Advisory Board

  • Jan Ryan
    Jan RyanAdvisory Board Member

    Jan is an entrepreneur, start-up advisor, and recognized leader in social technologies, having helped to pioneer customer service in social channels. Her latest company Social Dynamx attracted $3m in seed funding and early wins with several named-brand customers, and was acquired by industry leader Lithium Technologies in the Fall of 2012. Jan has been focused on building early stage and expansion stage companies for over 25 years, resulting in four successful acquisitions and one IPO, primarily in web-based and emerging technologies. She came to Austin in 1996 to be the first VP of Sales for Vignette, and has been a CEO and founder multiple times. Jan’s long-standing mantra has been: “Fall in love with making your customers’ lives better.”

    • Jim Patterson
      Jim PattersonAdvisory Board Member

      Jim has over twenty years of experience in the telecommunications and information services industry leading change. His experience includes pioneering change in mobile identity; founding and leading a company, Mobile Symmetry, from vision through exit; leading and managing a multi-billion dollar business unit of Sprint; and pioneering efforts to bring telephony services to consumers through cable companies.  Jim has held officer levels in Business Development, Sales, Network, Finance and General Management.

      • Paul Bell
        Paul BellAdvisory Board Member

        Paul was a member of the senior executive team at Dell for 15 years.  He was president of the Europe, Middle East and Africa region for 7 years and later president of the Americas.  His last position there was as president of the global Large Enterprise and Public sector business.  His functional responsibilities included the overall P&L, sales, marketing, services, supply chain and manufacturing. Prior to Dell he was a Bain consultant for 6 years.  He is currently an operating partner at Lead Edge Capital, a growth equity firm with an international portfolio of SAAS and internet services companies.