Chairman, Board of Directors Managing Director, Insight Venture Partners
Adam Berger is a partner and Managing Director at Insight Venture Partners, a New York-based private equity firm that has raised over $18 billion, which is focused on software and obsessed with accelerating revenue and profit. Adam works across Insight’s portfolio and deal teams, primarily during the diligence and post-investment value creation phase.
Adam currently serves as Chairman of Achieve3000; Chairman of Campaign Monitor, a global leader in B2B marketing automation; Chairman of Diligent Corporation, the leader in corporate governance software; Chairman of E2Open, a leader in supply chain management software; and Chairman of Vela, a leading provider of low latency trading solutions.
Adam has an extensive track record in building software and marketing-driven companies. Until January 2017, he was CEO of Digital Room Incorporated, an online printer and former Insight Venture Partners’ portfolio company. He and his team increased revenue from $26 million to $170 million through aggressive organic and acquisitive growth strategies and exited the business at over four times invested capital.
Previously, Adam served as Chairman and CEO of Spark Networks Inc., a publicly traded firm with online dating sites such as JDate.com and ChristianMingle.com, and was CEO of WeddingChannel.com, Inc., a venture-backed start-up providing multi-media bridal services, which he sold to The XO group in 2006. Adam began his career as an engineer with The Procter and Gamble Company, later moving into brand management on Tide and Downy. Following P&G, he was a case leader at The Boston Consulting Group and then became President and COO of The Franklin Mint, where he turned around the $600 million Philadelphia-based global direct marketer. He also served as interim management on behalf of Texas Pacific Group during its early investment in J. Crew.
Adam earned his Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and later an MBA from The Harvard Business School. He has been a member of YPO since 1998, initially in Philadelphia and subsequently in Los Angeles, where he currently resides.
Peter Sobiloff joined Insight Venture Partners as Managing Director in 1998, bringing to the firm 20 years of operational experience in executive leadership positions, sales management and worldwide operations. Peter was President of Think Systems, an Insight portfolio company focused on supply chain management, which was acquired by i2 Technologies; thereafter Peter served as Vice President of Business Development at i2 Technologies. Prior to Insight, Peter was President of Datalogix, a vendor of enterprise application software for process manufacturers. He also held senior executive roles at Ross Systems, a provider of financial application software. Peter was part of the management teams that executed IPOs for both companies. Subsequently, as President of Datalogix, Peter led the sale of Datalogix to Oracle corporation.
Peter is a well-known executive in the software industry and regularly speaks on industry panels. He served as Chairman of Greenfield Online (NASDAQ: SRVY) for six years, including three years as a public company. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Medidata Solutions (NASDAQ: MDSO) for seven years, the final two as a public company. Other notable previous investments include Argus Software (acquired by Altus Group), DWL (acquired by IBM), GETPAID (acquired by Sunguard), Netsmart Technologies (acquired by Genstar Financial), iMany (IPO), Nistevo (acquired by Sterling Software), Paisley (acquired by Thomson Reuters), PerTrac (acquired by eVestment), Primavera (acquired by Oracle), Rockport Trade Systems (acquired by QRS Corp), Shunra (acquired by Hewlett Packard), and Overdrive (acquired by Rakuten).
Peter currently serves on the board of directors at Achieve3000, Anaqua, DrillingInfo, Filmtrack, Kinnser Software, Kony Solutions, Mediaspectrum, Planview, Syncsort, and Workforce.
In his role as investor, Peter specializes in mentoring management teams to foster technological change in existing markets in order to produce greater productivity and deliver incremental value to customers. Peter enjoys working to create successful liquidity events that positively change the lives of entrepreneurs and employees.
Ryan Hinkle joined Insight in 2003 and has worked across many industries, geographies and deal structures, spanning internet, e-commerce, infrastructure and application software companies in Europe, Australia and North America. Ryan’s investments include growth equity, leverage buyouts, growth buyouts, and platform roll-ups. Current investments include eCommerce companies (Hayneedle, Fanatics, Newegg, Ozsale), mobile solution companies (AdColony, Branding Brand, Kony Solutions), SaaS/applications software companies (Smartsheet, Workforce Software) and education companies (Chegg, iParadigms, Pluralsight). Ryan also works with Syncsort, a big data infrastructure company.
Ryan oversaw Insight’s investments and subsequent acquisitions of Argus Software (acquired by Altus Group Ltd), ECI (acquired by the Carlyle Group), Football Fanatics (acquired by GSI Commerce, now eBay) and Punch! Software (acquired by Navarre Corporation). Ryan works closely with the executive management of his investments and has stepped in as deputy-CFO on several occasions to help the teams. Ryan is also a key manager of the Analyst program at Insight with responsibility for recruiting, training, and mentoring. He has been named to Growthcap’s list of Top 40 Under 40 Growth Investors.
Prior to Insight, Ryan began his journey as a lifelong technology enthusiast by developing real-time electricity trading productivity tools with PPL Corporation. Ryan also worked with Morgan Stanley where he observed trader behavior and built software tools to increase their efficiency.
Ryan is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with degrees in Finance from Wharton and Electrical Engineering from the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Originally from rural southeastern Pennsylvania, he has spent over 10 years living in New York City with his wife, Sara and his son, Dylan and daughter Sadie.
Senior Managing Director, Macquarie Capital’s Principal Transactions Group
Larry Handen is a Senior Managing Director at Macquarie Capital’s Principal Transactions Group and has more than 25 years of experience as a principal investor, operator, and consultant primarily in the field of technology and services. During his career, Larry has been involved as a principal investor in more than 125 M&A and equity financing transactions, and served on the Board of Directors of more than 30 companies throughout the Americas, Eastern & Western Europe, and Australia. Additionally, he has advised over 100 other companies in various capacities.
He joins Macquarie Capital from Insight Venture Partners, a leading growth equity and venture capital firm, where he served as Managing Director. Prior to Insight, Mr. Handen was a General Partner at UBS Capital where he led the firm’s Software, Internet & Services Group. Previously, he was a Partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting. While at PwC, Larry led a practice specializing in corporate-wide growth and recovery solutions for companies in the technology, information, communications, and entertainment industries.
Larry received a BA in Economics and Political Science from Bucknell University and a MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business
Stuart Udell is the CEO of Achieve3000. Stuart came to Achieve3000 with extensive leadership experience in the education industry amassed over a 25-year career. Stuart most recently served as Chief Executive Officer of K12 Inc., the nation’s largest operator of virtual schools. Previously, he served as Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Catapult Learning, a school operator and provider of Title I instructional services. Stuart served as Chief Executive Officer of Penn Foster, a global leader in high school and career-focused online learning. His sale of Penn Foster to The Princeton Review was named Deal of the Year by Buyouts Magazine. Stuart spent the 11 years prior at Kaplan, most recently as President of Kaplan K12 Learning Services, where he built the K-12 school division. Stuart also served as President of the School Renaissance Institute, a division of Renaissance Learning, and years later joined the company’s board of directors.
Stuart has spent the last 16 years on the board of the National Dropout Prevention Center, where he was recognized for his substantial contribution as Chairman. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Successful Practices Network, the Foundation for Blended and Online Learning, USATestPrep, and Ventris Learning. He received the Education Warrior Award from the I Have a Dream Foundation. Stuart holds an MBA from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree from Bucknell University.
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