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Kirk is a member of the board of General Catalyst portfolio company The Predictive Index. Most recently, she was the CEO of Data Intensity, a data, applications and analytics managed service provider, where she completed a successful sale of the company in 2017. Prior to leading DI, Kirk was the CEO and President of Keane, Inc., a global technology and services provider, and she was a founder and CEO of NerveWire Inc. She has held senior management roles at Avid Technology, Computer Sciences Corp, Fidelity Investments and IBM.

Kirk serves on the boards of Ingersoll Rand. She is a lecturer at MIT Sloan School of Management where she teaches Sales and Sales Management for Entrepreneurs and Building Entrepreneurial Ventures and advises a number of MIT start-up teams. In addition, Kirk is involved in a number of non-profit organizations. She is a trustee and member of the executive committee of the Mass TLC, the leading Boston technology trade organization, and is a board member of the UP Education Network.

She received a Bachelor’s Degree from Dartmouth College.

Kirk Arnold

EIR General Catalyst, MIT Lecturer, Board Member

Jeff has global experience in different Talent/HR and Organizational Change roles for B2B and B2C technology, media and creative agencies, and management consulting companies in the Boston, New York, London, and San Francisco markets – including Pandora Media, Cadreon, IPG/Mediabrands, Organic, Kenexa, State Street Bank, PwC and Burson-Marsteller.

Jeff is skilled at aligning, reorganizing and driving business transformation and global scale objectives while creating effective, inclusive and engaged organizations and company cultures. He has organizational realignment experience on multiple continents and in various industries.

As a Chief People Officer/Chief Talent Officer, Jeff's professional goal is to grow, scale and lead HR and talent management capabilities as strategic, results-focused functions while aligning and developing leadership teams, amplifying the employee experience, building authentic cultures and creating shareholder value.

He holds a B.A. in Political Science from St. John Fisher College. Jeff has lived in a variety of interesting places such as Boston, New York, Washington DC, London, Luxembourg, and Jamaica throughout the last 25 years, and he has traveled through Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean for work.

Jeff currently lives outside of Boston with his wife, two sons, and a golden named Ginger.

Jeff Belanger

Chief People Officer

Sean is the COO of Algorand, responsible for go-to-market execution and operations including product management, engineering, marketing and global community development.

Sean joined Algorand from LogMeIn where he was the Chief Marketing Officer responsible for global marketing strategy, product marketing, ecommerce, communications, brand leadership, and demand generation. He also ran the Integration Management Office for LogMeIn's acquisition of Jive Communications in early 2018. An experienced operations and go-to-market executive, Sean worked at Avid Technology where he led worldwide marketing strategy and operations as a member of the company’s Executive Leadership Team. Sean has also held several executive leadership roles including CMO and COO of Zmags, CMO of Syncsort, and as vice-president of Global Business Unit (GBU) marketing at Oracle reporting to the CMO where he was responsible for Oracle’s vertical industry applications worldwide.

At the start of his professional career Sean spent seven years as a senior strategy consultant with Monitor Group, and in 1999 he co-founded Upromise, Inc. where he was vice-president of product management and product marketing.

Sean earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Williams College and a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard University Graduate School of Business.

W. Sean Ford

Chief Operating Officer, Board Member

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