Board Members

John Thornton, Board Member

John joined Austin Ventures in 1991 and serves as general partner. His investment focus is in the early-stage software sector. Previously, John was with McKinsey & Co., where he served clients in the U.S. and Europe. 

John received his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and his BA summa cum laude from Trinity University, where he graduated first in his class. He previously served on the Boards of Directors for Ballet Austin, the Austin Museum of Art, and the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas. He is a founding board member of the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Central Texas and a former trustee of Trinity University. In 2009, John founded the Texas Tribune, the nation's first statewide nonprofit and nonpartisan online news organization.

Mike Satterfield, Board Member

Mike brings over 25 years of entrepreneurial and senior operating experience in the software industry. At Yaletown Venture Partners, he manages the firm’s investments in GrowLab, ePACT, Tutela, Elastic Path, and PHEMI, as well as Tasktop. He was formerly a Director of Partnerpedia and Indicee.  

Mike has built product development and management teams in Canada and the US; devised and executed business plans; established strategic partnerships; raised venture capital from US and Canadian investors; and participated in the sale of two companies he founded. Prior to co-founding Yaletown, Mike was CEO of Simba Technologies (acquired by Pivotal). Before that, he co-founded Paradigm Development, a Vancouver-based contract software development firm whose client roster included Microsoft, Adobe and Symantec. Mike has a B.Sc. degree from the University of British Columbia.


Jason Baldy, Advisor

Jason is VP of worldwide sales at Apprenda. Prior to that, he served as Tasktop's VP of Americas sales, leading our Americas field team in direct sales activities and supporting Tasktop's channel partners to help customers overcome the challenges inherent with a disconnected software delivery organization.

Jason is perennially recognized for top global and regional results. Before Tasktop, he was director of sales at CA Technologies, where he led one of the company's highest-performing teams. Prior to CA, Jason was with startup Wily Technology, where he helped build the Public Sector sales team and grew that sector's revenue thirty-fold. Following the acquisition of Wily Technology by CA, he helped drive the successful integration of the Wily Team into the CA operating structure. Jason has also served in various sales roles at Unisys Corporation, WebMethods and TechTrader. He graduated from James Madison University with a BBA in Computer Information Systems.

Brian Barry, Advisor

Dr. Barry is CEO of Bedarra Research Labs and CTO of Open Health Tools, which he co-founded. From 1991-2002 he served variously as chief scientist, CEO, president and CTO at Object Technology International, Inc. Under his leadership OTI developed the Eclipse Platform, the IBM VisualAge family of products, and the virtual machine technology underlying IBM Websphere. He was also a cofounder of the Eclipse Foundation.

Dr. Barry has over 25 years experience in the design and implementation of component-based and object-oriented systems. He has published research papers and articles on a wide variety of technical subjects, including simulation, OO applications, systems integration, embedded systems and software engineering. He is a frequent speaker on software technology, and has served on the Program Committees for software conferences such as OOPSLA, ECOOP, AOSD, Software Composition, and Agile Development. He was a co-author of the ANSI Smalltalk standard, and actively participates in a research review boards and committees. He holds a Ph.D. from Queen's University.

Bjorn Freeman-Benson

Dr. Freeman-Benson is currently CTO at InVisionApp Inc, the world's leading design collaboration platform. Prior to InVisionApp Inc, he held senior positions at New Relic, IBM Rational, OTI (Object Technology International), Amazon, Gemstone, and the Eclipse Foundation. In addition, he’s instructed the next generation of technologists as a Professor at the University of Victoria and Carleton University His experience includes Agile development (before it was called “Agile”), virtual machines, compilers for reconfigurable hardware, dynamic page generation for e-commerce, large scale simulations, open-source community building, and speeding software delivery cycles. Bjorn has multiple technology degrees from the University of Washington, including a Ph.D., Computer Science.

Rod Johnson, Advisor

Dr. Johnson is currently a senior vice president at VMware. He is the creator of the influential Spring Framework and co-founder of SpringSource, where he served as CEO until its acquisition by VMware in 2009. Rod has over 15 years technology, management and business experience.

Rod is one of the world's leading authorities on Java development. His Expert One-on-One J2EE Design and Development (2002) is one of the most influential books ever published on enterprise Java. The sequel, J2EE without EJB (2004, with Juergen Hoeller) completed articulating the vision for modern enterprise Java. Rod is a thought leader on open source development and business models, and a popular speaker at conferences around the world. He holds a BA with Honors in Computer Science, Mathematics and Musicology as well as a PhD from the University of Sydney.

Lee Nackman, Advisor

Dr. Nackman is a veteran software executive who combines technical depth with executive and board management experience. Most recently, he served as vice president and general manager at HP, where he led several product units focused on software development and IT operations excellence. Prior to HP, Lee served as corporate vice president of Microsoft's Identity and Security Division.

He spent most of his career at IBM, where he held a variety of roles, including vice president and CTO for IBM Rational, and vice president for WebSphere Application Development Tools. He initiated the Eclipse open source tool platform, IBM's WebSphere Studio tool products, and IBM's Jazz initiative. He was also a founding member of the Board of Stewards for and served on the board of Morphormics, a medical image processing startup.

Earlier in his career, Lee was elected to the IBM Academy of Technology. He also coauthored Scientific and Engineering C++: An Introduction with Advanced Techniques and Examples, and was a regular columnist for C++ Report. In addition to his book, Lee has published fifty papers and earned three patents. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dave West, Advisor

Dave is Product Owner at Prior to this role, he was Tasktop’s Chief Product Officer, where he engaged with customers and partners to drive Tasktop’s product roadmap and market positioning, and helped to build Tasktop into a transformative business that is driving major improvements in the software industry.

Prior to Tasktop, he served as vice president and research director at Forrester Research, where he ran the software development and delivery practice. Prior roles included leading the development of the Rational Unified Process (RUP) for IBM/Rational and managing Ivar Jacobson Consulting for North America. Dave is a frequent keynote at major industry conferences and is a widely published author of articles and research reports, along with his acclaimed book: Head First Object-Oriented Analysis and Design, that helped define new software modeling and application development processes. Dave holds a B.A. in computing and business from Huddersfield University in the UK and a M.Sc. in computer science from Southbank University (UK).