Dana L. Evan– Venture Partner, Icon Ventures and Former CFO, VeriSign
Dana served for 12 years as CFO of VeriSign, Inc., where she was a founding executive and a significant contributor to the company’s growth and profitability. She led VeriSign’s worldwide operations related to finance and accounting, real estate and property management, human resources, legal matters and investor relations. During her tenure, Dana led the company’s institutional financing rounds, including its successful IPO in 1998 and follow-on financing initiatives. She also drove the execution and integration of 60 M&A transactions.
Before joining VeriSign, Dana provided consulting services in the capacity of CFO, vice president of finance, and other executive roles for both public and private companies. Prior to that, Ms. Evan spent six years in various positions at KPMG LLP.
Dana currently is a director of Box, Inc., Criteo, Everyday Health, Proofpoint, Inc., Farfetch, and Linden Labs/Second Life. She also served on the boards of Fusion-io, Omniture, Inc., MySQL, and Luxe Jewels (dba- Stella and Dot).
Dana is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a B.S. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Finance from Santa Clara University. She has been actively involved with several charitable organizations including the Boys and Girls Club of America, The Health Trust, and the University of Santa Clara Business School.
Ryan Finley– Founder, SurveyMonkey
Ryan is the founder of SurveyMonkey. After graduating in 1999, Ryan launched SurveyMonkey as a part-time project out of his apartment. Since then, Ryan has successfully established SurveyMonkey as the Internet’s most popular survey tool, used by individuals and organizations throughout the world. In his current role, Ryan is responsible for overseeing product design and strategy. Ryan has been interviewed and featured in numerous publications such as the NY Times, Fortune Small Business, and PC World. Ryan holds a BS degree in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His interests include architecture and design, eating good food, and searching for the perfect cup of espresso.
Lee Fixel– Partner, Tiger Global Management, LLC
Lee Fixel is a Partner at Tiger Global Management, LLC and head of the firm’s private equity business. He focuses on privately held venture and growth-stage investments in the consumer Internet sector, primarily in the U.S. and India. Lee has led the firm’s investments in Facebook, Linkedin, Eventbrite, Warby Parker, Thumbtack, Quora, Glassdoor, Flipkart, and Ola. Prior to joining Tiger Global in 2006, Lee was an analyst at Alkeon Capital Management, an investment firm focused on global growth equities. He holds a BSBA in Accounting and Finance from Washington University in St. Louis, completed the General Course at the London School of Economics and is a CFA charterholder. Lee also serves on the Board of Directors of the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research and is a member of the Board of Trustees at Washington University in St. Louis.
Dave Goldberg– Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, SurveyMonkey (April 2009-May 2015)
Dave joined SurveyMonkey in April 2009. He was a successful entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and technology and music industry executive. He ran, and successfully grew, several online consumer businesses.
Dave founded LAUNCH Media Inc. in 1994, which delivered music and music-related content online, and he led the company through its acquisition by Yahoo! in 2001. Following the sale, Dave served as Vice President and General Manager of Yahoo! Music, where he led the company’s global music operations and built it into the Internet’s most-visited music destination. In 2006, Dave was named one of Billboard Magazine’s top power players in digital music. From 2007 until he joined SurveyMonkey in 2009, Dave served as an Entrepreneur in Residence with Benchmark Capital where he evaluated investment opportunities for the firm and advised portfolio companies. Earlier in his career, Dave was Director of Marketing Strategy and New Business Development at Capitol Records in Los Angeles. Dave also served on the Board of Directors at FilmTrack, Graham Holdings Co. (formerly The Washington Post Co.) and the non-profit New Schools Venture Fund. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Government.
Dave passed away on May 1, 2015.
SurveyMonkey’s statement on Dave’s passing.
Zander Lurie– Executive Chairman, SurveyMonkey, Senior Vice President of Media, GoPro, Inc.
Zander became Executive Chairman of SurveyMonkey in May 2015.
He is temporarily filling this role to assist the company after the loss of Dave Goldberg. The statement about his appointment can be read here.
He has served as Senior Vice President of Media at GoPro, Inc. since November 2014. Zander brings deep experience in digital content and new as well as traditional media, most recently as the Executive Vice President at Guggenheim Digital Media, owner of high-profile brands such as Dick Clark Productions and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Prior to Guggenheim, Zander served as SVP, Strategic Development at CBS Corporation where he championed new Internet-based revenue streams for its premium brands. Zander came to CBS via its acquisition of CNET Networks where he served as Chief Financial Officer and head of Corporate Development. Zander began his career in the investment banking group at JPMorgan where he led equity transactions and mergers and acquisitions in the Internet sector. He holds a J.D. and M.B.A. degree from Emory University, and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Washington.
Benjamin C. Spero– Managing Director, Spectrum Equity Investors
Ben Spero is a Managing Director at Spectrum Equity, based in San Francisco. He currently serves on the board of directors of Animoto, ExactBid, GrubHub, SurveyMonkey and WeddingWire, and previously served on the boards of Ancestry.com, iPay Technologies, Mortgagebot and NetQuote. He is also board chair at Destination: Home, a public-private partnership to end homelessness in Santa Clara County. Prior to joining Spectrum in 2001, he was a consultant at Bain & Company and co-founder of TouchPak. He earned a B.A. in economics and history from Duke University.