President and Chief Executive Officer
David’s a seasoned Silicon Valley veteran who’s helped start, grow and lead numerous successful technology companies. He has extensive experience helping organizations of all sizes establish business models, build product/marketing strategies, and meet their go-to-market challenges. All while defining models of leadership, communication and culture.
Prior to launching Aktana, David was Executive in Residence with Mohr Davidow Ventures, and before that served as CEO of ParAccel, an early pioneer in the field of analytic databases. David’s also held senior level positions with NetIQ Corporation, Visual Networks, Inverse Network Technology, and McKinsey and Company, where he played a leadership role in the firm’s Asian Telecommunications, Electronics, and Media Practice.
In addition to being an angel investor and advisor to early stage technology ventures, David currently serves as the Executive Chairman of Reso Holdings, Inc. and is on the Board of Trustees of San Francisco’s Brandeis Hillel Day School. David also spent over a decade on the Board of Directors for Travelzoo, Inc., where he served as Chair of the Audit Committee and Lead Independent Director. And David was a member of the Board of Directors for Infravio, Inc.
David received a BA degree in Sociology with Honors and Distinction from Stanford University, an MS degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Co-Founder; Vice President of Products
Derek is responsible for product strategy and direction. Prior to co-founding Aktana, he was a Strategy and Innovation Associate in the Small Business Division at Intuit, where he drove initiatives to enter new markets and develop new products. Derek has also served as a Senior Associate at The Boston Consulting Group, where he developed and implemented strategies for a diverse range of public and private sector clients. Prior to BCG, Derek worked in several large law firms in Australia and Hong Kong and co-founded a medical IT company in Australia, applying his expertise in sales force optimization, change management and IT systems development and implementation.
Derek has dual degrees in Computer Science and Law (Honors) from the University of Melbourne.
Investment Director, Starfish Ventures
Anthony Glenning joined Starfish Ventures in January 2010 focusing on information technology investments. His responsibilities include evaluating investment opportunities, performing due diligence, negotiating terms, execution of new portfolio investments and managing portfolio companies.
From 1999 to 2009, Anthony was an entrepreneur involved in a number of companies. Anthony was founder and CEO of Tonic Systems, a company that developed software for creating and managing presentations online. Tonic Systems was acquired by Google in 2007, where Anthony worked for the next 2 years within the Google Docs team. Anthony was also a founding, non-executive director of Cameron Systems, a company providing FIX protocol, software solutions to financial businesses, until it was acquired by Orc Software in 2006.
Prior to 1999, Anthony worked at Strategic Decisions Group as a management consultant specializing in high-risk, high reward decision analysis. Before that, Anthony was a staff engineer at Sun Microsystems, working on a range of projects including Energy Star power management compliance and the Java workstation. Overall, Anthony has spent a total of 14 years living in Silicon Valley and breathing entrepreneurship.
Anthony holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) (Hons) and a Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) from the University of Melbourne, and a Master’s of Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.
Anthony is currently a director for MetaCDN, OurCast, DesignCrowd, Aktana and Bugherd. He is also Starfish’s representative for NitroPDF.
Gary Kurtzman, MD
Managing Director, Safeguard Scientifics
Gary Kurtzman, MD is Managing Director at Safeguard Scientifics (NYSE:SFE), which provides capital and relevant expertise to fuel the growth of technology-driven businesses in healthcare, financial services and digital media.
Gary has more than 30 years of experience in operations and investments, leveraging his medical expertise to enable businesses to enhance their products and grow their services, as well as to discover new partnering potential in developing entrepreneurial companies. Gary joined Safeguard in 2006, where he is responsible for identifying, deploying capital in and supporting emerging healthcare companies. Gary is a board member of MedCrypt (Chairman) and Oncora Medical (Chairman), as well as Safeguard’s partner companies Aktana, meQuilibrium, Prognos, Propeller Health, Syapse (Chairman), Trice Medical (Chairman) and Zipnosis.
Throughout his career, Gary has realized value for companies through a series of successful IPOs, M&A and turnaround transactions. A board-certified internist from Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, MO, with a hematology sub-specialty, Gary has authored more than 40 research articles, book chapters and reviews, and is credited as inventor on twelve issued United States patents. Presently, Gary serves on various academic and biomedical committees and boards. He is also a lecturer in the Health Care Management Department at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania where he teaches entrepreneurship in life sciences.