Luminate, Inc. (previously known as Pixazza, Inc.) is the worldwide leader in making images interactive serving more than 150 million users each month and 30 billion image views per year.
Chief Executive Officer
Prior to joining Pixazza in 2008, Bob led early stage investments as a general partner of two top-tier venture capital firms: Matrix Partners (2001-2008) and Crosspoint Venture Partners (1999-2001). His current and former board seats include Access360 (acquired by IBM), Consera (acquired by HP), eHealth.com (NASDAQ: EHTH), PostPath (acquired by Cisco), Tealeaf (private), and Xign (acquired by JPMorgan).
Prior to working as a venture capitalist, Bob spent his career as an operating executive at a number of software and Internet companies. Bob joined Netscape Communications in 1995 and served as senior vice president and general manager of its browser division. He led Netscape’s famous “browser wars,” while managing all engineering and product management for browsers, email clients, and HTML editors that garnered 100 million users and pioneered the widespread consumer adoption of the Internet.
In 1998 Bob embraced open source and launched mozilla.org, which represented the first time a major commercial software company adopted an open source strategy. Today Mozilla continues to enjoy considerable success with its Firefox browser. Bob currently serves on the board of directors of the Mozilla Foundation.
Prior to Netscape, Bob was vice president of marketing at Collabra, whose online collaboration software won numerous industry awards. While at Apple Computer's Claris subsidiary, Bob launched and directed the ClarisWorks product line. In the 1980s, he worked as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs, advising Silicon Valley technology companies on IPOs and mergers and acquisitions.
Bob attended Stanford University, where he earned MBA, MA, and BA degrees, and did graduate studies in Computer Science.
Chief Technology Officer
As founder and CTO, James brings more than twenty-five years of experience as a manager, entrepreneur, and developer of great technology. Prior to Pixazza, James was the Chief Technology Officer and founding team member of LiveOps where he spent six years developing and building a world-class technology platform and team.
James joined LiveOps from Tellme Networks, Inc., where he served as Senior Director of Engineering and managed core infrastructure groups responsible for data warehousing, reporting, web services, content feeds, and voice applications. Tellme was acquired by Microsoft in 2007.
Prior to Tellme, James served as senior director of engineering for Netscape Communications, where he led the engineering group responsible for the flagship Netscape browser. During his five-year tenure at Netscape, James was involved in browser versions 1 through 6 with responsibilities ranging from implementation to management.
Before joining Netscape, James held engineering and management positions at Oracle and Borland International. Prior to 1990, James founded Logical Alternatives, Inc., which developed state of the art programming tools. Logical Alternatives was acquired in 1989 by Magee Enterprises.