Seasoned Venture Capital Investor & Entrepreneur to Lead Development of Desktop-as-a-Service Platform Provider’s Partner Ecosystem
Redwood City, CA - June 29, 2009 - MokaFive™ today announced the addition of James “Jimmy” Nicholas to their executive team as vice president of business development. In his new role, Nicholas will oversee the expansion of the MokaFive partner ecosystem including strategic technology and service providers.
Nicholas brings more than 14 years of experience as a venture capital investor and entrepreneur, with expertise in operations and finance, as well as a deep understanding of channel and partner ecosystems in the software arena. He has a broad background in developing strategic partnerships at high growth, venture-backed software companies from inception through acquisition.
“MokaFive has a unique opportunity for growth given the increasing demands for security and flexibility in enterprise computing combined with the need for an economical solution,” said Jimmy Nicholas. “I look forward to applying my experience to the aggressive expansion of MokaFive’s partner network, helping to satisfy customer demand for the company’s innovative Desktop-as-a-Service platform.”
Most recently, Nicholas served as director at TriplePoint Capital as a member of the firm’s Equity Investment and Sponsor Coverage Groups where he originated venture transactions and managed the firm’s relationships with select venture partners. Prior to TriplePoint Capital, Nicholas founded Transparence, Inc., a leading provider of response management and decision-support software for First Responders and Homeland Security personnel, and continues to serve as the company’s chairman of the board.
Prior to Transparence, Nicholas served as a director at Princeton Capital, a venture firm focused on early stage investments in startup companies developing next generation technologies, applications and services for the digital media, Internet and communications industries. While at Princeton, Nicholas served as the CEO of Oxford Media Corporation (acquired by eSynch Corporation), a digital video technology and services company.
Nicholas received his Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude from Brown University and received a General Course Graduate Studies Diploma from the London School of Economics. He holds multiple patents for software systems and methods.
“MokaFive’s Desktop-as-a-Service platform is ideal for service providers seeking to answer the growing demand for enterprise desktop solutions,” said Dale Fuller, CEO of MokaFive. “In his role of vice president, Jimmy will help define our go-to-market strategy and maximize the footprint of MokaFive Suite, leveraging his experience building successful business development relationships to create valuable new opportunities for MokaFive and its partners.”
Jimmy Nicholas’s addition to MokaFive rounds out the senior leadership team. He joins co-founders Monica Lam, Constantine Sapuntzakis, Ramesh Chandra and John Whaley, CTO, whose research at Stanford’s computer science department inspired MokaFive’s technology. CEO Dale Fuller was most recently interim CEO of McAfee and prior to that, CEO of Borland. Purnima Padmanabhan serves as MokaFive’s vice president of products, most recently at BMC Software, Ravi Khatod serves as vice president of sales, previously at IronPort Systems (acquired by Cisco Systems) and Erik Oliver is vice president of intellectual property, previously at Rambus.