Board of Directors
Gordon (Gordy) has held several senior executive positions in his career, leading the start up and development of many successful companies. With an extensive career in risk management, Gordy brings significant experience and thought leadership in the application of analytics and decision sciences within marketing, credit and collections operations. For ten years, he held management and policy development responsibilities in credit and collections in managing Fingerhut's $2 billion direct mail catalog sales.
In 1994 Gordy founded RiskWise and led the development of a highly regarded risk management company focused on the development and distribution of a series of sophisticated decision products for credit, fraud prevention, collections, security and payment risk. These solutions were adopted widely by the nation's top financial, telecommunications and receivable management companies.
While building RiskWise, Gordy led the acquisition of National Fraud Center and co-founded a pre-employment risk management company called PeopleWise. LexisNexis acquired all three RiskWise businesses in June 2000. He continued to lead the RiskWise business and held senior roles in the LexisNexis technology organization until June of 2003. In the fall of 2003, Gordy founded eBureau.
Gordy graduated from the University of Minnesota Morris in 1983 and earned a Masters of Business Administration from St. Cloud State University.
Jim Simons is a founding Managing Director of Split Rock Partners. Jim focuses on software and services companies, which are enabled by ubiquitous low-cost computing and communications connectivity. Jim offers a deep understanding of direct marketing to consumers and how technology is changing the way businesses acquire, retain and service their customers.
Prior to founding Split Rock Partners, Jim served as General Partner of St. Paul Venture Capital, which he joined in 1996 and focused on early-stage investing in software and services opportunities. Before joining St. Paul Venture Capital, Jim was a partner at Marquette Venture Partners, where he was responsible for investments in a variety of industries. Jim began his career in the investment banking group at Trammell Crow Company and in the corporate finance department at First Boston Corporation.
Jim received a BA in economics and history from Stanford University and an MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
Michael Gorman is a founding Managing Director of Split Rock Partners. Gorman focuses on investments in software and internet services companies based in Minnesota and the surrounding region.
Prior to founding Split Rock Partners, Michael was Managing General Partner of St. Paul Venture Capital, which he joined in 1995 and focused on software and services investments. He is an active supporter of the local entrepreneurial community, and works closely with organizations providing guidance to emerging companies. In addition, Michael served as president of the Minnesota Venture Capital Association in 2000 and 2001.
Michael holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Duke University, as well as MBA and JD degrees from Harvard University. He began his venture capital career with the Harvard Management Company. Earlier in his career, he was a management consultant with Bain & Company, where he assisted clients in the development and execution of corporate strategies.
Chris Moore is a Partner with Redpoint Ventures focusing on consumer Internet, online marketing and business services opportunities. Prior to joining Redpoint, Chris evaluated Internet opportunities for IVP, a firm he joined in 1999. He currently serves on the board of directors of Auditude, Efficient Frontier, BlueKai, eBureau, and Vuze. Chris also led Redpoint's investment in Right Media (acquired by Yahoo!) and was actively involved with Redpoint's investment in MySpace.
Prior to joining IVP, Chris led business development efforts for wine.com, the online wine retailer, and held various product management positions with Peapod, the pioneering online grocery shopping service provider. Previously, Chris evaluated and executed Internet and media investments for Ameritech. He began his career as a financial analyst in the mergers and acquisitions and leveraged buyout groups of Wasserstein Perella & Co.
Chris holds a B.A. in Mathematics and Economics from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Matt Coffin is president and founder of LowerMyBills.com, a leading online mortgage lead generator in the United States and the number one online financial services advertiser. In January 2007, the Experian Interactive Innovation Center was established and Coffin was named president.
Coffin has become an expert resource in saving money by empowering consumers to spend less on recurring monthly expenses in order to free up cash for the things they really want out of life. What began as an answer to his own problems in April of 1999, LowerMyBills.com has grown into the leading bill-lowering site on the Web. Since its inception in 1999, LowerMyBills.com has helped more than five million consumers save more than $3 billion with lower rates.
As the president of the Experian Interactive Innovation Center, Coffin is responsible for identifying and developing new business opportunities that utilize Experian’s core data and analytics along with technology from existing Experian Interactive brands.
Ben is a Managing Director of Tenaya Capital. He initially joined the predecessor to Tenaya (Lehman Brothers Venture Partners) in 2000, and co-founded Tenaya in 2009. Previously, Ben was a member of Lehman Brothers' Technology Investment Banking group, where he was responsible for corporate finance and strategic advisory assignments. Ben holds an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a B.S. in human and organizational development from Vanderbilt University.