Jim Andelman is co-founder and Managing Director of Bonfire Ventures. Jim has spent his entire career in and around enterprise software, and has been a VC investor for 16 years. Previously he founded and served as Managing Partner of predecessor firm Rincon Venture Partners. Before that, Jim led software investing at Broadview Capital Partners, a $250 million expansion-stage venture capital firm based in the Bay Area. Prior to BCP, Jim was a member of the Technology Investment Banking Group at Alex. Brown & Sons (and its successor, Deutsche Bank Securities). There, he concentrated on equity private placements and initial public offerings for software companies. Jim began his career with Symmetrix, a boutique management consulting firm founded by a Bain & Co. founder, which helped to create strategic advantage through the application of technology. Jim serves on the Boards of Directors of Campus Explorer, Conversion Logic, Keen IO, Qordoba, Rentlytics, Rainforest QA, Rockbot, SteelHouse and Tradesy. He previously served on the Boards of Cadforce (acquired by Neilsoft), Packet Island (acquired by BroadSoft), Burstly (acquired by Apple), DataPop (acquired by Criteo), Divshot (acquired by Google) and Shift (acquired by Brand Networks). Jim received his MBA with highest distinction (first in his class) from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College, and his BS in Economics (magna cum laude) from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Jim resides in Southern California with his wife and two daughters.
Mark Mullen is co-founder and Managing Director of Bonfire Ventures. Mark has been investing in private VC-backed businesses for more than 20 years. Previously Mark founded and served as Managing Partner of predecessor firms Double M Partners and Mull Capital. All of the funds focused on investing in internet, media and technology with primary emphasis on business to business software solutions. Mark serves on the boards of Fama, Trinity Mobile Networks,Shippabo, Involvesoft, Influence.co and Altice USA Inc (NYSE: ATUS). Prior to Double M Partners, Mark served as COO of the City of Los Angeles (Office of Economic Policy) and Senior Advisor to the then-Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, where he oversaw several of the City’s assets including the LA International Airport (LAX), LA Convention Center, the Planning and Building & Safety Departments, as well as the Office of Small Business Services. From 1993-2007, Mark ran the international M&A and private equity group for Daniels & Associates, a boutique investment bank focused on the cable and broadband industry. Mark was a senior partner of Daniels when it was acquired by RBC Capital Markets in 2007 where he stayed until 2010 as Managing Director. Mr. Mullen earned his BSBA with cum laude honors from the University of Denver in 1986 and earned his MBA in international business from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in 1992. Mark has lived and worked in San Francisco, Paris, London, Denver and New York City and currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.
Brett is a Venture Partner at Bonfire Ventures. His entire career has been focused on growing software companies -- fast. From 2013-2016, Brett served as COO at SmartRecruiters, where he partnered with the founder to work through the 'hard things about hard things" and converted a pre-revenue company into the fastest growing and highest rated enterprise player in the recruiting technology space. Prior to SmartRecruiters, Brett spent a decade at Salesforce.com where he served in a variety of senior leadership roles in Sales, R&D, and Operations focused on driving the company growth and expansion across market segments and product categories. Select titles held at Salesforce included VP of Field Operations, SVP Operations, SVP Products, EVP/GM of Data Cloud, and EVP/GM of Marketing Cloud. Prior to Salesforce.com, Brett held senior marketing and business development at Siebel Systems (acquired by Oracle). Brett is an active seed investor and advisor to numerous software entrepreneurs and serves on the board of SmartRecruiters, Pendo, Lytics, and Invoca. Other angel investments include MOAT (acquired by Oracle for $850mm), Yespath (acquired by Medium), FollowAnalytics, Guru, Outreach, Postie and Trackstreet. Brett has a BA from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Harvard University.
Tyler Churchill is a Vice President at Bonfire Ventures and has been working with startups for several years. Previously Tyler worked in sales and business operations at EverString, a software company using machine learning to provide better insights and predictive analytics for sales and marketing teams. Prior to EverString he worked in sales at TechValidate (acquired by Survey Monkey), a bootstrapped software company automating the process of collecting customer feedback and converting it into usable content. Before entering the world of startups, he led business development for Rough House Pictures and worked across the motion picture and business development departments at Creative Artists Agency. Tyler received his BS from The University of Southern California and his MBA from Chicago Booth.
Loren Shepard is Administrative Director of Bonfire Ventures. Loren served as Administrative Director of predecessor firm Rincon Venture Partners since its inception fourteen years ago. Before joining Rincon, Loren worked for the University of California, Santa Barbara where she pioneered the administration of a National Science Foundation grant for the Computational Science and Engineering Program, and worked as a Computer Resource Specialist at the Institute for Computational Earth System Science while concurrently acting as the Business Manager for Planet Earth Science, a Santa Barbara based environmental educational software company operating under a grant from NASA. Prior to her years working for UCSB, Loren led technical illustration for an environmental consulting firm before launching and operating a local small business for several years. Loren earned her BA from the University of California. She lives in Santa Barbara with her husband and dogs, and is the owner of Santa Barbara Supersonic Flyball Racing Team where she spends her spare time training and competing in dog sports.