With more than twenty years' experience in the technology industry, Greg Papadopoulos has held several executive positions, most recently serving as Chief Technology Officer at Sun Microsystems, where he directed the company's $2B R&D portfolio. Along with having been a practicing engineer with HP and Honeywell, Greg has also help found a number of his own companies, from video conferencing (PictureTel) to computational fluid dynamics (Exa Corporation). Greg was also an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, where he conducted research in scalable systems, multithreaded/data flow processor architecture, functional and declarative languages, and fault-tolerant computing. He holds a bachelor’s degree in systems science from the University of California at San Diego, as well as master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT. Greg is an active advisor for the schools of engineering at UCSD, UC Berkeley, MIT and San Jose State. He also serves on the UC Presidents Board for Science and Innovation, and is a trustee for the SETI Institute. Passionate about technology and its possibilities, Greg is a relentless advocate for diversity in engineering and a supporter of open development models that stimulate communication, inclusiveness and innovation.
Aaron Jacobson, Principal, NEA
Aaron Jacobson joined NEA in 2011 and is a Principal focused on early-stage information technology investments, with a strong emphasis in enterprise applications, cloud infrastructure, and communications. He's helped lead investments in Box, CareZone, Cohere Technologies, Coursera, Databricks, GainSpeed, GuideSpark, Igneous Systems, IIX, Kumu Networks, Lattice Engines, Luminate Wireless, Mimosa Networks, Move Guides, NGINX, Philo, Psikick, and Stormpath. He also works with Aerospike, Bloom Energy, Dreamfactory, Imergy Power Systems, and ViXS Systems. Prior to joining NEA, Aaron spent two years at Qatalyst Partners in San Francisco. At Qatalyst, Aaron worked as an Analyst engaged in various M&A transactions, which included the sale of PopCap Games to Electronic Arts, the sale of Riot Games to Tencent, the strategic investment in Go Daddy from KKR / Silver Lake / TCV, the sale of Palm to HP, and Conexant's sale to Golden Gate Capital, among others. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology at the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Economics and Electrical Engineering, and carried a minor in Math.
Eric Rubin, Co-Founder
Eric is an industry veteran with over 20 years experience in Software Sales and Channels Development. Most recently he was with WebEx Communications, a pioneer in On-Demand software. He served various roles developing and delivering innovative channels programs for this new business model. Eric managed the overall Indirect Business for WebEx Communications during a period of explosive growth as WebEx grew from 4M in sales pre IPO to a public company with sales of 250M. Prior to WebEx, Eric managed Sales and the International channel for Actional Corporation, a leader in the Web Services and EAI space. Eric started his career in field sales roles in Computer Aided Design and Document management software with industry leading companies- GE Calma, Computervision, and DEC. Eric graduated from the University of Michigan, with a bachelors of science in Mechanical Engineering.
Bill Appleton, CEO
Bill Appleton is a leading expert on the use of web services for smart client applications. He has designed and written approximately three dozen professional software publications, including the first rich media authoring tool World Builder in 1984, the ground breaking multimedia programming language SuperCard in 1989, the worldwide best selling CD-ROM Titanic in 1996, and the first AppExchange application DreamTeam in 2005. Working with the engineering team at DreamFactory, he published some of the first third party enterprise applications for Amazon Web Services, Cisco Webex Connect, and Microsoft Windows Azure. Bill previously served as the President of the gaming company CyberFlix where he worked closely with Disney, Paramount, Viacom and Bandai. Currently he is the President of DreamFactory Software, which develops an open source REST API platform for HTML5 and native mobile applications. Many leading computer publications and mainstream magazines have featured Bill’s work, including People Magazine, Newsweek, and US News and World Report.