Dr. Evangelos Simoudis is the Founder and serves as Managing Director at Synapse Partners. He also is an Angel Investor. He also serves as a Board Member at Extole. Previously, he served as a Senior Managing Director at Trident Capital. At Trident, he focuses on investments in Internet and Software and heads the firm's Internet and SaaS advisory boards. He is a recognized thought leader and frequent speaker on SaaS, Big Data Analytics and Business Intelligence, and Adtech platforms. Evangelos was named in 2012 an AlwaysOn top investor in online advertising. Evangelos' current directorships include 8thBridge, Brightroll, eXelate, Extole, Host Analytics and PivotLink. He is also a board observer for ThisMoment. Prior directorships include Acteea (acquired by PivotLink), Bristol Technology (acquired by Hewlett-Packard), Composite Software (acquired by Cisco), Confluent Software (acquired by Oracle Corporation), Hip Digital, Princeton Softech (acquired by IBM) and Vidavee (now part of OpenText). Prior to joining Trident, Evangelos was a partner at Apax Partners, a private equity and venture firm where he invested in early and mid-stage IT companies and served on their boards. At Apax, he also chaired the firm's IT advisory board. Evangelos earned a BS in electrical engineering from Caltech and a PhD in computer science from Brandeis University. He also holds eight software patents.