Board of Directors
Robert E. Davoli
Managing Director, Sigma + Partners
Bob joined Sigma Partners in 1995 and has 25 years of experience in the high technology industry. His ability to identify and motivate innovative founding teams has been an essential ingredient of his investment success. Bob regularly leverages his deep operational experience and technology intellect to support the firm’s portfolio companies.
Most recently Bob was President & CEO of Epoch Systems, the leading vendor of client-server data management software products. He sold the firm in 1993 to EMC for $141 million. Previously, he was the Founder, President and CEO of SQL Solutions, a leading purveyor of services and tools for the relational database market. Bob sold SQL Solutions to Sybase for stock eventually worth over $100 million. Bob served as an executive officer of Sybase for over two years.
In recent years, Bob has appeared three times on the Forbes’ Midas list, a ranking of top venture capitalists. He also appeared on the cover of Business Week in a features story describing how VCs thrive through good and tough times.
Bob has a B.A. in History from Ricker College and studied computer science at Northeastern University for two years.
Michael A. DiPiano
Managing General Partner, NewSpring Capital
Michael is a co-founder of NewSpring Capital, a private-equity firm that manages more than $900 million. Characterized as “a savvy investor who does not invest in trends but in solid business,” he earlier had arranged for financing in six healthcare, business-services and information-technology companies. During this time, he was affiliated with Safeguard Scientifics. Previously, Michael was a division CEO and director of Chemical Leaman Corporation for six years. He had also served as vice president for operations and sales of Baxter Healthcare Corp.’s industrial scientific products division.
In addition to Mobiquity, Michael sits on the boards of Bluenog, Femme Pharma, Internet Pipeline, MessageSystems, FirstBest Systems and the University City Science Center, as well as on the investment committee of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.
Michael received a bachelor’s from Penn State University and an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business.
Partner, Longworth Venture Partners
Paul Margolis has more than 25 years of entrepreneurial and investor experience. Paul co-founded enterprise resource planning (ERP) software leader Marcam Corporation, which grew under his 15-year leadership to over $200 million in revenues and more than 1,200 employees. As CEO, he led Marcam's successful IPO in 1990. As Chairman, he led the spinout of Marcam Solutions and Mapics, Inc. into two public companies. Paul is a recipient of Inc. Magazine's "Entrepreneur of the Year" award.
Paul co-founded Longworth Venture Partners in 1999. He has led investments and served on the board of numerous high tech companies. In addition to VeloBit, Inc., (data storage) Paul currently serves on the boards of MCA Solutions (service logistics) and Mobiquity, Inc. (enterprise mobile). He is also the Chairman of the Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay.
Paul earned his MBA from Harvard Business School and his BA from Brown University.
President, RiverMeadow, Inc.
Shirman has more than 25 years of entrepreneurial experience in the IT services arena. Prior to GlassHouse, Shirman served as Executive Vice President of Corporate Development and CTO at Convergent Group, where he executed a combination of operational and marketing strategies that resulted in a successful public offering and the subsequent sale of the business to Schlumberger Corporation. Earlier, Shirman held executive positions at Cambridge Technology Partners and BSG/Alliance IT and Arthur Andersen & Co. Shirman received his BA in Economics from Brandeis University and his MBA from American University. In 2010, Shirman won Ernst & Young's CEO of the Year Award in New England.
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