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Frank, John and Nick have given Splunk everything – investment, advice, and exceptional board service. They are a critical part of our success. Godfrey Sullivan Splunk Chairman and CEO
Team / Managing Partners

Frank Artale

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Frank knows just about everybody. He’s a networking guy’s networker. Satya Nadella President, Server and Tools Businessms_team1

 

Frank Artale is a managing partner at Ignition, joining the firm in 2011. His career in the software industry began in 1984. He most recently served as group vice president, business development at Citrix Systems, where he was responsible for all aspects of Citrix’s business development with software and hardware technology partners.

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John Connors

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John has a tremendous breadth of knowledge and experience as well as a fantastic network of enterprise minded stars. I would work with John on my next company, no questions asked. Ilya Sukhar co-founder and CEO ms_team1

John Connors became an Ignition managing partner in 2005 after a lengthy career as a software executive, principally at Microsoft, where he served as the company’s CFO and was vice-president of its Worldwide Enterprise Group. As an investor, John has guided enterprise-focused firms such as Splunk, XenSource, Heroku and Parse to successful exits.

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Nick Sturiale

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Without Nick, Splunk would have been F*#!$^ on more than one occasion. Erik SwanCo-Founder and CTOms_team1

 

Nick Sturiale joined Ignition as managing partner in 2013 after more than 25 years developing startups, both as venture capitalist and entrepreneur. Prior to Ignition, Nick worked at JAFCO Ventures, the Carlyle Group and Sevin Rosen Funds and has been deeply involved in venture-backed successes including Splunk and XenSource.

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Team / Venture Partners, Principals, and Associate

Cameron Myhrvold

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Cameron Myhrvold was a founding partner of Ignition. He joined the firm in 1999 after a lengthy career at Microsoft, where he created the Developer Relations Group and worked on operating-system products. As an investor, Cameron has been involved in venture successes including Splunk, Zenprise, Azaleos, Likewise Software, Consera Software, Rendition Networks and RLX Technologies.

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Kristina Kerr Bergmann

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Kristina Kerr Bergman joined Ignition as a principal in 2012, bringing over a decade of software-industry management experience and a focus on product management, marketing and entrepreneurship. She previously worked as a group product manager for Microsoft’s SharePoint Server product.

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Rachel Chalmers

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Rachel Chalmers joined Ignition as a principal in 2013 after a long career as a technology analyst and journalist, including 13 years at the 451 Group analyst firm. A noted author and speaker on enterprise-IT topics, she specializes in studying software companies solving complicated and urgent business problems.

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Kellan Carter

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Kellan Carter, an associate, joined Ignition in 2013 after several years working in technology investment banking and finance. At Ignition, he works primarily with Managing Partner John Connors assisting with company due diligence, new business development and managing existing portfolio companies.

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Team / Operations Team

Jack Ferry

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Jack Ferry is Ignition’s chief financial officer and joined the firm in 2006. He is responsible for the firm’s financial operations, reporting, tax, treasury and administrative services. He previously worked at Infospace as the VP of Tax & Treasury and Deloitte & Touche as a Senior Tax Manager.

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Robert Headley

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Robert Headley is Ignition’s administrative partner, overseeing the firm’s day-to-day operations. He previously was a finance executive at Starbucks and, before that, worked at Goldman Sachs.

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Team / Founding and Prior Fund Partners

Steve Hooper

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Steve is a Founding Partner of Ignition. He invests in telecommunications and wireless companies. Steve represents Ignition as a director on the boards of Modiv, TTMI, SeaMobileSparkplug, Public Mobile, Airbiquity and AVST.

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Richard Fade

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Richard is a Partner at Ignition focusing primarily on infrastructure software, including virtualization, cloud and services investments. Richard’s prior investments include; Appature (IMS Health 2013),  Azaleos (Avanade 2012), GotVoice (Spoken 2009),InstallFree (WatchDox 2012), Likewise (Isilon/EMC 2012), StorSimple (Microsoft 2012) and WHIPTAIL (Cisco 2013).

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Michelle Goldberg

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Michelle Goldberg is a Partner at Ignition. She is dedicated to helping entrepreneurs and emerging and future leaders in consumer and digital media software. Michelle cultivates CEOs, entrepreneurs and engineers to foster their talents and help bring their vision to life.

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Jonathan Roberts

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Jonathan Roberts is a Founder and Partner of Ignition. He invests in business application and services companies and is a director on the boards of AVST, Docusign, HyperQuality, Spoken and Earth Class Mail.

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Brad Silverberg

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Brad is a Founding Partner of Ignition. He invests in software, infrastructure, and consumer companies. Brad represents Ignition as director on the boards of  AvvoFotopedia,  HipmunkIce.com,  Keas,  SocialEyes
and TravelPost. Brad has previously served on the boards of GlobalScholar (acquired by Harland Clarke),  SEVEN,  and SourceLabs (acquired by EMC), and was an observer for Heroku (acquired by Salesforce.com).

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Cameron Myhrvold

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Cameron Myhrvold was a founding partner of Ignition. He joined the firm in 1999 after a lengthy career at Microsoft, where he created the Developer Relations Group and worked on operating-system products. As an investor, Cameron has been involved in venture successes including Splunk, Zenprise, Azaleos, Likewise Software, Consera Software, Rendition Networks and RLX Technologies.

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Chris Howard

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Chris is a Principal at Ignition and invests in consumer internet and cloud computing investments and oversees Ignition’s seed program. He is on the board or an observer of BatchHipmunkDatasphereFotopediaKeasParse,
SocialEyes and worked closely with Tracksimple prior to being acquired by BlueKai.

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Adrian Smith

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Adrian is a Partner at Ignition. Adrian invests in telecommunications and mobile companies and represented Ignition as a director on the board of Twisted Pair Solutions (acquired by Motorola Solutions, Inc.) and was an observer on the board of mFoundry (acquired by FIS). Adrian also represented Ignition on the board of Melodeo (acquired by HP) and was the shareholder representative for Swype (acquired by Nuance).

 

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