Leadership

Appvance is led by a team with extensive experience in building high-growth companies; each brings an unwavering focus on quality, service and results.

kevinsurace Kevin Surace
President and CEO
Kevin is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and a disruptive innovator. He has been awarded Inc. Magazine‘s Entrepreneur of the Year, listed as one of the top 15 innovators of the decade by CNBC, Tech Pioneer by World Economic Forum – Davos, nominated as Innovator of the Year by PlanetForward, Technology Innovator by Wall Street Journal and inducted into the RIT Innovation Hall of Fame. He has been awarded 28 patents and is credited with pioneering work on the first human-like voice user interface (i.e. Siri), the first cellular data smartphone (AirCommunicator), the first mass produced high R-value windows, the first soundproof drywall (QuietRock), the invention of Ai-driven test automation, and others which are commonplace today. Kevin has held leadership roles with Serious Energy, Perfect Commerce, CommerceNet, General Magic, WebKnight and Air Communications. Kevin received his BS in Engineering Technology from Rochester Institute of Technology and serves on their Board of Trustees.
masonbrutschy Mason Brutschy
CFO
Mason is a Certified Public Accountant with 35 years of experience both in industry and in public accounting. After graduating with a BA and MBA from the University of California, Berkeley, he began his career at KPMG in San Francisco specializing in the REIT and savings and loan industries. After that he has been Controller or Chief Financial Officer at several companies including Sutter Hill Limited, Daon Corporation, Property Development Associates (an 80%-owned Safeway Stores subsidiary), Air Communications, Array Power, One World Health (Gates Foundation), Fidus Medical Technologies and Micrus Corporation, both of which had successful liquidation events.
Scott Ciabattari
Vice President, Sales
Scott brings more than 25 years of experience in enterprise sales in Silicon Valley. Scott came to Appvance after 10 years with Google, where he was on the Enterprise sales team, then recruited to the product management side. He won numerous awards for selling and launching user products to over 1B people including Google Earth, Google Maps and products in Google X. Since graduating from UC Berkeley, Scott has held senior sales roles with Oracle, Pure Software, Rational, Borland and Ivis. Scott was with Pure Software during it’s IPO, a first generation solution in the software QA space.
rebeccabarthel Rebecca Barthel
Vice President, Marketing
Rebecca brings over 20 years of experience in creating and managing go-to-market programs for high-tech products and services. She has held leadership roles in companies that include Serious Materials, SuperMac Technology, Merisel, Microrim, Air Communications, Propel Software and Software Publishing Corporation. She was also a co-founder of pcFirst, Inc., the developer of pc2pc, the first cloud PC migration service. As principal of Vista Group Marketing, she worked on strategic marketing and sales initiatives with client companies including Apple, Cisco, VMWare, eBay, NetApp, Ticketmaster, as well as many emerging businesses.

Board of Directors

Noah Doyle

Noah Doyle, Managing Director, Javelin Venture Partners
Noah has founded, launched and grown dozens of high technology products and companies in 20 years of entrepreneurship and management of innovation. Noah most recently directed the enterprise product line for Google’s geospatial products, Google Earth and Google Maps. Prior to Google, Noah held several roles at Keyhole, Inc., the company that created the first Web-hosted 3D digital earth model and was acquired by Google in 2004. Prior to Keyhole he helped to start two companies in India, including i-mint (acquired by American Express). Noah helped establish the Internet loyalty rewards marketplace as a co-founder of MyPoints.com, the largest Internet loyalty program with over 7 million active members, where he led product management and business development functions from the company’s inception through an initial public offering and subsequent acquisition by United Airlines. Prior to MyPoints, Noah was based in Tokyo where he managed overseas sales and marketing for the OEM channel of Panasonic’s graphics communications equipment subsidiary in Japan. In other roles, he was chairman of the management board of the University of California, Berkeley’s campus bookstore, a $17 million retail operation, and also held product management and operations management roles at IBM/Rational (Pure Atria) and Oracle.

Peter Secor

Peter Secor, Managing Director, Three Bridges Partners
Peter has been a technology developer, operator, and executive for more than twenty years, focused on enterprise infrastructure software and services. His background includes executive, engineering, and strategy positions at Facebook, in marketing analytics and optimization at Omniture (acquired by Adobe), distributed secure storage (the Tahoe-LAFS open source project and Allmydata), network infrastructure monitoring at Micromuse (acquired by IBM), and security software and hardware integration at SAIC. He is also a lecturer on information systems in the enterprise in the business school at Mills College. He holds an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business and an undergraduate degree in applied mathematics from UC Berkeley.

Kevin Kern
Kern served as Chief Executive Officer and President of Innotas, Inc. Mr. Kern also served as Vice President of Worldwide Sales at Innotas. As Vice President of Worldwide Sales for Innotas, Mr. Kern was responsible for worldwide sales, sales operations, channels, and inside sales. Mr. Kern has more than 20 years of sales experience with high growth software companies. Mr. Kern joined Innotas from TIBCO Corporation where he served as Vice President of Sales for the Western US and Mexico. He was responsible for all sales, presales consulting, training, partner, telesales and sales operational resources for the Western Area software business. He is also credited for increasing the customer base more than 120 percent during the last three years while building revenue and services growth more than 300 percent in Mexico. Prior to TIBCO, Mr. Kern worked at Salesforce.com where he served as Vice President of Strategic Accounts. Mr. Kern served 13 years at Oracle Corp. in several senior sales management roles. He was responsible for both application and database sales to the mid-market, as well as to strategic enterprise accounts in his last position as an Area Vice President of Oracle Product Industries. He serves as Director of Innotas, Inc. Mr. Kern is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley with a BA in Political Science.

Advisors

Dr. Danny B. Lange is VP of AI and Machine Learning at Unity Technologies.[1] Formerly, Danny was Head of Machine Learning at Uber where he led an effort to build its Machine Learning platform.[2] Previously, Danny was the General Manager of Amazon Machine Learning – an AWS product that offers Machine Learning as a Service. Prior to Amazon, Danny was Principal Development Manager at Microsoft where he was leading a product team focused on large-scale Machine Learning for Big Data. Earlier, he was a Software Architect in Bing responsible for Mobile Search.

Danny spent 8 years on Speech Recognition Systems: First as CTO of General Magic, Inc., 1997 to 2001, he built the architecture for its voice response service. Through his work on General Motor’s OnStar Virtual Advisor, Danny provided the foundation for the development of one of the largest deployments of an intelligent personal assistant until the arrival of Siri. Then as co-founder of Vocomo – 2001 to 2005 – he built Interactive Voice Response (IVR) systems. Vocomo’s VoiceXML technology was licensed by Google in 2005.

Prior to joining General Magic, Dr. Lange was Visiting Scientist at IBM Tokyo Research Laboratory, 1993 to 1997, where he is known for his invention of the Java Aglet, a lightweight mobile agent for the Java programming environment. In addition to his software agent work, he has also made significant contributions in the areas of hypertext technology, object-oriented database modeling, and Design Pattern visualization techniques.

Jon Staenberg has been working with venture backed companies for more than a decade, and has participated in over 100 deals. In this capacity he has started his own company, worked full-time in other companies, and consulted to over 50 startups. He is one of the most experienced venture capitalists in the Pacific Northwest, having raised two funds totaling over $100 million. After working in the marketing area at Microsoft for six years, he joined Virtual i-O as VP of Sales & Marketing. During the last eight years, he has been engaged in business planning, business development, financial planning and fundraising, recruiting and mergers and acquisitions work for a variety of Silicon Valley and Seattle-based startups.

Jon serves on the boards of Class.com and Micropath, and is on the advisory boards of New Vine Logistics, Vista Broadband, Prime Advantage, Time Domain, Atlantes.com, OneName, Syncronex, and uReach.com.

Jon graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University, where he received his B.S., M.A., and M.B.A. While at Stanford, he started and ran two successful companies.

Jon grew up in Omaha, Nebraska and is a hardcore Nebraska Cornhusker fan. In his spare time he collects sports ticket stubs.

Lou Kerner is a Partner at Flight VC where he manages the Israeli Founders Syndicate on AngelList. Lou is also the Founder and Managing Partner at The Social internet Fund, which invests in the primary or secondary shares of private social media or mobile companies.

Prior to starting the fund, Lou was the first private company Analyst on Wall Street at Wedbush Securities, where he was a Managing Director. While at Wedbush, Lou stated the first trading desk for private shares on Wall street.

Prior to Wedbush Lou was an active angel investor, ran one of the original social networks, Bolt.com, started the top level domain .tv and was an Equity Analyst at Goldman Sachs.

Lou holds an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business and B.A. degree in Economics from University of California, Los Angeles.