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The Board of Directors
Robert Hohman is co-founder and chief executive officer of Glassdoor and member of the company's board of directors. Before creating Glassdoor, Robert was most recently president of Hotwire, a leading discount travel site and division of Expedia, Inc. Robert was one of the original team members of Expedia, and was part of the executive team that took it public in 1999. During his Expedia tenure, Robert also served as president of Classic Custom Vacations and executive vice president of Cruise & Packages for Expedia North America. In Expedia's early stage, Robert led the engineering team that built the cruise, hotel, and package booking systems. Robert started his career at Microsoft and worked as a software developer in a range of areas from Windows 95 to interactive television to online games. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in computer science from Stanford University.
Rich is an entrepreneur and investor with a knack for disrupting and transforming industries. In addition to being a co-founder and non-executive chairman of Glassdoor, he is co-founder and executive chairman of Zillow, Inc., a real estate marketplace he co-founded in 2005 that went public in 2011 (NASDAQ: Z). Prior to Zillow, Rich founded Expedia inside Microsoft, assembled the original Expedia team, then spun out the company in a successful IPO in 1999, serving as president, CEO and board director through the company's acquisition by IAC Corp in 2003. He is also co-founder and non-executive chairman of Trover, a mobile app helping people find and share their "discoveries" around the world. He is a Venture Partner at Benchmark Capital and is also on the boards of Netflix, Nextdoor, RealSelf, Avvo and non-profit, YearUp. His angel investments include stakes in such innovative startups as Hotel Tonight, Hipmunk, Room 77, Front Desk, Decide, Qliance, Duetto, Seattle Bank, Revinate, and TurnKey. Rich holds a bachelor's in general engineering: industrial economics from Stanford University. Rich is also an inaugural member of the Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE), appointed by President Obama in 2014.
Neeraj Agrawal joined Battery in 2000 and invests in enterprise software/SaaS, technology-enabled services and Internet companies. He was a founding investor in BladeLogic (NASDAQ: BLOG, acquired by BMC). In addition to BladeLogic, Neeraj's investments include Applimation (acquired by Informatica), Bazaarvoice (NASDAQ: BV), Brightree, Consona (acquired by Vista Equity Partners), Glassdoor, Guidewire Software (NASDAQ: GWRE), Internet Brands (acquired by Hellman & Friedman), LifeMed Media, Marketo (NASDAQ: MKTO), Mass Relevance, Omniture (acquired by Adobe), RealPage (NASDAQ: RP), Sprinklr, Tealium, VSS Monitoring (acquired by Danaher), and Wayfair (formerly CSN Stores). Prior to Battery, Neeraj worked as a product manager at Real Networks, an operating executive at SkyTV, and a management consultant with Booz-Allen. Neeraj holds an Engineering degree in Computer Science from Cornell University as well as an MBA with honors from the Harvard Business School. He is a Charter Member of TiE, an active advisor to several local entrepreneurs, and has been named numerous times to the Forbes Midas List, which ranks the top 100 venture capitalists around the world.
Erik Blachford is currently the Executive Chairman at TerraPass, Inc., Erik was formerly CEO at TerraPass, Inc., and prior to that, was CEO of Expedia, Inc. and CEO of IAC/InterActiveCorp's travel division, IAC Travel, including online travel businesses Expedia, Hotels.com, Hotwire, Classic Custom Vacations and Interval International. Previous positions include President, Expedia North America and Expedia Senior Vice President, Marketing & Programming, where Erik was responsible for establishing and growing the Expedia brand, and various marketing and product management positions at Microsoft Corp. Erik also currently serves as a board director at TerraPass and Zillow. Erik has a bachelor's in English and certificate in theater from Princeton University and a master's in business administration from Columbia University's Graduate School of Business.
Kaufer co-founded TripAdvisor in 2000 with the mission to help travelers around the world plan and have the perfect trip. Under Kaufer's leadership, TripAdvisor has grown into the world's largest travel site, with more than 50 million unique monthly visitors, 20 million members and over 60 million reviews and opinions. Kaufer has also built TripAdvisor, Inc., which includes 19 other travel brands, and has expanded the TripAdvisor brand into 30 countries. Kaufer and his co-founders sold TripAdvisor to InterActive Corporation in 2004, which later spun off its travel businesses to Expedia, Inc. TripAdvisor was owned by Expedia until December 2011, when it spun off to become its own publically traded company. Prior to co-founding TripAdvisor, Kaufer was president of CDS, Inc., an independent software vendor, and co-founder and vice president of engineering of CenterLine Software, where he led the development of several award-winning programming environments. Kaufer, winner of the 2005 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, holds several software patents and has spoken at dozens of travel and high-tech conferences worldwide. He is on the board of directors at Glassdoor (www.glassdoor.com); CarGurus (www.cargurus.com); and the Caring For Carcinoid Foundation (http://www.caringforcarcinoid.org), a non-profit charity dedicated to finding a cure for Carcinoid and Neuroendocrine cancers. Kaufer has a degree in computer science from Harvard University.
Rusty Rueff is on several corporate and philanthropic Boards, and is a recognized career and workplace expert, consultant and writer, as well as start-up company advisor and investor. Rusty most recently completed the successful 16-month leadership role as Coordinating National Co-Chair for Technology for Obama (T4O) for the reelection of President Obama. He currently serves on the corporate Boards of Glassdoor, HireVue.com, Rethink Books and runcoach. Rusty was the CEO of SNOCAP from 2005 through the successful sale of the company to imeem, Inc. in April 2008. Prior, he led Human Resources departments at both Electronic Arts (EA) and PepsiCo companies. Rusty is also the co-author of “Talent Force: A New Manifesto for the Human Side of Business” (Prentice-Hall, 2006). In addition, he is the Chairman of The GRAMMY Foundation, and President of the Board of Trustees of the American Conservatory Theater. He holds a master's in counseling, and a bachelor's in radio and television from Purdue University.
Jim White is currently a Managing Director at Sutter Hill Ventures, a leading Silicon Valley venture capital firm investing in technology-based startups. Jim was formerly the VP of Marketing at Macromedia and General Manager of the Interactive Learning Division which was sold to IBM Software Group. Prior to Macromedia, Jim was a VP of Marketing for Silicon Graphics (SGI). In his eight years at SGI he helped to start and build their 3D graphics workstation business. Jim began his career with Hewlett-Packard in the PC division and was part of the core team that created the Vectra Product line spending time in engineering, sales and product marketing. Jim holds a bachelor's in industrial engineering from Northwestern University and a master's in business administration from Harvard University.
Lee Fixel is a Partner at Tiger Global Management, LLC and Co-Head of the firm's private equity business. He focuses on privately held companies in the Internet and Software sectors, primarily in the U.S., India and Brazil. Lee has led the firm's investments in Automattic, Facebook, Linkedin, Eventbrite, SurveyMonkey, Netshoes, Flipkart, MercadoLibre, Jobs.ch, and Warby Parker.
Prior to joining Tiger Global in 2006, Lee was an analyst at Alkeon Capital Management, an investment firm focused on global growth equities. He holds a BSBA in Accounting and Finance from Washington University in St. Louis, completed the General Course at the London School of Economics and is a CFA charterholder. Lee serves on the Board of Directors of the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research and is a member of the Olin National Council at Washington University.