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Jed Dempsey


Jed has over 18 years experience in technology investing, consulting, management, and research.

Prior to founding Who New, Jed was a Managing Director and General Partner at RS Capital Partners, a private equity investment fund associated with Robertson Stephens.  Before Robertson, Jed was Managing Director and Co-Head of Investments at Accel-KKR, a technology-focused private equity fund founded by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co and Accel Partners.  Jed led Accel-KKR's international investing activities.  Before joining Accel-KKR, Jed was a Partner at Orchid Holdings, where he focused on venture capital investments in the U.S. and China.

Jed started his business career at McKinsey & Company, where he was a Senior Engagement Manager in McKinsey's San Francisco and London offices.  He worked primarily with technology, media, and telecommunications clients and was a leader of McKinsey’s Interactive Media Practice.

Jed holds a Ph.D. in Physics from Harvard University, where his doctoral and postdoctoral research focused on electronic and optical properties of semiconductor nanostructures.  He also holds an M.A. in Mathematics from Cambridge University, where he was a Marshall Scholar, and B.S. and M.S. degrees in Physics from Stanford University.  Jed has published more than a dozen scientific articles in refereed journals, has been an invited speaker at Harvard, Stanford, and Yale, and has won teaching prizes at Harvard and Stanford.

Amy Guggenheim Shenkan

Marketing & Business Development Advisor

Amy's career spans over 19 years in consumer technology companies with positions in marketing, business development, strategy and product management.  Amy currently runs her own consulting firm advising CEOs on a range of issues as well as serving as interim management. Her clients include Moody's KMV, Expedia, Paramark (acquired by NewWorld IQ), Deloitte Consulting and the Marin Humane Society.

Prior to starting her own consulting firm in 2000, Amy was an executive at Travelocity.com (formerly Preview Travel, Inc) where she was responsible for building and leading the business development, alliance management, investor relations and human resources functions. Prior to that, Amy helped to create Wells Fargo's online financial services strategy while serving in roles such as the VP of  strategic planning for the bank as well as VP of product development for the online financial services group. 

Amy worked at McKinsey & Company in the early 90's helping telecommunications clients consider options for diversifying their revenue base by adding broadband services. Amy began her career at GE and is a graduate of their Financial Management Program. 

Amy holds an M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. She also holds a B.A. in Economics and Psychology from the University of Michigan where she graduated Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa.

John R. Ellis

Technical Advisor

John has over 25 years of experience in startups and research, in entrepreneurial, managerial, and technical roles.

Most recently, John was SVP Engineering and Operations for AltaVista and helped turn around the Web-search pioneer, leading to a successful $140M acquisition by Overture and then Yahoo. He hired industry technical leaders and led the team in greatly improving AltaVista’s search products, once again innovating in Web search, and gaining parity with industry-leading Google.

Prior to AltaVista, John was an Entrepreneur in Residence at New Enterprise Associates, helping to launch a storage startup. In 1996, he co-founded Post Communications, the first email-marketing company based on relationship marketing. As VP of Technology, he helped grow Post to 150 employees, 70 clients, and 3 terabytes of managed customer data, enabling an acquisition by Netcentives for $380 million. At Open Market, he led a team building a first-generation content-push product for Time-Warner.

John spent over 15 years at Xerox PARC, Digital Equipment's Systems Research Center, and Yale University, researching compilation for VLIWs, programming environments, distributed computing, garbage collection, and wireless PDAs, and receiving two patents in programming-language implementation. He received a BSE from Princeton University and a PhD from Yale University, and his thesis won the 1985 Association for Computing Machinery Best Dissertation Award and was published by MIT Press.


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