He is a serial entrepreneur who started his first business at 15
He loves to learn; graduated from WLU’s School of Business and MIT’s Entrepreneurial Masters Program.
He is completely unemployable. Fortunately he’s a great entrepreneur and has won BDC’s Entrepreneur of the Year.
He is passionate about leaving the world a little better than he found it through the Achievers mission and charity work.
He has led Achievers to be recognized as a top employer and fastest growing company in North America.
Sequoia Capital, Partner
5 Things About Alfred:
At Sequoia, Alfred focuses on consumer internet, enterprise and mobile companies.
He has a B.A in Mathematics from Harvard and an M.S in Statistics from Stanford.
TechCrunch said that Alfred has the “Midas touch” due to his consistent success.
Before Sequoia, Alfred was COO and CFO at Zappos.com.
Alfred was a co-founder of Venture Frogs.
Alfred was born in Taiwan and moved to New York City at the age of six (or seven.)
5 Things About John:
John is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Relay Ventures, an early stage venture fund exclusively focused on mobile software. Previously, John founded JLA Ventures in 1996. He raised $315 million over four funds from a diverse group of institutional investors. JLA Ventures invested in early stage companies that focused on digital media and SaaS. During his tenure in the venture capital business John gained extensive experience assisting entrepreneurs shape their vision and capital plans into successful long term growth programs which typically involved an aggressive financing strategy. John has a history of assisting entrepreneurial companies through significant growth and eventually to the public markets. His ability to work with and advise senior management of investee companies, as well as his skills in filling supporting roles where existing management lack the experience or skill set, has been vital to the success of past investments.
John currently serves as a director of QuickPlay Media, Nexage, Viewdle, Padopolis, Digby, Achievers, ClearFit and Blue Ant Media. In addition, John serves as a director of the Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (CVCA) and is an advisory board member of the North American Venture Capital Association.
John previously served on the board of Fun Technology (IPO 2003, acquired by Liberty Media 2006), Q9 Networks (IPO 2004, acquired by Abry 2008), Descartes (IPO 1997), Triple G (IPO 2001, acquired by General Electric 2003 ), Bioscrypt (IPO 2002) and Sirit (IPO 1998, acquired by Federal Signal 2010).
John is a Chartered Financial Analyst and received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the Schulich School of Business at York University.
John is based in our Toronto office.
5 Things About Tim
He has over 20 years of experience in various technology industries
He’s overseen 39 mergers and acquisitions in his operating career.
He received his Bachelors of Science degree, summa cum laude, from City University in London.
He is the former CTO of Lycos Inc.
Tim is the former VP of research and development at The Learning Company, where he led the design of multiple software titles.
7, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer
5 Things You Need to Know About PV
PV Kannan co-founded 7 in April 2000. Under PV's leadership, 7 has become the leader in intuitive customer service software and services. Prior to 7, PV was an officer and part of the management team at Kana Software.
In 1995, he founded his first company, Business Evolution (BEI), based in Princeton, New Jersey, which was acquired by Kana Software in 1999.
PV has been featured in various publications as a thought leader in the field of global customer service, including Tom Friedman's recent book "That Used to Be Us," and in his earlier work "The World is Flat."
He is also a regular speaker at industry events and has been a panelist in Forbes Conference 2006 and Academy of 2006 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, to name a few.