Founder, President and CEO
Diaz Nesamoney founder of Jivox has had two prior successful ventures. Before founding Jivox, he founded Celequest, raised over $20M in venture capital, and served as its CEO until early 2007, when the company was acquired by Cognos Corporation. Celequest introduced the market’s first BI appliance, a disruptive innovation that led to its acquisition by Cognos. He was previously co-founder, President and Chief Operating Officer at Informatica (NASDAQ:INFA), which he took from a startup to a publicly traded company in 1999 with a market capitalization of over $3.7B and $1B in revenue. Informatica pioneered data integration software as a category and is now the market leader with over $400M in revenue. Diaz is a board member of the American India Foundation, a leading international development organization charged with the mission of accelerating social and economic change in India. Diaz holds a Masters degree in Computer Science from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science in India.
Chief Executive Officer, Akademos
John Squires was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Akademos, Inc. in April 2011. Akademos offers a turnkey virtual bookstore and marketplace for small and midsized schools. Its advanced technology, comprehensive supply-chain solution, and commitment to responsive personal service make it a leader in providing affordable course materials and digital learning tools for schools. Squires was previously the founder of Next Issue Media, the digital publishing consortium joined by Conde Nast, Hearst, Meredith, News Corporation and Time Inc. Next Issue Media brought these companies together to develop publishing solutions for tablet reading devices. Prior to Next Issue Media, Squires served as executive vice president at Time Inc., where he was responsible for leading digital operations and overseeing Time, Fortune, Sports Illustrated, Money and Golf magazines. John holds a BA degree from the University of Washington.
Founder and CEO, Fortisure Ventures
Mani Subramanian founded Fortisure Ventures LLC in January 2011 to identify and mentor early stage founders to build successful and enduring companies. With more than 40 years of experience in the global information technology industry, Mani has significant leadership, operations, marketing and sales expertise globally. Mani’s entrepreneurial journey began in 1993 in the SF Bay Area when he founded Caritor (previously IT Solutions). In early 2007, when Caritor had presence in four continents with revenue of $150M, Mani architected a buy-out of Keane, making the combined entity a $1B company with over 12000 employees. Mani was the Chairman of Keane until the company was acquired by NTT Data in 2010. Mani also helped co-found Influence Software, a business intelligence company, jointly with Marv Mouchawar in 1996, which was acquired by Informatica (NASDAQ:INFA) in 1999. Prior to being an entrepreneur, Mani served as the President of Wipro Systems from 1989 to 1992, where he led Wipro through a strategic shift to IT services. Before joining Wipro, Mani was part of the top management team at Tata Consultancy Services. Mani is a mechanical engineer from Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai and an MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
Co-Founder and Legal Counsel, Fortisure Ventures
Meghna Subramanian is a Co-Founder and Legal Counsel for Fortisure Ventures. Since 2011, Meghna has worked closely with Fortisure’s portfolio companies, closed new investments, and coordinated the legal process for Fortisure and some of its portfolio companies. Prior to founding Fortisure LLC, Meghna was an associate with the San Francisco office of Latham and Watkins, where she specialized in securities and antitrust litigation and complex business disputes. Meghna received her JD from the University of Chicago Law School and her B.A. in Political Economy from U.C. Berkeley. She is admitted to practice law in the state of California.