Data Point Capital Team
Scott Savitz is the Founder of Data Point Capital and a Managing Partner. Scott is a strong advocate of entrepreneurship and innovation, especially where it aims to raise the bar on the consumer experience. Scott is also the founder and former CEO of Shoebuy.com. Scott founded Shoebuy in 1999, and served as its CEO through its sale to IAC. Under his guidance, Shoebuy grew on average over 55% a year becoming one of the largest online retailers in the country, with over 1 million products and $3.5 billion in inventory available for sale, serving over 8 million visitors a month. Between the sale of Shoebuy in 2006 and Scott retiring from the company in 2011, Shoebuy tripled revenues and grew bottom line faster than top-line. Scott serves on the boards of Jebbit, Print Syndicate, Returnalyze, UpShift, Vee24, and YourMechanic. Scott has also previously served as an Advisor or Director for Olejo Stores (acquired by Mattress Firm), On The Spot Systems, Inc. (acquired by Press Ganey), Bluestem Brands (acquired by Capmark Financial Group), and Paintzen (acquired by PPG). He also serves on several committees focused on fostering growth and a more robust economy including the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, Boch Center, and Co-Chair of 12 X 12 and Mass Scale. Scott received a B.A. in English from the University of Colorado and currently resides in Boston, MA. He is a frequent industry speaker and has received numerous awards and accolades including Ernst & Young’s New England Entrepreneur of the Year.
Mike Majors is a Managing Partner at Data Point Capital. Mike has spent more than 15 years as a venture investor and has significant operating experience. Most recently, Mike was a Managing Partner at Siemens Venture Capital where he was the founder and head of the $100 million early-stage, Industry of the Future Fund, and head of the later-stage Industry Fund. At Siemens, Mike’s investments included Encelium (acquired by OSRAM), Wurldtech (acquired by GE), Lagoa (acquired by Autodesk), Polarion (acquired by Siemens), CyActive (acquired by PayPal), LogRhythm (acquired by Thoma Bravo), Black Duck (acquired by Synopsys), Electric Cloud, CounterTack, and Digital Guardian. Mike served on the boards of Encelium, LogRhythm, Electric Cloud, Polarion, and CyberFlow. Before joining Siemens Venture Capital, Mike was the CFO of Visible World (acquired by Comcast) as well as the CFO of Indeed (acquired by Recruit). Mike started his venture career at Brand Equity Ventures, a fund focused on software, digital media and consumer Internet opportunities. Mike’s investments at Brand Equity Ventures included Retail Solutions (acquired by VeriSign) and MaxPreps (acquired by CBS). Mike received a B.S.E, summa cum laude, in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University, and a Ph.D. in Machine Learning and Robotics, supported by a Fulbright scholarship, from Cambridge University.
Geoff Oblak is a Managing Partner at Data Point Capital. Geoff has 25 years of experience as a venture investor. Prior to joining Data Point, Geoff served as a General Partner at Ascent Venture Partners and spent 22 years at the Boston-based firm. At Ascent, Geoff worked with entrepreneurs in newly emerging enterprise technology markets. He led and served on the Board of numerous Ascent investments including Network Intelligence (acquired by EMC), Guardium (acquired by IBM), Fidelis Security (acquired by General Dynamics), Revulytics (acquired by Flexera), Invaluable, Splash, Startapp and Vee24. Prior to Ascent, Geoff served as an Investment Analyst in the Boston office of Norwest Venture Partners, where he researched emerging technology markets and worked on successful investments such as Quadritek Systems (acquired by Lucent) and Nashoba Networks (acquired by Cisco). He began his career in the Audit/Business Advisory division of Arthur Andersen, LLP, where he was concurrently sponsored by the firm in an accelerated MBA program. Geoff received a BA in Economics from Hamilton College, completed the General Course program at the London School of Economics, and received an MBA from Boston University. Geoff holds a CFA Charter, and is a member of the CFA Institute and the Boston Security Analysts Society. He is also a former CPA. Geoff currently lives in Sudbury, MA and volunteers his time working with numerous entrepreneurial advisory groups.
Mary Shannon is a Principal of Finance at Data Point Capital. In addition to her duties at Data Point Capital, Mary manages Masthead Venture Partners’ financial, accounting, tax and investor relations functions. Before joining Masthead, Mary was the Director of Planning & Analysis for Zefer, a venture-backed, high-growth Internet consulting firm, where she was responsible for forecasting, budgeting and analysis. She also managed the real estate function, led financial due diligence and participated in the IPO process. Prior to joining Zefer, Mary was Director of Special Projects with Liberty Mutual Group’s international business unit, where she led due diligence teams and performed mergers and acquisitions analysis on targets in Asia, Australia, Latin America and Europe. Prior to that, Mary held various financial roles at Liberty. She received her M.B.A. from Boston College, after spending four years with the venture firm Burr, Egan, Deleage & Co., most recently as an analyst. Her undergraduate degree is from Holy Cross.
Gus is an Entrepreneur in Residence at Data Point Capital. Most recently, Gus was Principal at CEVG, an angel investment group focused on early stage companies. Previously, Gus was CEO of Electric Field Solutions, a spin-out from the University of Michigan that developed and marketed an innovative electric field sensor. EFS was acquired during beta product testing by Willbros Group in a transaction that resulted in a 20X return to investors. Before EFS, Gus was CEO of Vortex Hydro Energy, which developed an innovative technology also licensed from the University of Michigan. Gus raised $4MM to fund the company from the DoD, DOE, NSF, and angel investors. Although the technology didn’t pan out the venture resulted in an excellent learning experience. Previously, Gus was a management consultant with the Boston Consulting Group. Gus holds an MBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business and a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering with honors from the University of Toledo.
Co-Founder and CEO of SessionM (acquired by Mastercard), a venture funded mobile engagement and advertising platform. Prior to founding SessionM, Lars was at Apple, Inc., where he was a member of the senior executive team of iAd, Apple’s first advertising focused business unit. Before Apple, Lars was Co-founder of Quattro Wireless, a leading mobile advertising platform that was acquired by Apple in late 2009.
Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder of iRobot, guiding the strategic direction of the company. One of the world’s leading authorities on mobile robots, Angle is an industry pioneer with more than two decades of experience. Under his leadership, iRobot is at the forefront of the growing robot industry, delivering home cleaning and military robots that are making a difference. Angle’s keen sense of business strategy is a driving force behind iRobot’s successful identification and execution of expansion opportunities. With Angle’s guidance, iRobot has formed key strategic partnerships, building on decades of expertise from each partner to create new and innovative robot solutions. Angle’s leadership and vision for the future of robots have been recognized with numerous professional awards. He has been named CEO of the Year by the Mass Technology Leadership Council, a Mass High Tech All-Star, one of Fortune Small Business Magazine’s Best Bosses and New England Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst and Young. Angle is a member of the board of directors at Striiv, Inc. Angle holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a master’s degree in computer science, both from MIT.
Founder and President of MMB. Prior to MMB, Fred was President and Chief Creative Officer at Hill, Holliday. Under Fred’s leadership, Hill, Holliday grew from $300 million to $1.2 billion winning international awards such as the Grand Clio, Cannes Lion, the Grand Effie, The One Show and the British Art and Designers Club.
President of Sparta Group LLC, and Founder and Chairman of Sycamore Networks (SCMR). Prior to co-founding Sycamore Networks, Desh was Founder and Chairman of Cascade Communications Corp. As well as sitting on various boards, Desh is involved in several non-profit initiatives that include MIT’s Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation, Akshaya Patra Foundation, and the Social Entrepreneurship Sandboxes in India, Massachusetts and Canada.
Academy Award® winning actor and activist – is well known for his dedication to the environment on a global scale. As Chairman of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF), he works to protect biodiversity, implement ocean and forest conservation and educate the world about climate change. In September 2014, DiCaprio was designated as a United Nations Messenger of Peace with a specific focus on climate change. That same month, DiCaprio was honored with the Clinton Global Citizen Award, participated in history’s largest climate march in New York City and powerfully addressed the UN Summit. In January 2016, DiCaprio was awarded a Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum in Davos for his work to bring global attention to the urgent need to address climate change. He also serves on the boards of World Wildlife Fund, Natural Resources Defense Council, National Geographic’s Pristine Seas, the funders’ collaborative Oceans 5, and International Fund for Animal Welfare. DiCaprio most recently produced National Geographic’s climate-change documentary “Before The Flood,” which has reached more than 63 million viewers worldwide. This year he also served as an Executive Producer on Netflix’s The Ivory Game; a documentary which takes a look into the dark world of ivory trafficking. In 2015, DiCaprio starred in The Revenant, directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, for which he received the Academy Award® (2016) for Best Actor in a Leading Role, as well as the Golden Globe® for Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama; Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role; and Critics’ Choice Awards for Best Actor.
President and Chief Executive Officer of Conversant (acquired by Alliance Data Systems) beginning December 2012. John joined the senior management team and board of Conversant in August 2011 after the acquisition of Dotomi, where John served as Chief Executive Officer. John is a seasoned executive with over 30 years of experience in growing successful organizations. Before joining Dotomi, John founded Rainmaker Consulting Group Inc., which specialized in strategic sales and marketing consulting for marketing services firms. He also served as President of North America for Catalina Marketing Services, providing behavioral insights, database marketing and Internet solutions to key Fortune 1000 companies. His leadership at Catalina resulted in record revenues and net profits. Additionally, John’s tenure includes four years at ACTMEDIA working with the launch team of the Instant Coupon Machine, as well as in CPG sales and marketing with Beecham Products and Frito-Lay, Inc. He has participated on boards for Bluestem Brands, Q Interactive, SuperMarkets Online, Affinova, Claria, Imagitas, and El Dorado Marketing. John has an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management, as well as a B.S. from the University of Illinois.
Gail spent 17 years as CEO of Constant Contact, the trusted provider of online marketing tools for small businesses and nonprofits. Gail led the company from pre-revenue to a successful IPO (NASDAQ: CTCT) in 2007 and through its acquisition by Endurance in 2016 for $1.1b. At the time of the acquisition, more than 650,000 small businesses and nonprofits used Constant Contact’s online marketing tools to engage their customers and grow their businesses and company revenues topped $370 million. Gail serves on the Boards of Pepperlane, Shopify (NYSE: SHOP), Entrepreneurship for All, Mass Challenge and Lola Travel.
Founder, Chairman, and former President and CEO of Communispace, a leading social networking company that is transforming the way that companies listen to and understand their consumers. Communispace was sold to Omnicom in 2011. The company has created nearly 600 private online customer communities for a premier list of over 120 global corporations, with a 90% client retention rate and a tripling of revenues over the last four years. Communispace has won over a dozen awards for impact, innovation and culture. Diane has also served on the boards of numerous organizations including The Advertising Research Foundation, the Alliance for Business Leadership, Horizons for Homeless Children, and The Boston Philharmonic.
Founder and CEO of Endeca building it until it was Oracle’s 6th largest acquisition ever on announcement in 2011. Prior to its acquisition, Endeca had achieved $750M in cumulative worldwide revenue and pioneered Guided Navigation, one of the leading search innovations of the decade and now an industry standard. Before founding Endeca, Steve was part of the original team creating Akamai; a member of the early team at Inktomi in charge of creating the company’s infrastructure caching business; a product manager at Teradata; and a venture associate at Venrock.
Founder of Where.com, a mobile location-based media company, which sold to eBay in 2011. Prior to Where.com, Alan was at GrandBanks Capital, a Softbank affiliate, and before that, Alan served as an Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer of ZDNet, where he managed technology and infrastructure and was instrumental in the sale of ZDNet to CNet for $1.6 billion.
Former President of Clarks Americas. In his role, Jim was responsible for overseeing US, Canada, Central and South America and the Caribbean markets. Jim was with the company for 19 years and during that time the company grew from just over $200M in revenues to over a $1B share of the North American market including over 13,000 locations where Clarks products are sold, inclusive of almost 300 company-owned stores.
Len is a Baker Foundation Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School after concluding a five-year term as President of Babson College. Prior to Babson, Len was at Limited Brands (now L Brands), where he served as Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer, and before that was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Au Bon Pain. His earlier academic career includes twenty years at Harvard Business School where he served as the George Fisher Baker Jr. Professor of Business Administration, leading MBA and executive education programs. Len currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), a Director of Viewpost, LLC, a Director of Demandware, a member of the Corporation of the Winsor School, a member of the President’s Council of the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, an advisory council member of Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Small Businesses Initiative, and as a member of both the Council on Competitiveness and the Council on Foreign Relations.
Gordon founded and has served as Chief Executive Officer of five companies. These companies have included Be Free, PCs Compleat, and Microamerica. As CEO, Gordon has overseen the acquisition of 13 companies and negotiated the sale or merger of five companies. Gordon has raised more than $62 million from nine venture partners and over $250 million in public money during the successful IPO’s of Microamerica and Be Free. Gordon also orchestrated the sale of Be Free to ValueClick.