Board of Directors

Alan Taetle

General Partner, Noro-Moseley Partners

Alan Taetle joined NMP in 1998 and has focused his investment activities on software and information technology companies. He currently represents NMP on the boards of Clearleap, nCrowd and Virtustream. Alan was previously a director or observer for several prior NMP investments, including Vocalocity (sold to Vonage Holdings Corp.), Acumen Brands (sold to General Atlantic), SecureWorks (sold to Dell), Adjoined Consulting (sold to Capgemini), OpenSite Technologies (sold to Siebel Systems), CipherTrust (sold to Secure Computing), and PRE Holdings (sold to InComm).

Prior to joining NMP, Alan was the Executive Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for MindSpring (which merged with EarthLink in 2000). Alan joined MindSpring as its 13th employee in 1995, and oversaw the company’s subscriber growth from 4,000 to over 325,000 in just three years. Prior to MindSpring, Alan served in various systems and product management roles with CogniTech Corporation, makers of contact management software; Itochu International, a Japanese trading company; and Electronic Data Systems, a systems integration consulting company. Alan is a previous board member of ChoicePoint, Inc., a NYSE company (acquired by Reed Elsevier in 2008) focused on providing information that helps companies make educated, intelligent choices to reduce risk and fraud.

Alan is the Immediate Past Chair of the Florida Venture Forum and serves on the Board of Advisors of the Georgia Tech College of Computing. He is also a charter member of TiE Atlanta. Alan serves on the Board of Directors of GivingPoint, a nationwide community-based youth development organization. Alan received a BA from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Mike Becker

Managing Director, Vocap Investment Partners

Mike loves the entrepreneurial process and has over 20 years of investing, technology and operations experience, much of it working with growth stage companies. Prior to joining Vocap, Mike served as the COO of Triton Digital’s Applications & Services Division. During his tenure at Triton, he lead the integration of multiple acquisitions and built a 100+ person Product, Technology, and Client Services team that delivered SaaS loyalty marketing, contesting, research, and gamification solutions to an expanding international client base. Prior to Triton Digital, Mike was a founder and COO of Enticent, a leading SaaS provider of loyalty marketing and audience relationship management tools for media companies. Mike helped to lead the company through three rounds of venture financing and a successful exit with the sale to Triton Digital. In addition to these roles, Mike has served as a Partner with Summit Investors, an investment partnership focusing on private and public investment opportunities. He also held positions with Kurt Salmon Associates and Andersen Consulting, where he worked on management consulting projects related to strategy, operations, and technology implementation.

Mike holds a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. He currently resides in Atlanta, GA with his wife and three children. When he is not working with Vocap’s partner companies, you can often find him outdoors coaching a lacrosse game or on the links in futile pursuit of a future Senior PGA Tour Card.

Michael Cohn

Michael is an entrepreneur and early-stage technology investor and advisor. He is currently the Managing Director of Techstars Atlanta.

Over his nearly 20-year career, Michael has served both large enterprises and start-ups in a variety of roles, including CEO, head of Marketing, head of Product Development and Programmer. Michael co-founded Cloud Sherpas in 2008, and remained a member of the senior leadership team running Global Marketing as the business scaled to nearly $200MM revenue and over 1,100 employees before exiting to Accenture in 2015. As SVP Marketing at Cloud Sherpas, Michael led a team of 60 marketing and business development professionals responsible for brand strategy, communications, demand creation and lead nurturing for the leading cloud advisory and technology services provider.

When not working with start-ups, you might find Michael spending time outdoors, in the mountains or on the water, enjoying time with his wife and two children.

Andrew Dorman

Andrew is a partner at Knoll Ventures where he is responsible for sourcing, structuring, and managing investments in early stage companies. Although based in Atlanta, GA, Knoll Ventures backs founders in markets across the country including the bay area, Denver, Chicago, and, of course, the southeast US. The typical portfolio company has raised a seed round, built an MVP, and closed a small number of paid deals. Assuming these basic conditions have been achieved, Knoll Ventures will lead or co-lead a strategic round to fund the next 12 to 18 months of the growth process. In almost all cases, Knoll Ventures prefers to work with a small number of investors that either contribute subject matter expertise or the ability to lead subsequent rounds. Prior to and following an investment, Knoll Ventures collaborates with the founders on an actionable growth strategy designed to position the company for sustainable long-term growth.

Andrew is a current, or former member, of the 36|86 screening committee, Venture Atlanta selection committee, and Episcopal High School Advisory Council. His work within the local community includes, among other causes, serving as the Co-Chairman of the Admissions Committee for the Tour Championship at East Lake. Andrew received a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from Southern Methodist University and an MBA from the Georgia Institute of Technology where he co-founded the Institute’s first multi-disciplinary graduate level real estate course.

Alex Estevez

Venture Partner Accel Partners

Mr. Estevez helps Silicon Valley-based Accel Partners with portfolio companies and investment opportunities based in the eastern United States.  Accel is a global leader in venture capital, having invested in companies such as Atlassian, Dropbox, Dropcam, Etsy, Facebook,, Slack, Squarespace and Spotify.  Mr. Estevez is currently on the advisory board of BetterCloud and Grovo, both New York-based Accel investments.

Prior to Accel, Mr. Estevez worked in San Francisco as CFO of Atlassian (Nasdaq: TEAM), a global leader in team collaboration software. During these three years, Mr. Estevez helped triple bookings to nearly a $300 million runrate, and he helped grow shareholder value from $400 million to $3.3 billion via minority investment with T. Rowe Price.

Prior to Atlassian, Mr. Estevez served as CFO of Silicon Valley-based BigFix from 2007 to 2010. During this time, Mr. Estevez helped triple revenues for the company, resulting in the successful sale of BigFix to IBM (NYSE: IBM) in what became the largest private software M&A transaction of 2010.  This event also represented a 5x increase in shareholder value from when he joined three years prior.

Before BigFix, Mr. Estevez led South Carolina-based Datastream (Nasdaq: DSTM) as a public company officer for 9 years, transitioning from CFO to President during this tenure.  Datastream sold to Infor at a valuation nearly 3x its IPO price.

Mr. Estevez began his career in the investment banking group of Raymond James in his home town of St. Petersburg, Florida. At Raymond James, Mr. Estevez helped East Coast technology companies like Datastream manage through their respective IPO and M&A processes.

Mr. Estevez earned an MBA with distinction from Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management and a bachelor's degree with honors from Harvard College where he was also a 4 time letter winner for the Harvard soccer team.

Mr. Estevez relocated October 2014 from Silicon Valley to Greenville, South Carolina, his wife’s hometown and his new springboard for investment and advisory opportunities with East Coast technology businesses and entrepreneurs.

Linnea Geiss

Vice President of Corporate Development for NCR Corporation

Linnea Geiss is the Vice President of Corporate Development for NCR Corporation, which includes Mergers and Acquisitions, Strategic Partnerships and Alliances and New Market Development initiatives. Prior to joining NCR, Linnea was an investment principal at Arcapita Ventures, a growth-stage venture capital fund, and she began her career at Radiant Systems (NASDAQ:RADS, acquired by NYSE:NCR). Linnea holds a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from Duke University and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a current member of the Board of Directors of the Atlanta CEO Council, a former member of the Advisory Board of the MIT Enterprise Forum of Atlanta and served as the Chair of the Southern Capital Conference from 2010 - 2012.

David Hartnett

Metro Atlanta Chamber

Named the vice president of technology industry expansion for the Metro Atlanta Chamber in August 2006, David B. Hartnett leads the bioscience and technology arm of the Chamber’s economic development division. Hartnett has more than 19 years of senior management experience in medical device, pharmaceutical and telemedicine IT health care. Prior to joining the Chamber, he served as the managing director of Medical Device Marketing, a privately held professional service consulting and strategic execution company. His diverse experience has contributed to the success of six premier medical device companies receiving international recognition. Prior to Medical Device Marketing, Hartnett served as the president and CEO of United Pharma, a privately held medical device/pharmaceutical company based in Duluth, Ga. Prior to United Pharma, Hartnett was president and CEO of SteriFx Corporation, a specialty chemical company. Prior to SteriFx, he was the executive vice president and co-founder of the North American headquarters of Given Imaging, Inc. Given Imaging redefined gastrointestinal. He holds a B.S. in speech communication from San Diego State University with a master’s equivalent in marketing through post-graduate studies. He is currently affiliated with:

  • Georgia Bio (GABIO), Board of Directors
  • Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), Board of Directors
  • MIT Forum, Board of Directors
  • Drake Beam & Morin (DBM), Executive Advisory Board
  • Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI)
  • American-Israel Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors
  • SE Medical Device Association (SEMDA), Board of Directors
  • Venture Atlanta Coalition, Co-Founder, Board of Directors

Hartnett is married with four children and is active in the Atlanta business community.

Philip Lewis

Director, Fulcrum Equity Partners

Mr. Lewis is a Director with Fulcrum Equity Partners, an Atlanta based growth equity fund with over $140 million under management. Prior to joining Fulcrum in 2007, Mr. Lewis was employed as an Investment Banking Analyst with A.G. Edwards & Sons in St. Louis. Mr. Lewis received a B.S. in Business Administration with concentrations in Finance and Accounting and a minor in Spanish from Washington University in St. Louis. While in college he worked for the Michelson Organization, a Real Estate Private Equity Fund that manages over $1 billion in assets.

Additionally, Mr. Lewis is the Chari of the NextWave Society at the Georgia Aquarium, chair of the Young Southern Capital Forum, member of the Leadership Council for non-profit Year Up! Atlanta and an active member of the Technology Association of Georgia, Technology Executives Roundtable and Venture Atlanta.

Tino Mantella

Technology Association of Georgia

Tino Mantella joined TAG in September 2004 as the organization's new President. Mantella, prior to joining TAG, had amassed over 20 years of related experience leading two of the nations more prestigious volunteer-driven organizations - National Arthritis Foundation and YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago. As President and CEO of two multifaceted and complex charities, he spearheaded agendas that led to the development of innovative new services, resulting in the facilitation of significant membership growth. In addition, Mantella’s track record reflects impressive results in fund raising, advocacy, and economic development. Since coming to TAG, Mantella has worked with a team of dedicated volunteers and staff to: build a prestigious board made up of 60 technology stakeholders; grown membership by more than 500%; and added a series of programs and services that support TAG’s vision of educating, informing and uniting the technology community. Mantella is a member of the boards of Venture Atlanta Coalition Inc., TAG Education Collaborative, and Catholic Charities.

Blake Patton

Managing Partner, Tech Square Ventures

Blake is a technology entrepreneur and investor with over 20 years of experience in startup, venture backed, and publicly traded internet, software, payments, and financial services companies.

Prior to founding Tech Square Ventures, Blake was General Manager of the Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) at Georgia Tech – recently named by Forbes as one of the “Top 12 Incubators Changing the World”. Before ATDC, he served as President & COO of Interactive Advisory Software; CEO of iKobo; and EVP of iXL, an e-business consulting firm that he joined through the acquisition of Swan Media and was part of the executive team that grew the company from startup to over $300 million in annualized revenue and an IPO. Blake also founded, and later successfully sold, Siteman – one of the first application service provider (ASP) offerings in the online content management space. He started his career as an Associate at SEI Corporation.

Blake currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Atlanta CEO Council and Venture Atlanta and is a Georgia Research Alliance (GRA) Industry Fellow. He earned a Bachelor of Industrial and Systems Engineering degree from Georgia Tech, where he was Captain of the Swim Team. He was inducted into the Georgia Tech College of Engineering’s Council of Outstanding Young Engineering Alumni and previously served on the Georgia Tech Advisory Board.

Kyle Porter

Kyle Porter is the founder and CEO of SalesLoft. SalesLoft generated explosive growth over the past two years, serving over 1,200 clients and 30,000 business professionals while boosting revenue over 2,000 percent in 2015. Kyle led the team from four employees in 2014 to over 85 in 2016, who were honored together as Atlanta’s No. 1 best place to work in a survey by Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Upon graduating from TechStars Boulder in 2012, the Technology Association of Georgia recognized the company as one of the Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in GA. As the fastest growing technology company in Atlanta (PaceSetters 2014, 2015), Kyle was named the TiE Top Up-and-Coming Entrepreneur of the year and Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year in 2014.

As a champion for organizational health and the Atlanta technology ecosystem, Kyle is dedicated to helping SalesLoft’s employees accomplish their goals and dreams. He presents at national conferences on the topic of leadership, fostering culture in a dynamic market, and blogs at

Kyle is a Georgia Tech graduate who loves wakeboarding, reading, cycling, and spending time with his wife April, and baby Brooklyn together on their tangerine farm in Florida.