Digby’s Board of Directors
Founder and CEO
David Sikora founded Digby in 2006, with a goal to accelerate the convergence of mobility and electronic commerce.. He is a veteran of the software industry, having been CEO of several successful public and venture backed private companies during his 25 year business career. He has served as the CEO of Pervasive Software (NASDAQ: PVSW), Question Technologies, Ventix Systems, and Forefront Group (NASDAQ: FFGI, acquired by NASDAQ: SKIL). In addition, he has served on the boards of several public and private companies, including TippingPoint Technologies, Motive, AG Tech, ClearOrbit, Troux Technologies, and Powered, Inc. He is also active in various Austin technology and community organizations.
Sikora has an MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.
Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Relay Ventures
John is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Relay Ventures, an early stage venture fund exclusively focused on mobile software. Previously, John founded JLA Ventures in 1996. He raised $315 million over four funds from a diverse group of institutional investors. JLA Ventures invested in early stage companies that focused on digital media and SaaS. During his tenure in the venture capital business John gained extensive experience assisting entrepreneurs shape their vision and capital plans into successful long term growth programs which typically involved an aggressive financing strategy. John has a history of assisting entrepreneurial companies through significant growth and eventually to the public markets. His ability to work with and advise senior management of investee companies, as well as his skills in filling supporting roles where existing management lack the experience or skill set, has been vital to the success of past investments.
General Partner, Battery Ventures
Since joining Battery Ventures in 1998, Michael has made, or managed, multiple investments in the areas of financial services, enterprise software and technology-enabled business services. Michael currently serves on the board of Bluestem Brands, Digby, ExactTarget, J. Hilburn, Panjiva, and TradeKing. In addition, he has been actively involved with Battery’s investments in ChemConnect (acquired by InterContinental Exchange), The London International Financial Futures and Options Exchange (LIFFE) (acquired by Euronext), MRU Holdings, and OutlookSoft Corporation (acquired by SAP).
From 1996 to 1998, Michael was a member of the High Technology Group at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he worked on numerous debt and equity financings and merger and acquisition assignments. Previously, he was a Financial Analyst within Goldman’s Financial Institutions Group between 1994 and 1996, where he focused on merger and acquisition assignments within asset management, insurance, specialty finance and retail/mortgage banking. Michael graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University with a dual BS in Finance and International Business.
Michael J. Maples, Sr.
Former Executive Vice President, Worldwide Products Group and Member of the Office of the President, Microsoft Corporation
Mr. Maples held various management positions at Microsoft Corporation from April 1988 to July 1995, including Executive Vice President of the Worldwide Products Group. As a member of the Office of the President at Microsoft, Mr. Maples reported directly to the Chairman. Previously, he served as Director of Software Strategy for International Business Machines Corp. Mr. Maples also currently serves on the boards of Motive, Inc., a service management software company, Lexmark International, Inc., a laser and inkjet printer company, and Sonic Corp., an operator and franchiser of drive-in restaurants.
He is currently a member of the Board of Visitors of the Engineering School at the University of Oklahoma and the College of Engineering Foundation Advisory Council at the University of Texas at Austin.
Mr. Maples received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma and a Master of Business Administration from Oklahoma City University.
Former Chief Information Officer, Dell, Inc.
Susan E. Sheskey served as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Dell Inc. from August 2005 until her retirement from the company in August 2007. In this role she was responsible for the whole of Dell’s global information systems and technology infrastructure.
Prior to becoming Dell’s CIO, Ms. Sheskey held the position of Vice President of Information Technology for the the company’s Americas Region, where she oversaw the development, deployment, and support of Dell’s global sales, services, manufacturing and fulfillment systems.
A noted authority on supply-chain and eCommerce technology, Ms. Sheskey joined Dell in 1993. She performed various IT managementand leadership functions across a wide variety of business areas, including sales, manufacturing, fulfillment, services, procurement, data warehouse, finance, and human resources. Her efforts were paramount in establishing Dell as a leader in ecommerce and supply chain management,and she received CIO Magazine’s CIO Enterprise Value Award in 2004 for her success in providing Dell’s sales agents with an integrated view of customer data. Ms. Sheskey was also awarded the CIO 100 award from CIO Magazine in 2006 in recognition of Dell’s innovative work on its European order-management systems; an award she won again in 2007 for innovations in mobile application delivery.
Before joining Dell, Ms. Sheskey worked for for both Ameritech and [Ohio Bell], gaining key planning, development and operational experience.
Ms. Sheskey graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
Brian R. Smith
Managing Director, S3 Ventures
Brian serves as a managing director of S3 Ventures. He leads the team’s efforts in technology, infrastructure and software. At 35, he co-founded the Convergent Investors Fund, a $70M early-stage venture capital firm in Texas. Brian served as managing director of Convergent Investors, where he oversaw investments in 10 companies. At age 29, he founded and served as chairman and CEO of Crossroads Systems (Nasdaq:CRDS). He led Crossroads through five rounds of venture, strategic and mezzanine financing and to a successful IPO in 1999. Brian ran Crossroads as a public company for nearly four years. In this role, Brian was an early pioneer in Storage Area Networks (“SANs”), which are industry standard solutions today. For his efforts, he was awarded the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2000. He spent the first seven years of his career in electrical engineering positions holding product development roles within the Technology Group of the IBM Corporation.
Brian earned a BSEE with honors from the University of Cincinnati and an MSEE from Purdue University. He served on the board of Conformative Systems (acquired by Intel), Chicory Systems (acquired by CEVA) and Crossroads Systems (Nasdaq: CRDS). He currently serves on the boards of Callvine, Digby, Invodo, LibreDigital, OrthoAccel, Sipera, StoredIQ, and Tango Health.
Brian leads the team’s efforts in technology, infrastructure and software.