Between 2008 and December 2013, Mr. Panos served in several senior roles with Demand Media, including Executive Vice President, Emerging Markets, Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Marketing Officer, and from December 2013 through July 2014, he was a consultant to Demand Media. Mr. Panos has been an integral part of the Demand Media team responsible for the strategy for acquiring gTLD registry operator rights in ICANN’s New gTLD Program and for establishing and implementing business operations to support Rightside’s registry operations, both domestically and internationally. An entrepreneur with more than 20 years of early stage software company experience, Mr. Panos co-founded and previously served as Chief Executive Officer of Pluck Corporation, a white label social media integrated community platform, from 2003 until acquired in 2008 by Demand Media. Before starting Pluck Corporation, Mr. Panos was a Venture Partner at Austin Ventures from 2001 to 2003, and he served as Vice President of Marketing and New Business Development at DataBeam Corporation, a realtime communications software company, from 1992 to 1999, before its sale to IBM’s Lotus Development Corporation. Mr. Panos currently serves on the Board of Directors of iPass Inc., which provides global enterprises and telecommunications carriers with cloud-based mobility management and Wi-Fi connectivity services, and Nicaragua Resource Network, a 501(c)(3) corporation. He holds an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Furman University with a B.A. in Political Science.
Prior to the spin-off of Rightside from Demand Media on July 31, 2014, Mr. Naidu served as Executive Vice President, Domain Services of Demand Media’s registrar business, including eNom and Name.com, a position he held since April 2011. Prior to this, Mr. Naidu served as Demand Media’s Executive Vice President, Registrar Services and Senior Vice President, Registrar Services, and served as a consultant to eNom from 2006 until he was appointed Senior Vice President in 2007. Since early 2011, Mr. Naidu has led the registry team establishing Rightside's strategy for acquiring gTLD registry operator rights in ICANN’s New gTLD Program, building Rightside's technology platform to support Rightside's operated gTLDs and Rightside's back-end registry customers and establishing and implementing domestic and international business operations to support Rightside's registry operations. Prior to joining Demand Media, Mr. Naidu worked at Momentous Corporation, a Canadian domain name marketing services group, from 2002 to 2006, where he held various roles including Chief Executive Officer and President of Pool.com, a leading domain name auction company. Mr. Naidu holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science, with a minor in Mathematics from the University of Regina.
Ms. Irvine served as Chief Executive Officer of Blue Nile, Inc., an online retailer of diamonds and fine jewelry, from February 2008 until November 2011. Prior to serving as Chief Executive Officer of Blue Nile, Ms. Irvine also held roles at Blue Nile as President from February 2007 until November 2011 and as Chief Financial Officer from December 1999 to September 2007. Prior to that, she served as Chief Financial Officer of Plum Creek Timber Company, a timberland management and wood products company. Ms. Irvine was previously a partner with Coopers and Lybrand. Ms. Irvine has also served on the Boards of Directors for XO Group Inc., a consumer Internet and media company, since November 2014, Yelp Inc., an online platform for local business reviews, since November 2011, and CafePress Inc., an online retailer, since May 2012. Ms. Irvine previously served on the Boards of Directors for Ebates Inc. from November 2013 until its acquisition from Rakuten, Inc. in October 2014, Blue Nile from May 2001 until November 2011, Ticketmaster Entertainment, Inc. from August 2008 to January 2010 and Davidson Companies from January 1998 to January 2009. She holds a B.S. in Accounting from Illinois State University and an M.S. in Taxation from Golden Gate University.
Mr. Majteles is the managing member of Treehouse Capital LLC, an investment firm he launched in 2000. Mr. Majteles serves as an active and involved board member for the companies in Treehouse’s portfolio, an operating partner with Oak Investment Partners, a venture capital firm, and an advisory partner with Connective Capital, a hedge fund. Prior to launching Treehouse Capital LLC, Mr. Majteles was the Chief Executive Officer of three technology companies, including one which was publicly traded. Mr. Majteles has also served as a board member of, and an investor in, many public and private technology companies. In addition, Mr. Majteles has also been an investment banker and a mergers and acquisitions attorney. Since 2006, Mr. Majteles has served on the board of directors of U.S. Auto Parts Network, Inc., an e-commerce company focused on auto parts, and currently serves as its Chairman. Since 2009, Mr. Majteles has served on the board of directors of iPass Inc., which provides global enterprises and telecommunications carriers with cloud-based mobility management and Wi-Fi connectivity services, and currently serves as the Chairman of its audit committee. During the past five years, Mr. Majteles has also served on the board of directors at Rovi Corporation (formerly Macrovision), a digital entertainment technology company; Unify Corporation, a business software and services company; Adept Technology, Inc., a robotics systems and services company; Comarco, Inc., a company focused on the design and manufacture of mobile power devices; Phoenix Technologies, a core systems software company; Merriman Holdings, Inc. (formerly Merriman, Curhan & Ford Group, Inc.), an investment banking firm; and WorldHeart Corporation, a medical device company. Mr. Majteles holds a J.D. from Stanford University and a B.A from Columbia University.
Mr. Quandt currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Demand Media. Since 2005, Mr. Quandt has served as co-founder and Managing Partner at Thomas James Capital, Inc., a private equity firm that also provides financial advisory services. Mr. Quandt has served on a number of public and private company boards, including Intermix Media, Inc., an Internet marketing company that owned MySpace, Inc., Blue Label Interactive, Inc., Digital Orchid Incorporated, The FRS Company, where he is currently Chairman of the board, and the Brain Corporation. Mr. Quandt is a member of the Board of Trustees of Saint Mary’s College of California and currently serves as Chairman Emeriti, and is the President of the Pacific Club of Newport Beach. Mr. Quandt participated in the Managerial Policy Institute at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business, and received a B.S. in Business Administration from Saint Mary’s College.
Since 2003, Mr. Spalding has been the Managing Director at Kearny Venture Partners, focusing on life science and drug sector investments. From 2000 to 2003, Mr. Spalding was a General Partner at ABS Ventures, investing in emerging companies in the healthcare sector. From 1997 to 1999, Mr. Spalding served as a Vice President and the Chief Financial Officer at Portal Software, a software company for online billing services, where Mr. Spalding’s responsibilities included working on corporate financing and legal and financial reporting. Prior to that, Mr. Spalding served as the Chief Financial Officer at Fusion Medical Technologies, a medical device company, and was responsible for all aspects of the company’s initial public offering. Between 1991 and 1996, Mr. Spalding was with Alex, Brown and Sons, an investment bank to emerging growth companies, which he joined after a 14-year tenure at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison LLP, acting as general counsel for initial public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance matters. Mr. Spalding has served on the board of directors of Auilix Biopharma, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, 3D Systems Corporation, an integrated solutions 3D printing company, Emphasys Medical, Inc., a medical technology company, CBCA, Inc., a web-based health benefits services administrator, and SpinalMotion, Inc., a medical device company. Mr. Spalding has also served as an observer to the boards of directors of RoxRo Pharma, Aspreva Pharmaceuticals, Align Technologies, and Kai Pharmaceuticals. Mr. Spalding received a J.D. from Columbia Law School and an A.B. from Harvard College.