Alex Gounares is the founder and CEO of Polyverse Corporation, the leading provider of moving target defense based cybersecurity solutions. Previously, Alex led Concurix Corporation and served as AOL's Chief Technology Officer. Alex joined AOL from Microsoft, where he was Corporate Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for the company's Online Services Division. During his tenure at Microsoft, Gounares led significant strategic and technical operations for some of the company's most important projects including Microsoft's global advertising platform, Bing search, MSN and Microsoft Virtual Earth. Alex also served for three years as Technology Advisor to Microsoft Chairman and founder Bill Gates. Prior to joining Microsoft in 1993, Alex worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He has founded four start-ups and is also an inventor on more than 200 patents filed and pending. Alex holds a bachelor's degree cum laude in Computer Science from Princeton University.
Tom Heiser is an advisor to TA Associates and was most recently EMC’s Executive Vice President leading Cloud Strategy and Execution with revenues of $23.2 billion in 2013. Heiser worked closely with the company’s executive leadership to evaluate the rapidly evolving Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS) market segments. Previously Tom was the President of RSA, The Security Division of EMC, where he oversaw RSA’s business operations, worldwide sales and services, channel strategy, product development, marketing, strategic business and financial initiatives, IT, and technical support. Over his 30 year tenure at EMC, Tom’s executive leadership ranged from critical responsibilities in corporate development, mergers and acquisitions, and positioning EMC for emerging market segments. Tom earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting information systems from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Alex focuses on investments in technology and technology-enabled services companies. He is a Board Director of Arxan Technologies, Board Observer of Maintenance Connection and Mitratech, and was also actively involved in TA’s investments in Aicent, CyOptics, DigiCert and MicroSeismic. Prior to joining TA in 2009, Alex worked in the Global Technology Investment Banking Group at Barclays Capital, in the Strategies and Operations Group at DiscoverOrg and in the Business Development Group at MercardoLibre. He received a BS degree, summa cum laude, in Business Administration and a BA degree, summa cum laude, in Psychology from the University of Southern California, and an MBA degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Tom joined NetApp in 1994 and was responsible for sales until becoming president in 2000. In 2009 he became vice chairman.Tom has given talks on the power of corporate culture and leadership all over the world to people in such diverse organizations as the U.S. Marine Corps, West Point, CIO forums, Oracle’s Leaders Circle, and Stanford University. In 2009 he was the corecipient with NetApp Chairman Dan Warmenhoven of the Morgan Stanley Leadership Award for Global Commerce. Tom holds a BA degree from the University of Notre Dame and is an alumnus of Stanford University’s Executive Business Program. In September 2000 Notre Dame renamed its business school the Mendoza College of Business after an endowment made by Tom and Kathy Mendoza.
Joe Sander joined Arxan as CEO in August 2015 with an outstanding track record of scaling growth-oriented companies and enabling them to reach their full potential. Sander’s experience includes a legacy of generating customer and marketplace growth for technology enterprises and security businesses through direct sales and by building strategic alliances and distribution partnerships. His background includes senior positions leading all aspects of operations, with specific expertise in software as a service (SaaS) delivery models. He most recently served as president and CEO of Harmony Information Systems, a Healthcare IT organization where he developed a strategic roadmap that resulted in an increase of 309% in year-over-year bookings. Prior to joining Harmony, Sander served as president and CEO of a Netherlands-based company, Consul Risk Management. Under Sander’s guidance, Consul established itself as a leader in the Forrester “Security Information Management” Wave and was recognized as the Most Innovative Company in Holland by a leading Dutch magazine. Mr. Sander has a track record of success in North America, Europe, South America, and Asia and graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Appalachian State University.
Ken is co-head of TA Associates North America Technology Group and focuses on investments in software, infrastructure and financial technology companies. He serves on the Board of Directors of Arxan Technologies, Insurity, RGM Advisors and TierPoint; and led TA’s investment in BATS Global Markets. Ken formerly served on the Boards of Cosentry, CyOptics, Datek Online Holdings, Fractal Analytics, FTP Software, ION Investment Group, MetroPCS Communications, NetScout Systems and The Island ECN. Prior to joining TA in 1988, he was a member of the technical staff of AT&T Bell Laboratories, as a Systems Engineer in the switching systems area. Ken received a BS degree, summa cum laude, in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Duke University, an MS degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and an SM degree in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management.