Tynt’s Management Team has extensive startup experience with several successful ventures in the emerging tech industry.
Derek Ball – CEO
Derek has been a leader in the emerging technology industry for over a decade and a half. Prior to Tynt, Derek was CEO of Sonic Mobility Inc. which built software for mobile handheld devices and was acquired by Avocent Corp (NASDAQ: AVCT) in 2004. In between Sonic Mobility and Tynt, Derek served as Entrepreneur In Residence for Calgary Technologies Inc. coaching dozens of early stage tech ventures. Derek has extensive experience in early stage ventures having raised millions of dollars in capital for his own start-ups and working with strategic partners such as Microsoft, RIM, HP, Lockheed Martin and the US military. Derek has also published over a dozen books in emerging technology and has been a noted speaker worldwide for many years.
Dayton Foster – COO
Dayton has over a decade of experience growing start-up technology ventures. At Tynt, Dayton is responsible for guiding product development. Prior to Tynt, Dayton was Vice President of Research & Development for Sonic Mobility Inc. which built software for mobile handheld devices and was acquired by Avocent Corp (NASDAQ: AVCT) in 2004. In between Sonic Mobility and Tynt, Dayton served as Director of Mobile Technologies for Avocent Corp. Dayton has also co-authored 3 books in emerging technology for McGraw-Hill and is asked to speak to technology startup companies on topics as diverse as pricing theory, channel development and software development process.
Cameron Befus – VP Research and Development
Cameron has extensive experience developing commercial software in a number of diverse industries. In addition to proven skills in software architecture and design, Cameron’s strengths are in building and managing teams using agile processes to develop quality software quickly. Prior to Tynt, Cameron was with Avocent Corp for 5 years in different roles including Director of Systems Engineering in the LANDesk division based in Salt Lake City. At LANDesk, Cameron was responsible for development and maintenance of a product that generated $85 million per year in revenue and managed an international team of over 40 software professionals. Cameron has also been involved in several entrepreneurial companies, including Petrowave Solutions Inc., which produced web based software for the oil field drilling industry and was acquired in 2002.
Kerri McGovern – VP Business Development
Kerri has a decade of experience in the technology startup and financing world. Prior to joining Tynt Kerri ran the Innovation Center at Calgary Technologies Inc. (CTI) where she helped early stage tech companies develop their business model and financing strategy. Kerri also spent five years with the BDC Venture Capital software team based out of Vancouver, investing in dozens of software firms.
Kerri recently was a recipient of the “Top 40 Under 40″ award.
Board of Directors
Tynt’s Board of Directors includes Derek Ball, Dayton Foster and:
Allan Mackenzie – Executive Chairman
Allan has an exceptional investment and operational track record within the high technology and other industries. Allan is a high profile investor in the Calgary community having led or participated in the financing of several successful start-ups. (Exits include Teamplate, Sonic Mobility, WestJet Airlines, Quack.com, SideStep.) Along with this, Allan has also had the personal experience in building a rapid growth technology company. Allan was the CFO at Quack.com which was sold to AOL for $200 million one year after it was incorporated. Allan is presently a partner in Calgary based Octane Venture Partners.
Chris Albinson – Director
Mr. Albinson is a co-founder and Managing Director of Panorama where he focuses primarily on internet technology investments. Mr. Albinson was also a General Partner at JPMorgan Partners running the technology venture capital practice. Prior to JP Morgan Partners, Mr. Albinson helped grow four start ups most recently as Chief Strategy Officer for Digital Island, Inc. (NASDAQ:ISLD; acquired by Cable & Wireless, Inc. in 2001). Previously, Mr. Albinson held corporate development roles at Newbridge Networks, Inc. where he was involved in a $217 million corporate venture fund, which invested in 27 companies, including Juniper Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:JNPR), Cambrian Systems Corporation (acquired by Nortel Corporation), Abatis Systems Corporation (acquired by Redback Networks Inc.), Fastlane Technologies Inc. (acquired by Quest Software, Inc.), BNI Systems (acquired by Nortel Corporation), and PixStream Incorporated (acquired by Cisco Systems, Inc.). Mr. Albinson has been a speaker, panelist, and judge at Web 2.0 Summit, Next Generation Networks, Red Herring Top 100,Canada’s Top 10 Technology Start Ups, and the Gilder’s Telecosm conference.
Mr. Albinson holds a B.S. and an M.B.A. from the University of Western Ontario. He currently serves on the board of directors of JiWire, Federated Media Publishing, BelAir Networks., Cedar Point Communications, and Eltek-Valere Power, Inc. Mr. Albinson is also on the advisory board of Partners for Growth, a venture lending firm backed by Silicon Valley Bank.
As a technologist, entrepreneur, executive, venture capitalist and educator, Shawn Abbott has over twenty years experience in technology-based businesses.
As President of Rainbow Technologies (NASDAQ: RNBO) commercial operations, he consolidated three divisions, built a management team to return the US$70 million business to profitable growth, and positioned it for a successful sale in 2004 at nearly one-half billion USD. As corporate Chief Technology Officer, he was responsible for strategy and instrumental in the creation and leadership of a new business that quickly grew to US$10 million revenue per quarter.
Prior to joining Rainbow, Shawn established and built the AND group, which pioneered the encryption-based CD-ROM software distribution system used on several million discs. Under his leadership, AND was consistently profitable and grew to twenty staff before sale.
Shawn has served as a board member to numerous private and public companies internationally and is an experienced angel investor. As a general partner with SpringBank TechVentures, he has helped numerous technology companies develop. He is an accomplished public speaker, having presented at more than one hundred conferences on Internet security and business topics, and taught software design courses in several countries. He is past chair of the Banff Venture Forum.
Shawn is a primary inventor of “USB Keys”, holding a key patent in the area. He has written numerous articles and feature pieces for industry publications, and contributed the chapter on hardware cryptography to McGraw Hill’s, “ICSA Guide to Cryptography”. He holds a B.Sc. in physics from the University of Alberta and has done post graduate study at the University of Calgary, Stanford, and UC Irvine.
Tynt is grateful for the ongoing wisdom and experience generously offered by our elite advisory board.
Guy Kawasaki – Bestselling Author & Managing Director of Garage Technology Ventures
Guy is a managing director of Garage Technology Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm and a columnist for Entrepreneur Magazine. Previously, he was an Apple Fellow at Apple Computer, Inc. Guy is the author of eight books including The Art of the Start, Rules for Revolutionaries, How to Drive Your Competition Crazy, Selling the Dream, and The Macintosh Way. He has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA as well as an honorary doctorate from Babson College. (View Guy’s blog.)
Chris Brahm – Partner and Director of Bain & Company
Chris runs the Technology practice for North America at Bain & Company – one of the top strategic consulting firms in the world. With broad experience in the technology industry, he advises top management of leading technology companies and other industries.
Mark Silva – Co-founder and CEO of Real Branding
Mark founded Real Branding in 1994 to pioneer the emerging field of digital communications for brands. He serves as senior consultant and agency sponsor for many of Real Branding’s long-term clients as well as emerging interests. Silva brings over 20 years of traditional and online advertising experience directing strategic planning, account and creative teams with his passionate, visionary approach to integrated communications.
At Real Branding Silva has lead online brand strategy for blue-chip companies including ABC, Anheuser-Busch, AOL, Coca-Cola, Corona, Diageo, Disney, HBO, Pepsi-Lipton, Scottish & Newcastle, Unilever and Warner Bros.
Mark assists Tynt with brand related strategy and opportunities.
Paul Perez – Managing Director, Northern Trust, NA
Paul is a Managing Director of Family Advisory Services at Northern Trust, the oldest and largest trust company in the US. Prior to joining Northern, Paul was the Director of Strategy for HRJ Capital, an $2.3 billion alternative investment firm. Prior to his affiliation with HRJ, Paul was Managing Member of Lyon Ventures, LLC, Managing Director of US Trust Company of New York, Chief Investment Strategist of The Scion Group LLC and Head of Portfolio Management at Credit Suisse Private Banking in New York.
Kelly Graves – Co-founder Loa PowerTools Inc.
Kelly is a veteran of the technology industry. He has been a principal, founder, or key advisor at many tech startups since the 1980s, and has guided many successful exits. He was co-founder of Net Effects which was acquired by Ask Jeeves. He is an experienced strategist and mentor, with deep connections and a surprising contact list in different tech industries all across North America. He is in high demand as a facilitator, and is a popular speaker at conferences and seminars. Kelly’s latest start- up mission is Loa PowerTools.
Serge Klimoff – President Parseca Inc.
Serge is one of the great technology minds at Parseca Inc. – the top technology delivery company for browser enhancements. Serge built the browser plug-in technology that powered successful companies including StumbleUpon, SideStep and the toolbar for Linked In.
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