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Leadership Team

Chris Atkinson

Chris Atkinson

CEO

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Chris Atkinson is the CEO of KnowledgeTree. Previously, Chris served as Executive Vice President and General Manager of StrikeIron where he was responsible for the day-to-day management of the organization. In his tenure, StrikeIron averaged 68% CAGR. The 440% revenue growth from 2011 to mid-2014 led to its successful acquisition by Informatica.

His 15 year career includes sales, marketing, and business development leadership roles at Fortune 100 and venture-backed start-ups. Prior to joining StrikeIron, he served in leadership roles with McKesson, Allscripts, and Netsco. Chris holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Connecticut and an MBA from University of North Carolina.

Daniel Chalef

Daniel Chalef

CTO & Founder

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Daniel is the Chief Technology Officer and founder of KnowledgeTree. He started KnowledgeTree in South Africa, moved its HQ to the US, and successfully built talented teams on two continents. Prior to KnowledgeTree, he led marketing technology projects at Tesco Stores (leading UK retailer), and Britvic Softdrinks (2nd largest UK softdrink producer).

Daniel is recognized internationally for his opinions on technology and business, and has been quoted in TechCrunch, VentureBeat, Business Insider, eWeek, and The Guardian (UK). He is also an active supporter of the local technology community, where he frequently guest speaks and advocates for start-ups.

Petra Weishaupt-Smith

Petra Weishaupt-Smith

Finance

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Petra Weishaupt-Smith has more than two decades of financial experience in software and internet technology companies. She joined most recently from Digitalsmiths Corporation, a video discovery technology company, where she served as COO and CFO, and electronic medical records software company A4 Health Systems, where she served as CFO. Prior to that, she served as principal financial officer of Total Sports Inc., and held senior financial positions at SEER Technology/Level 8, Maxm Systems Corporation and BSG, Inc., a subsidiary of Medaphis, Inc. She has also served as a senior accountant and consultant at Ernst & Young International in Stuttgart, Germany and Raleigh, North Carolina. Ms. Weishaupt-Smith is a licensed CPA and holds a B.S. in Accounting from St. Leo University.

Petra has a successful track record in guiding early-stage technology companies through fund raising, growth, acquisitions and IPOs. She brings a great skill set and a dynamic approach to our executive team.

Peter Mollins

Peter Mollins

Marketing

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Peter brings 15 years of experience marketing technology companies in an international setting. At Micro Focus he was head of product marketing across the Application Management and Quality division, which was created from the acquisition of Borland plus Compuware’s ASQ division. Previously, he drove marketing for Relativity Technologies, where he was responsible for product and corporate marketing. He has held a variety of marketing roles in Europe and the US with Netscape, iMediation, and TogetherSoft. He holds a Masters of International Management from Thunderbird.

Daniel Wideman

Daniel Wideman

Product & Engineering

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Daniel brings 17 years experience in product strategy and agile software development. He’s held leadership positions at both early growth and industry-leading technology companies, and has a passion for building and taking disruptive products to market. Prior to KnowledgeTree, he was head of product management at Lulu.com, and directed information architecture at Relativity Technologies, working with globally distributed business & technology teams. He holds degrees from Brown University and the University of London.

Board

Alex Osadzinski

Executive Chairman

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Alex is a lifelong lover of technology (i.e. a geek) with a passion for building, growing and managing teams and companies. Alex was born in the UK, where he studied math and computer science at school, and then was a founder of two tech startups, both of which were acquired by larger competitors. He ran sales for AT&T’s Unix products in Europe, before joining Sun Microsystems to start their European marketing function. Alex moved to Silicon Valley in 1991 with Sun, where he managed marketing and product strategy. Then he did a turnaround on a video equipment company, Grass Valley, followed by three more startups – Be, Vitria and Katmango – with two big IPOs and one gently smoking crater. He hopes fervently that he learned as much from failure as from success. Alex then spent 7 years at Silicon Valley venture firm, Trinity Ventures, before returning to an operational exec role at a large public Swiss company.

Ed McCarthy

River Cities Capital Funds

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Ed entered the venture capital industry in 1984 and joined the River Cities team in 1999. He heads River Cities’ Raleigh office where he maintains an extensive network of contacts through the Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states.

During the five years before joining River Cities, Ed served as executive vice president and director of the corporate general partner of a private equity/venture capital partnership in North Carolina. Previously, Ed was a principal with a venture capital firm with offices in Virginia and North Carolina. Ed began his career in the Information Systems Sector of the Harris Corporation in Melbourne, Florida. Initially serving as a design engineer, Ed went on to spend twelve years in engineering management and product-line management positions. He has extensive experience on a number of boards of directors of private and public companies. He has served as a member of the Board of Governors of the National Association of Small Business Investment Companies (NASBIC) and is a past President of the Southern Regional Association of Small Business Investment Companies. He has also been a speaker and panelist at NASBIC Annual Conferences and other industry events. Ed holds a BSEE from Northeastern University, an MSEE from Florida Institute of Technology, and an MBA from Stetson University.

Ed also serves on board of the Atlanta Venture Forum and is also the current chair of the board of Follow the Child Montessori School in Raleigh, NC.

Will Dunbar

Core Capital

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Will Dunbar co-founded Core Capital Partners in 1999. Prior to Core, he was founder and CEO of Pebble Hill Capital, an investment company providing early-stage funding to information technology and communications companies, including webMethods, a leading business integration software company that went public in 2000 and was successfully sold in 2008.

Previously, he was a senior executive at Allied Capital, a family of publicly traded private equity funds, from 1987 to 1997 and served on the Investment Committee of each fund during that time. He was President and a Board Member of Allied Capital Corporation II, a $100 million publicly traded private equity fund for five years. Under Will’s watch, Allied II invested in or acquired 46 privately-held growth companies. He also served as Executive Vice President of Allied Capital Advisers, the management company for the Allied family of funds, and as Chief Investment Officer for Allied’s private equity activities for five years.

Will holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. from Davidson College. He lives with his wife and three children in Alexandria, Virginia.

Marc Balkin

Hasso Plattner Ventures

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Marc has lead Hasso Plattner Ventures Africa since its inception in 2008. Prior to HPVA Marc co-founded O2 Capital in 2000 and has periodically consulted to several South African Investment Banks. He began his professional career as an attorney with Werkmans Inc and holds a BA and LLB degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand. Marc has extensive experience in private equity management, having served as non-executive Chairman of the Investment Committee of the Enablis Khula Acceleration and Loan Funds and serves as member of the First National Bank Enterprise Development Fund Board.

Sean O’Leary

Board Member

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Sean O’Leary is a recognized strategic leader in the Triangle, who has over 20 years’ experience in the Information Technology industry, working for both Fortune 500 companies and venture backed start-ups. Most recently, Sean was President & CEO of StrikeIron Inc., an industry leader in the Data-as-a-Service (DaaS) space which was acquired by Informatica Corporation in 2013.

Prior to joining StrikeIron, he held senior executive level positions at Motorola, Good Technology, and Cisco Systems.

Sean is a frequent guest lecturer at local universities, including the University of Carolina Chapel Hill’s Kenen-Flagler Graduate School of Business, NC State University and Elon University. In 2003, he received the Triangle Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Leadership Award. Sean holds an MBA from the University of Southern New Hampshire and a BA in Economics from New England College.

Chris Atkinson

CEO

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Chris Atkinson is the CEO of KnowledgeTree. Previously, Chris served as Executive Vice President and General Manager of StrikeIron where he was responsible for the day-to-day management of the organization. In his tenure, StrikeIron averaged 68% CAGR. The 440% revenue growth from 2011 to mid-2014 led to its successful acquisition by Informatica.

His 15 year career includes sales, marketing, and business development leadership roles at Fortune 100 and venture-backed start-ups. Prior to joining StrikeIron, he served in leadership roles with McKesson, Allscripts, and Netsco. Chris holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Connecticut and an MBA from University of North Carolina.

Investors

RiverCities
CoreCapital
HassoPlattner
HatterasFunds