Board of Advisors

Paul Ambrose

Founder and former CEO and CTO of WebLogic; former VP of BEA

Mr. Ambrose brings a wealth of software industry and entrepreneurial experience to iRise. Paul Ambrose is the former CEO, CTO and Founder of WebLogic and former Vice President of BEA Systems, which acquired WebLogic in 1998. His prior experience includes over 12 years of consulting and management in software engineering with companies such as Apple Computer, DHL Worldwide Express, PetroVision, Scopus Technology, and Quintus Corporation.

Kevin Kalkhoven

Former CEO of JDS Uniphase; Co-Founder of Kalkhoven, Pettit, Levin & Johnson Ventures LLC; Co-Owner of KV Racing, an Indy Car racing team and former Co-Owner of the Champ Car World Series.

Mr. Kalkhoven is a former President, CEO and Chairman of Uniphase Corporation. Under Kalkhoven's leadership, the company's annual sales rate increased 67-fold – peaking at $394M reported for Q1 2000 – and market cap grew from $35M to $100B, while he transformed Uniphase from a privately held industrial laser manufacturer into a leading global supplier of components and modules for today's advanced fiber optics telecommunications networks and a member of the NASDAQ 100. Kalkhoven oversaw Uniphase's merger with JDS FITEL and, in May 2000, was noted by Worth magazine as one of America's Top 50 CEOs. Upon his retirement from JDS Uniphase, Kalkhoven co-founded Kalkhoven, Pettit, Levin & Johnson Ventures LLC. A noted philanthropist, Kalkhoven has donated substantially to the Canary Foundation, dedicated to early cancer detection; is a trustee of the Lizard Island Marine Research Station on Australia's Barrier Reef and is a supporter of the Ansari X Prize, a competition to build privately funded, manned passenger spacecraft. Kalkhoven started PKV Racing in 2003 and became co-owner of the Champ Car World Series in 2004.

Sy Kaufman

Founder and Managing Director of Crosslink Capital

Sy Kaufman is Founder and Managing Director of Crosslink Capital, Inc., a leading venture capital firm that merges public and private investing. During the course of a financial services career that spans 25 years, he has invested in more than 400 venture-backed companies. Sy led Robertson Stephens' investment banking group, and co-directed its research department until he founded the Omega Ventures arm of Robertson Stephens, now Crosslink Capital, in 1989. He started his career as an electronics engineer and later served as a partner and senior technology analyst with Hambrecht & Quist. Sy earned a BS in electrical engineering from the City College of New York. He also holds an MS in electrical engineering from San Jose State University and an MBA from Santa Clara University.

Merritt M. Lutz

Advisory Director of Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, Head of IT Strategic Initiatives, Chairman of MS Technology Holdings, Inc.

As Chairman of MSIT Holdings, Inc., he is responsible for the oversight of Morgan Stanley's strategic technology investments and MSIT joint ventures. He joined Morgan Stanley & Co. in 1994 as a Managing Director in charge of the Application Programming Group with responsibility for the development and maintenance of all the firm's strategic worldwide software-based technology initiatives. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Mr. Lutz was President of Candle Corporation, Managing Partner of PDi (a software industry partnering and consulting company) and Group Vice President of Informatics General Corporation in charge of their software products business. Mr. Lutz is a Director of two publicly traded companies: SPSS Inc. and Interlink Electronics; and a Director for three private companies: Business Engine Software Corporation, ThruPoint Inc. and SendMail Inc. He is a former Director of the Information Technology Association of America and the NASD Industry Advisory Committee.

Bryan MacDonald

Former Regional Managing Partner at Heidrick & Struggles Information Officer Practice

Bryan MacDonald was formerly the Regional Managing Partner at Heidrick & Struggles Information Officer practice, responsible for leading their CIO activities across EMEA. With over 15 years experience of Executive Search, Bryan brings a wealth of expertise in identifying and evaluating senior IT leadership talent. His particular focus is in advising companies around the role of the Chief Information Officer (CIO). Bryan has worked for a number of the leading Fortune 500 companies across almost every industry vertical from Banking through Consumer goods, energy oil & gas, retail and global pharmaceutical.

As well as recruiting IT Executives, Bryan has experience of helping organisations shape and develop their IT leadership capability. Bryan has also written and contributed to numerous papers on the role of the CIO as well as the evolution of board room executives. Most recently he co-authored an article for HBR along with Kevin Kelly, CEO of Heidrick & Struggles and Harvard Prof Boris Groysberg describing the new route to the C-suite. In addition, Bryan designed and authored the Heidrick & Struggles global IT leadership diagnostic tool which helps companies define, identify and assess the leadership capability of the senior IT management team.

Prior to Heidrick & Struggles, Bryan spent two years working with the Group Functions Chief Information Officer of a major energy company helping to define a talent management strategy for a number of their emerging IT leaders. This involved working with some of the most respected academic institutions, including Harvard, MIT and Kellogg.

Arnold Silverman

Principal, Discovery Ventures; former board member of Oracle, Business Objects, Informatica

Mr. Silverman has served on the boards of numerous software companies, including Oracle, Business Objects, Informatica, Times Ten, iOwn and Nishan Systems. He is a principal of Discovery Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on investment in software companies that have demonstrated market leadership potential in emerging technologies. In the past he has served as Chairman of the American Electronics Association (AEA). Silverman holds BS and MS degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MBA from Columbia University.

Ralph Szygenda

Former CIO of GM, Bell Atlantic and Texas Instruments

Mr. Szygenda brings forty years of information technology business experience on both the sell and buy side. Before retirement from General Motors, as CIO, he was accountable for the management of all information technology efforts responsible for developing and implementing GM's global digital business strategy. Prior to GM he was CIO of Bell Atlantic in the telecommunications industry involved in re engineering traditional telephone business processes into future information services businesses. At Texas Instruments, he was CIO as well as general manager of the Enterprise Systems Business Unit, a software systems integration business supplying products and services to the Fortune 500. Ralph has received numerous awards such as Information Week Magazine "CIO of the Year", Industry Week Magazine "Technology Leader of the Year", CRN magazine "Computer Industry Hall of Fame", Chief Information Officer Hall of Fame and Outsourcing Hall of Fame. Mr. Szygenda currently serves on the board of directors of Compuware Corporation and the Dean's Advisory Council of Carnegie Mellon University H. J. Heinz III College of Public Policy and Management.