Chairman & Founder
Eric Olden is the Executive Chairman & Founder of Symplified. Eric is a widely respected thought leader in identity management. He is also the visionary behind Symplified’s strategy to secure the cloud. Eric was the chief designer of the SinglePoint platform, Symplified’s identity services and The Trust Cloud on Amazon. His vision is to enable ubiquitous identity that enables all organizations, from the Fortune 500 to small or mid-sized businesses, to realize the potential of the cloud. Symplified was founded on the belief that in order to reach cloud-scale, identity must be made simple and be delivered as a utility service, and Eric has relentlessly pursued that goal since starting the company in 2007.
Eric’s career in identity management began in 1995 when he founded Securant Technologies in San Francisco. Securant scaled from two guys and an idea to nearly 300 employees and hundreds of enterprise customers before its $140 million acquisition by RSA. As CTO of Securant, Eric pioneered the market for Web Access Management and User Provisioning with the industry leading ClearTrust product. A staunch believer in standards, Eric co-authored AuthXML with Darren Platt and negotiated its combination with Netegrity’s S2ML to create Oasis’ SAML standard. Eric has been published in several technical journals and is a regular speaker at industry events. He was awarded US Patent #6,460,141 for his pioneering designs for web identity. He is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley.
President & Chief Executive Officer
Shayne Higdon is the CEO of Symplified and has served as a board observer since 2009 and as a member of the board of directors since July 2012. Prior to joining Symplified, Shayne was SVP and GM of Quest Software’s User Workspace and Performance Management business units. He previously served as the managing director of Quest’s Corporate Development team where he led mergers & acquisitions, corporate venture investing, corporate strategy and business development.
Prior to joining Quest, Shayne held various lead and management positions at both DataSynapse, Inc. and BMC Software. Currently Shayne serves as a member of the board of directors at JAMF Software, a best-of-breed Mac and iOS management company. He is also an honorary member of Galvanize, a Denver-based organization that creates an ecosystem for entrepreneurship through venture capital, community and curriculum. Shayne holds a B.B.A. in Computer Information Systems from the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor.
Founding Partner, Ignition Partners
Cameron is a Founding Partner of Ignition, where he invests in software and infrastructure companies. Cameron represents Ignition as director on the boards of Cloudmark, Ratify, Likewise (formerly Centeris), Seven, Topsy and Zenprise. He also acts as Ignition’s observer on the board of Azaleos and Splunk. He previously served on the boards of Consera (acquired by Hewlett Packard), Rendition Networks (acquired by Opsware) and RLX Technologies (acquired by Hewlett Packard). Prior to Ignition, Cameron spent thirteen years with Microsoft Corporation, most recently as Vice President of the Internet Customer Unit, where he was responsible for building business relationships with network operators and a broad range of telecommunications providers. Cameron was responsible for setting strategy and building relationships with such global telecommunications providers as NTT, AT&T, Comcast, Cisco, Qualcomm, British Telecom and Deutsche Telecom. Prior to this job Cameron created the Developer Relations Group at Microsoft, which evangelized Windows and Microsoft’s other operating system technologies to the independent software vendors and third-party developer community. This effort eventually became a 320-member team with an annual budget of $65 million. It was responsible for revenue of over $400 million, and recruited a community of 44,000 independent software vendors to develop Windows software. Before that, Cameron co-founded Dynamical Systems Inc, to develop multitasking operating systems for the PC, which he sold to Microsoft in 1986. Cameron received his Bachelors degree from the University of California at Berkeley.
Managing Director, Granite Ventures LLC
Chris McKay joined Granite Ventures in September 1998 from Hambrecht & Quist, where he was an analyst in the firm’s Venture Capital department. Chris focuses on software investments, and he serves on the Board of Directors for Lucid Imagination, Marqeta, Martini Media, Sendmail, and Symplified. Chris previously served as a Director of Arcot Systems (acquired by CA Technologies), Purisma (acquired by Dun & Bradstreet) and was involved with the Boards of Actional (acquired by Progress Software), Cardiff (acquired by Verity) and Connected (acquired by Iron Mountain). Chris holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia.
As president of Bazaarvoice, Gene Austin is responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction for the Company’s Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) operations, including worldwide sales, services, partnerships and business development activities. In addition, Austin also provides strategic leadership, counsel and support to the CEO and executive leadership team for the Company’s entire global operations.
Austin has more than 30 years of experience delivering results in high-growth technology companies, with a particular emphasis on SaaS applications. He most recently served as president and chief executive officer of Convio, Inc., where he was the driving force behind the company’s success that led to an IPO and eventual sale to Blackbaud, Inc. in May 2012. Prior to Convio, Gene was BMC Software’s vice president and general manager of Enterprise Data Management, a $600 million business unit, and previously worked at Dell as vice president and general manager of Internet Servers. He also served as senior vice president of sales and marketing at Careerbuilder.com, where he contributed significantly to growth leading to a 1999 public offering.
Gene holds an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis and BS in Engineering Management from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He is active in the Austin, Texas, community and has served on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for the Austin Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Board of the Westlake Chap Club in the Eanes Independent School District.
Managing Director, Allegis Capital
Spencer Tall serves on the boards of Allegiance, EMN8, IMVU, Solera Networks, and Symplified. Prior investments include E.piphany (EPNY), Web TV (acquired by Microsoft), and One Touch Systems (acquired by Hughes Satellite). Spencer is renowned for his ability to leverage marketing, distribution and sales opportunities, especially in Asia for his portfolio companies. Prior to Allegis Capital, Spencer was a co-founder and General Partner with APV Technology Partners for three funds over 10 years. In addition, Spencer is a co-founder of Asia Pacific Ventures LLC, a consulting and advisory service firm where, over a 13-year period, he assisted more than 50 technology companies in their Asia expansion plans. Spencer has acted as a strategic advisor to global companies including Motorola, Sony, Fujitsu, Samsung, Canon, TDK, and Dacom. Prior to founding APV, Spencer, who is fluent in Japanese, oversaw U.S. sales operations for Marubun Corporation, a Japan-based billion dollar components-trading company. Spencer has a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and Japanese from BYU.