Thomas has a long history of successful internet business leadership, having served as CEO at both OpenTable and Metaweb (acquired by Google in 2010) and having co-founded CitySearch, Inc. He is currently a board member for Doxo Inc., Just Appraised Inc., Wholesail Inc. and SwiftComply Inc. A Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute, Thomas holds an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University and a BS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
As CEO of Upwork (UPWK), the world's largest work marketplace, Hayden is working with her team to transform work. Driven by the company’s mission to create economic opportunities so people have better lives, she became CEO after eight years at the company. Prior to becoming CEO, Hayden led Upwork’s product, design and marketing teams. She’s passionate about the transformational impact Upwork has by breaking down outdated and unnecessary geographic barriers that too often constrain both organizations and talented individuals, keeping both from realizing and tapping into their full potential.
Prior to joining Upwork, Hayden was the head of corporate development at LivePerson and previously held strategy roles at Microsoft including Director of Corporate Strategy and M&A. She started her career in the strategy group at McKinsey & Company. Hayden is an online marketplace and product visionary, and a champion of building modern, diverse and inclusive workplaces where women and minorities thrive. A mother of two, she co-founded the Upwork Women’s Group and the annual Women’s Summit. Staffing Industry Analysts included her in both their 2019 “40 Under 40” and “Global Power 150 – Women in Staffing” lists. Hayden holds an AB in Politics from Princeton University.
Betsey is an experienced public company CFO and board member with a passion for helping entrepreneurs scale their operations and build great companies. She currently serves on the boards of PhenomeX Inc. and several private companies in addition to Upwork. She was also a former board member for Nokia, Zendesk, and Pandora Media. Betsey spent ten years at Macromedia where she was responsible for leading the finance and ops teams as EVP and CFO, and began her career at Hewlett Packard. Betsey earned her MBA in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and her BS, magna cum laude from Georgetown University, and she also earned the NACD's CERT Certificate in Cybersecurity Oversight.
Greg is a Founding Partner and Managing Director of Jackson Square Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm focused on software businesses. With more than two decades of experience in venture capital, Greg focuses his investments on potentially category-leading B2B SaaS, Consumer, and Marketplace companies. Some of his investments include Upwork (IPO - UPWK), Responsys (IPO - acquired by Oracle), Strava, Toutapp (acquired by Marketo), Equallogic (acquired by Dell), Cornershop (acquired by Uber), Jellyvision, Jackbox Games, Doxo, and Talking Blocks (acquired by HP). Before entering venture capital, Greg was a serial entrepreneur, founding three companies, including Connectify, which was acquired by Kana. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and four sons.
Kevin is a seasoned entrepreneur with over 20 years of successful venture investing. After starting two successful software companies, Kevin co-founded Benchmark Capital in 1995. Since then he has invested in many startups in the software, infrastructure, mobile and consumer segments. Seven of these startups, such as RedHat and Proofpoint, have gone on to be publicly traded companies while dozens have reached successful M&A exits. Kevin’s interests span all aspects of mobile computing, the consumer Internet and computing infrastructure. He holds a BSEE degree from Rice University.
Leela is CEO of Parity, a startup created for both elite women athletes and their fans to combat gender pay inequities in professional sports. Prior to joining Parity, she served as chief marketing officer at three high-growth companies: Checkout.com, a leading global online payments platform; Momentive (formerly SurveyMonkey); and recruiting software firm Lever. She also held various marketing leadership roles at OpenTable and at LinkedIn within the Talent Solutions business. She previously worked in management consulting at Bain & Company, and began her career in sales. Leela earned her MBA in General Management from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and her MA in History and English Literature from the University of Edinburgh in her native Scotland. She serves on the Board of Advisors at the Tuck School.
Gary Steele is CEO of Splunk Inc., the data platform leader for security and observability, where he directs a global workforce of approximately 7,500 employees to empower observability, IT, and security teams to ensure their organizations are secure, resilient, and innovative. He brings more than 30 years of technology industry experience to the Upwork board of directors. Prior to Splunk, Mr. Steele held the position of CEO of Proofpoint Inc., a leading cybersecurity and compliance company, and prior to that, he held the position of CEO of Portera and leadership roles with Sybase, Sun Microsystems, and Hewlett-Packard. He holds a BS degree in Computer Science from Washington State University.
Anilu Vazquez-Ubarri is a Partner and Chief Operating Officer at TPG Inc., a leading global alternative asset firm, and is a member of their Board of Directors. She previously served as Chief Human Resources Officer of the Firm. She currently serves as a director on the board of Greenhouse Software, an industry leader hiring software company, as well as several nonprofit companies. Prior to joining TPG in 2018, Anilu worked at Goldman Sachs where she was most recently the firm’s Global Head of Talent and Chief Diversity Officer. Anilu received a Bachelor of Arts in history and Latin American Studies, cum laude, from Princeton University and a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law.