Featured Speaker – Alex Bard, Partner & Early Stage Investor, Redpoint Ventures
Alex Bard is a career technology entrepreneur, executive and angel investor. Starting in 1996 Alex co-founded eShare technologies, a web-based customer support platform, which was acquired by a public company in 1999. After eShare, Alex co-founded eAssist Global Solutions a web based CRM for support which was acquired in 2004. Alex then co-founded Goowy Media, a web distribution and analytics platform, backed by Mark Cuban and acquired by AOL in 2008. After 2 years at AOL, running key social media assets, Alex co-founded Assistly, a modern SaaS support platform used by some of the web’s leading brands. Assistly was acquired by Salesforce in 2011 and rebranded as Desk.com.
While at Salesforce, Alex was the EVP and GM, ServiceCloud business unit which during his 3 years grew to over $1B in revenue. In 2014, Alex was recruited to run Campaign Monitor a global email marketing and automation company founded in Australia. Over 3 years Alex more than tripled the team to over 250 employees, opened offices in SF and London, acquired 2 companies, doubling bookings and meaningfully accelerated overall growth. Since then Alex has announced he is starting a new career chapter in Venture Capital full time.
Alex has also been an investor and advisor in great companies including Gusto, Narvar, Classy, Moon Express, Kustomer, Xero and Docusign. Alex lives with his wife and 2 daughters in San Francisco. His favorite quote is by William Faulkner – “You cannot swim to new horizons until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.”