Board of Directors
Founder, Chairman & CEO
Gurbaksh is a die-hard internet entrepreneur. In January 1999, he started his first company, ClickAgents at the age of 16. It was one of the first ad networks focused around performance based advertising. Eighteen months later he sold it for $40 million to ValueClick.
In January 2004, he launched his second company, BlueLithium. The company focused on data, optimization, and analytics and became a pioneer in behavioral targeting. BlueLithium was named one of the top 100 private companies in America for three years in a row by AlwaysOn, and in 2006, the company received the highest honor of Top Innovator of the Year. (Previous winners included Google, Skype, and Salesforce.com.) On September 4th, 2007, Yahoo! announced that it was acquiring BlueLithium for $300 million in cash.
Some of his television appearances include The Oprah Winfrey Show, Bonnie Hunt, EXTRA and Neil Cavuto, among others. He has also been profiled in such publications as The New York Times, Entrepreneur magazine, and The San Francisco Chronicle.
Chahal is also an international best-selling author of "The Dream," the true inspirational tale of his entrepreneurial journey. In September 2009, Chahal launched gWallet, now re-branded as RadiumOne.
On April 29, 2010, Chahal was awarded the Leaders In Management Award and an Honorary Doctorate degree in Commercial Science from Pace University for his career achievements as an entrepreneur.
Prior to founding The Westly Group, Steve Westly served as the Controller and Chief Fiscal Officer of the state of California – the world's eighth largest economy. As Controller, he chaired the State Lands Commission and served on 63 other boards and commissions, including CalPERS and CalSTRS, the nation's two largest public pension funds, which together invest more than $350 billion. During his four-year term, Steve spearheaded innovative tax programs that helped close the State's budget deficit and also led an effort to commit more than $1 billion to clean technology investments.
In the 2008 election cycle Steve served as a California co-chair and a National Finance Committee member of the Obama for America campaign. He currently serves on the Secretary of Energy's Advisory Board as a representative for the venture capital industry.
Before running for office, Steve helped guide the online auction company eBay through its period of most rapid growth, serving as the Senior Vice President of Marketing, Business Development, M&A and International. Steve helped bring eBay to Europe and Asia and developed the marketing and acquisition strategies that paved the path for the firm's exponential growth.
Steve began his career in Washington, D.C., where he worked first on Capitol Hill and later in the Office of Conservation and Solar at the U.S. Department of Energy. Steve returned to California to become special assistant to the President of the California Public Utilities Commission. While there, he published two books on alternative energy and the utilities.
Steve holds a bachelor's degree from Stanford University and an MBA from Stanford's Graduate School of Business, where he served on the faculty for five years. Steve and his wife, Anita, run the Westly Foundation, which provides education and health care services for children and underserved communities throughout California.
Partner, Adams Street Capital
Robin is responsible for sourcing and executing late stage venture and growth equity investments in Internet and communications software and services.
Robin serves on the Board of Actelis Networks, Inc. His past investments include Demand Media, Merchant E-Solutions and Sonim. He was previously an investor in Appshop (acquired by ATT), Bitfone (acquired by HPQ), Fotolog (acquired by HIM.Pa), Mobile365 (acquired by SY), Omniture (OMTR), Placeware (acquired by MFST) and Vonage (VG).
Prior to joining the Firm, Robin was a Partner in four 3i venture funds and Partner in the 3i Growth Equity fund. Before 3i, Robin served as CFO for two venture-backed technology startups in Silicon Valley. He also held positions with McKinsey & Ernst and Young in London.
General Partner, Trinity Ventures
Ajay is a general partner focused on early stage investments in digital media, internet services, and mobility solutions. He has over 20 years of operating experience at the senior management and board level with start-ups, private companies and public companies. Prior to joining Trinity Ventures, Ajay co-founded Pinnacle Systems, a seminal media technology company that pioneered consumer generated media creation. During his tenure at Pinnacle, the company grew from start-up stage to a global $350M public company, won several Emmy awards and completed over a dozen M&A transactions before being acquired by Avid Technology. Previously, Ajay was with Mindset Corporation, a computer graphics start-up. Before Mindset, he held various technical and management positions at Atari Corporation, a video games company, and Unisys Corporation, an IT services company.
In addition to RadiumOne, Ajay is currently on the boards of 21 Via Net, CrowdFlower, Mobile Messenger, Red Aril, TubeMogul and WhiteSky.
He is a charter member of The Indus Entrepreneurs, an active group providing support for entrepreneurs and is on the Board of Trustees of the Harker School in San Jose.
Steve has had a long and successful career in venture capital, investment banking, and technology, spanning more than 20 years. From 1997 until earlier this year, he was a Managing General Partner with Walden Venture Capital, where he built Walden's digital media and technology practice and raised two funds totaling more than $300 million. During that period, he led successful investments and exits in many companies, such as AdKnowledge (acquired by CMGI for $250 million), Cybertrust, (acquired by Verizon for $450 million) and DigitalThink (DTHK, which attained a market capitalization in excess of $2 billion before selling to Convergys). In 2003, Steve led a Series A investment in BlueLithium and joined Gurbaksh's board. During the next 3 years, Steve was instrumental in helping Gurbaksh build the company and also supported its exit to Yahoo! for $300 million, a more than 7x return for Walden.
From 1990-1997, Steve was a managing director and founder of Alex. Brown's New Media practice. At Alex. Brown, he was directly involved in financing and sponsoring a wide range of media technology companies, including America Online, Apollo Group, and Electronic Arts. In both 1995 and 1996, he was selected by The Wall Street Journal as an All-Star software analyst and stock picker.
Partner, Crosslink Capital
David joined Crosslink in 2011 and focuses on venture investments in Digital Media, Software and Financial Technologies.
David brings more than 15 years of experience working with technology businesses as a venture capital investor and investment banker. Prior to joining Crosslink, David was a partner at 3i Ventures, a global venture capital fund. He also served as a senior officer in the technology practices at both Robertson Stephens and Piper Jaffray. David's previous investment experience includes BlueLithium (acquired by Yahoo!), Demand Media (DMD), Fotolog (acquired by Hi-Media), Omniture (OMTR; acquired by Adobe) and Speakeasy (acquired by Best Buy).
Board Observer / Partner, DFJ Esprit
Krishna has been a Venture Capital investor for over 12 years. He was previously a Partner in 3i's Venture Capital team and was responsible for several successful investments including The Cloud Networks Ltd, Ezurio Ltd, Ubinetics Ltd, BlueLithium Inc, E2V plc, Fastnet Systems Ltd and BTN Ltd. He started his career at Ernst & Young before founding Optika Fibre Technologies, a polymer fibre and display technology start-up based in SE Asia. He currently sits on the boards of Icera Inc, Netronome Systems Inc, Taptu Ltd, Light Blue Optics Ltd and Cambridge Semiconductor Ltd. He has a degree in Management Sciences from the University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.
Bill is the Chief Operating Officer of RadiumOne, providing organizational and operations leadership for the company. Prior to joining RadiumOne, Bill was the Chief Financial Officer of Tapjoy, Inc.
With over 25 years of management experience in online media, he has scaled operations for several companies. Bill has an impressive record of driving growth, efficiency and profitability for technology companies. He has a strong background in developing and implementing strategic plans, motivating high performance teams and managing finance and operations.
Previously, Bill was the Chief Financial Officer of BlueLithium, where he had responsibility for finance and operations. Bill was also responsible for managing the M&A process and the integration of BlueLithium with Yahoo. Pror to BlueLithium, Bill worked with LookSmart, Tacit Software and was a senior partner with KPMG for over twelve years.
Bill has a BA in Geography from the University of Durham, England. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and is member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and California Society of Certified Public Accountants.