, M&A, legal, IT and day-to-day operations. In addition to being a registered CPA, Wayne’s extensive knowledge is forged by more than two decades of experience managing financial operations for various tech companies, and a track record of initiating periods of high revenue growth within all organizations he’s served. Prior to joining Apprenda, as the CFO of On2 he was an integral part of an executive team that oversaw the business becoming the first publicly traded company ever acquired by Google, and evinces over a decade worth of success at executive-level positions within the software industry.
Global Client CTO
As Apprenda’s Global Client CTO, Matt’s number one priority is our customers. He leads the team at Apprenda that is responsible for teaching and supporting our customers so they can make the most out of their Apprenda-based PaaS projects. Matt brings over a decade of customer implementation and support experience to his role. He is also a regular speaker at various conferences and code camps around the U.S.
Rene is responsible for Apprenda’s EMEA operations including all go-to-market, client services, training, support, and team building activities. Rene brings over 20 years of international management experience to the team and has successfully supported several software organizations in their globalization strategy. He most recently served as the CMO of alphabet AG, a leader in enterprise architecture and IT portfolio management solutions. Prior to that, Rene held executive leadership positions with Genesys Telecommunications, Progress Software, and Cap Gemini in both Europe and the United States. He holds a degree in Management Information Systems from the Haagse Hogeschool in The Hague, The Netherlands.
Board of Directors
CEO & Chairman, Apprenda Inc.Sinclair Schuller is the CEO of Apprenda. With his two co-founders, Apprenda has secured $32M in venture capital from funds Safeguard, NEA, Ignition Partners, and High Peak Ventures to deliver private and public PaaS to enterprise developers. Apprenda is the best way for enterprises to develop and deliver next generation applications or modernize existing applications for the cloud. Sinclair serves on multiple venture networks and speaks nationally on the topics of enterprise IT efficiency, cloud computing and next generation enterprise architectures. Before Apprenda, Sinclair held positions at Morgan Stanley, Eden Communications, and consulted for the State University of New York’s (SUNY) vast IT systems. Sinclair holds dual Bachelor of Science degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Partner, Euclidian TechnologiesMichael Seckler is responsible for investor relations and investment operations at Euclidean Technologies. Prior to Euclidean, Mr. Seckler was Division Vice President of ADP Employease, a $150M business employing 700 people within ADP. In this role, Mr. Seckler had overall P&L responsibility and was responsible for operations, product development, and strategy for the business. Prior to this role, Mr. Seckler co-founded the pioneering Software-as-a-Service firm, Employease. At Employease, Mr. Seckler was responsible for business development and helped lead the company to 36 straight quarters of revenue growth prior to the company’s acquisition by ADP for $160M. Mr. Seckler graduated from Williams College with a dual bachelor’s degree in History & Geology.
General Partner, NEAPete joined NEA in 2005 and focuses on early-stage enterprise software, systems and consumer internet companies. He is the co-head of NEA’s enterprise software practice group, and serves on several boards for NEA portfolio companies. Past investments include Xensource (acquired by Citrix Systems) and Teracent (acquired by Google).
VP Finance & Corporate Development, OpowerTom is VP of Finance & Corporate Development at Opower. Tom was previously a partner at NEA. Prior to NEA, Tom worked as a retail and e-commerce consultant at the Boston Consulting Group and as an engineer at AOL developing network monitoring systems. Tom received AB and SM degrees in Computer Science from Harvard University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar.
Partner, Ignition PartnersFrank Artale is a Partner at venture capital fund Ignition Partners. Frank was most recently Vice President of Business Development at Citrix, where he brought 24 years of experience in the software industry and was responsible for all aspects of Citrix’s business development with software and hardware technology partners. Artale joined Citrix from XenSource where he was responsible for strategic marketing and business development. Prior to XenSource, Artale was a founder and CEO of Consera Software, a management software company, which was acquired by HP in 2004.
President and CEO, Safeguard ScientificsOver the course of a 30 year career, Steve Zarrilli has served as CEO and CFO of both publicly traded and privately held, venture-backed companies. Having been directly involved with the launch of two businesses, Steve understands the operational and strategic challenges that entrepreneurs face. He understands what it takes to build a great company based on his deep domain expertise as an entrepreneur, board member and financier.
In addition to his responsibilities at Safeguard, Steve is a Board Member for Safeguard’s partner companies Apprenda and Pneuron; University City Science Center; and Virtus Investment Partners (NASDAQ:VRTS). In addition, Steve is Chairman of the Board at Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/SEP); and Chair, Board of Trustees at LaSalle University.
Steve is a graduate of LaSalle University in Philadelphia earning a B.S. degree in Accounting. He is a former Certified Public Accountant, and is a frequent lecturer on corporate governance, financial management, organizational and capital development matters. He also completed the Advanced Management Program (AMP) at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Former President, RedHatAlex is an energetic top executive with 30+ years of successful experience in the software industry, with a background ranging from entrepreneurship to leadership/execution in varied businesses. He is an inspiring leader seasoned in founding companies as well as developing, growing and directing large scale global sales, marketing, and services organizations, with extensive industry knowledge encompassing sound positioning, growth and go-to-market strategies.
Board of Advisors
CTO & Co-founder at BromiumSimon Crosby is the CTO & Co-founder at Bromium. Former CTO of Citrix Systems’ Data Center and Cloud Division. He was founder and CTO of XenSource, a leading virtual infrastructure solution provider for enterprises, prior to the acquisition of XenSource by Citrix. Before XenSource, Crosby was a principal engineer at Intel where he led strategic research in distributed autonomic computing, platform security and trust. In 2007, he was awarded a coveted spot as one of InfoWorld’s Top 25 CTOs.
Industry Veteran, Lecturer at Stanford UniversityMark Leslie is founder and CEO of Veritas Software, a leading storage management software company that merged with Symantec in July 2005. He became CEO of Veritas in 1990 and brought the company from 12 employees and $95,000 in revenues to 5,500 employees and $1.5 billion in revenues, making Veritas the fifth largest software company in the world. Leslie is now the Managing Director at Leslie Ventures and a Lecturer in Management at Stanford Graduate School of Business.
CEO, Force3Les Trachtman currently serves as COO at Force3, a company that designs technology offerings that improve productivity, reduce costs and enhance the way people conduct business in commercial, government and healthcare markets. Trachtman has previously served as CEO of several different technology companies including Transcentive and e-OneHundred Group. Prior to these ventures, he spearheaded corporate development for Progress Software and Hyperion Software.
Strategic Advisor & Independent Board MemberMark Burton is an Advisor and Independent Board Member to several high-growth, venture-backed software and services companies. He currently serves on the Board of MuleSoft, Datameer, Zend Technologies (Executive Chairman), and Infobright. In addition to advising Apprenda, Mark is actively advising Upthere. Mark previously was a Board Member of Jaspersoft (acquired by TIBCO - May 2014). Among other significant career-defining accomplishments, he served as the executive vice president of worldwide sales and alliances at MySQL, where he built a worldwide sales team and sustained rapid growth leading to the company’s $1 billion acquisition by Sun Microsystems as well senior vice president of Americas Sales and Worldwide Alliances at Informatica while they grew from $10-160m in sales and became a successful public company.
Executive in Residence, Siena CollegeMike Hickey is currently President of The Hickey Group and an Executive in Residence at Siena College. In his previous role as President of Pitney Bowes Business Insight (PBBI), Hickey managed a global software business to record revenue of $400 million with over 1900 employees.As President of Pitney Bowes Business Insight from 2007 until 2010, Mike merged two like sized former public software companies (MapInfo and Group1 Software) into one integrated global business that became one of the 70 largest software companies in the world. Hickey was with MapInfo since 1995 and served as Chief Operating Officer from 2002 through the acquisition by Pitney Bowes in 2007. During his tenure at the company he was a key executive that helped drive revenue from $35 million to $186 million annually and eventually sold the company for $480 million to Pitney Bowes.