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Contact UsGurbaksh Chahal
Founder, Chairman & CEO
Gurbaksh is a die-hard internet entrepreneur. In January 1999, he started his first company, ClickAgents at the age of 16. It was one of the first ad networks focused around performance based advertising. Eighteen months later he sold it for $40 million to ValueClick.
In January 2004, he launched his second company, BlueLithium. The company was focused on data, optimization, and analytics and became a pioneer of behavioral targeting. BlueLithium was named one of the top 100 private companies in America three years in a row by AlwaysOn, and in 2006, it received highest honor as Top Innovator of the Year. (Previous winners included Google, Skype, and Salesforce.com.) On September 4th, 2007, Yahoo! announced that it was acquiring BlueLithium for $300 million in cash.
Chahal is also an international best selling author of "The Dream", the true to life inspirational tale of his entrepreneurial journey. In September 2009, Chahal launched, gWallet, a virtual currency platform for social media.
On April 29, 2010, Chahal was awarded the Leaders In Management Award and an Honorary Doctorate degree in Commercial Science from Pace University for his career achievements as an entrepreneur.
Robin Murray
Partner, Adams Street Partners
Robin is responsible for sourcing and executing late stage venture and growth equity investments in internet and communications software and services.
Robin serves on the Board of Actelis Networks, Inc. His past investments include Demand Media, Merchant E-Solutions and Sonim. He was previously an investor in Appshop (acquired by ATT), Bitfone (acquired by HPQ), Fotolog (acquired by HIM.Pa), Mobile365 (acquired by SY), Omniture (OMTR), Placeware (acquired by MFST) and Vonage (VG).
Prior to joining the Firm, Robin was a Partner in four 3i venture funds and Partner in the 3i Growth Equity fund. Before 3i, Robin served as CFO for two venture-backed technology startups in Silicon Valley. He also held positions with McKinsey & Ernst and Young in London.
Ajay Chopra
General Partner, Trinity Ventures
Ajay is a general partner focused on early stage investments in digital media, internet services, and mobility solutions. He has over 20 years of operating experience at the senior management and board level with start-ups, private companies and public companies. Prior to joining Trinity Ventures, Ajay co-founded Pinnacle Systems, a seminal media technology company that pioneered consumer generated media creation. During his tenure at Pinnacle, the company grew from start-up stage to a global $350M public company, won several Emmy awards and completed over a dozen M&A transactions before being acquired by Avid Technology. Previously, Ajay was with Mindset Corporation, a computer graphics start-up. Before Mindset, he held various technical and management positions at Atari Corporation, a video games company, and Unisys Corporation, an IT services company.
In addition to gWallet, Ajay is currently on the boards of 21 Via Net, CrowdFlower, Mobile Messenger, Red Aril, TubeMogul and WhiteSky.
He is a charter member of The Indus Entrepreneurs, an active group providing support for entrepreneurs and is on the Board of Trustees of the Harker School in San Jose.
Steve Eskenazi
Board Member
Steve has had a long and successful career in venture capital, investment banking, and technology, spanning more than 20 years. From 1997 until earlier this year, he was a Managing General Partner with Walden Venture Capital, where he built Walden´s digital media and technology practice and raised two funds totaling more than $300 million. During that period, he led successful investments and exits in many companies, such as AdKnowledge (acquired by CMGI for $250 million), Cybertrust, (acquired by Verizon for $450 million) and DigitalThink (DTHK, which attained a market capitalization in excess of $2 billion before selling to Convergys). In 2003, Steve led a Series A investment in Blue Lithium and joined Gurbaksh's board. During the next 3 years, Steve was instrumental in helping Gurbaksh build the company and in its ultimate exit to Yahoo! for $300 million, a more than 7x return for Walden.
From 1990-1997, Steve was a managing director and founder of Alex. Brown's New Media practice. At Alex. Brown, he was directly involved in financing and sponsoring a wide range of media technology companies, including America Online, Apollo Group, and Electronic Arts. In both 1995 and 1996, he was selected by The Wall Street Journal as an All-Star software analyst and stock picker.
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