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The Threshold Ventures team has both depth and breadth of experience in a variety of technology based companies, ranging from startups to more mature companies. The team has successfully worked together on a variety of projects and company assignments.

Jonathan Baer
Jon is a senior executive who brings a unique perspective to the world of startups. He has been both a venture capitalist as well as the founder and CEO of two venture backed companies, eBoomerang, an enterprise software company which was sold in 2006 and Artificial Muscle, Inc., a spinout from Stanford Research Institute (SRI). As a principal and founder of Threshold Ventures, Jon works with companies around the world, serving as an advisor/mentor, working on specific projects and when appropriate, taking on interim operating roles. He has worked with a wide range of software, telephony, hardware and services businesses. Earlier in his career Jon was a General Partner at Oscco Ventures, a Sand Hill Road early-stage venture capital firm which was one of the pioneering firms in Silicon Valley. He has invested in a range of companies including Landec, Peerless Systems, and Coinstar.

Jon started his career at Exxon Enterprises where he was responsible for creating and managing new businesses for the corporation. He has also worked at Gartner Group and Prudential Securities, where he managed a portion of a $240 million fund. He has a BA in Biology and a BS in Engineering Science from Tufts University and as an MBA from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business. Jon has been an active angel investor and was on the Executive Council of Software Development Forum, where he is a frequent panelist and mentor to startup companies.   Email Jon.

Michael K. Bateman
Mike has over 40 years of experience at high technology companies. After a 20-year career at Tandem Computers, he has worked with numerous software companies, most often serving as Chairman or a board member. He serves on the boards of SellPoint, Left Bank Solutions and Rent One Online. Recently he was Chairman of Nsite that was sold to Business Objects in December 2006, Metrics Corporation sold to Rainmaker Systems June 2006; eBoomerang sold to Clear Orbit in February 2006; Boniva Software sold to SSA Global in August 2005; Blue Pumpkin Software sold to Witness Systems February 2005; and on the Board of Vocent which was merged with PassMark in 2005.

At Tandem Computers for 20 years, he served as Vice President Corporate Development, Vice President Third-Party Marketing and Vice President & General Manager of the Central Division. Prior to Tandem, Mike was Chairman and President of International Data Sciences Corporation, and Manager at Arthur Andersen & Company. He is a board member of the Silicon Valley Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth, a member of the Band of Angels, and a Horizon Ventures and Selby Venture Partners limited partner.

Mike works with Threshold Ventures on select projects as well as taking on assignments through his own company, The Bateman Company, LLC.   Email Mike.

Mike Humphries
For over 25 years Mike has worked at successful companies with responsibilities for producing revenue, revenue growth and profits. For the past 12 years he has produced the same results for clients either alongside or as an interim part of the executive team.

Five of his companies have achieved significant milestones in their respective markets; Fairchild Semiconductor, Tymshare, Oracle, Vignette, and Dorado. At Oracle, spanning $12M to $700M in sales, Mike ran OEM sales and also pioneered Oracle’s initial success with responsibility for the ISV, national accounts, and distribution channels. Mike’s client companies have ranged from a startup not yet out of the revenue blocks to Sun Microsystems and their early preparation for success in the enterprise market with Java. Mike has a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from Georgia Tech.

Mike works with the Threshold Ventures team on select projects. He is a principal at Turn Eight Group www.TurnEightGroup.com where he works with companies on sales and marketing assignments.   Email Mike.

Glenn Johnson
Glenn has over 20 years of leadership experience launching startups and improving the performance of troubled companies. Known for his ability to sell and build high performance teams, he has consistently driven revenues and margin growth in the software and professional services industries. The rare blend of analytic ability, people skills, customer focus and strategic thinking have allowed him to lead organizations through rapid growth and difficult times.

His first startup experience was with Oracle Corporation where he played a major role in launching the Professional Service organization in the Central region. That experience enabled him to build two more high performance sales organizations-ASG and Blue Pumpkin Software. As the first Vice President of Sales for Blue Pumpkin, Glenn developed the go-to-market strategy, built the team and executed on the plan that resulted in $10M in revenues during the first 18 months. As President of BarterNet, an industry consolidation of business-to-business exchanges, Glenn led the team that negotiated and closed on the purchase of 26 of the largest barter exchanges. He led his team in the development and execution of the plan to integrate the acquired exchanges.

For the past 5 years Glenn has worked with early stage companies and companies in mature markets with revenue production issues. He has taken on the role of interim CEO as well as mentor and consultant. He has developed plans to improve performance both for individuals and the organizations. This experience has spanned both low and high technology industries. Glenn holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University. He also has a MBA in finance from Case Western Reserve University.

Glenn works with the Threshold Ventures team on select projects. He is a principal with Mike Humphries at Turn Eight Group www.TurnEightGroup.com where he works with companies on sales and marketing assignments.   Email Glenn.

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