Managing DirectorRob Ward was a founder of Meritech in 1999. His current areas of investment interest include Big Data, cloud computing, Saas, security and online consumer services.
You know what they say about Rob: Little hat; Lots of cattle.
He led the firm's successful investments in Acclarent (JNJ), BigFix (IBM), Cornerstone OnDemand (CSOD), Counterpane (BT), Fortinet (FTNT), Greenplum (EMC), Imperva (IMPV), Netezza (IBM), NetSuite (N), PopCap Games (ERTS), Quigo (AOL), Reliant (SLTM) and Zipcar (ZIP). He is currently a board member or observer with AudienceScience, Cloudera, Cornerstone OnDemand, Forescout, Proofpoint, Rally Software, Tableau Software and Veracode.
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 chasing after his three kids, 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's medical devices achieve the goals of sinus surgery with novel, endoscopic, catheter-based tools - Balloon Sinuplasty™ devices.
Anaplan is a cloud-based, in-memory modeling and planning platform for finance, sales and operations
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 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.
Cloudera is the leader in Apache Hadoop-based data management solutions.
Cornerstone OnDemand is a leading global provider of comprehensive learning and talent management solutions.
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 is a worldwide provider of network security appliances and the market leader in unified threat management (UTM).
Greenplum is driving the future of Big Data analytics with innovative solutions such as the industry's first Enterprise Data Cloud platform.
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.
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 Inc. is the industry's leading provider of cloud-based financials and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software suites.
Pop Cap (EA)
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 delivers an integrated suite of on-demand data protection solutions, including threat management, regulatory compliance, data governance and secure communications.
Rally Software (RALY)
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.
Tableau Software (DATA)
Tableau Software helps business and individuals quickly and easily see and understand data.
Veracode provides cloud based static and dynamic application security testing software and remediation services.
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.