Founded in 2005, Carbonite, Inc. is the fourth joint venture between David Friend and Jeff Flowers, both well-known Boston-based entrepreneurs. Prior to Carbonite, Dave and Jeff founded Pilot Software, FaxNet Corporation and Sonexis Incorporated.
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Jeff Flowers (co-founder and former CTO and Chief Architect at Carbonite) is a seasoned technology executive with deep IT and technical expertise. Jeff has worked with David Friend (CEO) since 1982 and co-founded Sonexis, FaxNet and Pilot Software. At Sonexis and FaxNet, he also served as CTO. In 2009, he was named CTO of the Year by the Mass Technology Leadership Council.
In addition to the three companies he co-founded with David, Jeff served as VP of Engineering for Computer Pictures. He also served as VP of Development at ON Technology Corporation, a software vendor that provided groupware and utility products for Apple and Novell Netware operating environments. During Jeff's tenure, ON Technology completed its IPO.
Jeff holds a B.S. and M.S. in Information and Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology and attended the Northeastern University School of Business.
Charles Kane is a seasoned public company executive and director. Mr. Kane has served as president and CEO of Corechange, an enterprise software company; as CFO of Global BPO Services Corp., RSA Security, Aspen Technology, and Informix Software; and in other financial management roles with Stratus Computer, Prime Computer, and Deloitte & Touche LLP.
Since November of 2006, Mr. Kane has served as a Board member and audit committee chairman of Progress Software. He has served in the same capacity for Demandware since May 2010. Previously, Mr. Kane served as a member of the Board of Borland Software, Netezza, and Applix.
Mr. Kane holds a B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame, an M.B.A. in International Finance from Babson College, and is a senior lecturer of International Finance at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management.
Todd Krasnow is an accomplished entrepreneur, consumer sales & marketing executive and early stage venture investor. Currently at Highland Capital Partners, Todd serves as a Director on the Boards of several privately-held companies including Quraz, OnForce, and C & S Wholesale Grocers, and is a member of the Board of Advisors at Harvard Business School's Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship.
Previously, Todd was a member of the original management team at Staples and served as its EVP of Sales and Marketing. During his tenure at Staples, Todd won a gold "Clio" award for the best retail advertising in the United States while the company reached over $7 billion in sales.
He holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and an A.B. in Chemistry from Cornell University.
Bill Nelson has served as the CEO of several software companies over the past 20 years, most recently as Chairman and CEO of Geac. Under Bill's direction, Geac grew from a small hardware manufacturer to the largest software company in Canada with revenues of approximately CDN $1B. Prior to Geac, Bill was President & CEO of On-Line Software (NYSE), President & COO of Pansophic Systems (NYSE), and CEO of Pilot Software.
Bill was a member of the White House Conference Task Force for Information Services of the National Commission of Libraries and Information Sciences during the Carter administration. He was also a member of the Executive Committee of the National Association Of Business Economists and a board member of ADAPSO (a software industry association). Recently, Bill has served on the Boards of several public and private companies including Manugistics (NASDAQ), Geac (NASDAQ and TSE), Catalyst International (NASDAQ), HealthGate Data (NASDAQ) and RTI, Inc.
Bill holds a B.A. in Chemistry from Swarthmore College, an M.B.A. in Finance from the Wharton School, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Rice University. Earlier in his career, Bill was a National Science Foundation Fellow in Economics, an Assistant Professor of Economics at Washington University and has taught economics and finance at both the University of Texas and the University of Missouri.
Pravin Vazirani joined Menlo Ventures in 2001. He began his career at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory where he designed digital receivers for satellite communications. Later he worked as an engineer for Pacific Communication Sciences, Inc. and as a product manager for ADC Telecommunications in their Wireless Systems Group. Most recently, he evaluated investment opportunities for @Ventures, the venture capital subsidiary of CMGI. Pravin represents Menlo Ventures on the boards of Carbonite, Credant Technologies, Like.com and Sepaton. He is also involved with the firm's investments in Centrality Communications, newScale and Q1 Labs.
Pravin is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering) and the Harvard University Graduate School of Business (M.B.A.).