Alex Ferrara Non-Executive Director
Alex Ferrara is a partner in Bessemer’s New York office where he focusses on investments in the software and Internet sectors.
Alex’s previous board service includes Yodle, Shopify, OMGPop (acquired by Zynga), SelectMinds (acquired by Oracle), and Quadriserv. Alex was also involved with the firm’s investments in Pure Networks (acquired by Cisco), Skype (acquired by Ebay), SiteAdvisor (acquired by McAfee), Goal.com (acquired by Perform Group), Activ Financial, TeamViewer, and Gerson Lehrman Group.
Alex’s other historical investments include HootSuite and Alibaba Group. Earlier in his career Alex worked at Goldman Sachs in technology investment banking. Alex started his career as a software developer at Salomon Brothers and later worked as a derivatives trader.
Alex holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, and a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.
Laurence Garrett Non-executive Director
Laurence is a partner of Highland Capital Partners Europe and primarily focuses on growth opportunities in the software and internet sector across Europe.
His prior board service includes BlueGnome (acquired by Illumina Inc), CSR plc (IPO), UbiNetics Holdings Ltd (acquired by Aeroflex and CSR), Insensys Ltd (acquire by Moog and Schlumberger), Adaytum (acquired by Cognos), Select Software Inc (IPO), Trigenix (acquired by Qualcomm) and Icera Inc (acquired by nVidia).
Laurence is also a member of the investment committee for Cambridge Enterprise Ltd that invests in spin outs from Cambridge University.