Greg Dracon is a Partner at .406 Ventures with 25+ years of combined venture investing and high tech operating and management experience. Greg leads .406’s cybersecurity practice and his current cybersecurity investment portfolio includes AuthAir (acquired by LogMeIn), Edgewise (acquired by Zscaler), GreatHorn (acquired by StageFund), HYPR, KSOC, MineralTree (acquired by Global Payments), Onapsis, Oort, Pwnie Express (acquired by Outpost 24), Randori (acquired by IBM), Sevco, Tausight, Terbium Labs (acquired by Deloitte), ThreatGRID (acquired by Cisco), Threat Stack (acquired by F5), ThreatX, Trilio Data and Vaultive (acquired by CyberArk).
Greg also serves on Governor Baker’s Cybersecurity Strategy Council for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and is a former board director of the Advanced Cyber Security Center – a non-profit consortium comprised of industry, academic and government leaders establishing New England as a center of excellence for cybersecurity thought leadership.
Prior to .406, Greg was a Vice President at the venture capital firm, Core Capital Partners, and, previously, spent a dozen years in a variety of operating and management roles within the high tech industry.
Greg received his BS in Electrical Engineering from Penn State University and his MBA from The Wharton School.
Marc Raibert is executive director of The AI Institute. In this role, he drives The Institute's strategic roadmap and spearheads recruitment efforts to achieve the organization’s mission of developing technology that enables future generations of intelligent machines.
Raibert also serves as the chairman of the board at Boston Dynamics, which he founded in 1992. A spin-off from MIT, Boston Dynamics is arguably the most influential pure-play robotics organization in the world, having produced robots such as BigDog, Atlas, Stretch, and Spot – the latter two are available for commercial purchase and used by organizations around the globe.
A lifelong roboticist, Raibert started his robotics career more than 45 years ago as a graduate student at MIT, where he wrote software that learned the dynamics of a robot manipulator. His work has influenced modern dynamic robots, including legged and mobile-manipulation robots. He was the first to create robots that balance as they walk and run, and this early focus on dynamics helped form the foundation for today’s commercialized mobile robots.
Over the last three decades, Raibert has emerged as a leading figure in robotics, having delivered numerous keynote lectures and interviews, including TED, 60 Minutes, Turing Institute, WebSummit, Wired 25, MARS, REMARS, and many others. He devoted 18 years as an academic researcher and faculty member at CalTech/JPL, Carnegie Mellon University, and MIT. Raibert is a Founding Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of AI, a member of the National Academy Engineering, received the 2022 Engelberger Award in Technology, and the 2022 IEEE Pioneer Award in Robotics. Even more rewarding, two of Raibert’s robots were inducted into the Robot Hall of Fame in 2008 and 2012.
Ajay invests in seed and Series A business software and has spent the bulk of his career building and investing in software companies. Prior to Bain Capital Ventures, Ajay led product and sales as an early employee at Trilogy, an enterprise software pioneer, growing annual revenues to $300 million.
Ajay’s primary investment themes include front-office applications (Clari, Gainsight, Reprise), digital commerce enablement (Bloomreach, ShipBob, Kiva Systems), bottom-up and developer led software (Clockwise, Sendgrid), supply chain and industrial automation (FourKites, ShipBob, Vention), and the intersection of application software and fintech (Airbase, Argyle, Homebase). Through his time at BCV, Ajay has been named multiple times to the Forbes Midas List of Top 100 Venture Capitalists.
Ajay has a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Stanford University and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. In addition to his firm and portfolio company responsibilities, Ajay serves as a National Board Member for BUILD, a not-for-profit dedicated to harnessing the power of entrepreneurship to ignite the potential of underprivileged youth.
Ajay grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is a die-hard Steelers fan. In addition to technology, Ajay enjoys literary fiction, playing tennis, and spending time with his family.
Engineer turned entrepreneur. I love solving big complex problems with simple systems and solutions. I started Oort to tackle the massive challenge of fixing enterprise security starting from first principles. For Oort, that means starting with identity.
Modern companies are surrounded by a swirling mass of identities - not unlike the swirling Oort Cloud of comets ☄️ and asteroids that surround our solar system. With just a slight change in trajectory, any one of these orbiting identities can be sent on a collision course with Earth. Account takeover and identity-based cyber attacks pose the greatest threat to the modern enterprise.
Prior to starting Oort, I led the Boston Innovation Team for Cisco after years of working my way across multiple product teams and technologies. I've touched everything from Cloud to Networking to Video Streaming to Security.
Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Clean Energy Ventures
Daniel Goldman has over 25 years of energy industry experience in strategy, corporate and project finance, and project development, as well as private equity/asset investment and early-stage venture investing. Over the course of his career, Mr. Goldman’s experience has spanned the upstream, mid-stream and downstream oil, gas, coal and power generation sectors of the industry, and since 2000 has included an extensive focus on clean energy asset development and finance, energy efficiency technology development, as well as venture and project investments, both domestically and internationally. In addition to co-founding CEVG, from 2006-Sept 2016, he has held positions at GreatPoint Energy, including as its president and chief financial officer from 2011-16. GreatPoint Energy is a clean energy gasification company which Mr. Goldman helped to raise over $280 million from investors such as Kleiner Perkins, Khosla Ventures, Citi, Dow Chemical and China Wanxiang.
Payal joined .406 in 2015 and brings a wide range of technology experiences to the firm. She co-leads the Digital Health investing activity at the firm.
Payal started her career pursuing technology investment banking at J.P. Morgan in NYC at the height of the financial crisis. She spent most of her time in the software and financial technology spaces, and was an analyst on Xerox’s $8.3B acquisition of ACS, Visa's $2.0B acquisition of CyberSource, and VisaNet Brazil's $3.7B IPO.
I am an experienced executive committed to working with values-driven teams to tackle major challenges through entrepreneurship and investment. I have a talent for building entrepreneurial, high performing teams around big opportunities with unclear roadmaps.
I have proven cross-sector experience including alongside, across the table from, and at the intersection of entrepreneurs, investors, corporate executives, and public sector leaders.
Specialties: building collaborative, cross-functional teams; strategy and strategic planning; entrepreneurship; impact investing including environmental, social governance (ESG), program-related investments (PRIs); early stage venture capital, social impact; public-private partnerships; corporate innovation; governing and advisory board management; non-profit fundraising