Since January 2010, Mr. Anderson has served as vice president of content and product solutions for Samsung Consumer Electronics America responsible for developing Samsung’s strategy and market offerings related to IP connected devices and content for the US market. In this role, Mr. Anderson oversees content, applications and multi screen services and solutions for the Home Entertainment, Mobile Entertainment, Home Appliance and PC portfolios.
Prior to joining Samsung, Mr. Anderson served as senior vice president for global business/corporate development and channels for Handango which was one of the first successful smartphone content aggregators. In this role Eric was responsible for driving new and existing business with over 50 channel partners worldwide which included wireless operators, device manufacturers, smartphone operating system providers, portals and big box retailers.
Prior to joining Handango, Mr. Anderson was the vice president of media and entertainment for Ericsson North America. During his tenure years with Ericsson, he held the positions of vice president of marketing, director of service layer sales and business development, and director of mobile internet consulting. His responsibilities included the oversight of business lines for mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs); satellite service providers; cable and mobile convergence; gaming; and content, media and entertainment. Eric was on the core executive team that developed Ericsson Global Services in the early 2000’s.
Before Ericsson, Mr. Anderson was a senior manager with Accenture at its world headquarters in Northbrook, IL. During his eight years there, he developed and led Accenture’s first mobile/wireless data practice.
Prior to Accenture, Mr. Anderson served as a regional market manager for General Cellular Corporation for three years and was responsible for developing Rural Service Areas (RSAs) in the Midwest.
Eric has over 20 years experience in the content, mobile and services industry and holds a BS degree in marketing and advertising from Ball State University and a MS in information communication sciences from the Center for Information and Communication Sciences, Ball State University.
A mobile and consumer marketing veteran with more than 20 years operating experience, Bob Borchers comes to Opus Capital from Apple, Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL) where he served as Sr. Director of Worldwide Product Marketing for the iPhone. At Opus Borchers is focused on investments in mobile applications and services as well as adjacent opportunities in both hardware and software.
As part of the original iPhone team, Bob was instrumental in the development, launch and global expansion of the revolutionary iPhone, iPhone OS, App Store and the recent launch of the iPhone 3GS. While at Apple he also led the Nike+iPod partnership, expanded the iPod accessory ecosystem, and forged relationships with every major auto company to provide iPod integration.
Prior to Apple, Bob was Vice President of Marketing at FusionOne, a pioneer in creating and marketing mobility solutions. Bob also spent six years at Nokia where he co-founded and served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Vertu business unit. Prior to his tenure at Vertu, Bob held several senior-level marketing positions at Nokia Mobile Phones where he successfully positioned the mobile phone as both a technology and lifestyle product. Before his career in the mobile industry, Bob worked for Nike, Inc. in Beaverton, Oregon, where he led efforts in product and service personalization. He began his career doing research and development in prosthetics.
Bob holds a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and a Masters Degree from a joint program between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Harvard Medical School in Health Sciences and Technology. He has more than 30 patents granted or pending.
Roelof Botha is a Partner at Sequoia Capital focusing on financial services, cloud computing, bioinformatics, consumer internet and mobile investments. Roelof currently serves on the board of Eventbrite, Gene Security Network, Jawbone (a.k.a. Aliph), Mahalo.com, Meebo, Nimbula, TokBox, Unity Technologies, and Xoom. He is also involved with Sequoia Capital portfolio companies including Blippy, eHarmony, and Thread. Previously, he was a Director of YouTube.com (acquired by Google), Challenge Games (acquired by Zynga), and Insider Pages (acquired by Citysearch). Prior to joining Sequoia Capital in 2003, Roelof served as the Chief Financial Officer of PayPal (acquired by eBay), an online payments company. Earlier, he worked as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company. Roelof is a certified actuary (Fellow of the Faculty of Actuaries) and holds a B.S. in Actuarial Science, Economics and Statistics from the University of Cape Town and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Bessemer Venture Partners
Jeremy is a Partner in Bessemer Venture Partners’ New York office. He focuses on software and Internet companies that are based primarily in the United States and Europe. He currently serves on the boards of Diapers.com, eEye Digital Security, Intego, Metalogix, OLX, Parallels, Wikia, and Yelp, and co-led BVP’s investment in the Gerson Lehrman Group. He also served on the board of Gracenote until Sony acquired the company in 2008.
Prior to joining BVP in 2001, Jeremy was Vice President of Operations at Dash, an Internet software publisher. He came to Dash from AEA Investors, a management buyout firm, where he specialized in consumer products and light industrials, and he started his career as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company.
Jeremy graduated from Duke University with a B.S. in Computer Science and Economics. Visit his blog Nothing ventured, nothing gained or add it to your My Yahoo! page
Mike Maples, Jr.
Mike Maples, Jr. is the managing partner of FLOODGATE, and was recently named as one of “8 Rising VC Stars” by Fortune Magazine for his investments in business and consumer technology companies. Before becoming a full-time investor, Mike was an entrepreneur and operating executive who worked in a variety of senior management roles in high-growth companies. His background spans a variety of markets including consumer technology, small business, and the enterprise, and he has led various functions in product development, marketing, business development, and corporate strategy.
Mike began his technology career in high school, when he started a software company that developed games and educational products for the original IBM PC. He has been passionate about the technology industry ever since.
Mike co-founded Motive, Inc., the world’s leading broadband software company in 1997, and played key roles in its growth from raw start-up through sales of more than $75 million. Motive was one of the only successful technology IPOs in 2004, and the most successful infrastructure software IPO for the prior three years. At Motive, Mike was General Manager of Motive’s Corporate Business Unit, as well as Chief Marketing and Strategy officer.
Prior to Motive, Mike was responsible for worldwide product marketing at Tivoli Systems, where he managed the company’s product portfolio from its early-stage development through its 1995 IPO and growth to a $750M line of business within the IBM Software Group. Mike began his professional career at Silicon Graphics, where he served in business development and product marketing roles.
In his spare time Mike is an amateur artist, movie-maker, and calligrapher. He holds an Engineering degree from Stanford University, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and a guest-lecturer on entrepreneurship at Harvard Business School, Stanford University, Princeton University, and the University of Texas.