As Skytap’s Chief Executive Officer, Thor is responsible for overall company strategy and operational execution. Prior to joining Skytap, Thor was the CEO of Stratavia, where he successfully transformed the company from an early stage managed services business to a software license business focused on data center automation and private cloud deployments. After Stratavia’s acquisition by HP in 2010, Thor was VP Sales, Global Accounts for HP Software and Solutions, where he led a team of 200 sales professionals and was responsible for revenue generation of HP’s largest software customers. In 2012, Thor founded willbeHired, a social recruitment platform for enterprises. Thor has also served in leadership roles at companies including IBM, Informix, and Tektronix.Thor holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Washington State University and an M.B.A. from the University of Portland.
Bob Kelly is a managing partner at Ignition. Bob joined Ignition in 2017, bringing more than 20 years of experience with him from Microsoft where he held a variety of positions, most recently holding the position of Corporate Vice President for the Cloud + Enterprise Business Development and Strategy team where he drove the merger and acquisition strategy and coordination of cross-division strategic planning. During his tenure, Bob played an integral leadership role in defining how Microsoft goes to market with server and cloud computing, and was instrumental in growing the Windows Server business from a relatively new product to a market leader, and helping to shape Microsoft’s $20+ billion server and tools business. He was also instrumental in the early days of Microsoft Azure, helping it grow into one of the industry’s leading cloud platforms.
Bob is very active in the startup community as an investor and a mentor both in Seattle and San Francisco, and serves on the board of advisors at 9Mile Labs, a Seattle-based accelerator. He holds a master’s degree and doctorate in English literature from the University of Dallas, and a bachelor of arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences from Thomas More College of Liberal Arts.
Scott has been a Venture Capitalist since 2000, first as a senior Managing Director at Insight Venture Partners, and then as the founder of OpenView Venture Partners. He has worked with numerous companies to help them craft and realize their visions. At OpenView, and previously at Insight, Scott worked to develop and communicate the vision that an institutionalized venture capital firm can – and should – offer meaningful value beyond the capital that it invests. He has spent over a decade iterating on that approach, which includes the development of our investment focus and team, OpenView Labs team, and our content sites for executives.
Before founding OpenView, Scott joined Insight Venture Partners in 2000 as the Chief Operating Officer. At Insight, Scott led the effort to institutionalize the investment process, outbound program, value-add program, and finance, legal, and administration departments. After institutionalizing the investment strategy and infrastructure, Scott started leading deal work in 2001 and was the partner responsible for investing in eight of Insight’s portfolio companies. Prior to becoming a Venture Capitalist in 2000, Scott spent the 1990s primarily working with financial services companies. Scott was a Partner at Putnam Investments, where he was Managing Director, Corporate Development, and was appointed to run Putnam’s alternative asset management program. Prior to Putnam Investments, he was Senior Vice President at Lehman Brothers, where he was the Chief Financial Officer of the Global Equity Division and a member of the Global Equities Executive Committee. Before Lehman, he was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, where he focused primarily on financial institutions. Scott graduated from M.I.T. with a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from the M.I.T. Sloan School of Management. He also has a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Davis.
Matt McIlwain has been a member of the Skytap Board of Directors since 2006. At Madrona, he focuses on a broad range of software-driven companies and has previously sat on the board of many successful companies including iConclude (acquired by Opsware), Performant (acquired by Mercury Interactive), and World Wide Packets (acquired by Ciena) and continues to serve on the board of Isilon (NASDAQ: ISLN). He is a board member of the Washington Technology Industry Association, the Villa Academy, serves on Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna’s Technology Advisory Board, and serves on the advisory board of Families Northwest. Mr. McIlwain teaches a course on venture finance for the University of Washington Technology MBA Program. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College, holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Hillel Moerman co-heads the Private Capital Investing team at Goldman Sachs. The Private Capital Investing team provides financing solutions for growth and middle market companies to support talented management teams in building leading companies. Before joining Goldman Sachs, he was the CFO of Icahn Enterprises, LP (NYSE-IEP) and a senior member of the team responsible for operational oversight of the companies in which Carl Icahn had a controlling interest. Earlier in his career, Hillel was a senior manager with Ernst & Young, LLP, performing financial and business due diligence for private equity firms, in the Transaction Advisory Group. He began his career in public accounting with Grant Thornton LLP, and worked for the Securities and Exchange Commission in its corporation finance group. Hillel is a CPA and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Ner Israel College and a Master of Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University.
Stu Phillips is a managing director at Insight Venture Partners. He joined in 2016 with a successful 20 year technology investing track record and almost 20 years’ experience in corporate operating roles.
Prior to Insight, Stu was a general partner at Bay Partners where he was a board member or observer with Bay’s investments in Deis (formerly Engine Yard), Envia Systems, MiMoni, Mulesoft, Vaxart, and AMEC. Prior to their exits, he also managed investments in Covestor (acquired by Interactive Brokers), Eventful (acquired by CBS Local Media), Lending Club (NYSE:LC), Oncomed (NASDAQ: OMED), Zenprise (acquired by Citrix) and Paraccel (acquired by Actina).
Earlier in his career, Stu was a founding partner at Ridgelift Ventures and also served as a general partner at US Venture Partners, where he led investments in communications, software and services companies. These included Cacheflow, @Road, Procket Networks, Flyswat, Merlin Networks and Force10 Networks.
Before becoming a technology investor, Stu was VP of Central Engineering at Cisco, responsible for the strategy and development of Cisco’s IOS. He previously held leadership positions at Tandem Computers, Logica, and ICL.
Stu is a Commercial Pilot and an avid participant in RadioSport (the contesting side of Ham Radio). Stu lives with his wife, Barbara, in Woodside, CA, where the hardest decision is whether to turn left or right when they cycle on the many routes in the area. Stu earned a BS Electronic from Cardiff University in Wales, graduating summa cum laude.
Bill is President & CEO of Qumulo, a cloud data storage and management company. Prior to Qumulo, Bill was a Venture Partner at Madrona investing in and advising emerging businesses.
Before joining Madrona, he was President of the Isilon Storage Division of EMC, where he grew the business to $1.5 billion in annual sales. Previously, he was CFO of Isilon Systems, when it was publicly traded on the NASDAQ. Bill is on the board of Global Partnerships, a nonprofit whose mission is to expand opportunity for people living in poverty. Bill holds a BA in Business Administration from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington.