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SOFTBANK Technology Ventures is managed by a group of professionals who collectively have completed more venture capital investments in Internet-related companies than any other known investment group.  The management team as a group has over 80 years of private equity, information technology, operations, and international business experience.

Ronald D. Fisher is the Vice Chairman of SOFTBANK Holdings Inc. and a member of SOFTBANK Corporation's Global Executive Board.  Prior to joining SOFTBANK in October 1995, Mr. Fisher was Chief Executive Officer for six years of Phoenix Technologies Ltd., the leading developer of system software products for personal computers.  Prior to joining Phoenix in 1990, he was President of Interactive Systems Corporation, a UNIX software company that was purchased by the Eastman Kodak Company in 1988.  Mr. Fisher served that company for over five years, initially as Chief Operating Officer and later as Chief Executive Officer.  Earlier in his career, he held senior executive positions at Visicorp, TRW, and ICL.  Mr. Fisher serves as a Director for Phoenix Technologies, Ltd., Microtouch Systems, Inc., Black Box Corporation, and Xionics Document Technologies.   He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa and an MBA from Columbia University.

Gary E. Rieschel is the Executive Managing Director of SOFTBANK Technology Ventures. Since joining SOFTBANK in January 1996, he has led SOFTBANK's venture capital activities in the U.S. Previously Mr. Rieschel had been involved in the high technology field for over fifteen years. He has held executive positions at nCUBE (1995 as Vice President Marketing), Cisco Systems (1993 to 1994 as Director Worldwide Channels), Sequent Computer Systems (1984 to1993 as Director and General Manager) and Intel Corporation (1979 to 1982). Mr. Rieschel has extensive overseas experience, having spent over four years in Tokyo as General Manager of Sequent Computer Systems' Asian operations. He serves as a Director for several SOFTBANK portfolio companies and is a member of SOFTBANK Corporation's Global Executive Board. Mr. Rieschel holds a BA in Biology from Reed College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Bradley A. Feld is a Managing Director of SOFTBANK Technology Ventures. Prior to joining SOFTBANK in June 1996, he founded Intensity Ventures in 1995, a company that helps launch and operate software companies and which was a venture affiliate of SOFTBANK. Previously, Mr. Feld served as Chief Technology Officer of AmeriData Technologies after that firm acquired Feld Technologies, which he had founded in 1988 and had developed into one of Boston's leading software consulting firms. He also directed the diversification into software consulting at AmeriData, a $1.5 billion publicly-traded company which was acquired by GE Capital in 1996. Mr. Feld is an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Kauffman Foundation Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and serves as Director of, or advisor to, several Internet-related and software companies. He holds SB and SM degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Charles R. Lax is a Managing Director of SOFTBANK Technology Ventures.  Prior to joining SOFTBANK in March 1996, he was a partner for three years with VIMAC Partners, LLC, a Boston-based venture capital firm. Earlier in his career, Mr. Lax was involved in high technology product management and marketing, mergers & acquisitions, and OEM licensing for more than fifteen years with Integra Technologies from 1990 to 1993, Phoenix Technologies from 1985 to 1990 and, prior to that, with Economica and Alpha Software.  He is a Director of several SOFTBANK portfolio companies and is a visiting lecturer at Northeastern University. Mr. Lax holds a BS degree from Boston University

E. Scott Russell is a Managing Director of SOFTBANK Technology Ventures.  Prior to joining SOFTBANK in October l996, he spent l6 years managing corporate MIS technology for SwissBank, S.G.Warburg, Goldman Sachs, and J. P. Morgan. Mr. Russell bas been both a major purchaser of technology for these financial institutions as well as the manager of numerous software development teams. While with S.G. Warburg, he headed the technology division in Asia and later served on the senior management committee based in London. Mr. Russell holds a BS in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University and completed the Executive MBA program at the London School of Business.

Flatiron Partners is an affiliate of SOFTBANK Technology Ventures.  Flatiron Partners is a New York based joint venture between Chase Capital Partners and SOFTBANK’s venture capital funds that focuses on Internet investment opportunities, and is intimately involved with the activities of the SOFTBANK venture group. The founders of Flatiron are Fred Wilson, who has 10 years of venture capital experience, and Jerry Colonna, who has 10 years of publishing and two years of venture capital experience.

 

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