Board of Directors
Micah Adler, PhD
An academic turned prolific technology entrepreneur, Micah Adler combines rich industry insight with complex technical knowledge as the president, CEO, and founder of Fiksu. Previously, Micah was CEO, president, and co-founder of Adverplex, a search engine marketing (SEM) optimization company. His research in algorithms, probabilistic analysis and combinatorial optimization helped the company develop innovative technology to drive profitability for multi-million dollar SEM campaigns. Micah was also the co-founder, president and board member of CourseAdvisor, which was acquired by the Washington Post Corporation in 2007. He has served on the boards of directors for more than 10 Boston-area startup companies.
Micah was also a tenured professor of Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He has authored more than 50 widely cited publications; holds multiple patents; and has served on numerous academic review committees, program committees and editorial boards. He received his BS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his PhD in theoretical computer science from the University of California, Berkeley.
Jon Auerbach is a general partner at Charles River Ventures, where his focus is identifying and investing in innovative companies that are poised to become category leaders in mobile and advertising technology. Prior to joining CRV, Jon was a general partner at Highland Capital Partners. Jon has more than a decade of venture funding experience, and he has been an active investor in numerous successful start-ups, including Starent Networks, Quattro Wireless, Optasite, and CCTV. He is a frequent speaker on wireless trends and technologies worldwide. Jon is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
Guy Bradley brings an impressive track record of identifying, mentoring and funding industry changing companies to his role with Fiksu. Guy was a founding partner of CMGI@Ventures in 1995, where he helped to create the first Internet-only venture fund. Prior to joining CMGI, Guy worked in product management and strategic planning at Softlab GmbH, a $100 million software development subsidiary of BMW. He has served on the boards of numerous technology companies including WebCT, Intelligent Digital, Blaxxun, Onecore, Silknet, Virtual Ink / Mimio, and Course Advisor, and is a former board member of Common Angels. Guy received a BA from Princeton University.
Maia is a Managing Director of the Private Equity Group at Shott Capital Management where she is responsible for private equity investment strategy, partnership selection and portfolio management. Maia has worked with dozens of start-ups and growth companies and was involved in corporate finance, private equity, and venture capital pursuits for BancBoston Ventures, Bank of America, and Bank of Boston. She opened the Palo Alto office for BancBoston Ventures, where she developed the strategy, built the team, and invested in start-ups and venture capital funds. Maia eventually headed BancBoston Ventures within Bank of America's global private equity group. Since 2006 Maia has been a member of CommonAngels, a Boston-area micro VC investment group. In 2009, she joined CommonAngels' board and is currently serving as chairman. In addition to her role with the Fiksu board of directors, Maia is also on the board of Apperian. Prior board roles include Clovr Media, NetKey, Watchfire, and WebCT. Maia received a BA from Wellesley College and was elected into Phi Beta Kappa.
Albert Wang is a Senior Investment Manager at Qualcomm Ventures. His current investment focuses are mobile cloud computing and cross-platform solutions with an expanded interest in disruptive startups that harness the confluence of social, mobile, and cloud computing trends. Albert led the investment and currently serves as board observer for Fiksu, BlueStacks, Steelhouse, Avalanche Technology, Cavendish Kinetics, and Gaikai (acquired by Sony).
Prior to Qualcomm Ventures, Albert worked in various engineering and management roles in the wireless industry. Most recently, he worked in Lux Capital focusing on MEMS and nanotechnology startups in the wireless industry. He also spent 4 years at Skyworks Solutions and managed the full lifecycle of several wireless chips that power the most popular smartphones today. Before Skyworks, he played a key technical role in Tavanza, an RFIC startup that was acquired by Anadigics.
Albert received his MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati, and his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Zhejiang University.