President & Chief Executive Officer
Mike has more than 25 years of sales and executive leadership experience in scale-out analytic applications, grid computing, storage infrastructure, security, and retail.
Prior to Clustrix, Mike ran the top sales division of large-scale cloud computing company Platform Computing, later acquired by IBM. He also led global sales of ParAccel, and helped with a successful turnaround of PostX Corporation, prior to its acquisition by Cisco. Azevedo held several leadership positions at VERITAS Software, where he was involved in strategic M&A and business process re-engineering, eventually becoming head of the F100 sales team.
Mike holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and management from Chico State University.
John is a co-founder and managing partner of HighBar Partners. Before HighBar, John was with W Capital Partners joining as the firm’s first employee in 2003. During his time at W Capital, John acquired direct investments in the secondary market from corporations, financial institutions and general partnerships while also focusing on structured and special situations investing. Before W Capital, John worked in operations as director of corporate development at Zeborg, where he focused on financial operations and corporate strategy. He was also director of investments at ISL Management, a venture capital firm funded by JP Morgan dedicated to early-stage financial services and software investing. John worked as an investment banker with JP Morgan Chase and Robertson Stephens, where he worked on complex leveraged finance, and merger and acquisition transactions across sectors including technology, financial and healthcare services, and industrials. He holds a BS degree in economics from the University of Chicago and an MBA with honors from Columbia Business School.
Shawn brings to the Clustrix board two decades of experience as an executive, board member, investor, and adviser. A strategist with a strong technical and operations background who is well connected and has done game-changing deals with some of the biggest tech players on the planet. Shawn has been a key player in acquisitions on both the buy and sell side and has been involved in building businesses in hybrid-cloud, IaaS, SaaS, PaaS, DevOps, enterprise software, and security. Prior to his role as CTO at a leading hybrid cloud management company acquired by CSC, he was managing director at EMC Ventures where he drove strategic investments in cloud, big data/analytics, software-defined data center, and security.
Charles is a seasoned technology investor, executive, and advisor with a career spanning private equity, venture capital, corporate development, and investment banking. Charles is currently an active board member, investor, and advisor to several emerging growth companies and investment firms. Previously, Charles was a Partner at Warburg Pincus where his areas of interest included enterprise IT and communications. Prior to joining Warburg Pincus, Charles spent a decade at Cisco where he was the Vice President of Corporate Development leading a global team responsible for the company’s acquisition and venture capital strategy. Before joining Cisco, Charles was an investment banker at Goldman Sachs where he was an early member of the Technology Investment Banking group. Charles holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor’s degree with honors from Tufts University.
HighBar Partners is a private investment firm focused on strategic growth capital investments in enterprise and infrastructure software companies. The firm provides patient, long-term capital to build successful businesses. HighBar is a creative and engaged partner with resources and relationships to assist management teams with financial, strategic, and operational execution. HighBar’s principals have founded, operated, or invested in more than 100 companies in the technology sector.
Sequoia Capital provides venture capital funding to founders of startups who want to turn business ideas into companies. As the “Entrepreneurs Behind the Entrepreneur,” Sequoia Capital’s venture capitalists have worked with innovators such as Steve Jobs of Apple Computer, Larry Ellison of Oracle, Sandy Lerner and Len Bozack of Cisco Systems, and Larry Page and Sergey Brin of Google. Companies funded by Sequoia also include YouTube, Isilon Systems, Aruba Wireless Networks, nVIDIA, and Yahoo!
U.S. Venture Partners has helped build great companies for nearly three decades. Since its inception in 1981, USVP has invested more than $1.8 billion in more than 350 companies. USVP’s partners have worked diligently and consistently with early-stage companies, many of which have become industry leaders.
ATA Ventures is a venture capital firm focused on seeking early stage private companies that appear to offer above-average prospects for capital growth. With more than $450 million of capital under management, ATA Ventures focuses on information technology (IT) and provides seed capital and early stage financing to these companies.
Y Combinator developed a new model of startup funding in 2005. Twice a year they invest a small amount of money in a large number of startups. The startups move to Silicon Valley for three months, during which YC works intensively with them to get the company into the best possible shape and refine their pitch to investors. Each cycle culminates in Demo Day, when the startups present to a large audience of investors. But YC doesn’t end on Demo Day. YC and the YC alumni network continue to help founders for the life of their company, and beyond.