Saki Dodelson is the founder, president, and CEO of Achieve3000. Saki has leveraged over two decades of experience in technology and education in her mission to use technology to dramatically accelerate students’ reading levels. As a forerunner in the initiative to ensure that all students graduate college and career ready, Achieve30000 has been implementing the recommendations of the Common Core Standards before they existed. Using patented technology, Achieve3000’s award winning programs–KidBiz3000, TeenBiz3000, Empower3000 and eScience3000– deliver nonfiction content which is differentiated to each student’s unique Lexile reading level. By personalizing the student experience and extending the teacher’s reach, the programs have been proven effective at raising reading test scores in districts across the country, including New York City, Chicago, Washington DC, Houston, and Miami.
Prior to Achieve3000, Saki served as Business and Finance manager with AT&T. In 1996, she founded a news service for students which grew to a circulation of millions by 1999. In 2000, she founded and became CEO of Achieve3000. She is a recipient of the Entrepreneur of the Year from Ernst & Young/Microsoft, and has been named a “Hall of Fame” Entrepreneur by New Jersey Business Journal and one of New Jersey’s Best 50 Women in Business by the New Jersey Business Journal. Saki received her Master’s degree in computer science from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and her MBA from Tel Aviv University.
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.
Jessica Davis joined Insight in 2009. She focuses primarily on Internet, Application Software delivered online and on-premise, and SaaS businesses. Jessica splits her time evenly between domestic investments including SR Labs, Fanatics, and Academic Partnerships as well as internationally domiciled investments including Mimecast (UK), Despegar (Argentina), Whitney International University Systems (Latin America), and Ozsale (Singapore, Australia and New Zealand).
Prior to Insight, Jessica started a small e-commerce business focusing on a student demographic. Before that, she worked with Bank of the West in the real estate industry’s division. She has been active in technology research with Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society and the Harvard School of Engineering’s entrepreneurship and innovation-focused activities.
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
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