Zenoss Board of Directors
Since co-founding Zenoss in 2005, Bill has established the company as the fastest growing company in the enterprise IT management software market. Bill conceived the company's disruptive business strategy and has successfully guided the company from start-up to a category leader. As an IT management and cloud computing visionary, Bill has been featured on the cover of InformationWeek Magazine and is frequently consulted by the media and industry analysts for his insights on IT management and the broader open source software market.
Prior to Zenoss, Bill held product and marketing leadership positions with two of the early pioneers in cloud computing - Digex and USinternetworking, both of which achieved category leadership and had successful IPOs on the NASDAQ. Before entering the start-up domain, Bill spent 5 years with Accenture, Inc. (formerly Andersen Consulting) where he led architecture and development of OSS/BSS applications for global telco's.
Bill is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and graduated with distinction from Duke University, where he earned a degree in Electrical Engineering and played Varsity Soccer. Bill sits on the Boards of Era Corporation, a subsidiary of SRA, and the Open Management Consortium; and is a member of the Chesapeake Regional Tech Council's Board of Directors.
E. Wayne Jackson III
Wayne Jackson most recently served as CEO of open source security leader Sourcefire which he guided from a fledgling start-up through a successful $350 million dollar IPO in 2006. The Sourcefire IPO was the latest in a lengthy track record of success in leadership roles for innovative companies across several industries and technologies.
Before joining Sourcefire, Jackson co-founded Riverbed Technologies, a wireless infrastructure company, and served as its CEO until the successful sale of the company to Aether Systems for more than $1 billion in March 2000. At Riverbed, Jackson grew the company from start-up to category winner in less than two years with more than 100 employees and relationships with industry leaders including Palm, Oracle, IBM, Symbol and Microsoft. As the Managing Director of Aether Capital, Jackson led the process for strategic investing and played a key role in two secondary stock offerings that raised more than $2 billion.
Previously, he built a sophisticated emerging-technologies profit center for a large systems integrator and has consulted to organizations including General Electric, the World Bank and the Federal Reserve.
Wayne holds a B.B.S in Finance from James Madison University, 1985.
Over his 16 year career as a venture capitalist Jonathan Perl has focused primarily on early-stage information technology companies. Mr. Perl’s representative information technology investments include iLumin Software Services, Inc. (sold to Computer Associates), Era Corporation (sold to SRA International), Metron Aviation, Inc. (sold to Airbus), Clarabridge, Inc., Millennium Pharmacy Systems, Inc., Zenoss, Inc., RedCloud Security, Inc. (sold to Avigilon), eMinor, Inc., and TerraGo Technologies, Inc.
Mr. Perl serves on the boards of Clarabridge, Millennium Pharmacy Systems, Zenoss, eMinor, and TerraGo Technologies, and is a board observer for MediaMath, Inc. He also serves on the board of the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association and co-chaired its flagship event, Capital Connection in 2009 and 2010.
Mr. Perl is a past Board Member of the North Carolina Council for Entrepreneurial Development and served on the executive committee of the Board of Trustees and was Treasurer of National Child Research Center, a preschool in Washington, DC, from 2008- 2012.
Mr. Perl holds an MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College (1997) and a BA (magna cum laude) in classical history from Tufts University (1988).
Don Rainey joined Grotech Capital Group as a General Partner in September 2007. Located in the greater D.C. area, he identifies and evaluates information technology and life science investment opportunities, working in the entrepreneurial community from Baltimore to Richmond.
Don is a serial entrepreneur who has been part of and built many successful businesses in the networking and online marketplaces. Prior to joining Grotech, Don was a General Partner with Intersouth Partners, an early stage venture capital firm in North Carolina. He was previously president of Attitude Network, one of the first entertainment networks online, which was sold to TheGlobe.com. He also served as a founding member of the Board of Directors for Accipiter through its acquisition by CMGI and was COO of DaVinci Systems, a Research Triangle-based software company, which was sold to ON Technology, enabling a combined entity IPO four months later.
Don has also held senior executive positions with Novell and the IBM Corporation. At Novell, he was responsible for all reseller programs and channel distribution. At IBM, he managed channel distribution and brand marketing for the $2 billion Network Hardware Division, where he established and managed product marketing and distribution in 50 countries.
Don is an adjunct professor at George Mason University where he teaches a course on venture capital in the School of Management. He serves on the Enterprise Investment Advisory Committee for the State of Maryland and the Investment Advisory Board of the State of Virginia's Growth Acceleration Program. He sits on the Boards of Directors for Mindshare and Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties and has held leadership positions with the Northern Virginia Technology Council and the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association. Don received his B.B.A. from James Madison University.
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John’s work covers all aspects of venture investment, portfolio management, and academia. An active member of the entrepreneurial community, John serves on the boards of the North Carolina Council for Entrepreneurial Development, Southern Capital Forum, Florida Venture Forum and the Atlanta Venture Forum where he is a past chairman. He also serves on the advisory boards of Southeast TechInventures and the Georgia Research Alliance. He is an active member of the judging committee for AngelPool.
John is also an Adjunct Professor at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina. He speaks frequently at North Carolina State University and the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University where he is an Entrepreneur Affiliate. He also serves on the Board of Visitors for the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke.
John holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering and materials science from Duke, an M.S. in aeronautics and astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
Sean McDermott has spent over 20 years helping hundreds of global clients better manage their IT environments with proven solutions and strategic consulting. As Chairman and Founder of Windward IT Solutions, Mr. McDermott, together with the Windward executive team, sets and manages the overall direction of the company, including service offerings, strategic partnerships, and overall Company performance. Previously, Mr. McDermott was the Founder and CEO of RealOps, Inc., the pioneer in enterprise management Run Book Automation solutions. After BMC Software acquired RealOps in July 2007, Sean continued on at BMC as the VP of Service Automation Solutions where he was responsible for the global roll-out of BMC’s runbook automation and configuration management portfolio. In the past, he has also held senior positions with Predictive Systems and Booz Allen Hamilton.
Mr. McDermott has a Bachelors degree in electrical engineering from Villanova University and a Masters degree in engineering from The Catholic University of America.
Thomas Jennings is a Managing Director with Summit Partners, and focuses primarily on the technology and healthcare & life sciences sectors. Based in Summit’s Boston office, Tom joined the firm in 1997 and today co-heads the firm’s venture capital activities in North America, Europe and Asia. . He is currently a director of Accedian Networks, ApoCell, AvePoint, PeerApp, Telerik and Zenoss and is actively involved with the firm’s investments in Casa Systems, Hiperos, IMMCO Diagnostics, LogiXML, NameMedia and OB Hospitalist Group. Tom’s prior investments and directorships include Anesthetix Holdings (acquired by TeamHealth), Burst Media Corporation (AIM: BRST, later acquired by blinkx PLC), Commnet Wireless (acquired by Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc.), Fermentas International (acquired by Thermo Fisher Scientific), Hatcher Associates (acquired by Corillian Corporation), NetWitness Corporation (acquired by EMC Corporation), Sage Telecom and Unica Corporation (NASDAQ: UNCA, later acquired by IBM).