For 25 years, Mr. O’Leary has built hyper-growth sales and marketing machines at the world’s most innovative technology companies. Now he will leverage KnowledgeTree’s robust product and sales momentum to extend its market leadership.
Mr. O’Leary began his career as a sales enablement pioneer, first with Cabletron, then by building Cisco Systems’ worldwide inside sales organization. He created global go-to-market teams at Motorola, Good Technology, and TapRoot Systems before joining StrikeIron in 2010. There he successfully grew the marketing technology vendor before its acquisition by Informatica in 2014.
Jon brings over 12 years of SaaS sales, strategy and sales leadership experience within start-up and public software companies, leading sales teams through two successful acquisitions. Jon held sales leadership positions in the Data-as-a-Service division of Informatica. Prior to Informatica, Jon headed enterprise sales for StrikeIron, Inc. accounting for more than 70% of total revenues over his tenure, leading to it’s successful acquisition. Jon holds a B.S. in Finance from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
With over 15 years guiding Strategy, Operations and Customer Success, Mohammed has held leadership roles in early growth and Fortune 100 companies. He has a passion for entrepreneurial endeavor that has informed his approach to growing and scaling organizations nationally and internationally. Prior to KnowledgeTree, he led Hortonworks CS Operations through their successful public offering, managing service offerings and international growth. He also held leadership positions at Apptio, Hewlett-Packard, and Opsware, building Success and Support organization across SaaS, On-prem, and Hardware solutions. He holds a B.A. degree from Wake Forest University.
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.
Product & Engineering
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.
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.
River Cities Capital Funds
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 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.
Hasso Plattner Ventures
Sean O’Leary is the CEO and President of KnowledgeTree. He 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. Prior, 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.
Before 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.