Chris Todd | President & CEO
Chris is responsible for leading Theatro’s overall direction, strategy, and growth plans. Chris is a “rollup your sleeves” type leader who is passionate about the strategy of a business. Chris believes that most every idea can be a winner…it’s all about figuring out the strategy angles to drive success! As a co-founder, Chris has been instrumental in guiding Theatro from an early innovative concept into a fast paced growth company.
Chris has 25+ years of experience in senior executive positions with small start-ups and large multinationals in a diverse array of industries, including software, networking and apps for leading hardware and software companies including Cisco Systems, AppTrigger, Metaswitch, Extreme Networks and Newbridge Networks. Chris graduated with a BBA from SMU.
Dr. Richard Nottenburg
Dr. Nottenburg, currently an investor in early stage technology companies including Theatro, previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of Sonus Networks, Inc. from June 2008 through October 2010. From July 2004 until May 2008, Dr. Nottenburg was an officer with Motorola, Inc., ultimately serving as its Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Technology Officer. Dr. Nottenburg is currently a member of the boards of directors of PMC Sierra , Inc., Verint Systems, Inc., and Aeroflex Corporation.
Dr. Nottenburg earned three degrees in electrical engineering – a doctorate from the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Lausanne, Switzerland, a master’s degree from Colorado State University and a bachelor’s degree from Polytechnic Institute of New York.
Judith M. O’Brien
Judith M. (Judy) O’Brien is a partner in the Corporate Practice Group of King & Spalding and leads the firm’s Emerging Company practice. She has over 35-years of experience working with technology companies during their critical stages of development, providing a broad array of legal services. She has incorporated hundreds of technology companies, including Sun Microsystems, LSI Logic and Juniper Networks, and served as their principal outside general counsel as they grew from a start-up to Fortune 500 status. From November 2006 through December 2010, Ms. O’Brien served as executive vice president and general counsel of Obopay, Inc., a provider of mobile payment services. From February 2001 until October 2006, Ms. O’Brien served as a managing director at Incubic Venture Fund, a venture capital firm. Ms. O’Brien was a lawyer with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where, from February 1984 to February 2001, she was a partner specializing in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate matters.
Ms. O’Brien holds a bachelor of arts degree from Smith College and a J.D. degree from University of California School of Law at Los Angeles.
Bruce is an operating partner at Khosla Ventures, where he focuses on big data and cloud infrastrucure leveraging his more than 25 years of experience developing, marketing, selling and investing in enterprise technology companies. Since joining KV, he’s been involved with a number of portfolio companies including Big Switch Networks, Cylance, Datera, DB Networks, GitLab, Helium, MemSQL, Mesosphere, Metamarkets, Panzura, Parstream, Realm, and Theatro.
Prior to joining Khosla Ventures, Bruce was president and CEO of PivotLink, a leading provider of SaaS business intelligent applications, which was acquired in 2014 by SmartFocus, a Francisco Partners-backed marketing automation company. Prior to PivotLink, he served as chairman and CEO of Kickfire, a pioneer in next-generation data warehouse appliances focused on the open source MySQL database market, which was acquired in 2010 by industry leader, Teradata. Bruce also was the president and CEO of KNOVA Software, a publicly traded company that was the leading provider of search and analytic applications for unstructured data. KNOVA later merged with Onyx Software to create Consona Software, which was then acquired by Oracle in 2013.
Earlier in his career, Bruce was the executive vice president of sales and marketing at Broadbase Software, where he helped create the analytic application category for customer relationship management. Broadbase later in IPO’d in 1999. He also was vice president and general manager of the server products group at Sybase, where he ran the company’s $700M enterprise database management business. Bruce began his career as one of the first 20 employees at Teradata Corporation. After the company’s successful IPO and subsequent acquisition by AT&T/NCR, he was named vice president and general manager of the $500M enterprise solutions division, president of Teradata and a company officer of AT&T.
Mr. Desai is a partner at CPMG, Inc. CPMG is an investment firm that employs a concentrated, value-oriented approach to investing in publicly traded and private operating companies. Prior to joining CPMG’s predecessor, Cardinal Investment Company, Mr. Desai worked as an analyst at WhiteHorse Capital Partners, L.P. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of PROCEPT BioRobotics Corporation, Theatro Labs, Inc., ESN Venture Holdings LLC, Lifeblue Incorporated, and Travel Research Advisors LLC. Mr. Desai holds a B.S. and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.