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Rob Ward

Rob Ward was a founder of Meritech in 1999. He primarily invests in data and analytics, cloud computing, SaaS, security and consumer internet companies.
George Bischof

You know what they say about Rob: Little hat; Lots of cattle.

- George Bischof

He led the firm's successful investments in Acclarent (JNJ), Alteryx (AYX), BigFix (IBM), Cloudera (CLDR), Cornerstone OnDemand (CSOD), Counterpane (BT), Fortinet (FTNT), Greenplum (EMC), Imperva (IMPV), Netezza (IBM), NetSuite (N), PopCap Games (EA), Proofpoint (PFPT), Quigo (AOL), Rally Software (RALY), Reliant (SLTM), ServiceMax (GE), Tableau Software (DATA), Veracode (CA) and Zipcar (ZIP). He is currently a board member or observer with Alteryx, Anaplan, AudienceScience, Bromium, Cloudera, Forescout and Looker.

Rob joined Meritech from Montgomery Securities where he was a principal in the Private Equity Group, raising late stage capital for private information technology companies such as Citysearch, CommQuest, Total Entertainment Network, Vastera and Vixel. Prior to joining Montgomery, Rob was with Smith Barney in the New York and San Francisco Corporate Finance Departments.

Rob received a B.A. degree from Williams College and a M.S. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and currently serves as an algebra tutor at Eastside College Preparatory School in East Palo Alto, California. When Rob isn't negotiating with his three teenagers, he is usually running, skiing, hiking, playing a horrendous Bass guitar or daydreaming about the alternate, appropriate ending to Super Bowl XXV.

Rob has worked with:

Acclarent (JNJ)

Medical Devices + Services

Acclarent's medical devices achieve the goals of sinus surgery with novel, endoscopic, catheter-based tools - Balloon Sinuplasty™ devices.

Alteryx (AYX)

Software and Services

Alteryx provides data analysts with a single workflow for data blending and advanced analytics.


Software and Services

Anaplan is a cloud-based, in-memory modeling and planning platform for finance, sales and operations

Audience Science

Consumer Internet + Media

Audience Science sells the leading online audience targeting and data management platform, delivering efficient and effective online advertising, and the industry’s first media transaction platform.

BigFix (IBM)

Software and Services

BigFix combines endpoint and security management into a single solution that enables IT teams to see and real-time manage physical and virtual endpoints—such as servers, desktops and laptops and mobile devices.


Software and Services

Bromium is re-inventing enterprise security with its powerful new technology, micro-virtualization, which protects businesses from advanced malware and delivers threat intelligence.

Cloudera (CLDR)

Enterprise Infrastructure + Storage

Cloudera is the leader in Apache Hadoop-based data management solutions.

Cornerstone (CSOD)

Software and Services

Cornerstone OnDemand is a leading global provider of comprehensive learning and talent management solutions.

Counterpane Internet Security (British Telecom)

Software and Services

Counterpane is the leading provider of Managed Security Services. Counterpane protects clients' most critical assets with the industry's most comprehensive, proven monitoring technology.


Software and Services

Datadog is a SaaS-based monitoring and data analytics platform for IT, Operations and Development teams who write and run applications at scale, and want to turn the data deluge produced by their apps, tools and services into actionable insight.


Enterprise Infrastructure + Storage

At Duo, we combine security expertise with a user-centered philosophy to provide two-factor authentication, endpoint remediation and secure single sign-on tools for the modern era. It’s so simple and effective, you get the freedom to focus on your mission and leave protection to us.

ForeScout Technologies

Software and Services

ForeScout is a leading provider of automated security control solutions that give organizations network access control, mobile security, threat prevention and endpoint compliance tools to preempt risks and eliminating remediation costs.

Fortinet (FTNT)

Enterprise Infrastructure + Storage

Fortinet is a worldwide provider of network security appliances and the market leader in unified threat management (UTM).

Greenplum (EMC)

Enterprise Infrastructure + Storage

Greenplum is driving the future of Big Data analytics with innovative solutions such as the industry's first Enterprise Data Cloud platform.

Imperva (IMPV)

Software and Services

Imperva is a pioneer of a new category of data security solutions for high-value business data in the data center. Customers rely on Imperva to secure their sensitive data from hackers and insiders.


Software and Services

Looker provides a web based data discovery platform to enable better business decisions.

Netezza (NZ)

Enterprise Infrastructure + Storage

Netezza is a global leader in data warehouse, analytic and monitoring appliances. Netezza enables organizations to process enormous amounts of captured data at exceptional speed.

NetSuite (N)

Software and Services

NetSuite Inc. is the industry's leading provider of cloud-based financials and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software suites.


Software and Services

With powerful analytics, in-application user feedback, and contextual guidance designed to help companies measure and elevate the customer experience within their applications, Pendo is on a mission to improve society’s experience with software.

Pop Cap (EA)

Consumer Internet + Media

The worldwide leader in developing casual games across PC, mobile, and social platforms. Over 1 billion people have played at least one of PopCap's captivating casual gaming franchises like Bejeweled, Zuma, Peggle and Plants vs. Zombies.

Proofpoint (PFPT)

Software and Services

Proofpoint delivers an integrated suite of on-demand data protection solutions, including threat management, regulatory compliance, data governance and secure communications.

Rally Software (RALY)

Software and Services

Rally is the recognized leader in Agile application lifecycle management (ALM) and software development. We are dedicated to helping organizations embrace Agile and Lean development practices.

ServiceMax (GE)

Software and Services

.ServiceMax is the leading provider of mobile software for field service professionals.

Tableau Software (DATA)

Software and Services

Tableau Software helps business and individuals quickly and easily see and understand data.


Software and Services

Veracode provides cloud based static and dynamic application security testing software and remediation services.

Zipcar (ZIP)

Consumer Internet + Media

Zipcar is the world's leading car sharing network. Zipcar offers more than 30 makes and models of self-service vehicles by the hour or day to residents and businesses looking for an alternative to the high costs and hassles of owning a car.