Founding CEOs

Our Founding Pillar CEOs have built companies worth billions in Boston. They’re not just investors in our firm—they’re owners, collaborating with our portfolio as advisors, board members and customers.


Wayfair | Consumer, Logistics
Niraj Shah is CEO, co-founder and co-chairman of Wayfair. He co-founded the home furnishings company, growing it to $7.3 billion in net revenue.


Clearsky Data | Cloud, Enterprise
Ellen Rubin is the CEO of ClearSky Data, an enterprise storage as a hybrid cloud service. Previously she was co-founder of CloudSwitch, a cloud enablement software company that was successfully acquired by Verizon.


Tripadvisor | Consumer, Logistics
Stephen Kaufer is the Co-Founder & CEO of TripAdvisor, one of the largest online travel companies in the world. He also serves on the boards of CarGurus and the Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation.


Constant Contact | Marketing, SMB
Gail Goodman is the Chief Product Officer at Pepperlane. Gail was previously the CEO of Constant Contact, a an email marketing provider for small businesses that went public in 2007.


DraftKings | Consumer
Jason Robins is the CEO of DraftKings, the innovative sports-tech entertainment platform. Under his leadership, DraftKings signed league partnerships with MLB, NHL and Nascar.


Circle | Blockchain, FinTech
Jeremy Allaire is the Founder & CEO at Circle, a platform for individuals, institutions and entrepreneurs to use, trade, invest and raise capital with open crypto technologies. Jeremy was previously the Founder & CEO at Brightcove.

Yvonne Hao

PillPack | Consumer, Healthcare
Yvonne Hao was most recently the COO and CFO of PillPack, a Pillar portfolio company that provides an on-line pharmaceutical delivery service. Amazon acquired the company for $1B. Yvonne was previously an Operating Partner at Bain Capital.

Steve Conine

Wayfair | Consumer, Logistics
Steve Conine is the co-founder and co-chairman of Wayfair. He co-founded the home furnishings company, growing it to $7.3 billion in net revenue. Steve leads the innovations that give Wayfair a technological edge in online retail.

Tom Ebling

Demandware | Enterprise, Marketing
Tom Ebling was most recently the CEO and Chairman of Demandware, a provider of cloud commerce solutions. He led Demandware’s highly successful IPO in 2012, and the company was acquired in 2016 by Salesforce.

Reshma Shetty

Ginkgo Bioworks | Computing in Biology, SynBio
Reshma Shetty is a co-founder of Ginkgo Bioworks, an organism design company building organisms to spec for customers across markets including nutrition, health and consumer goods.

Rushika Fernandopulle

Iora Health | Healthcare
Rushika Fernandopulle is a practicing physician and co-founder and CEO of Iora Health, a national de-novo primary care group. He serves on the staff at the Massachusetts General Hospital and on the faculty of Harvard Medical School.

Steve Kokinos

Fuze / Algorand | Blockchain, Enterprise, FinTech
Steve Kokinos is the CEO of Algorand, a Pillar portfolio company. Steve was previously the Co-Founder & CEO of Fuze, and was a founder of BladeLogic, Inc., a recognized leader in the data center automation market .

Dave Husak

Plexxi | Enterprise
Dave Husak is the co-founder of Plexxi, a specialist in software-defined data center solutions that was acquired by HP. Dave previously founded C-Port Corporation, and has contributed extensively to industry standardization efforts.

Chad Laurans

SimpliSafe | Consumer, Enterprise, Security
Chad Laurans is founder, chairman, and former CEO at SimpliSafe. SimpliSafe protects millions of Americans, and continues to be the fastest growing U.S. home security provider year over year.

Corey Thomas

Rapid7 | Enterprise, Security
Corey Thomas is the CEO of Rapid7, a Boston company that powers the practice of SecOps. Cory serves on the Cyber Threat Alliance (CTA) board of directors and the Massachusetts Cybersecurity Strategy Council.

Paul Liberman

DraftKings | Consumer, Security
Paul Liberman is President of Global Technology and Product. Liberman co-founded DraftKings in 2012 and maintains strategic leadership and global accountability for DraftKings’ technology platform, product, and IT functions.

Tom Erickson

Acquia | Enterprise, Marketing, Open Source
Tom Erickson was a founding director of Acquia, where he joined the company pre-revenue as CEO, following the sale of Tele Atlas to TomTom, where he had been Chief Products Officer.

Stanley Lapidus

Cytyc / Exact Sciences | Healthcare
Stan Lapidus is a serial entrepreneur who has founded and led healthcare companies worth billions, including EXACT Sciences, a colorectal cancer diagnostics company, and Cytyc Corp., a cervical cancer diagnostics company.

Rich Napolitano

EMC / Plexxi | Enterprise
Rich Napolitano was most recently the CEO of Plexxi, a specialist in software-defined data center solutions that was acquired by HP. Rich previously served as President of Unified Storage Division at EMC Corporation.

Deepak Taneja

Netegrity / Aveska / RSA
Deepak Taneja is the co-founde of Boston startup, Zilla Security. He previously founded Aveksa, Inc., where he served as the CEO, CTO and President. Prior to Aveksa, Deepak was the CTO of Netegrity

Jeff Binder

Layer3TV | Consumer, Telecom
Jeff Binder is a Co-Founder of Genovation Capital. Jeff previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of Layer3 TV, Inc., before the company was acquired by T Mobile.

Matt Kalish

DraftKings | Consumer
Matt Kalish is President of DraftKings North America. Kalish co-founded DraftKings in 2012 and is accountable for all North America revenue, bringing together all marketing, operations, and related analytics functions.

Ash Ashutosh

Actifio | Cloud, Enterprise
Ash Ashutosh brings more than 25 years of storage industry experience to his role of CEO at Actifio. Ashutosh was most recently a Partner with Greylock Partners. Prior to Greylock, he was Chief Technologist for HP Storage.

Jeremy Hitchcock

Dyn / Minim | Enterprise, Security
Jeremy Hitchcock is the CEO of Minim, a wifi management and IoT security startup. Jeremy was previously the co-founder and CEO of Dyn, which was acquired by Oracle.

Jit Saxena

Netezza / Cazena | Enterprise
As founder and CEO of Netezza, the leading provider of data analytics and monitoring appliances, Saxena led its IPO and acquisition by IBM for $1.7B. Saxena also founded and led Applix, a leader in analytical CRM software, which he took public.