Board of Directors
Kyle spent most of his career at Cisco, initially as the technical assistant to SVP Mike Volpi and later as a Product Manager in the cellular and wifi business units. He launched three v1.0 products in wireless and security and finished his time there managing a ~$100 million portfolio of Cisco’s WLAN Controllers. In between Cisco and Big Switch Networks, he was VP of Product Management at Joost, a peer-to-peer TV-over-the-Internet company from the founders of Skype. He started his career at eBusiness consulting company Scient, first as a java developer and later engineering manager and co-founder of the wireless practice. He holds a BSE in Electrical Engineering from Princeton, a MS in Computer Science and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Tony Bates is president of the Skype Division of Microsoft. He is responsible for overseeing the company's direction, strategy and overall mission to become a global communications provider that will eventually reach billions of users. Before joining Skype, Bates was senior vice president and general manager of Cisco's Enterprise, Commercial and Small Business Group. Prior to that, he was senior vice president and general manager for the Service Provider business unit, and vice president and general manager of Cisco's high-end router business. He has also served as a member of the board of YouTube (GOOG) and LoveFilm (AMZN).Before working at Cisco, Bates spearheaded the backbone-engineering strategy for Internet MCI (MCI's national IP backbone). He has more than 20 years of experience in the Internet and telecommunications industries, and has published 12 IETF RFCs in the areas of Internet Routing and Operations. He holds nine patents in the area of Layer 2 and Layer 3 innovations.
Mark is a Lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business for courses in Entrepreneurship and Sales Organization. Prior to Stanford, he was the founding Chairman and CEO of Veritas Software. During his tenure, Veritas went from 12 to 5,500 employees, and from a revenue base of $95,000 to $1.5 billion per year. In 2000, Veritas was the 10th largest independent software company by revenue, third largest by market capitalization, and became a Fortune 1000 company. Mark is also the managing director of Leslie Ventures and serves on the boards of many public, private and non-profit companies such as NetApp Corporation, SugarCRM, Wall Street Systems, Xsigo Corporation, NYU Board of Overseers, NYU Science Advisory Board or Community Foundation of Silicon Valley. He received a bachelor’s degree in physics and mathematics from New York University and completed Harvard Business School’s Program for Management Development (PMD).
Bill is a Lecturer in Strategic Management and the Raccoon Partners Lecturer at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a Director Emeritus of McKinsey. His teachings and research are focused on two areas: general management and leadership; and nonprofits, social entrepreneurship and philanthropy. At McKinsey Bill’s focus was on working with executives in technology, private equity, retail, financial services and media on topics of corporate strategy, organization and leadership. Bill was Chair of the Client Committee and Chair of the McKinsey Investment Office, which oversees more than $5 billion in investments. He was also Vice-Chair of the Directors Review Committee, Founder and Chair of the Private Equity and Venture Capital Practice, Chair of the West Coast Practice and Managing Director of the San Francisco Office. He is currently a Director of Juniper Networks. He received a bachelor’s degree from Columbia and an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.