CEO PRACTICE VS. FOUNDERS PRACTICE

In the CEO Quest CEO Practice, the focus is on companies who have moved beyond their A round funding event and are now scaling towards a successful exit. Our Managing Directors– CEO Practice have been tech company CEOs themselves, and bring diverse backgrounds with significant experience in the five domains of company building (People, Product, Revenue Engine, Systems and Funding).

In the CEO Quest Founders Practice, the focus is on companies traversing the perilous journey from angel and seed funding to an institutional A round. Our Managing Directors– Founders Practice have strong backgrounds in early stage entrepreneurship, in Product and in fundraising. They understand how critical funding is at this stage, and help CEOs achieve the value inflection points necessary to be funded.

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BOB BAUSMITH

Managing Director, CEO Practice — New York Metropolitan Area

Bob has a passion for leadership development and company building. He has a diverse background as a serial entrepreneur, Fortune 100 executive, managing partner, product development engineer, sales engineer, solution architect, angel investor, and advisor to dozens of CIOs, CTOs, CEOs and Boards at companies of all sizes. As CEO of Accelerate Innovation, he provided expert advisory support to tech CEOs. As the Chief Systems Architect for UnitedHealth Group in the early 2000s, he pioneered the use of Service Oriented Architecture to design an adaptive and highly scalable technology ecosystem for what is today the largest health care services company in the world. He’s held similar roles at other large health care entities. Bob also holds three patents.

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BILL PORTELLI

Managing Director, CEO Practice — Silicon Valley

Bill holds CEO Advisory and Board positions for companies in enterprise application and infrastructure markets assisting in the creation of breakout products, business strategies and high impact teams. He has cofounded and led startups to IPO and M&A exits including CollabNet and CCT, and held executive roles at Cadence responsible for driving rapid revenue growth of > $.5B. Bill has led venture/debt/PE fund raising for early & mid-stage companies across a range of markets. Rewarded for his leadership in internet and open source, Bill was awarded the Davos Technology Pioneer Award by the World Economic Forum.

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LARS NORDENLUND

Managing Director, CEO Practice — Greater Los Angeles

Lars is a global top-management executive with more than 15 years of strategic leadership experience. He is an expert in the domains of technology, AI, IoT, enterprise software, cloud video, SaaS, and media advertising, and has an extensive background in management consulting and advisory services. As Vice President of the Incubation & Ventures business unit at Canon Group, and as CEO of the strategic venture spin-off, Arcules, Lars was responsible for managing the incubation and growth stage of the end-to-end product lifecycle. Lars is considered a visionary thought leader with a successful track record of conceiving and delivering breakthrough growth strategies, corporate reinvention, and business transformations.

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GNANI PALANIKUMAR

Managing Director, Founders Practice — Silicon Valley

Gnani has over 25 years of diverse experience in Silicon Valley as a founding member of early-stage startups and a product executive in large companies. He was an early team member of APIGee (IPO in 2014, acquired by Google), Selectica (IPO in 2000) and Agile Software (acquired by Oracle). For 8 years, he led Oracle’s Supply Chain Management cloud product team. Over the years, Gnani has introduced innovative products in early-stage tech companies that have generated market traction and revenues of over $100 M. Gnani’s current mission is to help early-stage founding teams traverse the journey from Angel & Seed rounds to A round and beyond.

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STEVEN SCHWARTZ

Managing Director, Founders Practice — New York Metropolitan Area

Steven has a passion for company building, which led him to his current role as CEO Quest Managing Director– where he coaches tech company CEOs towards accelerated company growth. He is recognized as an innovation leader in the fields of risk management, cybersecurity and personal data. As a Founding Board Member and Vice-Chairman of the International Personal Data Trade Association, he has been on the forefront of the movement to ensure appropriate protection and use of consumer data. He founded and is now Chairman of GCC, a firm providing strategic advisory support to companies managing their risk profiles. Recently named “New York City’s 2017 33 Under 33,” Steven has personally consulted, managed and negotiated the risk management & insurance programs for worldwide, publicly-traded entities across 40 countries. A noted thought leader on the topic of risk management of cyber related assets like personal data, he is often sought out to speak at the world’s largest Insurance Conferences. Steven began his career as a Data Analyst and QA Engineer in the 1st year of operations at TreoSolutions, a healthcare analytics firm, all the way through its nine-figure exit five years later.

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LONG NGUYEN

Senior Associate

Long specializes in product and operations. During college, he built a mobile platform for his university, which was acquired by the time of his graduation. He also founded Lexnology, a MVP builder and growth services provider for U.S. startups with a team in Vietnam.

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TOM MOHR

Founder and CEO; Managing Director — Silicon Valley

Tom has a diverse background, both as a serial entrepreneur and a Fortune 500 executive. He co-founded and built Digital Air Strike from white board concept to $20M revenue and cash flow positive. He led $200M Knight Ridder Digital, a Fortune 500 subsidiary, almost doubling revenue during his tenure there. He has run a $300M P&L, has raised lots of VC money, bought and sold companies and participated on boards (including CareerBuilder, Cars.com, Apartments.com and ShopLocal).

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