Directors and Advisers

Mark Lazar
CEO, Victrio

Mark recently joined Victrio as Chief Executive Officer to drive a new growth phase for the company. Mark brings extensive experience in executive leadership at telecom, voice recognition, call center, networking, and internet service companies. Mark has previously been CEO at 10 companies, including Tuvox, Talking Blocks, Pacific Edge Software, and LoopNet, which went public in 2006 (Nasdaq:LOOP). Mark also brings operating experience from various enterprise software companies for IT governance, supply chain software, and web services management. Mark holds an M.B.A. and B.A. from Stanford University.

Rick Lewis
General Partner, USVP

As General Partner at U.S. Venture Partners (USVP), Rick focuses on software (enterprise SaaS and security) and consumer services (social, mobile, and e-commerce). In software, Rick currently serves on the Board of Directors at Act-On Software, ThreatMetrix, Victrio, and Yammer. In consumer services, Rick currently serves on the Board of Directors at Hooked Media Group, HotelTonight, ScoreBig, Trunk Club, and Wayin.

Prior to joining USVP, Rick spent six years in software engineering leadership roles at CAD market leader Autodesk, as a consultant to Walt Disney Imagineering, and as a co-founder of software companies Design Variations and Common Point Technologies. Rick also held positions at Sun Microsystems, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and McKinsey & Company. Rick has been published for his research in computer graphics at UC Berkeley, and is a member of the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society. Rick holds a B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of California at Davis (summa cum laude), an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, where he graduated with Distinction.

Steve Tran
Co-Founder, BeVocal, Inc.

As an active angel investor, Steve advises and serves on the boards of numerous start-up companies. He most recently worked as VP of Strategy & Business Development at Nuance Communications, where he was responsible for leading business development and M&A for Nuance's On-Demand business unit.

Previously, Steve was Co-founder of BeVocal, Inc., the leading provider of on-demand call automation and customer care for enterprises and telecom carriers. He was responsible for BeVocal's Sales, Marketing, Finance, and Client Solutions organizations, and closed and managed over $250 million in contracts with AT&T Mobility, MetroPCS, Disney, Vonage, BellSouth, and Qwest. Steve co-led BeVocal's acquisition by Nuance Communications in 2007 for $180 million. Prior to BeVocal, Steve held positions in business development at Cadence Design Systems, investment banking at Petrie Parkman & Co. (acquired by Merrill Lynch), and systems engineering at Compaq Computer. Steve received his M.B.A. from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College and his B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice University.

Rhonda MacLean
Founder, MacLean Risk Partners, LLC

Rhonda founded private risk management consulting firm MacLean Risk Partners, LLC., bringing 30 years of IT industry expertise. She currently serves on the boards of innovative security and fraud prevention companies like Victrio, ThreatMetrix, eIQnetworks, and RedSeal. She formerly served as board member at Vontu and PGP Corporation, both providers of data protection and data loss solutions that were acquired by Symantec.

Previously, Rhonda was Global Chief Information Security Officer for Barclays, PLC. Prior to that, she led Bank of America’s Corporate Information Protection Group for over a decade. As global leader in both roles, she was responsible for security policies and procedures, information risk management, security technology implementations, cyber investigations and general information security awareness. Rhonda previously held IT leadership roles for 15 years at Boeing.

In 2002, Rhonda was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury as the sector coordinator and chairperson of the Financial Services Sector Coordinating Council for Critical Infrastructure Protection and Homeland Security ( In conjunction with the FSSCC and Federal Reserve Bank, she was appointed co-chair of the International Critical Infrastructure Working Group in 2007. Rhonda served as Adjunct Distinguished Senior Fellow with Carnegie Mellon’s CyLab, helping bring together security professionals, researchers and policymakers. In 2003, The Executive Women’s Forum named MacLean one of five “Women of Vision,” top business leaders shaping the information security industry. In recognition of continued leadership in the security field, she was awarded CSO’s Compass Award in 2005. She received a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Executive Women’s Forum in 2009.

Tony Rajakumar
Founder, Victrio

As founding CEO of Victrio, Tony conceived and developed the product prototype, gathered customer validation, raised capital, recruited a team, and executed on this vision. Tony’s efforts and guidance included the product stack, business strategy, technical strategy, and sales tactical model that allowed Victrio to secure customers in the banking and wireless sectors. Victrio's negative voiceprint database now protects phone transactions across millions of calls at leading enterprise customers, and has transformed risk management practices across multiple industries.

Prior to Victrio, Tony held a variety of technical and technical management positions with Nuance and BeVocal, where he was responsible for delivering highly available and scalable speech applications for customers such as AT&T Wireless. Tony received an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Technological University, and holds multiple patents.

Mikael Berner (Board Observer)
Co-Founder and CEO, BeVocal, Inc.

Mikael brings 20 years of experience in the fields of voice communications, enterprise software and semiconductors. Most recently, Mikael was SVP & General Manager of Nuance Communications Enterprise Division, the leading provider of On-Demand and Mobile speech solutions worldwide. Prior to Nuance, Mikael co-founded BeVocal, Inc in 1999 and served as President & CEO. In this role, he grew BeVocal into a leading provider of On-Demand speech solutions for enterprises until its acquisition by Nuance Communications in 2007.

Mikael’s career includes extensive experience in voice communications software and IP telephony systems, working at ZSP Corporation, Panasonic, and Cardiac Telecom. Mikael is an active angel investor who enjoys helping early-stage technology firms grow their businesses. He also serves on the board of Silicon Valley FACES - a non-profit organization that builds caring and inclusive communities free of bias and bigotry by bringing young people together through education and supporting victims of crime. Mikael holds an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University where he specialized in DSP algorithms, and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.

Mark Goines (Board Observer)
Partner, Morgenthaler Ventures

At Morgenthaler, Mark focuses on financial technology, mobile, consumer and small business Internet services. He has an extensive track record of working with high growth companies as an entrepreneur, executive and angel investor. Exits from his angel investments include Mint, Baby Center, PayCycle and Previously, Mark helped build and run Intuit’s Consumer Tax business (TurboTax). He also served as SVP of Intuit’s International Division, managing businesses on every continent, creating new products, acquiring companies and building partnerships. He then served as General Manager of Intuit’s Consumer Division and helped generate over $200 million in annual revenues, serving 15 million customers across a broad range of software and e-commerce services by 2000. Prior to Intuit, Mark held executive positions at Wells Fargo and Charles Schwab, where he developed and marketed early-stage banking, software and electronic services that formed the foundation of today’s online trading industry.

Mark was an investor and board member at Mint, a consumer online financial management company that was sold to Intuit in 2009. He was also an investor and board member in, a self-help law service that was sold to Internet Brands in 2011. Goines co-founded and became chief marketing officer at PassMark Security, which was sold to RSA in 2006. He also invested in WePay (payments), BillFloat (lending) and Cozi (family organization). Mark holds an M.B.A. and a B.S. from the University of California at Berkeley.


Timothy Eades
CEO, SilverTail Systems

With over 17 years of leadership experience in sales, marketing, and general management, Timothy has deep expertise in driving high growth for computing, security and enterprise software companies. Prior to leading Silver Tail Systems in its current stage of hyper-growth, he was CEO of (acquired by Proofpoint) where he led the company to record growth and profitability. Timothy has also held sales and marketing executive leadership positions at BEA Systems, Sana Security, Phoenix Technologies and IBM. Timothy holds advanced degrees in business, international marketing, and financial analysis, primarily from Solent University in England.