Gary Swart is a partner at Polaris Partners, investing in technology companies from the firm’s San Francisco office. Prior to Polaris, Gary was the CEO of oDesk, the world’s largest online workplace with more than three million clients and twelve million freelancers. Previously, Gary was the Vice President of Worldwide Sales for Intellibank and a Business Unit Executive for IBM’s Rational Software Product Group.
Gary serves as a thought leader on marketplaces, the future of work, how best to hire and manage teams, and on the rise of the “freelance economy.” He is also a faculty member at the Alchemist Academy and a StartX Mentor. Gary holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Maryland.
Shay is a founding partner of Frontline Ventures and one of the most active and experienced early stage technology investors in Europe. He was part of the core team of Delta Partners that raised 4 funds and €235m between 1994-2007. He has invested in 25 early-stage tech companies and achieved exits over a number of cycles. He has deep networks among investors and the entrepreneurial community in Ireland and USA.
Earlier in his career Shay worked in industry with Exxon and Corning before joining McKinsey. Shay then returned to Ireland and spent seven years in the Irish start up scene as a founder/investor in two companies and CEO of a major food exporter before joining the venture capital industry.
Hambleton Lord is Managing Director of Launchpad Venture Group, a Boston-based angel group focused on technology and an investor and advisor to early-stage companies. He is a board member for Cambridge Trust and a board observer for Building Engines and EveryScape. Ham co-founded data visualization vendor, Advanced Visual Systems.
Ham helped launch two computational chemistry companies, MicroChem Technologies and Polygen. These companies were early developers of drug discovery tools, and were part of an industry wide acquisition roll-up that resulted in Accelrys. Ham graduated with a degree in computer science from Brown University.
From 1993 through 1999 Mr. Copperman served as Senior Vice President and Group Executive of the Products Division at Digital Equipment Corporation where he was responsible for the companies six computer systems business units and worldwide manufacturing and distribution. He managed 22,000 employees generating $7 Billion in annual revenues.
Prior to joining Digital, Mr. Copperman served in senior executive roles at JWP, Commodore, Apple and IBM. He has served on a number of public company boards including America Online, Inc., 800 Software, Epicor Software, Avocent and AXS-One. He currently sits on the boards of Meru Networks (NASDAQ: MERU) and ID Systems (NASDAQ: IDSY) as well as a number of private companies.