Learn more about the individuals who make up our Board of Directors.
Chairman & Managing General Partners, MK Capital
Bret is a Managing General Partner at MK Capital. He is also the Managing General Partner on three of the Productivity Funds totaling $200 million in committed capital. Bret has been a decision-making partner in six other fully invested funds, representing over $300 million in committed capital. Prior to founding MK Capital, he was the co-Founder of First Analysis' venture capital practice in 1985. Bret's areas of expertise include outsourced business services, telecom and internet infrastructure, and energy and power infrastructure. Bret is a graduate of The McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University and Kellogg's Graduate School of Management. He has served as the Chairman of the Illinois Venture Capital Association, and is a director on the board of Mount Sinai Hospital and on the finance committee of the Jewish United Fund. He is also Certified Financial Analyst.
Matthew B. McCall
Chairman & Partner, New World Ventures
Matt joined New World Ventures in 2009 and remains co-founder & Managing Director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson Portage Venture Partners.
Matt’s current and past investments include Analyte Media, Apptera, BrightTag, Cognitive Concepts (acquired by Houghton Mifflin), Everdream (acquired by Dell), Feedburner (acquired by Google), Imago Scientific (acquired by Ametek), Lefthand Networks (acquired by HP), Performics (acquired by DoubleClick/Google), Playdom (acquired by Disney), Siimpel (acquired by Tessera), and TicketsNow (acquired by Ticketmaster). He is currently on the boards of Analyte Media and Apptera.
Previous to 1995, Matt worked in the Boston Consulting Group’s Chicago Office, where he managed consulting and client teams on projects in the telecommunications, health-care and financial services industries. During and after college, Matt worked for Bankers Trust in Merchant Banking as well as Merrill Lynch and U.S. Trust.
Matt has been honored by Crain’s Chicago Business on its annual “40 under 40” list of leading Chicagoans under age 40, named to the AlwaysOn Top 100 VC’s in the US list and as one of the most prominent members of Chicago’s technology community. Matt has keynoted or been a panelist at over 70 area conferences and events nationwide. He has served on the advisory on numerous regional high technology advisory boards. Matt is the author of a popular venture blog, VCConfidential.com. He is also a founder & trustee of the McCall Family Foundation, focused encouraging social entrepreneurship and global human/women’s rights.
Matt graduated with a B.A. in economics and history from Williams College and earned an M.B.A. with honors from Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management. He also holds a Masters in Manufacturing Management from Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering.
Founder, Software Platform Consulting, Inc.
Prior to founding Software Platform Consulting, Inc., Bob was Senior Vice President, Network and Financial Solutions for Ariba, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARBA). Reporting to Ariba's CEO, Bob was responsible for monetization of the Ariba Network, Ariba's cloud platform for connecting Global 2000 customers to their supply bases. Bob's team was successful in making the Ariba Network Ariba's fastest growing and most profitable business.
Before his 10 years with Ariba, Bob spent 14 years working in the food industry supply chain. As Senior Vice President, Corporate Services at Silliker Laboratories Group, Inc. (now a Merieux Nutri-Sciences Corporation), Bob helped Silliker grow into the world's leading food testing and consulting network through double-digit organic growth and a series of acquisitions. At Silliker, Bob had responsibility for sales, marketing, IT, and HR. Bob also served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Food Ingredients Division of The NutraSweet Company, a division of Monsanto. Bob began his career in the Chicago office of the The Boston Consulting Group, as an Associate Consultant.
Bob serves as Lead Director of Ariel Investments, on the advisory board of the Cloud Services Division of Cbeyond and has served on the Boards of Silliker Laboratories Group, Inc. and The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools.
Bob received his AB in Economics from Princeton University, Summa Cum Laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received his MBA from Stanford's Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar (top 10% of class).
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