Shikhar Ghosh is the MBA Class of 1961 Senior Lecturer in the Entrepreneurial Management Unit. He will be teaching The Entrepreneurial Manager (TEM) in the Winter Term of the 20010/11 academic year. Shikhar has been a successful entrepreneur for the last 20 years. He has been the founder and CEO or Chairman of eight technology-based entrepreneurial companies and was the past Chairman of the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council ( MTLC) and The Indus Entrepreneurs ( TIE) – two leading entrepreneurial organizations. He was selected by Business Week as one of the best Entrepreneurs in the US, Forbes as one of the ‘Masters of the Internet Universe’ and Fortune as the CEO of one of the 10 most innovative companies in the US. Companies he founded were selected as both the ‘hottest’ and ‘coolest’ emerging companies by business publications.
Bob joined Sigma Partners in 1995 and has over 30 years of experience in the high technology industry. Prior to joining Sigma Partners, Bob was President & CEO of Epoch Systems, the leading vendor of client-server data management software products. He sold the firm in 1993 to EMC for $141 million. Previously, he was the Founder, President and CEO of SQL Solutions, a leading purveyor of services and tools for the relational database market. Bob sold SQL Solutions to Sybase for stock eventually worth over $100 million. Bob served as an executive officer of Sybase for over two years.
In recent years, Bob has appeared three times on the Forbes’ Midas list, a ranking of top venture capitalists. He also appeared on the cover of Business Week in a features story describing how VCs thrive through good and tough times.
Bill Halter brings extensive leadership experience in both the public and private sectors. Elected as the Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas in November 2006 with over 57 percent of the popular vote, Bill was subsequently elected by his colleagues as Chair of the Democratic Lieutenant Governor’s Association. Bill Halter has advised the President of the United States while serving on the White House staff, led the Social Security Administration as its COO, provided economic analysis to the United States Congress, consulted for Fortune 500 companies with McKinsey & Company, and served as a Board member for five public companies in information technology (Akamai Technologies, webMethods) and life sciences (InterMune, Threshold Pharmaceuticals, Xenogen).
He has deep ties to Stanford having served as a Trustee of the University for 7 years (Chairing the Academic Policy Committee of the Board) and serving on multiple other Councils and Committees. Bill Halter is a Rhodes Scholar and a Truman Scholar, earning a Master of Philosophy degree in Economics from Oxford University and a B.A. from Stanford University in Economics and Political Science.
Brett joined Bain Capital Ventures in 2007. In that time, Brett has been involved in a wide range of investments across multiple sectors and stages. Currently, Brett splits his time between Boston and New York City where he evaluates venture and growth opportunities in digital media and e-commerce and assists companies throughout the Bain Capital Ventures portfolio. Prior to joining Bain Capital Ventures, Brett worked at L.E.K. Consulting in San Francisco, where he assisted both private equity and industry clients in the media and healthcare industries.
Brett received a BA in Economics, Minor in Mathematics, and an MA in Philosophy from Stanford University. While at Stanford, Brett joined the Stanford Ski Team and served in various leadership positions in the student community.
The most satisfying aspect of venture investing, according to Brett, is being in a position to help an entrepreneur succeed, whether that means providing operational, financial, or strategic support. Brett grew up in Chicago, but after several family moves acquired a lifelong interest in travel. He currently lives in Cambridge with his wife and daughter.
Recognized software industry veteran, Tom Axbey, serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Rave Mobile Safety. Prior to joining Rave, Axbey was the Senior Vice President/General Manager of Micromuse, a provider of business-critical software to telecommunications, finance, and public sector clients. Micromuse was acquired by IBM, where Axbey led the successful integration and subsequent growth of the IBM Tivoli/Netcool business.
Before Micromuse/IBM, Tom was the senior vice president of worldwide operations at Quallaby from its inception. Axbey also served as the vice president of marketing and business development at American Internet and spearheaded the business partnership with Cisco that resulted in the subsequent acquisition.