Justin Borgman

Justin is Co-Founder and CEO of Hadapt. Prior to Hadapt, Justin led product development for COVECTRA, an anti-counterfeit technology firm. Before that, Justin founded an online social media company and spent the first six years of his career as a software developer at MIT Lincoln Laboratory and Raytheon.

Justin has a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he was a Commonwealth Scholar, and attended graduate school at the Yale School of Management.

Dr. Daniel Abadi

Daniel is a recognized expert in database systems and one of the inventors of the patent-pending Adaptive Analytical Platform™.

Daniel received his PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where his dissertation on column-store database systems led to the founding of Vertica (recently acquired by Hewlett Packard).  He is a recipient of a Churchill Scholarship, an NSF CAREER Award, a Sloan Research Fellowship, the 2008 SIGMOD Jim Gray Doctoral Dissertation Award, and the 2007 VLDB best paper award.

In addition to serving as Chief Scientist at Hadapt, he also serves as a faculty member in Yale University’s Computer Science department. He blogs at DBMS Musings and tweets at @daniel_abadi.

Christopher Lynch

Christopher is Chairman of Hadapt’s Board of Directors. He is a Partner at Atlas Venture and focuses on Big Data and disruptive infrastructure. Chris is an advisor to many Boston area startups and is a mentor to many of the region’s entrepreneurs. He is the founder of hack/reduce, a newly formed non-profit community space in Cambridge focused on Big Data technology, for which he also serves on the board.

Prior to joining Atlas in 2012, Chris successfully drove growth and led several companies to exit, generating billions of dollars in proceeds. Most recently, Chris was president and chief executive officer of Vertica Systems, where he led the company from late stage startup to the top ranked Big Data company globally. Chris joined Vertica out of Atlas’ entrepreneur-in-residence program. HP acquired Vertica in March 2011, and following the acquisition, Chris served as senior vice president and general manager of HP’s Database Business Unit.

Previously, Chris was president and chief executive officer of Acopia Networks, which was acquired by F5 Networks. At F5 Networks, Chris served as senior vice president of data solutions where he was responsible for building the company’s vision in the data management space. Prior to F5 and Acopia, Chris led global sales and marketing for Arrowpoint Communications through its $5.7 billion acquisition by Cisco. Chris then joined Cisco as vice president of sales and marketing for its content management business. Chris’ track record of success continues back through Lucent, which acquired Prominet; Bay Networks, which acquired Wellfleet Communications; and Digital. In each of Prominet, Bay Networks, Wellfleet Communications, and Digital, Chris served in sales leadership positions.

Chris received an MBA from the McCallum Graduate School of Business at Bentley University and a BS in business administration from Suffolk University. He received an honorary doctor of commercial science from Bentley University.

When he’s not working to establish Boston as the technical hub for Big Data, Chris supports St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to pediatric cancer research.

Felda Hardymon

Felda Hardymon, a partner in Bessemer’s Cambridge, Mass. office, joined the firm in 1981. He focuses on investments in the software, communications and storage sectors. He serves on the boards of Vertica (acquired by HP), Streambase, Goal.com (acquired by Perform), Endeca and SVB Financial Group (aka Silicon Valley Bank).

Past investments include superconducting materials company American Superconductor (NASDAQ: AMSC); telecommunications providers Cascade Communications (acquired by Ascend) and Sirocco (acquired by Cascade); Celcore, a maker of switches for wireless-telephone networks (acquired by DSC); African telecommunications provider Celtel (acquired by MTC, now called Zain); Parametric Technology, a provider of product cycle-management software; sporting-goods chain Sports Authority; office-supply company Staples; and Axis Networks (acquired by ACE) a 4G, wireless-remote radio head supplier.

Since 1998, Felda also has taught and done research at Harvard Business School where he holds the appointment of MBA Class of 1975 Professor of Management Practice. He is currently on leave from Harvard and is a visiting professor of finance at The London School of Economics. Prior to joining Bessemer, Felda worked at BDSI, the original venture subsidiary of General Electric, where he was an investor in Ungermann-Bass, Stratus Computer and Western Digital. Prior to that, he taught mathematics and served as director of systems and research at Duke University.

Felda has a B.S. from Rose Polytechnic, an M.A. and Ph.D from Duke and an MBA from Harvard.

Jit Saxena

Jit co-founded Netezza, a leading data warehouse appliance provider, in September 2000, and served as Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors from its inception until January 2009. Mr. Saxena served as Chairman of Netezza’s board of directors from June 2007 until it was acquired by IBM in November 2010. Prior to founding Netezza, Mr. Saxena served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Applix, Inc., a provider of performance management applications, from 1983 until 2000. Mr. Saxena currently serves on the board of directors of several private companies and non-profit organizations. Mr. Saxena holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from IIT Mumbai, a M.S. in electrical engineering from Michigan State University and an M.B.A. from Boston University.

Matthew Howard

Matt brings over 25 years of experience in marketing, product management, engineering, business development, and sales in a wide range of technologies to Norwest Venture Partners. Matt has appeared on the Forbes Midas List as a top 100 investor for three years.

Matt focuses his efforts on mobile, security, rich media, cloud based services/applications, networking and storage sectors. He currently serves on the boards of Avere Systems, Blue Jeans Network, ConteXtream, Exablox, Hadapt, MobileIron, Morta Security and Pertino Networks. He is a board observer at FireEye. Previously, Matt was on the board of Airespace (acquired by Cisco Systems), Omneon (acquired by Harmonic), Reconnex (acquired by McAfee), Retrevo (acquired by Shopzilla), Skystream Networks (acquired by Tandberg Television), SpectraLinear (acquired by Silicon Laboratories), Spinnaker Networks (acquired by Network Appliance), Summit Microelectronics (acquired by Qualcomm), Swan Labs (acquired by F5 Networks) and Webstacks (acquired by Extreme Networks). He was a board observer with Veraz Networks (Nasdaq: VRAZ), Yipes (acquired by Reliance/Flag Telecom) and ZettaCom (acquired by IDT). He previously served on the board of the Wireless Communications Alliance (WCA).

Before joining NVP, Matt was an early employee of Cisco. After joining the company in 1992, Matt held a number of senior positions with Cisco’s IOS organization and the Internet Business Unit. He established Cisco’s security and VPN strategy, situated Cisco as the leading firewall appliance manufacturer, and launched the first load-balancing product.

Previously, Matt was vice president of marketing at Vertical Communications, where he focused on voice over IP and launched the first MGCP enabled media gateway. In addition, Matt has held various positions at Digital Equipment Corporation, BDM International, and Bolt, Beranek and Newman (BBN) Communications Corporation. He began his career as a cryptological analyst with the U.S. Naval Security Group.

Matt serves as a consultant to the Defense Venture Catalyst Initiative program of the US Department of Defense (DeVenCI). He also holds one patent in mobility and two in cyber security.  The three software patents were achieved while working with NVP portfolio companies.

Matt holds a bachelor of business administration, with an emphasis in information systems, and a master of science degree in telecommunications management.