Adams, who joined Equinix in 2008 as Chief Development Officer, is a seasoned strategy and business development executive with more than 20 years of experience across various sectors of the high-tech industry. Previously Adams founded three start-ups and a venture capital fund for direct investment in Indonesia. He has been an active investor in digital music, VoIP, WiFi, Wireless Data Qos and data management and communications. Adams was the senior vice president of corporate development and strategy for Electronics for Imaging, Inc. (EFI), where he led a series of acquisitions and equity investments that helped reposition the company for new growth initiatives. Prior to EFI, Adams held senior leadership positions in corporate strategy, business development, and M&A transactions at several companies, including General Electric Capital and Adaptec.
Since 2005 John Connors has been a partner with Ignition Partners, where invests principally in business software and services. Prior to joining Ignition, John spent sixteen years at Microsoft Corporation in several strategic roles. From January 2000 to April 2005 he was senior vice president of Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer. John also held a variety of positions including vice president of the Worldwide Enterprise Group, and vice president and Chief Information Officer (CIO). Before serving as CIO, he held a number of positions within and outside finance, including Corporate Controller, General Manager of worldwide financial operations, Director of business operations of Microsoft’s European headquarters in Paris, and Director of business operations of the Worldwide Sales and Support Strategy Group.
Matt McIlwain is managing director at Madrona Venture Group where he focuses on a broad range of software-driven companies. Before joining Madrona in 2000, Matt was vice president of business process for the Genuine Parts Company (NYSE:GPC), a Fortune 250 company. He also was an engagement manager at McKinsey & Company, concentrating on strategy and marketing in technology and financial service industries, and worked in investment banking at CSFB. Matt co-teaches a course on venture capital in the University of Washington Technology MBA Program. He is a board member of the Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) and Villa Academy and serves on Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna’s Technology Advisory Board and is an advisory board member for Families Northwest.