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.
Managing Director, Safeguard Scientifics
Al Wiegman is Senior Vice President and Managing Director at Safeguard Scientifics (NYSE:SFE), which provides capital to technology-driven businesses in healthcare, financial services and digital media. Al brings more than 15 years of venture capital experience to Safeguard, possessing a successful track record of transactions across the technology and healthcare sectors. Al is currently a board member for Safeguard’s partner companies Aktana, Inc., Aventura, Inc., InfoBionic, Inc. (Chairman) and Zipnosis, Inc.
Prior to joining Safeguard, Al was a General Partner at HLM Venture Partners, a leading venture capital firm, with offices in Boston and San Francisco. At HLM, Al directly participated in 30 early- and growth-stage transactions across the technology and healthcare sectors, and was integrally involved in some notable exits including Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC’s acquisition of Fieldglass, Inc. and Hologic, Inc.’s acquisition of Interlace Medical. Al was also on the board of directors for other HLM portfolio companies including Soteira Inc., Linkwell Health, Inc., Spinal Kinetics, Inc., and Transcend Medical, Inc.
Al began his career as a Senior Financial Analyst at Fleet Bank of New York. He received an M.B.A. from Babson College and a B.A in Economics from Hobart College.