Jack LeVan, Board of Directors
Jack is currently a management consultant focusing on external growth for clients. Jack was CEO of Vocollect, the market leader in voice recognition systems for warehouse operations, from 2002-2007 leading the company to 4x revenue growth exceeding $100 million. Prior to Vocollect, Jack served as CEO of SCS Corporation, a leading producer of Radio Frequency Identification products. Previously, as a Senior Vice President at Zebra Technologies Corporation, he led an ambitious global expansion. During his tenure, Zebra grew from $120 million to a $450 million NASDAQ company. Jack earned both an undergraduate degree in economics and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Leo Colborne, Board of Directors
Leo is currently an Executive-in-Residence with McKinsey & Co. Prior to that Leo recently retired after a 25 year career at EMC most recently serving as Senior VP of Global Customer Service. In that role Leo was responsible for installation, maintenance, and upgrade of EMC’s customer base. The 4000 person organization has industry leading Customer Satisfaction and Loyalty results and generates $2B in revenue with an expense budget of approximately $780M.
Jonathan Berman, CEO and Founder
Jonathan is a speech recognition industry expert with 7 years of experience developing new business opportunities. For 9 years prior to starting Kextil, Jonathan was principal of JBC: A Marketing and Business Development Firm working clients such as Nova Chemicals, GAF, and Vocollect. Jonathan also brings experience managing P&Ls up to $80 million in the services and packaged goods industries. Jonathan has an MBA from the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia and a BA from Vassar College.
Bill Guttman, Board of Directors
Over the past twenty years, Bill has founded or held senior leadership roles – often serving as chief executive – in several dozen institutionally backed early stage companies. On their behalf, he has structured and closed more than 100 venture & private equity financings, mergers & acquisitions, and strategic investments, working with over fifty institutional investors. Bill has also been the lead equity investor in an array of technology startups as a general partner of early-stage venture capital firms Saturn Partners, TL Ventures, and TNCV. Red Herring recognized Axioma, Panopto, and US Liner -- three portfolio investments where he also chairs the board – among the world’s Top 100 private companies.
Bill also formed an institutional partnership with Carnegie Mellon University to commercialize technology derived from its faculty's research. Under Bill's direction, CMU established a portfolio of for-profit companies serving some 3,000 clients in 94 countries - including the Gates Foundation "Courseware Challenge" winner, Acrobatiq. Earlier, he co-founded and served as chief executive of CMU-spinout Panopto, which has gone on to become one of the world's leading video content management platforms. Panopto was selected as a 2014 "Leader" in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for video content management, and was named by Deloitte #61 among the 500 fastest growing technology companies in America over the last five years.
Previously a professor of economics at CMU, Bill served on the cybersecurity committee of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering, and co-founded CMU's Cylab, one of the world's largest cybersecurity research centers. Before entering the private sector, Bill worked on projects in 30 countries for the U.S. Agency for International Development, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the OECD. He earned master's and doctoral degrees in international relations at Balliol College, Oxford University, where he was a British Council Scholar.