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.
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.
Ajay leads the west coast office for Bain Capital Ventures where he focuses on early-stage software investing. Prior to Bain Capital Ventures, Ajay was head of sales and marketing at Trilogy where he grew annual revenues to $300 million and led Trilogy’s product expansion into new areas such as enterprise pricing and incentive management. Prior to Trilogy, Ajay was a consultant with the Los Angeles office of McKinsey & Company.
Ajay has a BS in electrical engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. Ajay also holds a patent for the “Method and Apparatus of Configuration Solutions.”