Michael Crandell is the CEO and a founder of RightScale, where he provides the vision and direction for the company as it pioneers innovative ways to bring the power of cloud computing to any organization. Crandell is a frequent speaker at cloud computing industry conferences, and he has played a major role in helping establish and promote openness and transparency in the cloud market. Prior to RightScale, he served as CEO at several Internet software-as-a-service (SaaS) companies and as executive vice president at eFax.com. Crandell received his B.A. from Stanford University and completed graduate studies at Harvard University.
Kevin Harvey is a seasoned entrepreneur with more than 18 years of successful venture investing. He started his first software company, StyleWare, while still an engineering student at Rice University. A year after graduating, Kevin sold StyleWare to Apple Computer, and his team went on to create ClarisWorks, one of the best-selling software programs for the Apple Macintosh. Two years later, Kevin founded a second software company, Approach Software, where he led the development of the world’s first end-user client/server database for Windows. Approach’s innovative database was adopted by millions of customers, and the company was acquired by Lotus Development in 1993.
Kevin’s interests span all aspects of mobile computing, the consumer internet, and computing infrastructure. In addition to RightScale, his investments include Boku, Broadbase Software, Bytemobile, Collabnet, Eucalyptus Systems, Ingenio (acquired by AT&T), Kana (KANA), Metaweb, MySQL (acquired by Sun), oDesk, oFoto (acquired by Kodak), Proofpoint, Red Hat Software (RHAT), RemarQ Communities (acquired by Critical Path), Tellme (acquired by Microsoft), Terracotta, When.com (acquired by America Online), and Zimbra (acquired by Yahoo!). He graduated with a B.S.E.E. degree from Rice University in 1987.
Danny Rimer joined Index Ventures in 2002 and established the firm's London office. His investment interests include internet infrastructure software and services.
He currently serves on a number of boards including Boku, Etsy, Factual, Flipboard, FON, Nastygal, Oanda, PeoplePerHour, Sky (BSY), TrialPay, and Viagogo as well as RightScale. He's an observer on the board of Dropbox and he is also a director of Maggie's Cancer Caring Centers and SFMOMA. He previously was a director of KVS (McAfee), Last.fm (CBS), Lovefilm (Amazon), MySQL (Oracle), Neoteris (Juniper), and Skype (Microsoft).
Prior to joining Index Ventures, Danny was a general partner of The Barksdale Group, where he invested in a dozen companies including TellMe (Microsoft). Prior to joining The Barksdale Group, Danny was managing director in Hambrecht & Quist's (JP Morgan) Equity Research Group and was responsible for the firm's internet practice. At Hambrecht & Quist, Danny was the underwriting analyst for such companies as Amazon, Netscape, and Verisign. He also sponsored direct investments in more than 20 companies. He holds an A.B. from Harvard College.
Andreas von Blottnitz
Andreas von Blottnitz has been a partner at BV Capital since August 2004. Prior to BV Capital, Andreas was the president of Citrix Online following Citrix's acquisition of Expertcity in February 2004. While president and CEO of Expertcity, Andreas successfully grew the organization from an early stage company to a leader in web-based remote access and customer support technology known as GoToMyPC. He was instrumental in developing the company's innovative online marketing and acquisition model, which resulted in more than 150,000 customers and in the acquisition of Expertcity by Citrix.
Prior to Expertcity, Andreas served in senior management roles with several online media companies. As president and CEO of AOL in Germany, he managed the European service launch and propelled the company to a $150 million dollar corporation within a few years.