President of the Board
Pascale Vicat-Blanc is founder and CEO of Lyatiss and brings more than 20 years of experience in networking and cloud computing technologies. Before founding Lyatiss, Vicat-Blanc was research director at INRIA (French National Institute for Research in Computer Science). Prior to this, she had a number of leadership roles including CIO of a Grid 5000 Data Center, team leader at INRIA-Bell Labs and project manager with CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research).
Pascale earned an MS and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Lyon.
Partner at Idinvest Partners
Guillaume Lautour is an enthusiastic supporter of young companies built on product innovation. For the last 13 years at Idinvest Partners, he has led investments in 30 startups in cloud computing, telecommunications, gaming and consumer Internet. Guillaume currently sits on the boards of Deezer, TravelHorizon, IFeelGoods, Kobojo, Pretty Simple, eRepublik, Grand Cru, Ezakus, Wimo, Celsius X VI II and Mentum. His other investments include Steek, Travelprice, Telisma, Fluxus, Dailymotion, Criteo and Questico.
Prior to joining Idinvest Partners, Lautour spent two years in industrial project management in Beijing, China and worked for five years in technology investment banking in Paris and New York. He graduated in Telecommunications Engineering, Economics and Actuarial Studies and started his career as an option trader.
Currently, the CEO of TalentCircles, a cloud-based candidate engagement and management platform, Marylene Delbourg-Delphis is a Silicon Valley executive and serial entrepreneur. After graduating from l’Ecole Normale Supérieure in France with a philosophy degree, she started her entrepreneurial career in France as the founder of ACI (now 4th Dimension). She was one of the first European women to start a company in the Silicon Valley, where she co-founded ACIUS with Guy Kawasaki in 1987. She later became the CEO of Exemplary Software (a spin off from HPLabs, acquired by Persistent Systems in 2005) and Brixlogic (acquired by Diebold in 2006).
Throughout her career, Delbourg-Delphis has assisted about 30 young companies as a shadow CEO, board member, investor, advisor, M&A facilitator or management consultant. These companies include Atomz (acquired by WebSideStory/Omniture), CitizenLogistics (maker of Groundcrew), Instavia or Objective Marketer (acquired by EmailVision in 2011).
Currently the VP of Marketing at Cumulus Networks, Reza Malekzadeh previoulsly brought solid enterprise software marketing experience to Nimbula, where he built the marketing function and organization from the ground up, and brought their first product to market. Prior to that, he was Senior Director of Products and Marketing at VMware in EMEA, where he was responsible for all marketing activities in VMware’s second largest theater. Malekzadeh had re-joined VMware in June 2007 following its acquisition of Akimbi Systems.
He had previously been employee #10 at the company, fulfilling the role of Director of Marketing from 1998 to 2002. Prior to joining VMware, Malekzadeh was Vice President for International business at Akimbi Systems where he drove significant international growth, including sales, marketing and channel operations. Before working at Akimbi, Malekzadeh co-founded Twingo Systems, which he successfully sold to Cisco Systems in 2004. Malekzadeh holds an MBA in Marketing and Business Strategy from HEC in Paris.
Isabelle Guis is a high tech executive helping companies shape and grow the Software-Defined Networking industry. Previously part of the executive team at Big Switch Networks, one of the pioneering SDN start-ups, Isabelle was the founding Chair of the Market Education committee at the Open Networking Foundation (ONF). Isabelle has extensive global experience and held a variety of positions from R&D to product management and marketing for both enterprise and service provider market segments.
Prior to Big Switch, she managed the P&L of Avaya’s Small and Medium Enterprise Communications Business Unit as its General Manager with worldwide responsibilities for product design, development, marketing and indirect sales. At Cisco, she was instrumental in the post-acquisition integration of the WLAN start-up Airespace with Cisco Go-To-Market and also led several Mobile Vertical Solutions from design and testing to launch. Isabelle holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Supelec in France and an MBA from Harvard Business School.