Robert Wahbe is co-founder and CEO of Highspot. He is a globally recognised leader in the software industry with deep experience in product development, marketing, and sales. Previously, he was Corporate Vice President of Marketing for the Server and Tools Division at Microsoft where he oversaw worldwide product and business management including product planning, pricing, packaging, branding and advertising. Prior to that he was CEO of Colusa Software, which was acquired by Microsoft.
Oliver Sharp is co-founder and Chief Solution Architect at Highspot. Oliver drives best practices, implementation strategies, and data-driven optimisation strategies for the industry and Highspot customers. He has led or participated in most of Highspot's largest and most complicated launches for companies, including SAP Concur, Red Hat, Aetna, Workday, and many others. Before that, he served as the VP of Product, helping to design the Highspot application and the algorithms that it uses. Previously, he helped start Colusa Software, which was acquired by Microsoft. He was also co-founder and CTO of iTurf, helping to take it public in 1999. Oliver served in a number of roles at Microsoft, including general manager of the Connected Server Team. In addition to delivering a variety of server products, he was responsible for managing the BizTalk field team, which supported strategic engagements worldwide. The product is used by more than 90% of the Fortune 500, and more than 50 mission-critical deployments were directly managed by the field team with very high customer satisfaction. Oliver received an MS and a PhD in computer science from UC Berkeley.
Tim is a managing director at Madrona Venture Group, where he has been investing in enterprise technology founders and companies since 2006. His investments span Cloud, Predictive Analytics, SaaS, DevOps and Microservices. Prior to Madrona, Tim worked in corporate development at Microsoft where he sourced, structured and negotiated acquisitions, closing 14 transactions for over $850 million. Tim started his career at a start-up in the satellite communication market. He has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and an MBA from Stanford University.
Managing Director Doug Pepper joined the firm in 2016. At Shasta, a premier early-stage venture capital firm with more than $1.2 billion under management, Doug focuses on investing in SaaS and mobile companies that help enterprises optimise relationships with customers and employees. He led the firm’s investment in Beautiful.ai, a company reimagining how consumers and business users create presentations. Prior to Shasta, Doug was a general partner at InterWest Partners for 15 years. He was the first investor in Marketo (MKTO) and served on its board of directors for 10 years through its successful IPO. Besides Marketo, Doug has invested in nearly a dozen SaaS companies along the customer journey. Doug began his career as a financial analyst at Goldman Sachs in New York focusing on technology and healthcare before working in business development at Amazon.com. Doug received his B.A. degree from Dartmouth College and M.B.A. degree from Stanford University.
As a partner at OpenView, Blake focuses on application software, and has led the firm's investments in Highspot, Expensify, Pantheon, and Logikcull. Prior to OpenView, he was an investor at Battery Ventures, where he helped lead investments in companies like Optimizely, Glassdoor, Sprinklr, Wayfair (NYSE:W), and Q2 Holdings (NYSE:QTWO)
Matt is a General Partner at ICONIQ Capital investing in enterprise and consumer software. Prior to ICONIQ, Matt has held operating roles at Groupon and investing roles at Battery Ventures and Technology Crossover Ventures. Matt's investments include Datadog, Adyen (ADYEN.NV), Snowflake, Gitlab, Coupa (COUP), Collibra, Alteryx (AYX), Braze, BambooHR, InVision, Intercom, Relativity, Sprinklr, Alibaba Group (BABA), Uber (UBER), SendBird, Procore, Lucid Software, Pluralsight (PS), Fastly (FSLY), Twistlock, Robinhood, GoFundMe, Greensky Financial (GSKY), DocuSign (DOCU), Flipkart, Honest Company, Red Ventures, Groupon (GRPN), HomeAway, Warby Parker, Automattic, Campaign Monitor, Turbonomic, Apttus, Blackline (BL), Wayfair (W), Sweetgreen, and Spothero.
Robert Youngjohns currently serves as a senior advisor in the software practice at McKinsey & Co. He was previously an executive vice president and general manager of the Software business within HPE. Robert has more than 30 years of sales, marketing, sales enablement, strategic business development, and general management experience in the technology industry. Prior to HP, Youngjohns was president of Microsoft North America, where he drove sales and marketing for the company’s entire product portfolio, including enterprise solutions such as Microsoft Dynamics. Before joining Microsoft, he was president and CEO of Callidus Software, a cloud-based sales, marketing, learning, and customer experience company. Youngjohns also held a variety of leadership positions at Sun Microsystems and IBM.
Melissa is senior vice president and general manager of the Enterprise Platform business at Tradeshift, which is changing how businesses connect and innovate with their supply chain. Prior to Tradeshift, Melissa led worldwide sales at MemSQL, where she successfully built out the commercial and federal sales organisations. Melissa also served as a vice president in Oracle's enterprise accounts group, where she was responsible for the company's Fortune 500 customers. Melissa holds BA in economics from Stanford University, where she was an All-American in the pole vault.