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Avi Gupta, Ph.D.

President and CEO

As a member of SmartZip's founding team in 2008, Avi has been instrumental in every aspect of SmartZip's growth and leads the company as its president and CEO. He brings nearly 20 years of technology expertise, during which he has championed several software-powered products from concept to development to successful market adoption.

Prior to SmartZip, Avi served as global marketing director at Mentor Graphics, where he led a multi-million dollar business offering electronic design automation products used by leading chip manufacturers worldwide. Previously, as vice president of business development at arcadiaOne, a pioneer in internet content syndication technology, he forged key OEM partnerships which led to its successful acquisition by HAHT Commerce (now GHX). Prior to that, Avi built a worldwide consulting practice at Cadence Design Systems and led the innovation of electronic design automation tools at Intel Corporation.

Avi holds a Ph.D. in computer science and engineering from the University of Michigan, a Master's from U.C. Berkeley and a Bachelor's from I.I.T. India where he won the President of India Gold Medal. Avi gets his energy and motivation from the sun and loves anything outdoorsy — tennis, running, volleyball, biking and travel are his favorite activities. He has recently taken up learning drums, a passion he first developed when playing with his school band.

Ashutosh Malaviya, Ph.D.

Chief Technology Officer

Ashutosh is responsible for the research and development of SmartZip Analytics products and services. He has been with SmartZip since its foundation in 2008. He brings over 15 years of experience in artificial intelligence, big data and SaaS technologies.

A seasoned entrepreneur, Ashutosh co-founded Novaguru, Detigo systems and Yatra Corporation. Before these startups he was a pattern recognition scientist at the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany. Ashutosh holds a Master's and Ph.D from the TU Berlin, and a Bachelor's from IIT, Roorkee.

Ashutosh is an avid reader and outdoor person. He has run several marathons and ultramarathons since 2011.

Scott Baumgartner

Chief Financial Officer

Scott is responsible for leading all corporate finance and accounting functions. He joined SmartZip in October of 2016. Scott brings over 20 years of financial management and leadership experience at public and private technology companies.

Scott has a long and proven track record of driving growth within both startups and multinationals. Most notably, he spent over 14 years at CallidusCloud, a sales and marketing automation SaaS company. During his tenure, the company went public and also transitioned from a perpetual license model to a software as a service (SaaS) recurring revenue model. Scott started his finance career at KPMG and has held other leadership roles at Read-Rite Corp. (disk drives), Merant Software (acquired by Serena Software), and most recently Accela (enterprise SaaS for governments).

Scott holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting from University of the Pacific—Eberhardt School of Business. Outside of work Scott enjoys spending time outdoors with his family hiking and sailing.

Shannon Lynch

Vice President, Human Resources

Shannon has served as the head of human resources since 2009 and has helped grow the company from 10 employees to 150+ employees. Shannon leads a team that finds, develops and retains the company's top talent. Prior to joining SmartZip, Shannon was the human resources manager at Xign Corporation and a senior human resources business partner at Washington Mutual/JP Morgan Chase. She brings over 15 years of experience with extensive experience in recruiting, employee relations and performance management.

Shannon received a Bachelor's degree in Sociology from University of Oregon – go Ducks! Outside of work Shannon enjoys coaching basketball, teaching Junior Achievement and spending time with her husband and three kids.

Board of Directors

Randy Hawks

Managing Director, Claremont Creek Ventures

Randy is a managing director at Claremont Creek Ventures, bringing more than 25 years of technology industry experience as a senior general manager and venture investor to the group. Randy invests in information technology and has a special interest in sensor networks and security. In the years prior to co-founding Claremont Creek Ventures, Randy was a general partner at Novus Ventures and a venture partner at Horizon Ventures.

Before his venture capital career, Randy had startup experience as CEO at Captiva Software and as COO at Identix (from its founding through IPO and life on NASDAQ). He served as senior vice president at AT&T Paradyne and as a vice president of marketing and division general manager at ITT Information Systems (Qume). Early in his career, Randy served in a variety of roles in the minicomputer business at Texas Instruments and began work as a computer research engineer at Cornell Aeronautical Lab.

Prior investments include Inapac, Invivodata, Identix, Flytecomm, View Central and Be Here. Randy holds a BSEE from University of Arkansas and has completed the Stanford University Executive Management Program. He serves as a committee chair for Keiretsu Forum and is a member of the US Secret Service Electronics Crime Taskforce.

Christine Herron

Board Observer, Intel Capital

Christine Herron is a Silicon Valley investor and entrepreneur who is currently a Director with Intel Capital, and serves on the boards of SmartZip, Betaworks, and Yummly. Previously, Christine was a Principal with First Round Capital, an early-stage venture capital firm. As a technology professional, she has held key roles with a number of Silicon Valley firms. She was the Vice President of Marketing for Mission Research, where she led marketing from initial business plan authoring through paying customer and distribution partner acquisition, and was the founder and CEO of Mercury2, a software-as-a-service developer of international trade logistics systems. She also managed developer tools at NetObjects, and played for the Internet Server Team at Microsoft.

Christine started as an investor with Geocapital Partners, where she focused on early Internet infrastructure and network management software. Her investments there included Netcom Online Communications, AXON Networks, D-Vision Systems, ViaGrafix, and FocusVision. In each case, Geocapital was the initial professional investor and helped to bring the company to a dominant market position. Christine earned her MBA at Stanford University, and her BA in English at Columbia University, Columbia College.

Jed Katz

Managing Director, Javelin Venture Partners

One of the pioneers of Internet commerce, Jed has spent his 17-year career developing, advising and investing in early stage technology ventures. Recently, Jed also served on the Technology, Telecom & Media Advisory Group for President Barack Obama's campaign.

Before joining Javelin Venture Partners, Jed was a managing director of DFJ Gotham Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm based in New York, where he was selected in the "Silicon Alley 100", an annual list of the most influential people in New York digital business, by the website Silicon Alley Insider. Prior to DFJ Gotham, Jed was the COO of Yamcon, the developer of the highly acclaimed "SkyScout", one of the best selling astronomy products of all time. Before Yamcon, Jed was the COO and founder of Rent Net, the Internet's first rental and relocation guide. Rent Net achieved 95% market penetration and became one of the first profitable Internet companies. After Rent Net was acquired by Cendant, Jed built on its successful infrastructure in the formation of, one of the Internet's largest real estate sites. grew to 360 employees and was acquired by Homestore (Nasdaq: MOVE) for over $900 million.

Jed holds a B.A. in Business Economics from UCLA and an M.B.A. from The Haas School of Business at UC-Berkeley, where he was awarded the Price Fellowship from the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation; he is currently on the advisory board.

John Steuart

Managing Director, Steuart Ventures

John has spent the last 20 years managing, building and investing in technology and life science companies. John focuses on the intersection of information technology and life sciences markets, including bioinformatics, molecular diagnostics, genomics, proteomics, software and instrumentation for med-tech industries.

John serves on the board of directors of Arcxis, Tibion, Fluxion, Gene Security Network & Wired Benefits. He is an industry fellow at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology at the College of Engineering, as well as a member of the advisory council to the Lester Center's Berkeley Entrepreneurs' Forum at UC Berkeley.

Early in his career, he joined Alafi Capital, an Emeryville-based venture firm specializing in early-stage biomedical companies, where he served as an officer of the general partner. At Alafi, John lead investments in more than a dozen successful start-ups, and served as the senior executive and board member of firms such as Tanox, Software Ventures, Lipomatrix, and Megan Health.

John helped start Cybergold, an Internet marketing and payments company, serving as COO and CFO through its IPO, merger with MyPoints, and sale to United Airlines. John continued with the MyPoints unit of United serving as the senior vice president of strategic partnerships.

Jason Woods

President, Crest Capital Ventures

Jason is president of Crest Capital Ventures, which focuses on providing investment capital to private software and hardware technology companies. Previous to his current role, Jason held a number of executive roles for Sun Microsystems, since acquired by Oracle. He was Sun's senior director, responsible for the Global Open Storage Division including businesses across the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe and emerging markets.

Prior to this position, he was the senior director leading the Asia Pacific Systems Business, with responsibility across 18 countries in Asia Pacific. Before his international assignments, Jason held a number of other executive roles including the Senior Director selected to support the chairman of the board, senior director and chief of staff for Worldwide Sales, and director and chief of operations – chief technology office.

Jason was also a member of the California Attorney General's 7-member Technology Fraud Task Force in 2005 and 2006, responsible for the detection and prevention of fraud in public sector systems. He has authored numerous articles in business, science and technology. Jason holds a B.S. and M.B.A. from Southern Methodist University.

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