Dave Blundin is a serial entrepreneur and is the founder and a Managing Partner of Link. His early successes include the founding and sale of DataSage to Vignette in a stock deal of Unicorn scale, the co-founding of Vestmark (the leading innovator of wealth management technology with 1.6 million accounts and over $400 billion in managed assets), and the co-founding of Course Advisor which led to the formation of Link.
Prior to its sale to ADP in 2011, Dave was the co-founder and Chairman of Autotegrity, a data analytics and online marketing company that runs an automotive shopping service connecting consumers with auto dealers. Previously, Dave was Chief Technologist at Vignette Corporation which had over 1,000 enterprise customers including seven of the top ten firms in the Financial Services sector. Prior to Vignette, he was the founder, CEO and Chairman of DataSage. DataSage's software enabled businesses to centrally capture and analyze all of their electronic interactions - often involving terabytes of information - and use that information to personalize interactions with customers.
In 1999, Dave was named to MIT Technology Review's List of Innovators under 35. Venture capitalist Duncan McCallum of One Liberty Ventures called Dave "the most visionary person I have ever met" in the field of decision-support software.
Prior to 1997, Dave was the President and CEO of Cirrus Recognition Systems, a data mining software company. Previously, he was among the first ten employees at MicroStrategy and, subsequently, served on Microstrategy's board of directors in 2003 and 2004.
Dave has co-founded 23 companies at least 5 of which have achieved $100 million+ valuations. He has served on 21 private and public boards. He currently serves as the chairman of Link's technology-incubation company, Cogo Labs, and on the boards of most of Link's investments. He is also the chairman of Vestmark and a general partner at Vestigo Ventures, a strictly Fintech focused fund.
Dave received a BS in Computer Science degree from MIT where he researched neural network technology at the AI lab.
Mira Wilczek is a Managing Director at Link Ventures and President and CEO of Cogo Labs. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for EverQuote, HopJump, & CareDash, as well as the Advisory Board for Vestigo Ventures. She is also a Co-Director at the Brahe Educational Foundation. In 2017, Mira was named Top 40 Under 40 by the Boston Business Journal.
Prior to joining Link, Mira was founder and CEO of Red Panda Security, Principal Investigator under the DARPA CFT program, and Director of Business Development at Lyric Semiconductor, where she developed a $25M revenue run rate, garnered industry recognition including TR50, Silicon 60 & an EETimes ACE Award, and negotiated a successful acquisition by Analog Devices. She started her career as an ethical hacker at IBM, architecting their first automated penetration testing platform.
Mira holds patents both granted and pending in the fields of cyber security and sensor data fusion. She has an S.B. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT, as well as an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Rob Chaplinsky has been investing in technology startups for over 20 years and is an entrepreneur and operating executive. Prior to Link Ventures, Rob co-founded silicon valley based venture capital firm Bridgescale Partners , sales management software company Kiita.ai, and software user interface company Typesoft which was acquired by Apple in 2014. Over his two decade venture capital career, Rob has managed multiple venture capital funds totaling over $1B in assets spanning all segments of the technology industry. Some of Rob's investments include elearning SaaS company Axonify, workforce management SaaS company Dayforce/Ceridian (NYSE: CDAY), metrology company Form Factor (NASDAQ FORM), Internet of Things company Jasper (acquired by Cisco NASDAQ: CSCO), intellectual property company Pivotal Technologies (acquired by Broadcom NASDAQ:BRCM), security software company Proofpoint (NASDAQ PFPT), semiconductor company Quake Technologies (acquired by AMCC, NASDAQ: AMCC), work force management SaaS company Rypple (acquired by Salesforce.com NYSE: CRM), online photo sharing company Shutterfly (NYSE: SFLY), marketing research SaaS company Vision Critical (sold to private equity firm) and compensation management SaaS company Xactly (NYSE: XTLY).
Rob is currently on the advisory board of the Engineering School for The University of Waterloo and on the advisory board for IBM's Spark technology council.
Prior to forming Bridgescale, Rob was a general partner Mohr Davidow Ventures and prior to that worked in various marketing positions at Intel Corporation. Rob has a B. Sc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
John Werner has created a career out of bringing ideas, networks and people together to generate powerful results. Currently, John serves as Managing Director and Partner at Link Ventures, and as Chief Network Officer, SVP Corporate Development of Cogo Labs. Before joining Link Ventures and Cogo Labs, John's deep curiosity and penchant for problem-solving led him to a diverse set of roles spanning many fields and interests. Previously, John was a VP at Meta, a Y-Combinator augmented reality startup based in Silicon Valley. John's also served as the Head of Innovation and New Ventures at the MIT Media Lab's Camera Culture Group, and the Managing Director of Emerging Worlds SIG, where he led the launch of collaborative innovation centers in Mumbai, Nashik, and Hyderabad.
John also channels his passion and curiosity into cultivating platforms for thought and exchange. John is the Founder & CEO of ARIA, a community focused on the potential of augmented reality and the Blockchain+AI+Human, which takes place at MIT and the World Economic Forum in Davos with MIT Professor Sandy Pentland. John also founded Ideas in Action Inc., a non-profit that creates and produces TEDxBeaconStreet, whose talks have accumulated 250+ million YouTube views.
John was also a co-Founder of Citizen Schools, an advisor for PhotoButler, Vestigo Ventures and Founders Forum (Boston), an MIT Connection Science Fellow, a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard University's Graduate School of Design and a graduate of Hamilton College. John was recognized by Harvard Business Review for his leadership; by BostonInno in 2014 as a top 50 on Fire in Boston; Boston Chamber with a TOYL (Ten Outstanding Young Leaders) Award in 2006. In his free time, John is a passionate photographer and an accomplished triathlete (qualified for the worlds and 4x nationals). John and his family live in Brookline, MA.
Dominic Lloyd is a Managing Director at Link. Prior to joining Link, Dominic was a partner with a national law firm focusing on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and securities. He has worked with Link and its portfolio companies for more than 10 years, advising on company formations, financing structures and sales of companies, and participating in all significant transactions. Dominic has worked closely with the executive teams at public and private companies for 30 years on mergers, acquisitions and equity and debt financings. As a trusted advisor to emerging companies, he has worked with them through all stages of growth, often to liquidity events.
Dominic graduated with a BA in Economics from Middlebury College and a JD from the University of Denver. Often quoted in articles on securities laws and private funds, Dominic also frequently speaks on these topics. He has been recognized by Chambers USA and the Best Lawyers in America as a leading corporate and M&A attorney.
Matt Rita is a seasoned negotiator, a former federal and state court litigator, and a Managing Director at Link. For more than two decades Matt represented both public and private companies in a variety of industries (including logistics, information systems, healthcare, energy and natural resources, and financial services, among others). As a trusted adviser and dedicated advocate, he handled complex judicial and administrative proceedings for his clients, appearing in both trial courts and appellate tribunals around the country. In his last court appearance before joining Link, Matt successfully defended a publicly traded mining company against claims of alleged trade secret misappropriation. The subject matter of that dispute (i.e., langbeinite processing in southeastern New Mexico) reawakened some of his distant memories of freshman chemistry at MIT (3.091, wasn't it?).
After graduating from the Institute with his Bachelor of Science degree, Matt earned his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Cornell Law School. Having traded numbers for words, he has been a prolific speaker and author over the course of his career. The publication of his most recent article (in The Colorado Lawyer) coincides with the beginning of his tenure at Link. Named a Colorado "Super Lawyer" for five consecutive years, Matt is a Massachusetts native who is also admitted to practice here in the Commonwealth. He will maintain his ties to the Rocky Mountain West, thereby expanding Link's geographic footprint as the team moves forward with raising its second fund.
John Giordano is a Managing Director at Link and has served on the boards of most of Link's investments. John has extensive investment and management experience and is currently serving as a trustee for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston's pension plan and as a member of the Retirement Committee for its 401K plan. He previously served as head of the investment committee and a member of the retirement committee with responsibility for $1 billion of in assets for Bull HN Information Systems (formerly Honeywell Information Systems).
During his tenure at Link, John has negotiated and managed the sale of four companies and structured or negotiated dozens of Link's investments, financings, asset sales and key strategic agreements for Link's portfolio companies. He also serves as President of Reference Advisor, LLC, a Link Ventures-owned company which provides its clients with best-in-class email marketing solutions.
Prior to joining Link Ventures, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of WebCT, Inc., one of the world's leading providers of course management systems used by colleges and universities around the world. During his tenure with the company, he was instrumental in transitioning it to profitability and led the company's negotiation of all agreements associated with the successful sale of the company to publicly-traded Blackboard, Inc. The sale process included successfully responding to an initial challenge by the U.S. Department of Justice. Prior to joining WebCT, John served as the President, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Peritus Software Services, Inc., a publicly traded company. Peritus provided solutions that enabled organizations to improve the productivity, quality and effectiveness of their information technology maintenance. During his tenure as Chief Executive Officer, John led the company back from a point of extreme financial distress, attracted an equity investment from a private company and successfully completed the sale of the company in June 2001.
Prior to joining Peritus, John served as Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Bull HN Information Systems, Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of France's Group Bull. As CFO and Treasurer, John successfully completed the sale of one of Bull's software units and led the negotiations on the maintenance aspects of Bull's sale of certain parts of its businesses to Wang Global. He also led the company's negotiations with the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation during Group Bull's sale of Zenith Data Systems to Packard Bell. John also held various other positions at Bull HN including Vice President of Business Operations with responsibility for Bull's Network Services Operation and a logistics organization that managed an inventory of spare parts with a value in excess of $200 million.
In 2001, John was recruited to serve on the Board of Directors of publicly-traded Hungry Minds, Inc., the publisher of the famous "For Dummies" series of books, during the company's sale process. He served until the successful sale of the company to John Wiley & Sons, Inc. John served on the Board of Directors of Peritus Software Services, Inc. during periods that included the Peritus IPO in July 1997. He also served on the Board of Directors of Telecorp, Inc., a private company, until its acquisition by publicly traded Syntellect, Inc. in March 1996.
John received a Bachelor of Science degree from Boston College's Carroll School of Management graduating summa cum laude with a concentration in Finance and a class rank of 1st of 452. He won the Raymond J. Aherne Award and Patrick O'Connell Award for excellence in finance and business. He is also a graduate of Honeywell's two-year Financial Development Program.
Bill is a Principal at Link Ventures with a focus on identifying and executing investments in consumer internet companies. He is a board observer for Link's investment in OwnUp (FKA RateGravity), and also assists Link's incubated portfolio companies using the data assets within Cogo Labs. Bill joined Link after completing his MBA at the MIT Sloan School of Management, where he co-founded a real estate tech company called PeerPads to help facilitate peer-to-peer apartment tours between graduate students. PeerPads was a participant in the MIT Fuse accelerator and received funding from the MIT Sandbox program. Prior to MIT Bill was with Volition Capital, a Boston-based growth equity firm where he sourced and executed technology investments. Before that, he began his career in the technology investment banking group at Canaccord Genuity.
Bill is on the board of directors for PetsEmpower, a 501(c)(3) non-profit and 2017 MassChallenge finalist that connects domestic violence victims who are entering shelters with foster care for their pets. He holds an M.S. in Finance and a B.A. in Economics from Boston College, where he was a member of the varsity football team for four seasons.
Cindy Blanco is the Chief Financial Officer of Link Ventures. Prior to joining Link, Cindy was a Senior Associate in the Business Valuation Practice at Vitale, Caturano & Company, Ltd., where she was responsible for performing valuations of closely-held businesses for tax and financial reporting purposes. Previous to her position at Vitale, Caturano & Company, Cindy worked as an Investment Banking Analyst at H.C. Wainwright & Co., Inc. and as a Senior Auditor at KPMG LLP. Cindy, a Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst, is a member of the Boston Security Analysts Society, Inc. Cindy has a BA in Economics from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and an MBA and MS in Accounting from Northeastern University.
Margaux Bolte, Manager of Branding and Culture at Link, covers the gamut, from daily operations to communications to events for Link, Cogo and many of Link’s portfolio companies. A creative problem-solver with a knack for genuine relationship building, Margaux has been involved in a wide range of projects since she started with the company in 2015. Prior to Link, she worked in educational consulting with Carney, Sandoe & Associates. There, she handled and supported multiple recruitment and placement areas while also teaming on the execution of large-scale recruiting conferences. She has also covered a number of other brand-oriented events for companies including Google and Perrier. Passionate about time well-spent, she has volunteered at Children’s Hospital for five years, is proficient in American Sign Language, and a certified yoga instructor. Margaux holds a B.A. in Psychology from Wheaton College, where she was a member and senior captain of the varsity field hockey team.