Board of Directors
Susan Carstensen – Director
Susan Carstensen is a longtime leader and visionary for successful SaaS companies, including AtTask and Live Office (sold to Symantec). As a member of Socrata’s board she provides guidance on growing and scaling as quickly as possible. Formerly, Susan was Senior Vice President of Customer Experience, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Operating Officer at RightNow Technologies, one of the original SaaS companies. Susan took RightNow Technologies from the start-up phase through two rounds of venture funding with Greylock and Summit Partners. She then helped manage RightNow’s public offering with Morgan Stanley, TWP, Deutsche Bank, and DA Davidson. Susan was also instrumental in the eventual $1.5 billion sale of RightNow to Oracle in 2012.
Scott Darling – Director
Scott is a General Partner at Frazier Technology Ventures, serving on the boards of Docusign and Socrata. Scott has more than 25 years of experience as a technology executive. Most recently, Scott spent 7 years with Intel Capital where he was Vice President and Managing Director. During this tenure at Intel Capital he managed the teams responsible for the Digital Home and Enterprise investment sectors in support of the business units representing more than two thirds of Intel’s revenue. During Scott’s years at Intel and prior to joining Intel Capital in 2000, he was the general manager for several business units including the Internet Media Services Division and the Personal Conferencing Division, as well as the marketing director for the OEM Computer Systems Division. Before Intel, Scott worked in product marketing at Apple Computer and at two early PC industry startups: VisiCorp and Osborne Computer Systems. Scott received his MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business in 1988. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 1981, where he studied economics and computer science.
Scott Maxwell – Director
Scott is the Senior Managing Director and Founder of OpenView Venture Partners. Scott seeks out companies that have the aspiration of becoming unique and dominant in their product market and, post investment, works hard to help those companies realize their vision. He has a special interest in businesses that are addressing the next generation of technology, including SAAS, Cloud computing, mobile platforms, storage, networking, IT tools, and development tools. Scott has been a Venture Capitalist since 2000, first as a senior Managing Director at Insight Venture Partners, and then as the founder of OpenView Venture Partners in 2006. Scott graduated from M.I.T. with a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Science in Management from the M.I.T. Sloan MBA program. He also has a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Davis.
Robert Runge – Director
Bob is an accomplished technology strategist and marketer with more than 25 years of experience as a leader in the technology industry. In addition to successful tenures with Oracle and Sybase, Bob served as chief marketing officer for content management pioneer BroadVision and as chief marketing officer for CRM innovator Pivotal Software. At Revenue Science (now Audience Science), Bob helped chart the company’s successful course as chief strategy officer. Bob holds an MBA from the University of Illinois. He also earned his undergraduate degrees from the University of Illinois where he studied fine arts and Germanic languages.
Kevin Merritt – Founder & CEO
Kevin is the founder and CEO of Socrata. In 2002 Kevin founded MessageRite, a web-based email archiving software developer and service provider. In 2004 FrontBridge Technologies acquired MessageRite where Kevin functioned as CTO. In 2005 Microsoft acquired FrontBridge. At Microsoft Kevin served as Software Architect and Director of Operations before leaving to found Socrata in 2007. At heart, Kevin is a software entrepreneur with a passion for and focus on making customers elated by delivering great software as a service. You can read and subscribe to No Wiggle Room, Kevin’s personal blog on entrepreneurship, technology and startups.
Bill Bryant – Advisor
Bill has had early and instrumental involvement in over 20 leading software and Internet companies, serving in a variety of capacities, including founder, senior executive, investor and board member. Bill is a board member of ACL, a worldwide market leader in risk management and compliance software and Pluggd, a startup that is revolutionizing audio and video media search. He currently serves on the advisory boards of Medio Systems, Boopsie, Cascadia Capital, Sensors in Motion, Limeade, and Mixxer. Bill is a former partner of Atlas Ventures, where he originated their investment in Isilon Systems. Prior to Atlas, Bill co-founded Qpass and served as its CEO and chairman. He also co-founded and served as president of Netbot, which built Jango, the first comparison shopping agent for the Internet. In the early 90s, he was the founding vice president of worldwide sales and marketing at Visio Corporation (now part of Microsoft). Since that time, Bill has consulted extensively with Microsoft, Real Networks, Getty Images and Corbis, and has helped a half dozen startups reach liquidity. Bill is a popular speaker in the Northwest on technology, venture capital, entrepreneurship and startup topics. He received a B.A. in European History, an M.B.A., and his Ph.D. Candidacy in Business Strategy, all from the University of Washington. He holds a patent for an electronic commerce network. Bill is a venture partner with Draper Fisher Jurvetson.
François Stieger – Advisor
François Stieger is a distinguished entrepreneurial leader in the global software and information and communications markets. As a member of the Advisory Board, François’ main focus is to help Socrata accelerate its international growth as it drives open data adoption around the world. Before his appointment to Socrata’s Advisory Board, François served as CEO of Intentional Software’s international business, and in senior leadership positions for the international operations of VeriSign, Oracle and BroadVision. He was also a venture capital partner at Amadeus Capital in London. He is now an angel investor in promising startups and sits on several executive and advisory boards, including Typesafe and BroadVision. François will be based in Geneva, Switzerland.