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Board of Directors

Tom Proulx
Co-founder and Chairman

Previous to Netpulse, Tom co-founded the software giant Intuit and authored Quicken. He helped build Intuit from a college dorm room into one of the leading software companies in the world. In addition to Netpulse, Tom serves as a director on the boards of numerous venture-backed technology start-up companies. Tom was a recipient of the Inc. Magazine Entrepreneur of the Year Award (1992) and the University of Southern California’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award (1995).

Tom holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science from Stanford University and is a sought-after guest lecturer at their Graduate School of Business. In addition to his business achievements, Tom has been a passionate adventure racer for over a decade.

Mark Mastrov
Director

Mark Mastrov is the founder of 24 Hour Fitness Worldwide, Inc., which he grew to the world’s largest fitness company, serving more than 3.5 million members in the U.S.A., Europe and Asia. Since founding 24 Hour Fitness in 1983 with a single facility in San Leandro, California, Mastrov built a fitness empire of over 550 locations with revenues in excess of $1.5 billion. In June 2005, Mastrov sold 24 Hour Fitness U.S.A. and Asia for $1.68 billion – the largest sum in industry history – remaining chairman with a substantial stake in the company.

In 2008 Mastrov left 24 Hour Fitness and founded New Evolution Ventures (NeV), a private equity firm based in Northern California, focused on the health and fitness industry, providing capital and operating partnerships, management oversight, and expertise to emerging brands around the world. Some of these brands currently include UFC Gym, YogaWorks, Crunch, Sharecare, Energy Fitness Chile, Energy Fitness Mexico, US Fitness and Steve Nash Fitness World and Sports Club.

In addition Mastrov has built some of the world’s best-known international fitness brands, whose current combined operations exceed 800 locations worldwide. He is the founder of Planet Fitness Russia, Germany’s Mrs. Sporty, and NeV Australia. He continues to seek new and interesting opportunities in the fitness industry as an investor and operator.

Dave Marquardt
Director

Dave Marquardt is a co-founder of August Capital, formed in 1995. Dave's commitment to entrepreneurs and their market vision is reflected by his long-standing board relationships, he has served on more than 30 boards of directors during his 28 year venture capital career.

Prior to August Capital, Dave was a co-founder of Technology Venture Investors (TVI) in 1980 where he was involved in four highly successful funds that invested in more than 100 start-up and emerging growth companies. Among these early investments was Microsoft, where TVI was the sole investor and where Dave was on the board of directors from 1981 through 2016.

Jed Katz
Director

Jed Katz is the Managing Director of Javelin Venture Partners. One of the pioneers of Internet commerce, Jed has spent his career developing, advising and investing in early stage technology ventures. Prior to starting Javelin Venture Partners, Jed was a Managing Director of DFJ Gotham Ventures in New York. Prior to DFJ Gotham, Jed was the COO of Yamcon, the developer of the highly acclaimed “SkyScout”, one of the best selling astronomy products of all time.

Prior to Yamcon, Jed was the COO and Founder of Rent Net, the Internet’s first rental and relocation guide. Rent Net achieved 95% market penetration, launching disruptive technology solutions that revolutionized the way real estate related advertising was done. It was acquired by Cendant, and three years later, Jed used its infrastructure as the starting point for the formation of Move.com, one of the Internet’s largest real estate sites. Move.com was acquired by Homestore for over $900 million. Jed is also a board member of Connect2Compete, a non-profit dedicated to solving the digital divide.

John Gardner
Director

John has led and managed investments in companies across the information technology spectrum, including enterprise software, carrier software, systems and component companies.

John comes to Nokia Growth Partners from BlueRun Ventures, where he was one of the founding partners. Prior to that, John held a senior business development role at Nokia and has over 20 years of experience advising and working with start-up and emerging businesses, including extensive transactional experience in mergers, acquisitions and venture capital investments. John holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a law degree from the University of Cincinnati – College of Law. John is based in Silicon Valley.