Converus is in good hands with these savvy business experts
Converus is guided by a skilled and experienced board of directors providing insight from a range of start-up and established companies.
President and CEO
Todd Mickelsen has more than 20 years of high tech senior management experience in business development, sales and product management at start-ups and established software giants, including Microsoft. Prior to joining Converus, Todd was Director of Product Management at Ancestry.com, responsible for the definition and delivery of a new family history software platform. As a co-founder of NextPage, a provider of search and content networking software, he also served as the Managing Director of NextPage Europe Ltd. overseeing the EMEA business out of the London office. As VP of Business Development at FAST Search, a leader in enterprise search technology, he helped grow the company to more than $100M in revenue — leading to an acquisition by Microsoft for $1.2B. At Microsoft, Todd provided product direction for Microsoft’s enterprise search products. Todd holds a Bachelor of Science in marketing and business from Brigham Young University.
Paul Ahlstrom is the Managing Director and Co-founder of Alta Ventures Mexico — a venture capital fund focused in Mexico. In 2000, Mr. Ahlstrom co-founded vSpring Capital, Utah’s leading venture capital fund. In 2007, he co-founded Alta Growth Capital, based in Mexico City and Kickstart Seed Fund, based in Salt Lake City. Over his career, Paul has directly participated in more than 90 venture capital investments and represented vSpring Capital on the boards of Ancestry.com, which was sold in 2007 to a private equity firm and went public in 2009 (NASDAQ:ACOM); GlobalSim, which was sold to Kongsberg Maritime (KOG – Oslo Stock Exchange); Senforce, which was sold to Novell (NASDAQ: NOVL); and Altiris (NASDAQ:ATRS), which went public and was then sold to Symantec (NASDAQ: SYMC). He has also served on the boards of many successful venture back startups, including Rhomobile, Public Engines’ www.crimereports.com, Aeroprise, 7degrees, The American Academy and FamilyLink.
Mike Wolfgramm joined the Alta Ventures team in January 2013 as Managing Director, bringing with him deep expertise in a wide range of areas, with special emphasis in high tech. He was the Chief Technology Officer at Ancestry.com. In this role, he was responsible for orchestrating the product development and the delivery of the company’s global technologies and services — including www.ancestry.com, www.genealogy.com, www.rootsweb.ancestry.com, www.myfamily.com and www.familytreemaker.com. In addition, Mike had responsibility for the company’s Web Operations, IT and IS organizations.
Bryan K. Ritchie
Bryan Ritchie is an expert at commercializing new technologies, especially those discovered at universities, through patenting, licensing, startups and business development. His substantial experience in business and academia create a unique combination of knowledge and experience around intellectual property commercialization. He’s currently the Vice President of Innovation and Associate Provost at Notre Dame University. In addition, he oversees private equity investing through multiple entities, including GrowthSPORT, Bryan James, Corp., and RCF Holdings. He has consulted for more than 100 companies, many in the fortune 500 and he serves on several boards of directors. He has a patent for pretreated densified biomass products and is the author of many books and articles, including co-author of “Relationship Economics.” Bryan holds a Ph.D. from Emory University and an MBA from Brigham Young University.
Don Sanborn is a serial entrepreneur actively involved with business startups and raising capital since 1980. He entered the commercial real estate industry in 1980. Through 2001 he actively developed and syndicated more than 20 industrial and office complexes in California, Nevada and Utah. He took leadership positions in a number of industry trade groups, such as National Association of Industrial Parks (NAIOP). In 2001 he became active in the US Green Building Council, LEED. He has been a member of the Park City Angels Network since 2007 and has invested in many Utah startups. He is proud to have served in the Viet Nam conflict as a US Naval Aviator.
Converus (“with truth”) is committed to providing trustworthy, technological solutions for deception detection. EyeDetect is an alternative technology for deception detection that is accurate, cost-effective, efficient, secure and nonintrusive. It allows businesses to manage risk and ensure workplace integrity, and assists law enforcement agencies and governments to detect deception.