Seal Software has assembled an outstanding international group of investors and advisors, encompassing hi-tech industry professionals and venture capital/private equity leaders.
Måns Hultman (Investor and Advisor)
Former CEO of QlikTech
Måns Hultman was formerly CEO of Business Intelligence solution provider QlikTech from May 2000 to September 2007. Under his leadership, QlikTech transformed from a small, product oriented Swedish software vendor, into one of the world’s fastest growing software companies, with more than 6,000 customers and sales in more than 75 countries. During the same period, revenue grew by more than 3,500%. He continued as Chairman of the Board until late 2009, leaving in early 2010, three weeks before the company filed for IPO at NASDAQ. The IPO became the most successful of all IPO’s on NASDAQ during 2010. In 1992 Måns cofounded Sundet Investment, which became one of the early investors in QlikTech. He is also the board member of Digital Route, It’s Learning, Keybroker, NetAdmin and Informilo in a portfolio of fast growing companies. Måns studied economics at the University of Lund, Sweden.
Mike Chalfen (Investor and Advisor)
Partner, Advent Venture Partners
Over the past 16 years as a technology investor, Mike has served on 15 boards and made around 35 investments for Apax Partners, Advent Venture Partners, and in a personal capacity. His investments are mainly in enterprise software and internet services, and have included The Foundry (acquired by Carlyle), SuSe Linux (acquired by Novell), Fizzback (acquired by NICE Systems), Ubiquisys, Moogsoft, Illumio, King.com, QXL.com (acquired by Naspers), and Houzz.com.
Oren Zeev (Investor and Advisor)
Oren Zeev is a non-institutional venture capitalist focused on the Internet and mobile Internet spaces. Oren typically leads the rounds he invests in and plays a very active role in the companies he invests in. Oren currently serves on the boards of Chegg, Infolinks (Chairman), Duda Mobile (Chairman), Houzz, Crossrider, Tipalti, Younow and until recently Wibiya (acquired by Conduit). Oren is also a significant investor in Celltick and GT Nexus, and an angel investor in Gogobot, Capriza, Spreecast and Bonobos. Oren was the lead investor in Audible (Nasdaq:ADBL, acquired by AMZN) and a significant investor in Cramster (acquired by Chegg). Prior to this, Oren Zeev was a General partner at Apax Partners, where he focused on digital media and led the Tech practice in the US. Prior to Apax, Oren was a Research Staff Member at IBM.
Oren has an MBA with Distinction from INSEAD and a BSc. Cum Laude from the Technion.
Laurel Bowden (Investor and Advisor)
Partner, Greylock Partners
Laurel joined Greylock in 2008 and is based in London. Her areas of focus include: software, Internet and mobile, and where Europe is a key market. Laurel’s investments at Greylock include Wonga, notonthehighstreet and Just Eat. She is also an angel investor in companies such as Hybris, Wix and Fizzback. Laurel has over 10 years investment experience. She is a former GE executive, and joined Greylock Israel from JVP, where she was a General Partner. In this capacity, she sourced and led European investments such as QLIKTECH (Nasdaq: QLIK) and TOUCH CLARITY (acquired by Omniture) and made investments in companies such as, EARNIX, OBLICORE (acquired by CA) and CELLTICK.
Prior to JVP, Laurel was a Director at GE Capital in London, where she was responsible for acquisitions in consumer and transport finance in Europe. She also led the establishment of GE’s early stage tech investment vehicle.
Laurel holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cape Town and an MBA from INSEAD.
Karen Slatford (Investor and Advisor)
Director, Micro Focus plc; Chairman, NeverFail
Karen is currently Chairman of Neverfail Group, Featurespace and The Foundry, and non-exec director of Volex PLC, Micro Focus International PLC and Cambridge Broadband Ltd. Between 1983 and 2001 Karen was employed by Hewlett Packard Ltd and, whilst working across various capacities and roles, was focused on improving the Group’s sales and marketing throughout the UK and globally. In 2000, Karen was appointed Chairman of Hewlett Packard UK Ltd and also undertook the position of Vice President and General Manager Worldwide of Sales and Marketing, Business Customer Organisation until 2001.
Andrew Isherwood (Investor and Board Member)
SVP Worldwide Sales, Service and Support, Hewlett Packard
Andrew, a veteran of Hewlett Packard with more than 25 years service, has held key roles in the United Kingdom, Europe and worldwide. Currently a SVP, Andrew previously served as VP, leading the worldwide sales, services and support organisation for software. Prior to this he was vice president and general manager for the HP software business in EMEA, where he led a highly successful team in driving revenue, growth and profitability. Prior to this, Andrew managed HP’s enterprise business in EMEA, responsible for the sale of HP products and services into the company’s top 5,000 accounts. Andrew holds a degree in business studies from the University of London and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.