The good news just keeps on coming here at Technorati. I'm so excited to let you know that the legendary technology investment pioneer Sanford "Sandy" Robertson has joined our Board of Directors, effective immediately.
I met Sandy in January at the World Economic Forum, where, much to my delight, we formed a fast friendship. The better we got to know one another, the more I became convinced Sandy would be an incredible addition to the Board leadership at Technorati.
Sandy is a principal of Francisco Partners, which is one of the world's largest technology buyout funds. Prior to founding Francisco Partners, Sandy was the founder and chairman of Robertson, Stephens & Co., which most of you will remember was the leading technology investment bank formed in 1978, and sold to BankBoston in 1998. Since then, Sandy has been an active technology investor and advisor to a number of amazing technology companies, and currently serves on the boards of the Democratic Leadership Council, Dolby Laboratories, Inc., Pain Therapeutics, Inc., salesforce.com, Inc., and the Schwab Fund for Charitable Giving
Perhaps most interesting to me, he has had significant financing involvement, including IPOs and secondary financings in more than 500 growth technology companies throughout his career, including 3Com Corporation, America Online, Inc., Applied Materials, Inc., Ascend Communications Inc., Dell Computer Corporation, E*Trade Securities, Inc., Siebel Systems, Inc. and Sun Microsystems, Inc.
I'm really looking forward to learning from Sandy - he immediately struck me with his personal charisma, integrity, deep experience, and insightful business mind. As we continue our growth, Sandy's sage advice and wealth of experience will prove invaluable to our growth and future success. Welcome aboard!