Board of Directors
- Paul Stahura - Donuts Inc.
Paul Stahura is a lifelong technology entrepreneur and innovator. Paul co-founded Donuts in 2010, was its president and CEO through 2016, and currently serves as Executive Chair of the board. Prior to Donuts, Paul founded and grew eNom from a garage startup in 1997 to become the second largest domain name registrar in the world. He sold eNom to Demand Media in 2006, becoming the combined company’s president and COO, then its chief strategy officer, and was a member of the Demand Media's board through 2009. eNom is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tucows. For the past two decades, Paul has been prominent in both the domain industry and the ICANN community. Paul holds seven U.S. patents and has twice testified before Congress on issues related to domain names and Internet policy. In 2012, he was named "one of the most influential people in the Americas" by Managing Intellectual Property magazine. Paul was a 2016 finalist in the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award, northwest region. Paul was the first angel investor in iSpot.tv and serves on its board; he is an investor in a number of other startups. Paul holds undergraduate and master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University.
- Chris Pacitti - Austin Ventures
Chris Pacitti began his venture capital career in 1995 and joined Austin Ventures in 1999 as a Partner. Chris focuses primarily on early-stage technology companies in the software and Internet sectors. He currently serves on the boards of Bazaarvoice (NASDAQ: BV), Complex Media, Credant, Dachis Group, Innography, Mindjolt, NewComLink, Noesis Energy, Troux, Virtual Bridges, and Worksoft. He has been a board member of numerous other companies including Pluck (NASDAQ: DMD), Permeo (NASDAQ: BCSI), Vovici (NASDAQ: VRNT), Powered (acquired by Dachis Group), Hire.com (acquired by Peopleclick Authoria), BetweenMarkets (acquired by Inovis) and ON Networks (acquired by Complex Media). Chris started his venture career with TL Ventures, where he was a Vice President and also focused on early-stage technology investing. Prior to TL Ventures, Chris was a Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of a technology start-up company that pioneered several industrial applications for a novel oxidizing chemistry.
Chris received his BA in Economics from Johns Hopkins University. He previously served on the Microsoft Venture Capital Advisory Board and on the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Central Texas Board
- Brian Jacobs - Emergence Capital Partners
Brian Jacobs founded Emergence Capital with Jason Green and Gordon Ritter in 2003. He has over 20 years of venture capital experience, a deep national network and an understanding of how technology startups can become market leaders.
Prior to founding Emergence, Brian was an early General Partner at St. Paul Venture Capital. During his 10 years there, Brian helped to grow the firm to one of the 15 largest venture investors in the country and led the firm’s Silicon Valley investing activities. His prior venture capital experience was at Security Pacific Venture Capital. Brian also worked for the Raychem, RCA, Westinghouse, and Polaroid, and he holds several patents.
Brian was named to the Forbes’ Midas List of the top venture capital investors in 2006 and 2007. He is an experienced board member who has served on dozens of public and private boards. He currently serves on the boards of Intacct, YouSendIt, InsideView and Bill.com.
Brian's reputation for helping entrepreneurs build market-leading technology-enabled service companies comes from his active involvement in HireRight, BigFix (sold to IBM), nQuire Software (sold to Siebel Systems), NetPerceptions (NETP), WebTV (sold to Microsoft), NextCard (NXCD) and others.
Brian has backed leading companies in other sectors, including Lexar Media (LEXR), Microchip Technologies (MCHP), and many others.
Brian has a MS and BS in mechanical engineering from M.I.T. and an MBA from Stanford.
- Jonathon Nevett - Donuts Inc.
Jon is a domain name industry veteran. He is a founding board member of the industry’s trade association, the Domain Name Association. Previously, he was senior vice president at Network Solutions and chair of the boards of NameJet and Central Registry Solutions. Jon has been deeply involved in ICANN task forces, working groups, and panels. He currently serves on the Registries Stakeholder Group's Executive Committee. He was a member of ICANN's IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG), which steered the move of this function to the global multi-stakeholder community. Jon helped form and served as the first chair of the New gTLD Applicant Group (NTAG) and was elected to three terms as chair of the ICANN Registrar Constituency. Jon has leveraged his expertise in protecting trademarks as a member of the Implementation Recommendation Team (IRT), the Special Trademark Issue team (STI), and the International Trademark Association's Internet Committee. In 2009, Jon was appointed to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Online Safety and Technology Working Group related to issues of child safety and the Internet. Jon received his his undergraduate degree from Binghamton University and his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School.
- Bruce A. Jaffe - Donuts Inc.
Bruce Jaffe joined Donuts as a board member, and then became CEO in early 2017. Before Donuts, Bruce founded Three Point Group, focusing on investing in and advising early stage and growth technology companies. From 1995 to 2008, Bruce held various positions at Microsoft, most recently as corporate vice president, Corporate Development, where he managed M&A and strategic investments. Previously, Bruce was corporate vice president and CFO of Microsoft’s Online division and corporate vice president, Business Development, where he managed Microsoft’s media, telecom, and other partnerships. Bruce began his career at Coopers & Lybrand and also served as the COO of de’Medici Systems, an early-stage technology company. Bruce holds a B.S. from UC Berkeley and an M.B.A. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
- Mark DeNino - TL Ventures
Mark joined TL in 1994. Mark's venture capital experience began in 1981, when he helped launch a biomass venture backed by General Electric’s venture capital group using technology developed at the University of Pennsylvania. He followed that start-up by joining Ecogen, a Princeton-based microbial pesticide venture funded by Domain and Vista Ventures that later went public.
In 1986, Mark joined Fidelity Bank to start-up and lead a corporate finance activity. While at Fidelity, Mark helped invest bank capital as a limited partner in numerous private equity funds. He also helped create an S.B.I.C., Fidelcor Capital, to invest in early-stage technology companies.
Mark's investment interests are varied and run the gamut from software to business services to communications and energy. He has served on 50 public and private company boards.
Recognizing that the energy and utility industries were ripe for early-stage investing capable of generating venture-type returns, in 1996 Mark established EnerTech Capital, a private equity activity targeting those markets. Likewise, Mark led a group of TL colleagues as founding investors in Peak6, a highly successful options trading firm in Chicago. More recently, Mark led the launch of a mezzanine lending activity known as Penn Mezzanine. Penn Mezzanine targeted credit-worthy borrowers with revenue under $100 million in the Pennsylvania and mid-Atlantic region.
He graduated with a BS degree from Boston College and an MBA degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.