Board of Directors

Francois Helou

Athenian Venture Partners

Mr. Hélou began advising Athenian Venture Partners in 1998, and joined the firm as a senior partner in 1999 leading the IT investment practice. In addition to his successful venture capital investing track record over the last 15 years, Hélou brings nearly two decades of prior industry operating experience in information technology and communications companies. Currently he represents Athenian as a director on the boards of Manta Media, Comet Solutions, Sendio and Pacejet. Previously, he served on the boards of Chaparral Network Storage, 5×5 Networks, Alloptic, PacketMotion and Cyber-Rain.

Prior to Athenian, Hélou was a strategic consultant to technology firms including Cambridge Positioning Systems and Logica, serving such fields as electronics, banking and wireless telephony. Hélou’s IT operational experience spanned R&D, engineering, marketing, sales, business unit management and strategy development at such companies as Brown Boveri, Compugraphic and, Fujitsu-ICL.

Hélou holds an MS degree in Electrical Engineering from the Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland and an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.

Mitchell Rosich

Athenian Venture Partners

Mr. Rosich began consulting for Athenian Venture Partners in 2000, joining the firm as a partner in the IT investment practice in 2002. In addition to a decade of technology venture capital experience, Rosich has almost two decades of industry experience in product and engineering development, and in the management of three start-up technology companies, including Omnia Communications, which Rosich and his team sold to CIENA for $498M.

Rosich has been awarded 11 computer technology patents for software and hardware, 8 of which have been used in commercial applications. Currently, he represents Athenian as a director on the boards of Manta Media, Comet Solutions, and Sendio. Previously, he served on the boards of Chaparral Network Storage and Candera.

Prior to Athenian, Rosich was Vice President of Engineering for Sandburst Corporation, a fabless semiconductor company he joined as it was raising its first round of venture capital financing. Prior to that, he was VP of Engineering for the Access Systems Division of CIENA, after it acquired another start-up, Omnia Communications, where Rosich had served as VP of Engineering. Previously, he was a founder and VP of Engineering of EasyLAN Corporation. He also was an engineering development director and manager at 3Com and at EMC Corporation. He began his career as an engineer with Hewlett-Packard, Wang Labs, and Digital Equipment Corporation.

Rosich holds BS (with Distinction) and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering, both from Cornell University, and an MBA with High Honors from Boston University.

Kip Quackenbush

Nex Cubed

President and COO of Nex Cubed, Mr. Quackenbush brings over 25 years of experience in driving strategy and revenue for public and private companies in leading edge technology and services sectors. Prior to Nex Cubed, Mr. Quackenbush was CEO of Sendio. Before joining Sendio, Kip was EVP of Global Sales at Profitline, which was acquired by Tangoe. Prior to ProfitLine, Kip was VP of Worldwide Sales at email security leader Red Condor which was acquired by Edgewave. Before that, Kip was VP of Worldwide Sales at Akonix, which lead to a successful acquisition by Quest Software. Kip also held the role of Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales at Commerce One, the pioneer in e-procurement and e-marketplaces.

Mr. Quackenbush began his career at recognized market leaders such as Oracle, Digital Equipment Corporation and Pacific Bell and is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley.

Adam Meislik

Force 10 Partners

Adam leverages his accomplished career, spanning twenty-five years in restructuring and corporate finance, into various roles for his clients, including financial advisor, investment banker, CRO, expert witness, and fiduciary. His clients have run the gamut, including companies, bank lenders and other secured and unsecured creditors, buyers, sellers, bankruptcy counsel, and litigators, all in the context of workouts, insolvency proceedings, fundraising, M&A, and litigation. He provides expert testimony concerning transactions, intangible/intellectual assets, valuation, solvency, and reasonably equivalent value issues. Adam has a proven record in advising, structuring, and executing in excess of 100 mergers, acquisitions, capital transactions, restructurings, and litigation support assignments.

Prior to co-founding Force 10 Partners in 2016, Adam was a Senior Managing Director at GlassRatner Advisory & Capital Group and Co-President of GlassRatner Securities. Adam was also a Principal with XRoads Solutions Group. He spent half his career at CIBC World Markets and its predecessor, Oppenheimer & Company, where he led numerous multi-disciplinary teams on large capital markets, M&A, and restructuring assignments. He also co-established CIBC’s Houston-based energy practice and helped establish CIBC’s software practice. Prior to CIBC, Adam worked in the energy groups at Jefferies and Howard Weil.

Adam also serves as a director of public and private companies. Currently, he is a board director of the twelve-year-old Orange County-based Sendio, an email security provider, and formerly Evantix GRC (business and assets sold to Optiv, May 2016). Adam previously served in a board-level role to Lateral Data, an e-discovery software company, prior to its July 2012 sale to Xerox.

Adam majored in finance and graduated with a bachelor of science degree in management from Tulane University in 1993. He holds FINRA Series 24, 79, and 62 licenses.