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Ajay leads the west coast office for Bain Capital Ventures where he focuses on early-stage software investing. Prior to Bain Capital Ventures, Ajay was head of sales and marketing at Trilogy where he grew annual revenues to $300 million and led Trilogy's product expansion into new areas such as enterprise pricing and incentive management. Prior to Trilogy, Ajay was a consultant with the Los Angeles office of McKinsey & Company.
Ajay has a BS in electrical engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. Ajay also holds a patent for the "Method and Apparatus of Configuration Solutions."
At Bain, Ajay's passion is working with early-stage founders on team-building, culture, iteration of product market fit, and scaling the early go-to-market operations. His primary investment themes include commerce enablement, the revolution of the sales and marketing functions, and the use of big-data to transform business applications. In 2012 and 2013, Ajay was named to the Forbes Midas list of Tech's Top 100 Investors.
In addition to his firm and portfolio company responsibilities, Ajay serves as the National Board Chair for BUILD, a not-for-profit dedicated to helping underprivileged high school students attend college.
Ajay grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is a die-hard Steelers fan. Ajay lives in Palo Alto, CA with his wife and three daughters. To read his blog, please click here.
Mark Gainey has been building successful companies for nearly 20 years. He currently serves as the co-founder and CEO of Strava, an online network that connects the global community of athletes. Founded in 2009, millions of athletes have joined Strava for the competition and camaraderie found in tracking and sharing their fitness activities. Gainey also founded Kana Communications, an enterprise software firm, in 1996 and served in various capacities, including CEO, president, and chairman. He has offered his expertise to a wide array of companies over the years, joining the boards of BoardVantage, Alter-G, and Coaching Corps.
Enrique Salem brings more than 25 years of executive leadership, business strategy, and board experience to Clari. Most recently, Salem served as president and CEO of Symantec, where he worked for 19 years in a variety of leadership roles. Prior to Symantec, he served as CEO of Brightmail and SVP of products and technology at Oblix and Ask Jeeves. In March 2011, Salem was appointed to President Barack Obama's Management Advisory Board.
As a partner at Sequoia, Hilaly works with enterprise, internet, and mobile companies. Prior to joining Sequoia in 2012, Hilaly served as CEO of Clearwell Systems, where he worked closely with Byrne and Rangan. He was also the founder and CEO of CenterRun, a pioneer in datacenter automation, which was acquired by Sun Microsystems.
Venkat Rangan brings over 30 years of technology innovation and leadership experience to Clari. Prior to Clari, Venkat was the Co-founder and CTO of Clearwell Systems, Gartner's highest ranking e-discovery company, which was acquired by Symantec (SYMC) in 2011. At Clearwell, Venkat's team developed several industry-leading innovations in search, machine learning & predictive analytics.
Prior to Clearwell, Venkat served as VP of Technology at Rhapsody Networks – a technology leader in the storage business that was acquired by Brocade (BRCD). Prior to Rhapsody, Mr. Rangan was the VP and Chief Architect at VitalSigns Software, which was acquired by Lucent Technologies.
Venkat also served as a lead Program Manager at Microsoft, responsible for WEBM, WMI and CIM technologies of Microsoft, and as an R&D Manager at Hewlett Packard's NetMetrix division. Additionally, he developed PC NFS communications stack for Sun Microsystems, and was a member of Wang Laboratories Advanced Technologies team.
Venkat holds 13 patents along with a Master's degree in Computer Science from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida and an undergraduate degree in Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.
Andy Byrne brings over 19 years of experience in sales, marketing, business development and management to his position as CEO of Clari. Prior to Clari, Andy was part of the founding executive team at Clearwell Systems – Gartner's highest ranking e-discovery company – which he helped grow from pre-product & pre-revenue in 2005 to $100 million run rate until its acquisition by Symantec (SYMC) in Q2 2011.
Prior to joining Clearwell, Andy co-founded Timestock, Inc., which was acquired by Computer Associates (CA) via the acquisition of Wily Technology. Timestock delivered world-class enterprise application management solutions to large fortune 500 corporations. Before Timestock, Andy was VP of Marketing at Desana Systems. Prior to Desana, Andy was VP of Product Management at Lucent Technologies. Andy came to Lucent Technologies via the acquisition of VitalSigns Software. Andy has also held sales, marketing & management roles at Bay Networks and at MiLAN Technologies, which was later acquired by Digi International.
Andy holds a BS in Economics from the University of Nevada and received his MBA with honors from San Jose State University.
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