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Javier Rojas (Chairman of the Board) - Managing Director, Kennet Partners

Javier leads the U.S. investment activities of Kennet Partners. He's currently on the board of AcademixDirect, IntelePeer, Prolexic Technologies and Revolution Prep. Prior to joining Kennet, he was a managing director of Broadview International and led its West Coast software and services practice. Javier specializes in advising high-growth, early-stage companies on how to capitalize on emerging technology markets and partnering opportunities. He has invested and/or advised on a number of successful companies and high value exits including Etek, Webex, Looksmart, Blue Mountain Arts, When.com and Rightworks. Previously, Javier was with Morgan Stanley. Earlier, he founded a software firm that developed products for capital markets interest rate and currency swap traders. He holds an MBA degree from The Harvard Business School and a BAS degree from Georgetown University.

John Yapaola - Chief Executive Officer

John has more than 20 years experience in founding and managing high-growth, technology startup companies. He has a well rounded background in sales, marketing, business development and operations, and has led several companies to successful M&A deals and IPOs.

Prior to Kapow Software, John served as CEO of Let's Think Wireless, a wireless infrastructure design, engineering, and installation company. He also served as Executive Vice President of Business Development for Paytrust (acquired by Intuit), where he was responsible for developing and implementing its business development strategy. In addition, John held roles of Executive Vice President of Operations for the Americas at The Fantastic Corporation, and Vice President of Sales at Logic Works. John is a founding member of the New York Angels Investment Group and serves on the board of several privately held companies. He holds a B.S. in business administration from St. Peter's College.

Thomas Weilby Knudsen - Managing Partner, North Cap Partners

Thomas has extensive experience in establishing new businesses within the Internet, software and telecom markets across Europe and the United States. He became Chairman of Kapow Software in 2002, and led the company's first VC investment through his firm North Cap Partners. Before entering the VC profession, Thomas held many roles as an operating executive in ERP consulting, IT and telecoms, and held several senior management positions at companies including Cybercity and TDC (NYSE: TDC). While at TDC, he held various positions including International Director for the Internet division before taking on the role of Managed Service Manager at Cybercity, a leading Danish broadband ISP. Thomas has board experience from TDC Hosting (eStructure), Nangate, VisioPharm among other IT companies. He holds an M.S. in economics and business administration.

Yoram Novick - Founder, CEO and President, Maxta

Yoram is the Founder, CEO and President of Maxta, a stealth mode startup. Yoram founded and served as the CEO and president of Topio from its inception and until it was acquired by NetApp in 2006. He has also served in a variety of executive and technical leadership positions with NetApp and IBM Research. During his 13 years at IBM Research, Mr. Novick served in both technical and senior management positions. Most notably, he was responsible for the development of advanced software and provided functional guidance for development and marketing groups. Mr. Novick is the author or co-author of 24 patents, 14 of which were issued in the United States.

Stefan Andreasen - Founder and Chief Technology Officer

Stefan is a serial technology entrepreneur with more than 20 years experience in designing innovative enterprise software.

In 1998, he started Kapow.NET, which became Europe's largest marketplace for luxury goods. In 2001, Stefan sold Kapow.NET to the largest bank in Denmark and took the intellectual property for the Web ETL software platform that powered the site to start Kapow Software. He evolved that platform into an enterprise-class application integration solution, known today as the Kapow Katalyst application integration platform.
In his current role as Founder and CTO, Stefan focuses on product innovation and is an evangelist for the company. He has consulted with hundreds global companies and ISVs on best practices for cloud and application integration.

Stefan is a frequent blogger on www.kapowsoftware.com/blog and often speaks at industry events on topics such as enterprise software innovation and integration software trends. Earlier in his career, Stefan spent five years with Advanced Visual Systems, where he worked on cutting-edge Java and visual programming projects. He graduated with honors from Denmark’s top technical university.

 

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