Troy Augustine is President and CEO of iNET Interactive, a social media company operating prominent online communities for technology professionals and technology enthusiasts. In this role, Troy oversees all business functions including sales, marketing, product management, and business development.
Prior to iNET Interactive, Troy served as the Vice President of Marketing for Tradec, an enterprise software company that was among the first to embrace the Internet and the software as a service (SaaS) delivery model. Tradec’s investors included top-tier venture firms Kleiner Perkins and Norwest Venture Partners, and its clients included Dell, Juniper Networks, Brocade, and Jabil Circuit. The company was acquired by Agile Software in 2003.
Troy holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business as well as a master’s degree in engineering from Stanford’s School of Engineering. He also holds an undergraduate degree in engineering from the University of Kansas, where he serves on the advisory board.
David Carver is co-founder and principal at Search Fund Partners, a Silicon Valley-based private equity firm. Prior to Search Fund Partners, David spent thirty years as an executive in the high tech industry, and has extensive experience in all phases of business, including M&A, fundraising, corporate strategy and operations. He was CEO of HiFive!, an application service provider; CEO of Hipbone Networks, an online collaboration company; EVP and GM at Network Associates; COO of Network General; EIR at Institutional Venture Partners; and an executive at Hewlett-Packard, including ten years in the professional service/software divisions of HP. Dave holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Arkansas.
Allen Hill is a retired President and CEO of DPL Inc. and its subsidiary company, the Dayton Power and Light Co. He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1967 and a master’s degree in business administration in 1972, both from the University of Dayton. In addition to iNET Interactive, Allen serves on the governing boards of the Dayton Early College Academy, Fifth Third Bancorp, Premier Health Partners, Alliance Community Schools, Miami Valley Economic Development Coalition and Dayton Business Committee.
Steve Kaufmann is a seasoned financial executive and angel investor with over 25 years of professional experience. Most recently, he was co-founder, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Lattice Communications, LLC, a privately-held operator of wireless communications towers. Formed in 1999 with the financial support of an investment group including Oak Hill Strategic Partners, L.P., a Robert M. Bass-affiliated exchange fund, Lattice grew to be one of the top 10 operators in the industry prior to the sale of the company’s towers in 2004/2005. Prior to co-founding Lattice, Steve was co-owner of The Crisler Company, a boutique investment banking firm, where he arranged debt and equity financings and provided merger and acquisition advisory services to clients in the media and communications industry.
Since 1994, Steve has been an investor in a wide variety of private ventures including Digex Inc., an internet service provider; Regent Communications, Inc., a radio broadcasting company; Bluegrass Cable Partners, an operator of cable television systems; USinternetworking, Inc., an application service provider; Blue Chip Broadcasting, a radio broadcasting company; ProfitLogic, Inc., a retail profit optimization software firm; and Telephia, Inc., a provider of syndicated consumer research to the telecommunications and mobile media markets. He is also a limited partner in Avalon Equity Fund, a New York City-based SBIC focusing on the media and communications industry and an investor in Wolf Point Growth Partners, a Chicago-based search fund.
Steve holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from The Ohio State University where he serves as an advisor to the chair of the ISE department.
Bob Oster started his career as a professional economist and corporate banker with Bank of America. He then moved on to corporate finance positions with a number of Silicon Valley-based companies. In 1983, he joined Oracle Corporation as Vice President-Finance and Administration and was responsible for Oracle’s initial public offering in 1986.
Since 1987, Mr. Oster has been a private venture investor. He was a first round investor and director of LifeUSA Holding, Inc. (LUSA), a life and annuity company. He was a founding investor to Informatica, Inc. (INFA), a provider of data integration software; Asurion Inc., a specialty insurance company; and Pacific Pulmonary Services, an oxygen and medications company. In addition to his director role at iNET Interactive, he is currently a director of Carillon Partners, a private assisted living company; Wind River Environmental, an LBO roll-up in the non-hazardous liquid waste industry; and Risk Allocation Systems, an intermediary between automobile dealerships and lending institutions. He is also a special limited partner for Spring Ridge Ventures, a venture capital partnership focusing on health care, and an advisor to several LBO search funds.
Mr. Oster received a BA in economics with honors from Occidental College in 1963 and an MA and Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1965 and 1967, respectively. He is an Overseer of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and an advisor to Summit Preparatory Charter High School in Redwood City, CA.