Investors and Board of Directors

Meet our investors and board members.

Investment Firms

Cyber Junction’s principals have more than 30 years of experience nurturing technology companies in numerous markets including predictive modeling, data analysis, cellular communications, artificial intelligence, voice recognition and video.

WestWave Capital is an early-stage, deep-technology, enterprise-only venture fund that invests primarily in Seed and Series A stage companies. WestWave Capital's focus areas include the next generation of SaaS, Analytics, IoT, Security and Cloud Infrastructure companies.

In-Q-Tel is the nonprofit strategic investor serving as a trusted partner to government intelligence and national security agencies by sourcing, funding, and accelerating innovative technologies from the commercial startup community to strengthen the security of the U.S. and its allies.

Investors

Alan Pollard

Alan Pollard is President - Product and Innovation at The Vitality Group, a global financial services organization offering an incentive-based wellness program to employers as part of their benefits program.

Avie Tevanian

Avie Tevanian was formerly Apple, Inc.’s Chief Software Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of Software Engineering, leading the team that developed Mac OS X, the operating system that powers Apple’s desktops and notebooks and served as the base for iOS, which powers several Apple products including the iPhone and iPad. Earlier, he was Vice President of Software Engineering at NeXT Computer.

Brendan O’Halloran

Brendan O’Halloran is the former Vice Chair at TD Securities and has more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry with First Boston and TD Bank, retiring as TD Securities’ Vice Chair & US Region Head. He also serves on the Board of the NYSE-listed Bar Harbor Bank.

Dr. Tony Martin

Dr. Tony Martin is President and Founder of Strategic Solutions Unlimited, which provides specialized support to the United States’ government intelligence and special operations forces’ communities. Martin is also an expert in the areas of intelligence analysis, counterterrorism, strategic planning, and organizational development.

Francois Millard

Francois Millard is Senior Vice President and Chief Actuarial Officer of The Vitality Group, a global financial services organization offering an incentive-based wellness program to employers as part of their benefits program.

Gary Wipfler

Gary Wipfler is Treasurer and Vice President at Apple, Inc. where he is focused on capital markets, treasury systems, return of capital, merchant acceptance and payment platforms, global business support and scale.

Tom Paquin

Tom Paquin is a Co-Founder of both Netscape and Mozilla. While at Netscape, Paquin was instrumental in helping engineer the technology that popularized Web browsing. He later founded Mozilla.org, the not-for-profit company responsible for the Firefox Web browser.

William Cyr

William Cyr is Chief Executive Officer and a Director at Freshpet, a leading manufacturer of fresh, refrigerated food and treats for dogs and cats using natural ingredients. Prior to Freshpet, Cyr served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Sunny Delight Beverages Company.

Board of Directors

Brad Rowe

CEO and Chairman of the Board
Cigent

Brad Rowe has over thirty years as an executive at Hewlett-Packard, Western Digital, SystemSoft, Accunit, and Pumatech/Intellisync which he co-founded with Steve Nicol, and ran as CEO both as a private and public, NASDAQ-listed company.  Brad has a BSE from Princeton.

Brendan O’Halloran

Brendan O’Halloran has over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry with First Boston and TD Bank, retiring as Vice Chair & US Region Head, TD Securities. He also serves on the Board of Bar Harbor Bank (NYSE). Brendan holds an AB from Princeton and a MBA from Harvard.

David Schafer

David has over 35 years of sales experience including 20 years at Western Digital where he was VP of Worldwide sales from 1988 through the year 2000. Following Western Digital, David lead sales for Valence Semiconductor and Lantronics Corporation after which he became a founding partner in Innoventure Partners LLC which focused on working with technology startup companies in the areas of Business Development, Distribution and expanding the customers investor base.

John Benkert

SVP Strategic Development
Cigent

John has over 35 years of experience in commercial and government organizations working at the American Embassy Oslo, Norway and the National Security Agency, where he received training in operational tradecraft including advanced data recovery, hacking techniques, computer security and forensics. While at NSA he was awarded the National Scientific Achievement Award for his technological innovations.

Steve Nicol

SVP Sales and Marketing
Cigent

Steve Nicol has worked as a sales and marketing executive in several technology companies, including Hewlett-Packard, Western Digital, Systemsoft, and Accela Inc. In 1993 he co-founded Pumatech/Intellisync with Brad Rowe and helped lead the company through a successful IPO in 1996. Steve has a BA from Princeton.

Tom DiBenedetto

Chief Executive Officer
Cyber Junction

Thomas DiBenedetto leads Cyber Junction, a technology investment firm. He is a partner in the Fenway Sports Group LLC (FSG), the parent company of the Boston Red Sox and Liverpool Football Club, a Premier League Soccer team and chairman of the board of Jefferson Waterman International, a Washington D.C.-based business intelligence and government relations firm.