Who Are We?

TOM COWAN

Managing Director

Tom Cowan builds software companies. He writes books about business. And he mentors entrepreneurs at Arizona State University and Columbia University. Tom has carved out a role as a technology CEO/Entrepreneur creating value through Execution. His market depth is Enterprise Software, centered on Mobile engagement, Big Data analytics, and SaaS delivery. Tom has served as CEO for software companies with revenues of $5M to $100M (e.g. OutlookSoft, acquired by SAP), as board director for private companies with revenues of $5M to $300M (e.g. Tivoli), and as board director for public companies with revenues of $300M to $500M (e.g. SMTC). He has also served on the boards of PGA.com and NHL.com. His career includes two decades at IBM (1977-2000), starting in Finance and moving to CFO and GM roles. Tom is the author of From Idea to Business, Business Basics, and Leadership Basics. He holds a BA in Economics from Wake Forest University and an MBA from the University of South Carolina. He lives with his family in Arizona and Connecticut.

SCOTT SIMPSON

Director

In 2014-15, Scott served as Chief Revenue Officer of modomodo. Before joining modomodo, Scott served in the United States Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps, where he advised Naval commanders on diverse legal issues, including military justice, administrative investigations, and ethics issues. He was also a trial attorney at the Naval Submarine Base New London, Connecticut. Prior to his Naval service, Scott worked in a variety of investment roles in the venture capital industry. He was a Senior Associate at Battery Ventures and RockRidge Capital, where he focused on investments in software, telecom, and networking sectors. Scott also served as Director of Business Development at Vecker Corporation, where he guided entrepreneurs in the work of building successful businesses. Scott earned his JD from the University of Connecticut School of Law, with honors, and received his AB in History, magna cum laude, from Harvard College.

DEIRDRE SILBERSTEIN

Director

Deirdre has over 30 years of experience in working with entrepreneurs and start-ups on building, running, and growing their businesses. Through her consulting business, Silberstein & Associates, Deirdre worked with these entities on setting strategies, identifying and entering their marketplaces, managing effectively, and driving marketing and communications programs to meet business goals. Earlier in her career, Deirdre worked in the publishing industry, developing and marketing books and educational materials; and she built, developed, and ran publishing, communications, and knowledge management programs for Deloitte. Deirdre received her BA in History (with honors) from Stanford University and her MBA in Marketing and Management from Columbia Business School.

KEN COWAN

Director

Ken has spent his professional career in the enterprise software, finance, and early-stage worlds. He joined modomodo in 2014, upon its expansion into the US and worked on modomodo’s US go-to-market team. Prior to modomodo, he was CEO of The Stables, an early-stage services company in Scottsdale, AZ. At The Stables, Ken led a major operational restructuring, leading to the marketing and sale of the company in mid-2014. Before The Stables, Ken worked as a financial consultant at FTI Consulting in New York City, and served in similar roles at several early-stage enterprise software companies, including OutlookSoft, Vcommerce, RMS Corp, and Tagetik. Ken holds a BA in Economics from Boston College

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