Board of Directors
Paul Stahura has been a technology entrepreneur for decades. He founded domain name registrar eNom in his garage in 1997 with little capital and during a time when the industry was dominated by a single combined registrar and registry. In less than 10 years, the company became the second largest domain name registrar in the world while achieving $80 million in highly profitable revenue.
Paul sold eNom to Demand Media in 2006, first becoming Demand Media's President and Chief Operating Officer and thereafter its Chief Strategy Officer. Paul also served as a Demand Media board member until his departure in 2009. During Paul’s tenure at Demand Media, and after, Demand Media acquired other domain name industry companies and spun out the entire business in 2014 as a separate public company called “Rightside” and it now trades under the “NAME” symbol on Nasdaq. A prominent figure in both the domain industry and ICANN community, Paul brought thousands of domain name resellers and numerous ICANN-accredited registrars to the eNom platform. Paul has participated in more than 30 ICANN meetings and presented on various expert panels; additionally, he was twice elected by his peers to represent the Registrar Stakeholder Group on the ICANN nominating committee.
Paul is not only an entrepreneur but also a proven technology innovator. He holds four United States patents (three in the domain name system space) and has twice been called to testify before the U.S. Congress on issues related to domain names and Internet policy. He was also named "one of the most influential people in the Americas" by Managing Intellectual Property magazine in 2012. Paul also serves on the board of iSpot.tv, a TV ad metrics company.
Paul holds undergraduate and master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University.
Chris Pacitti began his venture capital career in 1995 and joined Austin Ventures in 1999 as a Partner. Chris focuses primarily on early-stage technology companies in the software and Internet sectors. He currently serves on the boards of Bazaarvoice (NASDAQ: BV), Complex Media, Credant, Dachis Group, Innography, Mindjolt, NewComLink, Noesis Energy, Troux, Virtual Bridges, and Worksoft. He has been a board member of numerous other companies including Pluck (NASDAQ: DMD), Permeo (NASDAQ: BCSI), Vovici (NASDAQ: VRNT), Powered (acquired by Dachis Group), Hire.com (acquired by Peopleclick Authoria), BetweenMarkets (acquired by Inovis) and ON Networks (acquired by Complex Media). Chris started his venture career with TL Ventures, where he was a Vice President and also focused on early-stage technology investing. Prior to TL Ventures, Chris was a Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of a technology start-up company that pioneered several industrial applications for a novel oxidizing chemistry.
Chris received his BA in Economics from Johns Hopkins University. He previously served on the Microsoft Venture Capital Advisory Board and on the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Central Texas Board.
Emergence Capital Partners
Brian Jacobs founded Emergence Capital with Jason Green and Gordon Ritter in 2003. He has over 20 years of venture capital experience, a deep national network and an understanding of how technology startups can become market leaders.
Prior to founding Emergence, Brian was an early General Partner at St. Paul Venture Capital. During his 10 years there, Brian helped to grow the firm to one of the 15 largest venture investors in the country and led the firm’s Silicon Valley investing activities. His prior venture capital experience was at Security Pacific Venture Capital. Brian also worked for the Raychem, RCA, Westinghouse, and Polaroid, and he holds several patents.
Brian was named to the Forbes’ Midas List of the top venture capital investors in 2006 and 2007. He is an experienced board member who has served on dozens of public and private boards. He currently serves on the boards of Intacct, YouSendIt, InsideView and Bill.com.
Brian’s reputation for helping entrepreneurs build market-leading technology-enabled service companies comes from his active involvement in HireRight, BigFix (sold to IBM), nQuire Software (sold to Siebel Systems), NetPerceptions (NETP), WebTV (sold to Microsoft), NextCard (NXCD) and others.
Brian has backed leading companies in other sectors, including Lexar Media (LEXR), Microchip Technologies (MCHP), and many others.
Brian has a MS and BS in mechanical engineering from M.I.T. and an MBA from Stanford.
Jon Nevett is a veteran of the domain name industry. He is a founding Board member of the Domain Name Association, the industry’s trade association and has served on numerous ICANN task forces, working groups, and panels. Prior to Donuts, he served as President of Domain Dimensions, Senior Vice President at Network Solutions, and Chairman of the Board of NameJet and Central Registry Solutions.
At ICANN, Jon formed and served as the first Chair of the New gTLD Applicant Group (NTAG), advised on how best to protect trademarks with New TLDs on the Implementation Recommendation Team (IRT), the Special Trademark Issue team (STI), and on the International Trademark Association’s Internet Committee. Jon was elected Chair of the ICANN Registrar Constituency for three terms and co-chaired the U.S. Council for International Business’ Domain Name System Working Group. In 2009, Jon was appointed to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Online Safety and Technology Working Group related to issues of child safety and the Internet.
Jon received his Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School and his undergraduate degree from Binghamton University.
Bruce A. Jaffe
Bruce Jaffe has been a director of Donuts since February 2016. Bruce is currently a consultant and investor with Three Point Group, LLC, which he founded in 2008 and focuses on early stage and growth technology companies. Bruce serves as a director of several public and privately held companies.
From June 1995 through February 2008, Bruce held various positions at Microsoft Corporation, most recently Corporate Vice President, Corporate Development where he managed mergers and acquisitions and strategic investments across the company. Previously, Bruce was Corporate Vice President and CFO of Microsoft’s Online division, and was Corporate Vice President, Business Development where he managed the company’s media, telecom, and other strategic and business partnerships.
Bruce has also served as CFO of Glam Media, COO of de’Medici Systems, Inc, and began his career at Coopers & Lybrand. Bruce holds a B.S. degree from UC Berkeley and an M.B.A. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Donuts' investors include:
Austin VenturesAustin Ventures (“AV”) has worked with talented entrepreneurs to build valuable companies for over 30 years. With $3.9 billion of capital raised, AV is the most active venture capital firm in Texas and one of the most established in the nation. AV invests in early stage and middle market companies, and its strategy is to partner with talented executives and entrepreneurs to build industry-leading companies predominantly in Texas.
Adams Street PartnersAdams Street Partners is one of the largest managers of private equity for institutional investors, managing over $22 billion of committed capital. With a globally integrated investment platform, Adams Street is committed to understanding the entire private equity landscape and accessing the most attractive investment opportunities.
Emergence Capital PartnersEmergence Capital Partners invests exclusively in early and growth stage technology-enabled services. Emergence manages $575 million across three funds and is actively seeking new investment opportunities.
TL VenturesWith over $1.5 billion under management, TL Ventures has been actively engaged in the business of venture capital since 1988, investing in over 200 companies to date. TL Ventures invests in companies led by outstanding management teams capable of building category-defining businesses in the software, information technology infrastructure and services.
Generation PartnersFounded in 1995, Generation Partners is a private equity firm with $345 million of capital currently under management. Generation provides equity capital to growth companies through buyout and growth equity investments. Generation Partners focuses on recurring revenue service businesses with strong growth drivers, and specializes in helping companies break through the $100 million mark and beyond.
StahurricaneStahurricane is Paul Stahura's private investment fund.
Comerica BankComerica Bank’s Technology and Life Sciences Division is one of the nation's leading technology banking practices, offering a wide range of financial services tailored to corporate customers, entrepreneurs and professionals. Veteran bankers provide credit and financial services and products to young, growing, professionally backed technology and life sciences companies, as well as their more mature counterparts. The Technology and Life Sciences Division serves all major U.S. technology centers from offices coast-to-coast and its headquarters in Palo Alto, California as well as an office in Toronto, Canada. Comerica Bank is a subsidiary of Comerica Incorporated (NYSE: CMA), a financial services company that is among the 25 largest U.S. banking companies. For more information, visit www.comerica.com
Square 1 BankSquare 1 Bank is a full service commercial bank dedicated exclusively to serving the financial needs of the venture capital community and entrepreneurs in all stages of growth and expansion. Square 1's expertise, focus and strong capital base provide flexible resources and unmatched support to meet its clients' needs.