Operating Principles

We have written a set of Operating Principles as a guide for our actions. We have chosen to publish these Operating Principles so that our entrepreneurs understand how we conduct ourselves and what to
expect from us.

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  • Success = superior returns + integrity. One without the other is failure.
  • The entrepreneur is our customer.
  • We have a deep commitment to our investors. We appreciate their trust and strive every day to exceed their expectations.
  • Our honor is everything. It is never for sale, both in our work and in our personal lives.
  • One firm, one team. In good times and bad. One standard for all.
  • Presume trust. Hard questions are expected and should not be taken personally.
  • Seek the truth. We are open, honest and direct.
  • No spin. We say what we mean, do what we say.
  • Bring passion every day. We too are entrepreneurs.
  • Foster respect. It starts with us and emanates from there.
  • Be at cause. We are proactive and take ownership of fixing problems.

The Kepha Partners Team

Eric Hjerpe

Eric Hjerpe, Partner

Eric Hjerpe brings over 25 years of operating and investing experience to the firm. In the late 1980s, he founded a software company that wrote desktop software for product development engineers.

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Jo Tango

Jo Tango, Partner

Jo Tango founded Kepha Partners. He has invested in the e-commerce, search engine, Internet ad network, wireless, supply chain software, storage, database, security, on-line payments and data center virtualization spaces.

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Ed Hamilton

Ed Hamilton, CFO & Partner

Ed Hamilton has 35 years of financial management experience in venture capital, accounting, and early stage technology companies. Previously, Ed was a General Partner at Dover Medical Ventures and CFO at North Bridge Venture Partners.

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Technical Advisory Board

Torrence Boone

Torrence Boone

Torrence Boone is Google's managing director of agency relations for North America.  He previously was CEO of Enfatico, the new agency that WPP has built from the ground up to meet the worldwide marketing needs of the agency’s first client, Dell Inc.

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Tim Brady

Tim Brady

Tim was CEO of QuestBridge. Previously, he spent eight years at Yahoo! Inc. during which time he held several positions, the last of which was as the company's Chief Product Officer.

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Michael Dearing

Michael Dearing

Michael currently teaches at Stanford University. Previously, he spent more than six years at eBay. As SVP & General Merchandise Manager of eBay North America, Michael was responsible for more than $1.7B in annual revenues and nearly $20B in gross merchandise sales across thousands of merchandise categories.

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David Fike

David Fike

David Fike has over 25 years of technology leadership experience. Presently, Dave is Senior Vice President and CTO of the MMC Global Technology Infrastructure (MGTI) group.

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Steven Mankoff

Steven Mankoff

Steven Mankoff is an independent director and advisor in the technology industry and currently serves on the Boards of ConvergeOne, Insurity, Netsmart Technologies, Nomis Solutions SignalDemand, and Virtual Instruments. Steve also serves on the strategic advisory boards of C3 and Genstar Capital and is an advisor to Cloud9 Analytics, GramercyOne, Kepha Partners, Nuevora, and TD Fund.

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Keith Schorsch

Keith Schorsch

Keith Schorsch is an entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience envisioning and building high growth consumer technology businesses. Keith currently works at Intellectual Ventures (www.intellectualventures.com), where he is working closely with Bill Gates. He previously founded Trusera (www.trusera.com), an online health network launched in 2008 where people find and share real-world health experiences with others who’ve been there.

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Ron Strout

Ron Strout

Ron recently served as a Senior Vice President at State Street Corporation, where he headed the 250-person Corporate Systems Group and managed a $1.3 billion IT budget. While at State Street, his responsibilities included financial systems, Basel II, HR and Payroll, and Treasury applications.

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