Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer
Mark joined Talari’s board of directors in 2010, bringing in his expertise in carrier infrastructure, networking and wireless communications. He founded Silver Creek Ventures in 1990 and has been active in the management of a number of the companies in which he has invested over the years. Some of his prior investments include ONI Systems (ONIS) a San Jose based early leader in optical networking sold to Nokia; MetroPCS, a Dallas based wireless service provider, and early in his career, Xilinx, Inc., a pioneer in the PGA semiconductor market. Mark’s has remained active in the management of Talari and its growth trajectory, and therefore took on the leadership role of CEO in March of this year. Mark received a Bachelor of Science degree from Weber State College and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Denver.
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President and Chief Operating Officer
Before co-founding Talari, John was senior director of software engineering at Applied Microcircuits (AMCC), where he led the architecture, design, and development of a broad array of switching and routing protocol software implementations for embedded systems. John joined AMCC upon its acquisition of MMC Networks, the pioneering maker of network-optimized processors (NPUs). He was also the founding Chair of the Network Processing Forum industry standards organization's Software Working Group and holds patents in multiple areas of networking technology. Prior to MMC, John held a variety of engineering and management positions at IBM and was distinguished as an Advisory Engineer. John earned a degree cum laude in computer science from the University of Pittsburgh.
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Chief Financial Officer
Bob brings over 20 years of business experience, with CFO and COO leadership roles in venture capital, financial services, logistics and commercial construction. As CFO of Talari, Bob will oversee all financial and operational needs. Bob comes to Talari from Teakwood Capital, where he served as CFO to deliver financial, investment, and operational expertise to the firm and its portfolio companies. Prior to Teakwood, he served as CFO with Silver Creek Ventures and was responsible for the operations, finance, accounting and administrative functions for their investment funds and worked closely with the financial operations groups of their portfolio companies to assist in budgeting, reporting, raising equity and bank related capital. Additionally, he participated in closing dozens of equity financings in both the Texas and Silicon Valley markets. Bob earned his Bachelor’s degree in accounting from Texas A&M University and resides in Dallas, Texas.
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Vice President of Marketing
Michele brings over 23 years of marketing expertise to Talari. A veteran in the networking industry, she has driven successful marketing strategy and program execution at such technology leaders as SynOptics/Bay Networks, Madge Networks, NetScreen/Juniper, AirMagnet/Fluke, and Blue Coat systems. Prior to her time at Talari, she served as the vice president of global demand and marketing operations at Riverbed, where she led advancements and efficiencies in operations, demand generation, field and channel engagement and business development. Her continued success in marketing execution and channel development will help secure Talari’s leadership position in SD-WAN for enterprise customers, service providers, and partners worldwide.
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Chairman of the Board
Mark joined Talari’s board of directors in 2010, bringing his expertise in carrier infrastructure, networking and wireless communications. He founded Silver Creek Ventures in 1990 and has been active in the management of a number of the companies in which he has invested over the years. Some of his prior investments include ONI Systems (ONIS) a San Jose based early leader in optical networking sold to Nokia, MetroPCS, a Dallas based wireless service provider, and early in his career, Xilinx, Inc., a pioneer in the PGA semiconductor market. Mark’s investment philosophy is to remain active in the management of his portfolio companies at critical points in their growth trajectory. Mark received a Bachelor of Science degree from Weber State College and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Denver.
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H. DuBose Montgomery
Managing Director, Menlo Ventures
DuBose was a founder of Menlo Ventures in 1976, and has been an active director in many of the Firm's portfolio companies over the past 35 years. At Menlo, DuBose focuses on investments in leading companies in the information technology sector. Some of his current investments and board seats include: Entone, Firetide, freightquote.com, Mr. Number, NComputing. His prior investments include: Asthmatx, acquired by Boston Scientific (BSX); EndoVascular Technologies, acquired by Johnson & Johnson (JNJ); Frame Technology Corporation, acquired by Adobe Systems (ADBE); Gilead Sciences (GILD); Infoseek Corporation, acquired by the Walt Disney Co. (DIS); LSI Logic Corporation (LSI); Valid Logic Systems, acquired by Cadence Design Systems (CDNS) and VNUS Medical Technologies (VNUS), acquired by Covidien (COV). DuBose is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (B.S. in Electrical Engineering, M.S. in Electrical Engineering, B.S. in Management Science) and the Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration (M.B.A.). He previously served as a trustee of the Corporation of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and on the MIT visiting committees for the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and for Sponsored Research.
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Venture Partner, XSeed Capital
An independent advisor to several startups, Jeff's 30-year career encompasses an impressive track record in leading and growing large organizations in global broadband and data networking markets. Formerly President and CEO of 10 Gigabit Ethernet switching vendor Woven Systems, he had previously led the team that established Broadcom's first foray into wireless products, which grew to a quarter of a billion dollars in five quarters. Before becoming a part of Broadcom, Jeff was the CEO of Epigram which pioneered the high speed home networking marketplace for semiconductors, which has grown into a multi-hundred-million-dollar market today. He later architected the sale of Epigram to Broadcom for what was the largest amount ever paid for a pre-revenue semiconductor start-up. He also served as vice president and general manager of 3Com's enterprise router business, growing it from $60 million to $350 million during his tenure. Jeff holds an MBA in marketing from Indiana University and a BA in psychology and philosophy from Yale University.
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Co-founder and Board Advisor
A leading expert in WAN/LAN switching and routing, Andy co-founded Talari Networks and served as its first CEO after previously serving in executive roles in both startups and public corporations. He was Vice President of Marketing at RouteScience, a route optimization startup, and before that led marketing at MMC Networks, the pioneering Network Processor developer, through its $4.5B acquisition by Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (AMCC) in 2000. Andy also served on the board of LVL7 Systems, a network processing software company. Previously, he spent more than a dozen years at 3Com Corporation, highlighted by his leadership of the Switching Systems business unit through its development and introduction of the CoreBuilder 9000 enterprise switching platform. He also served as 3Com's Vice President of Marketing for Large Enterprise Markets and held a number of other senior marketing, product management, and engineering roles. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wesleyan University and a Master of Science degree in computer science from Stanford University.
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