Axcient was built with a solid technical foundation but what keeps it going is our company culture which is driven by our core company values. Whether you work at Axcient, are a partner with Axcient or one of our customers you will see these values reflected in everything we do.
Justin Moore is a multi-time entrepreneur and recognized authority on cloud computing, SMB market strategy and entrepreneurship. Justin started his first company in childhood with a lemonade stand and has been building companies ever since. As the CEO and Founder of Axcient, Justin leads the transformation of the data backup and business continuity industry to end data loss and IT downtime for businesses. Prior to Axcient, Justin founded MK Global, which provided an innovative approach to addressing the surplus of secondary market telecommunications equipment following the dot-com collapse. At MK Global he secured exclusive rights to more than $1B in infrastructure from a major Telecom provider and led the company to profitability with Qwest and Level 3 Communications as key customers. Before MK Global, Justin founded CollegeJobs.com, a company dedicated to providing a single, simple-to-use source for student job searching.
Justin actively participates in the advisory boards and councils of private and public companies, is a popular keynote speaker, is frequently quoted or published in leading business media and is an award-winning mentor to young entrepreneurs.
John Finegan brings 35 years of finance experience within international technology companies to his role as Axcient CFO. John’s expertise in venture and debt financing, IPOs, SEC compliance, investor relations, information systems, international business and mergers & acquisitions gives him a unique financial perspective that is essential to the company’s rapid growth. Prior to joining Axcient, John served as CFO for Cornerstone Imaging and ShorTel, both of which he helped guide through successful IPOs. He also served as CFO for Actionpoint, VP of Finance for Faraday Electronics, VP of Finance for ECS Microsystems and Controller at Beckman Coulter. In addition to his role as Axcient CFO, John is a partner of FLG Partners, which specializes in comprehensive CFO consulting and board advisory services for companies in Silicon Valley and Northern California. John holds an MBA in finance and a BS in engineering.
Todd Scallan leads product vision and engineering execution of the Axcient platform, and has more than 25 years of product management and engineering experience. Most recently, Todd was VP of Product Management for Interwoven, where he spent eight years overseeing the definition and delivery of enterprise software products for content management. Before Interwoven, Todd worked at Segue Software and start-up Black & White Software, which Segue acquired. His roles included VP of Engineering for Segue’s functional testing and software metering solutions and VP of Business Development for Black & White’s distributed application development products. Prior to Segue, Todd spent 11 years at IBM. He holds a Master of Science in computer engineering, a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering and has published numerous articles and papers on a range of computing topics.
Mark Swendsen brings to Axcient over 15 years of experience and a proven record of accelerating revenue growth domestically and internationally. As VP of Sales, Mark leads Axcient’s channel sales strategy and partner programs, working closely with resellers and service providers to increase market reach. Prior to Axcient, Mark was ShoreTel’s Vice President of Sales for Service Providers, and grew the company’s managed service quarterly business earnings by 400% in three years, playing a key role in the company’s successful IPO. Before then, he served as ShoreTel’s Managing Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) for more than two years, launching six distributors and 81 VARs, along with growing ShoreTel’s quarterly EMEA revenue by 800% in less than three years. Mark also served as ShoreTel’s West Regional Director and Area Sales Manager. Before joining ShoreTel, Mark was President of Ketchum Integration, a voice data integration solution provider that became ShoreTel’s first value-added reseller. Mark holds a BA in English from Santa Clara University and a master’s degree in education from National University.
Pam Lyra is a passionate support professional who has built a global customer service, training and support presence for WebEx, Trimble and a number of startups in her more than 20-year career. As VP of Customer Satisfaction for Axcient, she is responsible for building and maintaining the industry’s highest quality service team to deliver a superior customer experience. Previously, she was Senior Director for Global Support for Trimble, where she helped double the company’s worldwide footprint while decreasing expenses by 35%. She also led a global customer service team for WebEx through the company’s highest growth years and IPO. Pam earned her BS degree in electrical engineering and minors in computer science and English literature from UC San Diego.
Cris Barrett is the Vice President of People & Places at Axcient where he is responsible for driving the company’s growth and success through the attraction and cultivation of amazing talent. Cris brings more than 15 years of experience to Axcient and has a proven track record of designing organizations, acquiring and developing great people and building strong company cultures. Prior to joining Axcient, Cris was SVP, People at Outcast Media in Santa Monica, where he launched Outcast’s performance management and rewards program and developed an innovative "Employee Happiness Index" to keep a pulse on employee satisfaction. Previously, Cris was the head of human resources at Clearwell Systems where he helped grow the company by 60% across four countries, leading to Clearwell’s acquisition by Symantec Corporation. Cris has also held senior human resources, internal communications and talent acquisition leadership positions at Yahoo!, Johnson & Johnson and Silicon Graphics. Cris earned a B.A. in political science from University of California, Santa Barbara and a J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law.
Board of Directors
Justin Moore is a serial entrepreneur, early-stage advisor, and angel investor. He is a recognized authority on cloud computing, small and medium-sized business market strategy and startups. As the CEO of Axcient, Justin brings a strong and broad background in technology startups. In just three years Justin has secured more than $30M in funding for Axcient and is an award-winning mentor for young entrepreneurs. In 2002, Justin started MK Global, which successfully introduced an international approach to addressing the surplus of secondary market telecommunications equipment following the dot-com collapse. While at MK Global, Justin acquired exclusive rights to more than $1B in telecommunications equipment from Qwest, Level 3 Communications and more. Under his leadership, Justin grew MK Global’s profitability in the first 12 months and grew revenue to nearly $15M per year. He is a popular keynote speaker who has been featured in publications such as Forbes, Inc. and MSNBC.
Managing Director, Peninsula Ventures
Greg Robinson has more than a decade of operating and venture capital experience. He is currently on the board of directors for Axcient, Green Plug, SeeControl and Intesource. Prior to joining Peninsula Ventures, Greg was the co-founder and chief operating officer of Cogent Technologies, which was acquired by BrightStar. His current investments include Axcient, Green Plug, Intesource, Crowd Factory, SeeControl, StepUp Commerce (Intuit), Ribbitand IPV. Greg has a BS in Economics from Arizona State University and a MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
Managing Director, Allegis Capital
Peter Bodine joined Allegis Capital in December 2005 and has more than 15 years of experience in the venture capital market. Prior to Allegis Capital, Bodine co-founded and was the general partner of APV Technology Partners, a business consulting firm, where he oversaw three funds totaling more than $220M. He is currently on the board for Axcient, iBAHN and Coraid. In 2006 and 2007, Peter was named to the Forbes Midas List as one of the world’s top tier venture and technology investors.
Thomas T. van Overbeek
Thomas T. van Overbeek has been successfully leading early stage companies to successful investor outcomes for more than 25 years and is the former CEO and president of ShoreTel. While at ShoreTel, Thomas led the turnaround team that built the foundation for the company’s growth. Prior to ShoreTel, he was the CEO of WavTrace where he led a company turnaround with an eventual sale to Harris in 2000 for $175M. He has been on the Axcient board of directors since February 2010.
Managing Director, Thomvest Ventures
Don Butler has been working with growth technology companies for more than 20 years. He started his career working at Lehman Brothers doing mergers and acquisitions before acting as a consultant for Asia Pacific Ventures doing business development for start-ups in the software and networking industries. He is currently a board member for Axcient, Apsala, Milyoni, Inc., Netbase Solutions, Inc., Yottamark and Flashsoft. Don has a BA in Chinese from UCLA and a Master of Arts in both East Asian Studies and Political Science from Stanford.
Managing Director, Scale Venture Partners
Rory O’Driscoll has been a venture capital investor at Scale Venture Partners for nearly 20 years. He primarily invests in software and Internet companies such as Omniture, Placeware, Frontbridge, ZoneLabs, OuterBay and Good Technologies. Prior to Scale, Rory was the CEO of a manufacturing company in the U.K. which he founded after graduating with a BS in Economics from the London School of Economics. He was named to the Forbes Midas List in 2012 as a top tier venture and technology investor. He currently sits on the board for Box, Vantage Media, Arena Solutions, Hubspan, ExactTarget and Axcient.
Axcient is privately held and has the backing of a highly respected group of investors including:
Allegis Capital was founded in 1996 and manages $400 million in committed capital through its four Media Technology Ventures venture capital funds. Allegis Capital invests in startup companies serving emerging information technology markets. Specific areas of interest include semiconductors, data infrastructure, enterprise software solutions, broadband and wireless delivery technologies, internet infrastructure and delivery platforms, and internet-enabled ecommerce and services.
Peninsula invests in scalable, capital efficient, early-stage IT companies in the software, infrastructure, technology-enabled services, vertical applications and digital media sectors. Peninsula focuses on companies where there is unparalleled commitment, drive and passion by the entrepreneurs and then works hard alongside the entrepreneurs to make those companies successful. Having been in the business for nearly two decades, the Peninsula team understands the nature of building companies and believes that the entrepreneurial spirit is essential for the success of any early-stage company. Peninsula brings this spirit along with its capital, perspective and insight to help build the next generation of great companies.
Thomvest is a $250mm early to growth stage venture capital fund based in Silicon Valley. Thomvest invests in enterprise startups with a particular focus in advertising technology, financial technology, and SaaS. One of the benefits to their structure is that Thomvest never has to raise money from outside individuals. This means Thomvest can spend their time focusing on the companies they work with. Like early venture capitalists Thomvest believes less in managing a portfolio than in working with entrepreneurs as partners. By being so involved in a company's growth Thomvest often leads subsequent financing for their portfolio companies.
Based in Foster City, California, the ScaleVP team is a long-standing partnership with a consistent, top quartile track record of returns for the past decade. ScaleVP's market-tested investment strategy, extensive operating networks and go-to-market expertise help identify and build successful portfolio companies in technology and healthcare markets. The ScaleVP team's collaborative and active approach provides entrepreneurs a competitive advantage for growth and category leadership.