Directors & Advisors
Founder & CEO
Kevin founded Socrata because he recognized that the massive amounts of data in the world could be put to use in people’s everyday lives to make them better. Kevin had previous successes as an entrepreneur. In 2002 Kevin founded MessageRite, which developed and provided a web-based email archiving service. In 2004, FrontBridge Technologies acquired MessageRite where Kevin functioned as Chief Technology Officer (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 making customers elated by delivering great software as a service.
Chief Financial Officer
Dan brings over 20 years of experience in finance, including responsibility for all aspects of finance and HR, such as treasury, financial reporting, planning and analysis, legal and risk mitigation. Dan has extensive experience with both early-stage and established companies across multiple industries, including software, financial services, retail and hospitality. Before joining Socrata, Dan was the Senior Finance Leader at Hubspan, which was acquired by Liaison Technologies in 2012. Prior to Hubspan, Dan held management positions at Qpass (acquired by Amdocs), Safeco, and ITT Sheraton, including a stint overseas. He is a Certified Public Accountant and received a BS in Accounting from Boston College.
Vice President of Product
Are you curious about all of the ways that open data can make the world a better place? Talk to Saf. An enthusiastic proponent of Socrata’s visionary customers, Safouen (Saf) has 17 years of technology product management and marketing experience in the enterprise software, internet services and communications industries. He served most recently as Marketing Director at Canadian telecommunications company, TELUS, leading the successful market introduction of cloud-based customer experience solutions that achieved 300 percent revenue growth over two years. Prior to working at TELUS, Saf was Director of eBusiness at customer relationship management software company Pivotal, which reached $65 million in revenue in five years and was acquired by CDC Software in 2003. Saf holds an executive MBA from Simon Fraser University.
Senior Vice President
of Sales and Marketing
Bill joins Socrata with over 25 years of sales management experience in technology and SaaS companies. Blending start-up and big company, entrepreneur and enterprise, Bill offers a unique perspective on building and accelerating sales organizations. Prior to joining the Seattle start-up scene, Bill served multiple leadership roles at Dell Computer including VP Enterprise Sales and Director of Inside Sales. Before joining Dell, Bill worked in various management capacities at Apple Computer. Bill holds a master’s in Business Administration from Pepperdine University and an undergraduate degree from Loyola Marymount University, College of Business Management.
Vice President of Sales
Joel’s natural leadership style includes high fives, a sense of humor and plenty of teamwork. A seasoned enterprise sales executive, Joel has more than 10 years working with executives at Fortune 1000 organizations and high level government IT officials. He specializes in building high performing sales teams that are fundamentally focused on creating a culture of customer success. Before joining Socrata, Joel held senior revenue producing roles at technology leaders Oracle, RightNow Technologies and Xerox, winning multiple awards for sales achievement and customer satisfaction. Joel earned his bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Colorado State University.
Vice President of Ecosystem
Socrata wants to increase the number of open data innovators around the world. And, Erika is just the person to make this happen. As the Vice President of Emerging Markets, Erika works to bring Socrata’s products to international markets and create programs that help developers get involved with open data. She also leads our partner channels strategy, enabling other companies to create value-added services for Socrata’s government customers and their constituents at the city, state or national level. A leader in global business development in the technology industry, Erika worked at Microsoft in a variety of marketing and business development roles, most recently as the Industry Managing Director for Local and Regional Government. Erika also led several public sector economic development programs and drove entrepreneurial efforts for high-growth mobile startups. Erika received her bachelor’s degree from Vassar College and her master’s degree in Economics from Cambridge University.
Chief Technology Officer
Deep Dhillon is an accomplished technologist with over 18 years of experience conceptualizing, architecting, and deploying multiple advanced networking applications. He specializes in leading startups and growing companies by developing their data science, distributed computing, and search capabilities. Before joining Socrata, Deep served as a technology executive for companies such as Alliance Health Network, Evri, Insightful Corporation (now Tibco), and Cantametrix (now Sony). He earned his Master’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin and holds several patents in natural language processing, search, and music analysis technologies.
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 is President of EMC’s Corporate Development & Venture Capital. He is responsible for 25 investment professionals who handle the EMC Federation’s corporate development and venture capital investment function. Prior to EMC, Scott was a General Partner at Frazier Technology Ventures. Before that, he was Vice President and Managing Director at Intel Capital. During his tenure at Intel Capital, Scott managed the teams responsible for investing in support of the business units responsible for 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 start-ups. 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 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.
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.
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 Steiger 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.
Stephen Goldsmith directs Data-Smart City Solutions, a project at Harvard that highlights local government efforts to use new technologies that connect big-data analytics with community input to reshape the relationship between government and citizen. The Data-Smart City Solutions project is powered by Bloomberg Philanthropies. As Mayor of Indianapolis and Deputy Mayor of New York, Stephen earned a reputation as one of the country’s leaders in public-private partnerships, competition, and privatization. Goldsmith’s most recent book is “The Responsive City: Engaging Communities Through Data-Smart Governance,” co-authored with Susan Crawford.
David Eaves advises governments on open government and open data, and businesses and nonprofits on open source strategies and community management. He was an affiliate with the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, where he analyzed issues surrounding the politics of data, as well as how negotiation theory can help improve online community management. In 2009, Eaves served as an adviser to the Office of the Mayor of Vancouver on Open Government and Open Data. David is also a Co-Founder of ReCollect Systems, a technology company specializing in digital solutions for the waste management sector. He also writes on open innovation, public policy, public service sector renewal, open source, and network systems.
Jai is a managing director at Sapphire Ventures and looks for startups developing ground-breaking products and services in the United States and in India. His primary focus is in the areas of software defined infrastructure, cloud and mobile computing, smart machines, IoT and pervasive analytics. Jai has more than 15 years of experience helping companies innovate their product and marketing strategies in order to scale and become market leaders. Prior to joining Sapphire Ventures in 2006, Jai worked at Intel Capital, Agilent Ventures (formerly Hewlett Packard) and MVC Capital (a Draper Fisher Jurvetson affiliate). He began his career as a software engineer at Oracle and then moved into product management. Jai has a BS in electrical engineering from Brown University and an MBA from University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, where he received the George Hay Brown Prize for academic excellence.
Sapphire Ventures is focused on helping today’s most innovative technology companies become global category-defining leaders. Leveraging nearly two decades of experience and an extensive global enterprise network, Sapphire Ventures invests capital, resources and expertise to enable its portfolio companies to scale rapidly. Whether entrepreneurs sell to businesses, consumers or both, Sapphire Ventures offers a powerful platform for business development and operational excellence to help them accelerate growth. With $1.4 billion under active management via direct growth investments and an early-stage fund of funds strategy, Sapphire Ventures is uniquely positioned to elevate companies to the global stage.
OpenView Venture Partners is an expansion-stage venture capital fund based in Boston that is focused on high-growth software, Internet, and technology-enabled companies. Through its staff of seasoned operating executives, who collectively bring several decades of technology and management experience to the firm, OpenView is able to help portfolio companies quickly optimize their product, go-to-market, and organizational and operational functions. Founded in 2006, the firm invests globally and has approximately $440 million in total capital under management.
Frazier Technology Ventures (FTV) is a Seattle-based, early-stage venture capital firm focused on investments in wireless, internet service, software, and communications companies. FTV helps entrepreneurs build category defining companies by applying their executive operating backgrounds from companies like C-Cube, EdMark, LSILogic, Metapath, Microsoft, RealNetworks, and Visio. FTV is focused primarily on investments in the greater Pacific Northwest. Together with Frazier Healthcare, the two fund groups comprise the Pacific Northwest’s largest venture franchise.
Morgenthaler Ventures has worked with outstanding entrepreneurs to build valuable companies for more than 40 years. Morgenthaler Venture’s capital team focuses its investments in two areas: life sciences and information technology. Among the many Morgenthaler-funded companies that have gone public or were acquired are: Apple, Atria, Brion, Illustra Technologies, Microchip, New Focus, NexTag, NEXTEL, Nuance Communications, Peregrine Semiconductor, Premisys, Siri, Synopsys and VeriFone. Morgenthaler Ventures is headquartered in Menlo Park, Calif.