Board of Directors

Bruce Felt

Bruce Felt is the chief financial officer of SuccessFactors, an SAP company, the leading provider of cloud-based business execution software. Bruce brings more than 25 years experience in high-technology executive positions at LANDesk Software, Integral Development Corp. and the Qualix Group, among others. Bruce started his career at Deloitte & Touche and is a certified public accountant.

Bruce holds a BS in accounting from the University of South Carolina and an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.

Ammar Hanafi

Ammar H. Hanafi joined Alloy Ventures as a general partner in 2005. At Alloy, he focuses on investments in cloud computing infrastructure and services.

Ammar previously served as Vice President of New Business Ventures at Cisco Systems and Vice President of Corporate Business Development prior to that, where he was responsible for Cisco’s acquisitions, acquisition integration, investment, and joint venture activity on a global basis. He joined Cisco in 1997 as a member of the Corporate Business Development Group. During Ammar’s tenure at Cisco, he helped the company complete over 100 investment and M&A transactions, including 50 acquisitions and over $750 million in venture capital investments. Ammar received a BS in Applied and Engineering Physics from Cornell University (1988) and an MBA from Stanford University (1995).

Ammar serves on the board of directors of Hightail, Mavenir Systems, Cortina Systems, GigaOM, and Agari. He also serves on the board of directors of American Leadership Forum – Silicon Valley (ALF), a non-profit organization.

Doug Hickey

Doug Hickey has more than 20 years of operational experience holding senior-level positions in the telecom, Internet and the technology space. Doug is currently president and CEO of Binwise and previously spent over a decade at Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, most recently as Managing Partner.

Prior to Hummer Winblad Doug was CEO of Critical Path, and prior to that, president and CEO of Global Center. Global Center became one of the first and largest providers of advanced web hosting. After selling Global Center to Frontier Communications in 1998, Doug was named president of Frontier Global Center and executive vice president of Frontier Communications Corporation.

Doug also held the position of president and CEO of MFS Datanet, the Internet and data arm of MFS communications. MFS Datanet became widely recognized as the leading bandwidth and connectivity provider to more than 3000 ISPs and leading corporations worldwide. Doug was a key member of the team that negotiated the purchase of UUNET, positioning MFS as the world leader in Internet data traffic. Prior to this, Doug held several other senior-level management positions including general manager of North America at Ardis, a Motorola company.

Currently, Doug is on the Boards of BinWise, Plug Power Inc. (NSDQ PLUG), Lunera Lighting and Siena College.

Doug holds a B.S. in economics from Siena College.

Brian Jacobs

Brian Jacobs is a Founder and General Partner of Emergence. He has over 20 years of venture capital experience, a deep national network and broad experience helping both consumer and business startups become market leaders. Prior to founding Emergence, Brian was an early General Partner at St. Paul Venture Capital. During his 10 years with St. Paul, Brian helped to grow the firm to one of the 15 largest venture investors in the country, while he led the firm’s Silicon Valley investing activities. His prior venture capital experience was at Security Pacific Venture Capital. Brian also worked for the Raychem Corporation, where he developed and marketed advanced software and electronic components. He also has engineering and new product development experience with RCA, Westinghouse, and Polaroid, and he holds several patents.

Brian was named to the Forbes’ Midas List of the top venture capital investors in 2006 and 2007. He is an experienced board member who has served on dozens of public and private boards. He currently serves on the boards of Intacct, Hightail, InsideView, Bill.com and DVDPlay.

Brian’s reputation for helping entrepreneurs build market-leading technology-enabled service companies comes from his active involvement in HireRight, WebTV (sold to Microsoft), nQuire Software (sold to Siebel Systems), BigFix, NetPerceptions (NETP), NextCard (NXCD) and others. Brian has backed leading companies in other sectors, including Lexar Media (LEXR), Microchip Technologies (MCHP), and many others.

Brian has a MS and BS in mechanical engineering from M.I.T. and an MBA from Stanford. He is happily married with two children. He enjoys international travel, cycling and cross-country skiing.

Ranjith Kumaran

Chief Executive Officer / Founder

Ranjith loves to build great products with long-lasting appeal. Let’s take, for example, Hightail. Ten years ago, he helped create a simple way to send large files that grew into a service used by 45 million people and 150,000 companies worldwide. Now, Ranjith has returned to the company he co-founded, to lead it into the future.

Most recently, he was CEO of consumer engagement platform PunchTab, another business he founded and built. He remains on the board of PunchTab.

Aside from starting Hightail and PunchTab, Ranjith has held marketing positions at Verisity Design and built sales engineering teams for an algorithms-to-silicon company, Celoxica. He was also a software systems engineer at open-source software distributor, Red Hat.

Ranjith has a bachelor of engineering in computer engineering from McGill University, is a charter member of the C100 (an organization supporting Canadian entrepreneurs) and is an active member of entrepreneur network TiE Silicon Valley.

Bob Spinner

Bob joined Sigma in 2003 as Venture Partner and in 2006 became Managing Director. He brings to the firm two decades of high-technology business operational experience. Throughout his career, Bob has served in various operational capacities, including CEO, worldwide sales, technical sales support, software programming, database design, and private and public fundraising. While at Sigma, Bob has helped a number of the firm’s portfolio companies expand operations, build management teams and increase revenues. Bob’s focus areas include business applications, software as a service, ecommerce, IT infrastructure, and Internet Services.

Prior to joining Sigma, Bob was President and CEO of Extensity. During his tenure, Extensity grew from $1 million to $25 million while raising money through private funding and an Initial Public Offering. In March of 2003, Extensity was sold to GEAC. Prior to Extensity, Bob was Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales and International Operations at Clarify, a leading provider of integrated CRM solutions. During his tenure at Clarify, he grew the company from $5 million to $140 million in revenue while managing a worldwide organization of 260 professionals. Prior to Clarify, Bob served in expanding roles at Sybase including working as the director of one of Sybase’s most successful regions. Bob has also held technical roles at ADR and Chevron, including sales engineer, programmer and database administrator.

Bob received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from Washington University in St. Louis, MO.

Nick Sturiale

Nick Sturiale joined Ignition as managing partner in 2013, after more than 25 years of experience developing startups, both as venture capitalist and entrepreneur. Prior to Ignition, Nick spent three years at JAFCO Ventures as a general partner, where he invested in companies such as Reputation.com, Bill.com and Delphix.

Prior to JAFCO, Nick spent eight years at Sevin Rosen Funds, where he incubated and led first investments in companies such as XenSource, which was acquired by Citrix Systems (CTXS) for $500 million; Splunk (SPLK), the leading public company in “big data”; and Hightail (formerly YouSendIt), a leading SaaS vendor in file collaboration. Nick also worked at The Carlyle Group as a managing director and co-head of its Silicon Valley office.

Prior to venture capital, Nick spent twelve years as a software entrepreneur. He was founding CEO of Timbre Technologies, a manufacturing-analytics software company, which won the 1999 UC Berkeley Business Plan Competition and was acquired by Tokyo Electron for $138 million in 2001.

Currently he serves on the board of directors of Splunk, Hightail, Vuclip, StrongLoop and BlueData.

Nick holds a BS degree in economics from California State University, Chico, and an MBA with distinction from the University of California, Berkeley, where he is a frequent guest lecturer.