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Mr. Brooks Stough, J.D. is a Founding Partner at Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian. Mr. Stough focuses on representing private and publicly held emerging growth companies, venture capital funds, and investment banks.
Before co-founding Gunderson Dettmer, Mr. Stough was a Partner at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison. He is admitted to practice in California. Mr. Stough is a frequent speaker on corporate and securities law matters. He holds a J.D. from Stanford University Law School; an M.B.A. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business; and a B.A. from Stanford University.
Tod Nielsen joined VMware in January 2009 and leads the company’s application platform business.
Most recently, he was president and chief executive officer of Borland Software, where he had led the company since November 2005. Prior to Borland, he served as senior vice president of marketing and global sales support for Oracle and was chief marketing officer and executive vice president of engineering at BEA Systems, where he oversaw BEA’s worldwide marketing strategy, ops, and R&D. Nielsen joined BEA after the acquisition of his private company, Crossgain Inc., where he served as CEO.
Deepak joined Bain Capital Ventures in 2009 and focuses on growth-stage investment opportunities in the media/communications and business services sectors. Prior to joining Bain Capital Ventures, Deepak was a senior investment professional with Comcast Interactive Capital (CIC), the venture capital fund affiliated with Comcast Corp.
Deepak received a BS in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the School of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also an avid sports fan and follows the UConn Huskies, NY Jets, and US Soccer.
Mike is a Managing Director at Bain Capital Ventures and he focuses on technology and technology-driven companies. Prior to Bain Capital Ventures, Mike was a Managing Director with the Private Equity Group of Bain Capital. Earlier in his career at Bain Capital, Mike was a Principal of Information Partners, a fund focused on early-stage information technology investing.
Prior to joining Bain Capital in 1991, Mike was a consultant with Bain & Company. In addition to his firm and portfolio responsibilities, Mike has served on the Board of the Boys and Girls Club of Boston for 15 years. Mike earned a BA in Chemistry from Dartmouth College.
Hilary Pennington is the former director of Education and US Special Initiatives at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Pennington led the Foundation's postsecondary- education initiative as well as efforts around one-time opportunities to respond to unique challenges and unanticipated events in the United States. Before joining the Foundation, Pennington served as a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and as vice-chair of Jobs for the Future, a research and policy development organization she co-founded. Pennington spent 22 years as president and CEO of JFF, where she helped the organization become one of the most influential in the country on issues of education, youth transitions, workforce development, and future work requirements.
Margaret Spellings served as U.S. Secretary of Education (2005-2009) and White House Domestic Policy Advisor (2001-2005) under President George W. Bush. She led the implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), a historic initiative to enhance accountability for the education of 50 million U.S. public school students. Spellings also launched a national policy debate and action plan to improve accessibility, affordability, and accountability in our nation’s colleges and universities. She is President and CEO of Margaret Spellings & Company, an education policy consulting firm in Washington, D.C. Spellings also serves as a senior advisor to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and is President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.