Shimon Hason, CEO & Co-Founder
Shimon is a technology and business executive with a passion for enhancing business through technology innovation. Prior to launching Intigua, Shimon was a principal and entrepreneur-in-residence at Cedar Fund, a leading VC firm backed by investors including Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley. Previously, as director of product management at Amobee, Shimon repositioned the company’s core product as an end-to-end mobile advertising platform designed for the large-scale requirements of telecommunications carriers. Amobee was later acquired by SingTel. Shimon also led the successful development and launch of a Mobile Messaging Gateway product line at Followap, which enabled leading European mobile providers to offer branded consumer IM services such as MSN for the first time. Followap was subsequently acquired by NeuStar. Shimon has an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Haifa University. He also worked as an associate at McKinsey & Company while studying for his MBA. In his free time he enjoys cooking, running outdoors and motorsports.
Bob Goodman, the founding partner in the New York office of Bessemer Venture Partners, joined the firm in 1998. He focuses on investments in software, mobile, digital media and healthcare IT. Bob is currently a member of the board of directors of mobile-advertising company Millennial Media (IPO); mobile application management company Apperian; self-optimizing mobile network software provider Intucell; enterprise social-networking company SelectMinds; data-management and backup-software companySyncsort; mobile video session software developer Vasona Networks, diversified SMB software company GFI (merged with Teamviewer); and information-security company Perimeter E-Security. He also led Bessemer’s investment in telecommunications provider GTS, and has served as Chairman of VoIP-communications company BroadSoft (IPO) since its inception. Bob’s former portfolio companies include ART Advanced Recognition Technologies (acquired by Scansoft, now Nuance); Flarion Technologies (acquired by Qualcomm); Bladelogic (IPO, then acquired by BMC); IAG Research (acquired by Nielsen); Nistevo (acquired by Sterling); Octave Communications (acquired by Voyant, then Polycom); System Management ARTS (SMARTS, acquired by EMC); Taqua (acquired by Tekelec); Telica (purchased by Lucent); Zensys (acquired by Sigma Designs); and Netsmart Technologies (acquired by Genstar Capital). Prior to joining Bessemer, Bob founded two successful telecommunications companies: wireless-equipment company Celcore, acquired by Alcatel through the acquisition of DSC in 1997, and Boatphone, a group of cellular operating companies in the Caribbean. Having acted as CEO in both companies, Bob brings the uncommon combination of entrepreneurial, operating and investment expertise to his portfolio companies. As a venture capitalist, Bob has been involved in building many successful companies including leading the first rounds for Flarion, BladeLogic, and Broadsoft. Bob holds a B.A. from Brown University and an MBA from Columbia University. Bob also serves on several non-profit boards including Metcouncil, The Play Group Theatre and the National Venture Capital Assocation. Bob was named to the 2011 Forbes Midas List.
Amnon Shoham brings to Cedar Fund a wealth of experience investing in and building quality high tech companies from the ground up since 1993. His Cedar Fund success record includes early stage investments in companies that he helped build to successful exits, including Guardium (acquired by IBM in 2009,) Onaro (acquired by Network Appliance – NetApp(NASDAQ: NTAP) in 2008) and Appilog (acquired in 2004 by HP/Mercury (NYSE:HPQ.) Mr. Shoham focuses on investments in the enterprise software space, and is an active board member on several of Cedar Fund’s portfolio companies. Prior to founding Cedar Fund, Mr. Shoham was the Managing Partner of Star Ventures in Israel, where he built and managed its investment activity in Israel. Mr. Shoham has served as director on the following Nasdaq-traded companies’ boards: Accord Networks (ACCD, acquired by Polycom, PLCM); BreezeCOM (BRZE, now Alvarion, ALVR); Fourth Dimension Software (DDDDF, acquired by BMC Software, BMC); Fundtech (FNDT); Jacada (JCDA); NICEcom (acquired by 3com Corp.,COMS); Paradigm Geophysical (PGEO) and ViryaNet (VRYA). Mr. Shoham’s activity on Star’s behalf also included investments in Armon Networking (acquired by Bay Networks), Summit Design (now Innoveda, INOV) and Precise Software (PRSE). He was also instrumental in facilitating Star’s investment in Creo Products, (CREO) and Orckit Communications (ORCT). Before turning to venture capital investing, Mr. Shoham worked as an attorney in the New York office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, a leading U.S. law firm, where he focused on public offerings and mergers and acquisitions involving high technology companies.
Ram Metser, Executive Chairman
Ram brings over 25 years of leadership and successful company building experience. Most recently he served as vice president at IBM’s Information Management division, where he led the database security, data governance and optimization product groups. Previously, as President & CEO of Guardium, Inc. he led the company from its initial start-up phase to a market dominance position, and its acquisition by IBM. Prior to Guardium, Ram was vice president and general manager of Nokia Intelligent Applications. He was also the co-founder & CEO of Telekol Corporation. Under his leadership, Telekol developed into a leading supplier of enterprise class unified communications software and was acquired by Nokia. Ram also serves as a director and advisor on corporate boards, and is a past member of the Board of Trustees of the Solomon Schechter Day School of greater Boston. He holds both a BA and MBA from the University of Massachusetts.