About Us

Eric Hjerpe, Partner

Eric Hjerpe has over 35 years of operating and investing experiences.

Boards: Active Endpoints, Boundless (ValoreBooks), Cloze, Fireclick (Digital River), Globoforce, HapYak, Linkable Networks (Collinson Group), NorthPage, OpenRatings (Dun & Bradstreet), OwnerIQ, Performix Technologies (NICE Systems), SimpleTuition (Follett Corporation), SupplyWorks (Consona ERP), Triblio (Liferay), TrueAdvantage (InsideView), and Virtual Logix (Red Bend Software).

Operating experience: At Siebel Systems, a senior general manager and member of the Founder's Circle. Started the subsidiary SiebelNet, which included a company investment that returned 12x in less than a year. At Silicon Graphics, was one of the first to deploy complex applications over the web.

Other: DEC divisional CIO, Arthur D. Little. While at MIT Sloan, he worked for the Center for Information Systems Research (CISR), studying new software development methods. Founded a software company that wrote desktop software for product development engineers.

Education: Brown University, MIT Sloan School of Management.

Current and prior volunteer work: New England Venture Capital Association (Board), Massachusetts "12x12" Start-Up Program (member).

Jo Tango, Partner

Jo Tango founded Kepha Partners and has been in VC since 1998.

VC experience: A founding or first institutional investor in Azuki Systems (Ericsson), Carbon Black (NASDAQ: CBLK), ExaGrid, Goby (NAVTEQ), Mavrck, Paradigm4, StreamBase Systems (TIBCO), Vertica Systems (Hewlett-Packard), Virtual Iron (Oracle) and VoltDB; other investments include Ask Jeeves (NASDAQ: ASKJ), Digital Market (acquired by Agile Software), and NextCard (NASDAQ: NXCD). Previously, at Highland Capital Partners (General Partner).

Other: Bain & Company (case team leader), Wasserstein Perella (M&A), Bain Capital (private equity), Salomon Brothers (equity research).

Education: Yale College (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa 1st election), Harvard Business School (Baker Scholar).

Current and prior volunteer work: Harvard Business School (Alumni Board member; Co-Chair of 5th, 10th, 15th and 25th class reunions), The Roxbury Latin School (Trustee, Parents' Fund Chair, Development Committee Co-Chair), New England Venture Capital Association (Board), NECINA (Board), Boston Archdiocese Clergy Retirement Trust (Investment Committee).

Personal: Jo and his family emigrated from Indonesia with a few suitcases and $1,500. Blog here. His family's angel investing initiative here.

Ed Hamilton, CFO & Partner

Ed Hamilton has over 40 years of financial management experience in venture capital, accounting, and early stage technology companies.

VC experience: Previously, CFO at Dover Medical Ventures and North Bridge Venture Partners. At North Bridge, he managed more than 130 portfolio company financings, representing more than $500 million in invested capital, as well as limited partner distributions, capital calls and partnership tax matters.

Operating experience: Chief Financial Officer of ServiceSoft Corporation, American Superconductor Corporation (IPO and secondary), Safer, Inc. and Concord Data Systems.

Other: ROLM Corporation, Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co.

Education: Tufts University, Harvard Business School.