Richard Anton is the co-founder and General Partner at Oxx. Prior to this, Richard spent 18 years at Amadeus Capital, where he focused on B2B software investments in companies originating from the UK and Israel. Before joining Amadeus, Richard was in the TMT team at Apax partners. In his early career he worked as a management consultant and hands-on finance and business development executive, at software company Autonomy. In addition to Zift, Richard currently sits on the board of directors for Forescout, Clicktale, Celltick and Openbravo and his past investments include Autonomy, Clearswift, Secerno and Unruly. Richard is a past Chairman of the British Venture Capital Association and current Chairman of the Tel Aviv University Trust. He has an MBA from INSEAD and a BA and MA in Mathematics from Cambridge University.
Having co-founded Relayware, Bob brings 25 years of experience in the software industry to the Zift Board. He has headed the European operations of a number of US companies, including setting up Siebel Systems in Europe. Bob has also held board positions in the portfolios of 3i, Amadeus Capital, Alliance Trust, Beringea and Scottish Equity Partners. Currently, he is chairman of Openbravo, a global retail solutions vendor that provides point of sale applications to midsize and large specialty retailers; Linkfresh, a Microsoft Dynamics ERP partner focused on the fresh food industry; Contact Engine, a SaaS platform that intelligently automates the conversations between companies and their customers and ResponseTap, a SaaS company providing call intelligence software that delivers real-time, actionable insight, across the customer’s buying journey. He also sits on the advisory board of First Capital, a technology corporate finance advisor.
As CEO, Gordon is the driving force behind Zift’s strategic vision and mission to deliver easy, integrated solutions that provide everything needed to build and grow a profitable channel partner program. Gordon has over 30 years of experience in the high tech industry, and has served as CEO of four technology companies, including Relayware prior to Zift. His career has focused on practical business applications of technology, and he has performed or led nearly every corporate function, holding senior executive positions at several public, private equity-backed, and venture capital-backed companies. He has also served on public and private company boards of directors. Gordon has built and led teams across the globe, with experience selling through both direct sales and channel partners. He holds a law degree (JD) and MBA from Emory University.
Matthew Safaii is an established entrepreneur and Managing Partner at Arrowroot Capital, a California-based growth equity firm that invests in software-as-as-service and internet-based businesses. He founded the digital media company Quewey and is a sitting board member of MednetSoutions, Embotics, Evergage, EiQ Networks, Hookit and Zift. Prior to founding Arrowroot, Safaii led the acquisitions team at Actua Corp. and served on the board of MSDSonline and InvestorForce, among others. While working in the technology group at TA Associates, he was also an active investor with Creditex, Smartstream technologies and OpenLink Financial. Matthew holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and BA in Finance and Marketing from Boston College.
Hunter Witherington is a Partner of SSM Partners, a growth equity firm that focuses on making investments in software and technology, Internet and consumer, and healthcare companies. Hunter currently serves as a board member for Complete Holdings Group, DialogTech, and Zift Solutions and serves, or has served, as a board member or observer for All Web Leads, Bulldog Solutions, Datacert, and OpinionLab. Prior to joining SSM in 2004, Hunter spent several years in investment banking with Stephens, Inc. working on mergers and acquisitions, private placements, and public offerings for middle-market companies across numerous industries. Hunter received a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Vanderbilt University.
Seasoned CEO James Tallman has a strong industry background in enterprise software, legal, ecommerce and technology consulting. He currently serves as CEO and Board Member for Innovative Interfaces and as a strategic advisor to several private companies and private equity firms. His professional background spans the globe and he has a demonstrated track record with multiple next-stage growth companies. Prior to Innovative Interfaces, Tallman served as CEO and Board of Directors member for DataCert; led the sale of DataCert to Wolters Kluwer; and managed ELM Solutions, a combined entity of DataCert and TyMetrix. Tallman also provided thought leadership for the Passport Technology Platform, which was awarded multiple patents and is the industry leading legal applications software development platform for hosted, behind the firewall, and SaaS based legal applications.