Best known for founding Travelocity.com …
Mr. Manoj Saxena co-founded WayBlazer, I…
Jeffrey T. Webber has more than 20 years…
Paul Sparta currently serves as Managing…
Thomas G. Tsao
Thomas G. Tsao is a Managing Partner and…
Best known for founding Travelocity.com and serving as founding Chairman of Kayak.com, Terry Jones has become a powerful voice in the world of entrepreneurship through his numerous speaking engagements and the publication of his book, ON Innovation. His career path has established him as a thought leader on innovation in our increasingly digital world.
A graduate of Denison University in Granville, Ohio, Jones, began his career as a travel agent, spent 24 years at American Airlines in marketing and information technology, capping his career as Chief Information Officer of its SABRE division. While at SABRE he led a team of six working on a project that became Travelocity.com. Jones served as CEO of Travelocity for seven years transforming it to a public company with three billion dollars in travel sales.
He left Travelocity when the company was taken private and became part of the founding team at Kayak.com, a company that yet again revolutionized how travel was purchased. He served as Chairman of the company from its founding until it was sold to Priceline for $1.8 billion dollars in 2013.
Today he is the Chairman of WayBlazer and managing principal of ON Inc, a consultancy he founded to help companies in their transition to the digital economy.
He serves on the boards of Boingo, Smart Destinations and Camping and Education Foundation. He has previously served on the boards of Entrust, Overture, La Quinta Hotels, Luxury Link and EarthLink.
He is a venture capitalist with General Catalyst and Sierra Angels.
Mr. Manoj Saxena co-founded WayBlazer, Inc. in 2014. Mr. Saxena serves as Managing Director of The Entrepreneur’s Fund.
Mr. Saxena focuses on identifying, investing, and scaling cloud-centric software companies in the Cognitive Computing space and aligned with the IBM Watson Cloud ecosystem. He is also a Special Advisor to IBM senior leadership.
He was Chief Executive Officer and founder of two successful venture funded software start-ups which were acquired by IBM (2006) and by CommerceOne (2001). Previously, he served as General Manager of IBM Watson Solutions of International Business Machines Corporation and was responsible for the commercialization efforts of IBM’s Watson technology globally. Mr. Saxena served as the Vice President at IBM Global Services (U.S.).
Jeffrey T. Webber has more than 20 years of experience as a successful early-stage investor, and has served as a board member and close advisor to scores of emerging growth technology companies. He is currently a managing director of the general partners of four private equity venture funds: The Entrepreneurs’ Fund L.P., The Entrepreneurs’ Fund II, L.P., The Entrepreneurs’ Growth Fund, L.P. and The Entrepreneurs’ Fund III, L.P. The Funds’ entrepreneur-centric, “get on base”, grow smart and score model is an extension of the philosophy that Mr. Webber employed from 1990-2003 as the founding partner of R. B. Webber & Company, Inc. which provided strategic planning consulting services to high technology companies.
Prior to R. B. Webber & Company, Mr. Webber founded New Venture Consultants, Inc., a firm specializing in advisory services to startup ventures, and served as its president from 1980 to 1987. Mr. Webber began his professional career in 1977 as a member of the strategic planning and research teams at McKinsey & Company in Los Angeles.
Paul Sparta currently serves as Managing Partner of Acme Nova Partners and Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors for VBrick Systems.
He also serves on the Board of Directors of Branding Brand. Prior to VBrick, Sparta was Chief Integration Officer for SuccessFactors (acquired by SAP) a public company that provides Cloud-based enterprise HR software.
Previously, he was Chairman and CEO of Plateau Systems, a provider of SaaS HR and Learning software that was acquired by SuccessFactors/SAP.
Sparta has an extensive background in technology consulting and software. He is a US Navy veteran. He has authored several articles in leading publications on enterprise software and HR technology.
Thomas G. Tsao is a Managing Partner and co-founder of Gobi Partners, a regional venture capital firm headquartered in Shanghai and with offices in Beijing, Tianjin, Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, and Jakarta. Established in 2002, Gobi is a leading investor in digital media, IT and TMT companies in China and ASEAN. To date, Gobi has funded more than 170 companies—130 in China and 40 in ASEAN and is currently investing its ninth fund.
Tom has participated in the development of several leading companies such as Brite Semiconductor (strategic investment from SMIC:0981.HK), Camera360, CiB (acquired by AsiaSoft), CSDN, GoGoVan (merger with 58 Suyun), Hermo (acquired by iStyle: 3660.TSE), Madhouse (acquired by BlueFocus:300058.SZ), Mainspring, Opzoon (acquired by Harbin Gong Da:600701.SH), Tuniu (NASDAQ:TOUR), and Yoyi Digital.
Previously, Tom was also the former CEO and a Director of DMG (acquired by NASDAQ:VISN), the largest operator of passenger information systems and digital media networks inside China’s subways. At DMG, Tom was the executive producer for the company’s award winning A Sunny Day, Dancing Without You, and A Starry Night programs, the world’s first series of subway soap operas sponsored respectively by Starbucks, Nine West and the MDA of Singapore. He also helped create Gobi’s Oasis Program, one of China’s earliest incubation initiatives. Successfully nurtured startups include GoKuai, NetQin (NYSE:NQ), and Teambition.
Tom has been a featured speaker at influential industry events, including those hosted by China’s National Development and Reform Commission, the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Harvard Business School, IBM, London School of Economics, Shanghai’s Municipal Government, Stanford Business School, the World Bank and the World Islamic Economic Forum. He was named to the Forbes List of “China’s Top Venture Capitalists” in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Tom is a graduate of Harvard College where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. He is the founder of Sponsors for Educational Opportunity China (SEO-China), a non-profit organization aimed at providing internship opportunities for underserved college students, modeled after SEO in the US. He also serves as Chairman of the Presidential Scholars Foundation, which cultivates, connects and celebrates U.S. Presidential Scholars (161 of the nation’s top high school graduates who are selected annually and honored by the White House). Of note, Tom was the inspiration behind Seinfeld’s popular “Movie Phone” TV episode.
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