Mr. Stiefler currently serves as a venture partner for Emergence Capital Partners, as Chairman of TouchCommerce and as a director of three companies: Verifone, Taleo and LPL Financial. Prior to his current engagements, Mr. Stiefler was chairman, CEO, and president of Digital Insight, the leading provider of fully outsourced online banking services. Mr. Stiefler joined Digital Insight in August 2003 and led the company until its sale to Intuit in February 2007. From 1995 to 2003, Mr. Stiefler served as an advisor to two private equity firms, McCown DeLeeuw and Company and North Castle Partners. He also served as vice-chairman of Walker Digital Corporation, the company that started PriceLine, and was a director of Education Lending Group. Prior to 1995, Mr. Stiefler was President and a Director of American Express Company and President and CEO of IDS Financial Services Corporation (which became American Express Financial Advisors and then Ameriprise). Before American Express, Mr. Stiefler held a variety of leadership positions with Citicorp and Boise Cascade Corporation. He received his BA from Williams College and MBA from Harvard Business School.
Bernard came to TouchCommerce (then inQ) in 2005 with a vision to assist online shoppers to buy online. Drawing upon his specialty retail and online experience, he embarked on creating a set of innovative technology solutions to target, engage and assist online shoppers and returning customers and create a more personalized online shopping experience. Read more about Bernard here
Prior to founding Emergence, Jason spent a decade in the venture business as a general partner with U.S. Venture Partners and as a Charter Class member of the Kauffman Fellows Program with Venrock Associates, the venture capital arm of the Rockefeller family. Earlier in his career, Jason served as VP of Muzertechnika, the largest private computer and telecommunications company in Eastern Europe at the time. Prior to this, he served as a strategic consultant with Bain & Company in Boston and San Francisco and with the investment firm of Welsh, Carson, Anderson, and Stowe in New York. Jason was also selected as the Charles Williams Fellow at Harvard's Graduate School of Business for post-graduate research in entrepreneurship and finance. Jason has led early-stage venture investments in several pubic companies such as DoubleClick (DCLK), aQuantive (AQNT), Visual Networks (VNWK), and Ask Jeeves (ASK) and many private companies. Jason graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Economics from Dartmouth College and earned an M.B.A.with Distinction from Harvard.
Steve Williams is a managing director at Sierra Ventures, responsible for enterprise, infrastructure, and consumer internet software, as well as software and application service provider investments. He has led the firm’s investments in and serves on the boards of many companies. He has also served on the board of Crosslogix (acquired by BEA Systems, Inc.), Permeo (acquired by Blue Coat), and Tenebril (acquired by Process Software). Joining Sierra in 2000, Steve loves to apply his strong operating background to the companies in which he invests. His BSEE from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo comes in handy too, and helps Steve to work with entrepreneurs in solving complicated sales, marketing, operations, and engineering challenges. Outside of Sierra, Steve loves adventure, especially sailing, bicycling, surfing, and hiking.
Glen Joined Hudson Ventures in 2000 as a senior managing director. Glen spent 25 years as an adviser to some of the world's largest and most prestigious corporations, having distinguished himself as both a lawyer and investment banker. Glen was a senior partner and member of the Management Committee of Wolfensohn & Co. when it was acquired by Bankers Trust in 1996. In May 1986, prior to joining Wolfensohn & Co., he had been a partner involved in the practice of corporate law, specializing in mergers and acquisitions, at the New York law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton. Glen is a board member of several technology-related companies, including GlobalServe, NetKey, and TouchCommerce, and serves as a board observer for Peminic. Glen was previously responsible for Hudson's investment and served on the boards of both Albridge Solutions and Relegence prior to their respective sales. Glen holds a B.A. degree from Amherst College and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. Glen resides in Mamaroneck, New York, with his family.
Richard Brekka is a managing partner and co-founder of Second Alpha Partners. For more than twenty years, Richard has invested in growth-oriented technology companies – particularly software-as-a-service, mobile content, communication services and Internet opportunities. He currently serves on the boards of TouchCommerce, Sixth Sense Media, Silver Carrot and Appia Communications. Prior to founding Second Alpha, Richard was president, managing partner and founder of Dolphin Equity Partners, a New York-based venture firm. Between 1998 and 2010, Dolphin raised two funds and invested in nearly three dozen portfolio companies. At Dolphin, Richard managed investments in Gomez, Mobile Armor, Terago (TSX:TGO), Enpocket and Overtone..