Leadership

The Accelerators

We are a Powerhouse built from tools specifically forged for startups in the IT industry. We are experienced CEOs, Investors, Strategists and Marketers. We are vast in experience, teeming in skill and creative in our solutions. We are Accelerate-IT.

Kip Quackenbush

Kip Quackenbush

President

Kip Quackenbush is President of Accelerate-IT and brings a broad range of enterprise software experience to the company. With over 20 years of experience in driving strategy and revenue for public and private companies in leading edge technologies and services sectors, Kip brings operational and sales mastery as well as entrepreneurial spark to AITA. Before joining AITA, Kip was President and CEO at Sendio, Inc. Kip was also EVP of Global Sales at Profitline which was acquired by Tangoe. Prior to ProfitLine, Kip was VP of Worldwide Sales at email security leader Red Condor and managed the transition through its acquisition by Edgewave. Before that, Kip was VP of Worldwide Sales at Akonix, where he grew the customer base from under 200 to over 2,000, which lead to a successful acquisition by Quest Software. Kip also held the role of Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales at Commerce One, the pioneer in e-procurement and e-marketplaces.

Kip began his career at recognized market leaders such as Oracle, Digital Equipment Corporation and Pacific Bell and is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley.

Specialty:  Cybersecurity

 
Tony Davis

Tony Davis

Managing Director, Los Angeles

Tony has been with Accelerate IT since 2012, and is an accomplished CEO of venture backed, high growth technology and consumer products companies. Over the past 18 years, he has had extensive, hands-on experience, working with CEO’s, Boards and entrepreneurs creating business strategies, developing go-to-market plans, building teams, raising capital, and helping facilitate liquidity events and M&A transactions. Recently, Tony has worked closely with early stage tech companies in IoT software (including the Drone space), Fintech, Streaming Media, and Email messaging sectors in the Los Angeles market. Tony has a BA in Economics/Political Science from the University of Colorado, Boulder

Specialty: Mobile and Digital Media, Internet of Things and Connected Devices

 
Emmanuel de Boucaud

Emmanuel de Boucaud

Managing Director, San Diego

Emmanuel is an entrepreneurial executive with a 20-year track record of building and leading teams in the Software and Internet technology segment. He joined AITA in early 2013 and leads our San Diego business.  His leadership experience includes CEO of ChatStat, EVP of KalioCommerce, and Mitek Systems (MITK), and SVP and founding team Exec. of Cardiff Software (Acquired by VRTY). Emmanuel also co-founded DaggerBoard Advisors, an executive advisory and Interim Executive firm supporting Venture Backed software companies. He is an experienced leader in both strategy and execution, with a “roll up your sleeves” approach to achieving success.  Emmanuel has a AB in Economics from Occidental College.

Specialty: eCommerce, Content Management and Online Payments

 
Tim McAllister

Tim McAllister

Principal Consultant, San Francisco

Tim joined Accelerate IT in 2015, and is an accomplished senior executive of venture backed, high growth technology companies. Over the past 20 years, he has had extensive, hands-on experience, working with CEO’s, Boards and entrepreneurs creating business strategies, developing go-to-market plans, building teams, raising capital and scaling operations. Recently, Tim has worked closely with early stage tech companies in defense & aerospace, enterprise mobility, IoT software, facial recognition, and Email messaging sectors in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Specialty:  Cybersecurity, Internet of Things and Connected Devices, Aerospace & Defense Procurement

 
Andy Bair

Andy Bair

Principal Consultant, Washington DC
 
Tom Steding

Tom Steding

Principal Consultant

Dr. Steding is a senior corporate executive with an excellent track record in founding and growing successful businesses based on complex, leading edge technologies. He has been CEO of twelve high tech companies and active Chairman of several others. He was recently President & CEO of Zephyr Photonics, an optical networking company addressing applications in harsh environments, where he transitioned the company from an R&D lab to a commercial product company with strong growth prospects. Prior to that, he served as President & CEO of Red Condor, an award-winning venture- backed anti-spam company which he later sold to St. Bernard Software (now Edgewave), a public web filtering company. He was also CEO of other award-wining companies in cyber security, semantic content management, complex document management, photoelectric solar, complex protein expression, and high-end tax management. Dr. Steding is also Chairman and Founder of Quadrix Partners, a leadership consulting organization providing powerful leading edge consultation and intervention for creating high execution organizations.

Dr. Steding holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from University of California, Berkeley, California, and a MS in Management (Sloan Fellow) from Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Stanford, California where he graduated in the top of his class. He was a commissioned officer and the Distinguished Graduate of Armor Officer Basic at Ft. Knox, Kentucky. He is the co-author of Built on Trust – How to Gain Competitive Advantage in Any Organization, Contemporary Press, 2000, and The Execution Handbook, currently in manuscript. He is also a member of the leadership team of the Chief Executive Council, the Executive in Residence of the Palo Alto-based Venture Capital – Private Equity Roundtable, a founding member of The Silicon Valley Angel group, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California and a member of the board of directors of Sysorex (SYRX), a NASDAQ company.

Specialties: Corporate & Business Development, Mergers & Acquisitions, Valuation, Capital Raising, Strategic Planning.

 
Uzi Hadar

Uzi Hadar

Principal Consultant

Uzi is a seasoned corporate development executive, private equity investor, and adviser with over 15 years of experience consulting high-growth technology companies on strategic corporate development initiatives.  Uzi has broad industry relationships with institutional investors including venture capital, private equity and strategic investors.  Uzi started his career as an M&A investment banker at Wall Street firms advising leading global clients, and later in the bay area focusing on emerging technology companies.  In his last investment banking assignment, Uzi led Jefferies & Co. in Israel, advising emerging technology clients and their VCs on financing and corporate development initiatives.

Uzi has an MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, a BS from the University of Southern California where he played varsity water polo, and holds a Chartered Financial Analyst designation (CFA).

Specialties: Corporate & Business Development, Mergers & Acquisitions, Valuation, Capital Raising, Strategic Planning.

 
Marc Kelly

Marc Kelly

Managing Director, Orange County

Marc is a hands-on strategist & experienced financial executive with over 35 years of providing “C” level strategic direction & counsel to a broad range of Information Technology, Business Service and Medical Device clients.  He joined Accelerate IT in late 2013, and leads our Orange County practice.  Marc provides senior financial leadership to private clients with a focus on developing business strategy, improving operational efficiency, accelerating funding and managing growth, often working as the interim CFO.  Marc has a BA in Finance & Communications from University of Southern California, and an MBA in Finance from Harvard.

 Specialty: Big Data

 
Scott Arnold

Scott Arnold

Chief Operating Officer

Scott is a finance and operations executive with over 20 years experience in the development of high-performing client-focused teams with General Dynamics, Gateway, Intuit, and Life Technologies. He joined AITA in early 2013, and runs our back office and Financial Operations practice.  Scott employs rigorous data-driven methodologies, best practices and a continuous improvement leadership model to develop operational and financial excellence. He serves as a business advisor to CONNECT and Pacific Community Ventures, and sits on the Board of Directors for Women Evolution, and the Board of Advisors for First Foundation Bank. Scott has a BA in Accounting from Western Michigan University, and an MBA, Finance from Wayne State University.

Specialty:  Scalability

 
Mark Hartley

Mark Hartley

VP Strategic Staffing

Mark brings almost 20 years of experience and an extensive background in recruiting & executive search, management, and executive consulting, advising & team building.  Mark has been with AITA since 2012.

Mark has built world class executive and leadership teams for Twilio, NetSuite and InfoBlox, eMeter and C-Port Communications.  Mark’s focus is executive search for early stage start-ups as well as public companies. Mark was Vice President at The Institute for Applied Network Security, and managed the Technology Advisory Council (TAC) for The Institute. Prior to joining The Institute, Mark was a principal at Catalyst Advisors VP of Strategic Alliances & Partnerships at Silicon Valley IT Services and the Managing Director of The Alliance Group, an executive search and investment company.

Specialty:  Leadership & Executive Staffing

 
Brian Hill

Brian Hill

VP Strategic Staffing

Brian has established himself as a leader in strategic talent and hiring evaluation, compensation negotiations and human capital sourcing for privately held, venture backed technology companies over a 15 year career. Brian has been with AITA since 2013.  His executive search expertise covers all areas of company leadership including general management, operations, development, sales, business development and marketing. As VP of Strategic Staffing for San Diego, Brian provides clients a unique executive network source and strategic organizational knowledge to help grow leadership teams. Brian has a BS in Finance from Santa Clara University.

Specialty:  Leadership & Executive Staffing

 
Vala Javahery

Vala Javahery

Sr. Associate, Business Development - Los Angeles

Vala Javahery is the Sr. Associate, Business Development in Los Angeles.

 
Adam Gerstein

Adam Gerstein

Managing Director, New York

Adam has founded and built 3 global consumer products companies, and is a former consultant with Bain.  Adam joined AITA in mid 2014, and leads our business activities in NYC and the Mid Atlantic region.  Adam has led numerous strategic initiatives for mid-cap private and public companies to accelerate sales traction, improve sales force effectiveness, or enhance operating profitability.  In addition, Adam founded, and has been the Managing Partner for two successive Management Consulting practices in NYC.  This dual experience fuels Adam’s drive to help clients grow their top line business – an approach grounded in data and analytics, supported by clear and effective communication, and with a strong bias for action and tangible results. Adam has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from University of California, Berkeley.

Specialty: eCommerce

 
Seth Rosenfield

Seth Rosenfield

VP, Strategy & Business Development, New York, NY

Seth works with Fortune 500 CEOs, CMOs, CSOs and senior marketing and sales executives on revenue growth, sales force effectiveness and customer management challenges. Seth’s passion is helping clients drive revenue growth by applying uncommon insights into what inspires customers and sales force with pragmatic know-how gained from managing global and strategic accounts teams in major US businesses.

 
Elie Berdugo

Elie Berdugo

Managing Director, Tel Aviv

Elie is a seasoned business innovation strategist and entrepreneur with extensive technical and leadership experience in developing technologies, building relationships and forging into new territories. Elie joined AITA in 2014; he is the former global market leader of E&Y’s european technology collaborative projects practice. He has a demonstrated track record of developing and executing winning strategies in R&D and business Innovation projects planning, creation, development and execution. With a deep knowledge of global markets, Elie is helping pools of companies in their “going global” planning and deployment. Elie holds a Post-MBA in Communication, an MBA, and a BA in Economics from Paris-Dauphine University, France.

Specialty: Global Commercialization

 
Kaspar von Mellenthin

Kaspar von Mellenthin

Managing Director, Germany

Kaspar has over 20 years of executive experience in eCommerce and Digital Media businesses, and leads AITA’s initiatives in Germany and the UK.  He joined AITA in 2015, complimenting an existing management consulting practice he built in 2012.  Prior to his consulting practice, Kaspar was CEO at myphotobook (2009-2012), owned by Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, Founder and CEO at epubli, an online Print-on-Demand company (2007 – 2011), CEO at iBuy TV (2005-2007), Executive Vice President for Marketing & New Media at Home Shopping Europe (1999-2005), and Executive Vice President at Lycos Bertelsmann (1997 – 1999).  Kaspar has a BS in Business Administration from the Technical University of Berlin.

Specialty:  Digital Media and eCommerce

 
Mike Rogers

Mike Rogers

Managing Director, Silicon Valley

Mike is a Strategy, Corporate and Business Development expert with a 25+ year background in Banking, Digital Media and Cybersecurity. Mike joined Accelerate IT in early 2015, leads our Silicon Valley practice, and is a veteran consultant to early stage companies, having formed and built two management consulting practices in Silicon Valley, after successful Executive Strategy, Corporate and Business Development roles at OpenTV, Cyberguard, Secure Computing, and Lumension Security. Mike has a BA in Economics from the University of Michigan, and an MBA in International Finance from Thunderbird.

Specialty: Cybersecurity

 
Taylor Christensen

Taylor Christensen

Program Manager

Taylor Christensen is the Program Manager.

 
Dylan Weening

Dylan Weening

 
John Marshall

John Marshall

VP Business Development

John Marshall is the VP Business Development.