Board of Directors

Hilmi Ozguc, Founder & CEO at Swirl

Hilmi founded Swirl with the goal of revolutionizing the retail industry by leveraging the power of mobile technology to transform the in-store shopping experience. He has been a successful entrepreneur and executive in the software industry for the past 20 years, having created groundbreaking companies worth over a quarter billion dollars that realize the Internet’s potential as a global advertising and marketing vehicle. Hilmi previously founded Maven Networks, an early leader in Internet video technology, which was acquired by Yahoo! and today powers the video advertising infrastructure for the world’s largest network of Internet media properties. Earlier, Hilmi was founder and CEO of Narrative Communications (acquired by Excite@Home), a pioneer of rich media Internet advertising technologies that brought more effective branding capabilities to Fortune 500 advertisers and more engaging web experiences to consumers.

Hilmi has been named CEO of the Year by Mass High Tech, is a frequent speaker at industry conferences, and has been featured in Business Week, CNBC, CNN, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Hilmi holds a bachelor’s degree in Systems Engineering and a master’s degree in Software Engineering from Boston University.

Scott English, Hearst Ventures

Scott is a Managing Director of Hearst Ventures and pursues strategic investments and acquisitions for the corporation in digital media. Scott has invested in, and served as a Board Director or Observer of, over sixteen companies. Most recently, Scott led the investments in portfolio companies Buzzfeed, Pandora, Relationship Science, Brightcove, Sling Media, and Wide Orbit. Scott joined Hearst in 1995 and has had a variety of operational and investment responsibilities during his tenure. Aside from his venture activities, Scott helped oversee two of Hearst’s digital businesses and acted as interim CEO of UGO Networks. In his first position at Hearst, Scott ran business development and strategy for Hearst’s network of magazine websites culminating in the merger of and (iVillage). Prior to Hearst, Scott worked for Details Magazine at Conde Nast. Scott graduated with a bachelor’s from Trinity College and earned his MBS from Columbia Business School.

Ron Fisher, SoftBank Capital

Ron is Managing Partner of SoftBank Capital, the investment arm of the SoftBank Group, a global telecommunications, Internet and media conglomerate. He is also Director and President of SoftBank Holdings, Inc. and a member of the board of directors of SoftBank Corp., Japan. Ron has over 30 years of experience working with high growth and turnaround technology companies. He joined SoftBank in 1995, overseeing its U.S. operations and its other activities outside of Asia, and was the founder of SoftBank Capital. Ron serves on the boards of several public and private companies, including Cloud Engines (Pogoplug), Desktone, E*Trade Group, LiteScape Technologies, MocoSpace and Nellymoser. He previously served on the board of GSI Commerce (sold to eBay in 2011). Ron earned an MBA from Columbia University, New York, and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa.

Nilanjana Bhowmik, Longworth Venture Partners

Nilanjana is a General Partner at Longworth Venture Partners and focuses on infrastructure, software and mobile investments. She currently serves on the boards of Tylted (mobile social gaming network), NuoDB (elastic cloud database), Symform (peer-to-peer cloud storage), and Viewfinity (cloud security). Her prior investments and portfolio involvements include VKernel (acquired by Quest), Tizor (acquired by Netezza/IBM), Softricity (acquired by Microsoft), Thor Technologies (acquired by Oracle), Scanbuy (mobile barcode imaging) and Marathon Technologies (server high availability). Previously, Nilanjana was a VP, Mergers & Acquisitions at Broadview (now Jefferies), an investment banking firm where she led M&A transactions for several tech companies in software, services and digital media. She began her career at Object Design, Inc., where she held several leadership positions in software engineering and professional services during the company’s fast growth from startup to successful IPO. Nilanjana received a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, a master’s in Computer Science from the University of South Carolina, and an MBA from INSEAD. She is a charter member and serves on the board of the Boston chapter of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE).

Woody Benson, Prism VentureWorks

Woody is a General Partner at Prism VentureWorks. For over three decades, he has been at the forefront of major computing and technology trends. Woody currently serves on the board or is an advisor to: LogMeIn, Expo Communications, Greater Good, and MetaResolver. Career IPO highlights include Shiva Corporation (1994), MCK Communications (1999), Elastic Networks (2000), and LogMeIn (2009). M&A highlights include Altiga (sold to Cisco), Maven Networks (sold to Yahoo!), m:metrics (sold to ComScore), KickApps (sold to KITDigital), Conduit Labs (sold to Zynga), 5:1 (sold to Yahoo!). Woody is also involved with TechStars, where he participates as a mentor to young start-ups, and participates in the Bentley Investment Committee and the MIT 10-250. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Communications from Bentley University.

Mike Golden, ShopRunner/GSI Commerce

Mike is the Founder of ShopRunner, a members-only shopping service with an online retailer network that spans today’s most popular brands. Previously, Mike was co-founder and COO of GSI Commerce, a leading e-commerce services company acquired by eBay in 2011. He also served as Chairman of Complex Media ( and led Home Decor Products as President and CEO. Earlier in his career, Mike served as EVP of Corporate Development and Managing Director of Organic Online, Inc. (now a part of Omnicom) and was the founder and President of Organic Media, Inc. He also co-founded Iguana Studios Inc. and was Chairman until the eventual sale of the company to Change Technology Partners. Mike received a bachelor’s degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Pittsburgh and a JD degree from Villanova University School of Law.

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