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345 Partners Team
Michael Perone has been a pioneer in the high-tech industry for more than 30 years. Michael's sales enablement, lead generation, and online marketing strategies have set industry standards that countless other companies emulate today. Perone co-founded Barracuda Networks (NYSE: CUDA) in 2003. As Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Perone led worldwide communications and marketing strategies, including corporate brand management and identity. Under his marketing leadership, Barracuda grew to over $400M in annual revenue and executed a successful IPO. Prior to Barracuda, Perone co-founded and served as President and Board Member for Address.com, a leading free email and Internet access service that reached more than 3.5 million users (acquired by WhitePages). He also co-founded Spinway Inc. (acquired by Kmart Corporation), a free ISP that powered retail branded ISPs, including Kmart's Bluelight.com Internet service, as well as Coscto, Barnes and Noble, Yahoo, Home Depot, and many others. Additionally, Perone co-founded Affinity Path, a private-label ISP that powered and supported thousands of ISPs throughout North America. He also has held systems engineering positions with GE Aerospace. In 2007, he was named by Ernst & Young a “Technology Entrepreneur of the Year for Northern California” award recipient.
David Faugno brings more than 25 years of global financial and business operations experience across a number of technology sectors. Most recently, Faugno has served as the Chief Financial Officer of Qualtrics, the leader in experience management, since October, 2017. Mr. Faugno led the Qualtrics IPO readiness initiative, through to the filing of its prospectus and IPO roadshow which led to a dual track process and successful sale of the company to SAP for $8B. Faugno served as the Chief Financial Officer of Barracuda Networks (NYSE: CUDA) from 2006 through 2016. During his tenure, Faugno led the acquisition of eleven companies, as well as led the company’s successful 2013 IPO. Prior to Barracuda, Faugno served as Senior Director of Corporate Finance – M&A at Cisco Systems, where he participated in dozens of M&A and investment transactions. Faugno joined Cisco via the acquisition of Actona Technologies, which he led as CFO and COO. Prior to Actona Technologies, Faugno spent 8 years with AT&T in both Sales and Finance roles, including 4 years in London in sales operations and as CFO of the AT&T Europe, Middle East, and Africa region. Faugno's extensive experience and track record with M&A, global business operations, and strategic leadership has earned him significant recognition, including 2012 Francisco Partners portfolio CFO of the Year and 2013 Silicon Valley Business Journal CFO of the Year. Faugno sits on several advisory and corporate boards, including as Audit Committee Chair at Meltwater. Faugno is a graduate of Rutgers University and holds an MBA from Duke University.
Fleming Shi joins the team with over 2 decades of product and technology experience in the field of enterprise application, ecommerce, networking and cybersecurity. For the last 14 years as a technology executive, Fleming grew his career at Barracuda Networks where he drove multiple engineering projects from product inception to high revenue growth. At Barracuda, he started from launching the company’s web security product line to SaaS solutions such as Email Security Service and Mobile Device Management. More recently, Fleming is serving the role of Chief Technology Officer to drive Barracuda’s innovation engine and deliver transformative product offerings. Prior to Barracuda Networks, Fleming served as senior leader in engineering teams at Velosel and Ebrary. During the early 2000’s, he co-founded and ran as Chief Technology Officer for a successful online video rental store eHit.com. As an innovator at Barracuda Networks, Fleming has accumulated many patents related to network and content security. Given Fleming’s broad industry experience and technology vision in cybersecurity and networking, he brings to 345 Partners the product and technology expertise to drive successful ventures.
Dave Withers is a seasoned entrepreneur, technology executive, angel investor and strategic advisor. He is a veteran of numerous successful ventures, both as an operator and as an investor, and has a 25 year track record of identifying disruptive technologies, building product and go to market organizations, fund raising, and executing successful exits.
Prior to joining 345, Withers was a founder, operator, and executive in the storage, cloud, and SaaS industry. Most recently, Withers was the CEO and Co-Founder of Renasar Technologies, an infrastructure software company that was acquired by EMC where he stayed on as VP of Technology for Global Platform Engineering through the acquisition by Dell.
Prior to Renasar Withers held operating and executive roles at Nebula, Ocarina (acquired by Dell), and Isilon (acquired by EMC), PolyServe (acquired by HP), Access Graphics (acquired by GE), and APC (acquired by Schneider Electric).
Withers holds an MBA in Finance from NYU, and a BS in Decision and Information Sciences from Santa Clara University. He also serves on the Board of the Directors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley.
Withers is currently an active investor and advisor at DeepMap, GameOn (Board Member), Skyland Analytics (Board Member) Facilitron, Zededa, CarIQ, Digistor (Board Member), Nutshell, Qsensei, GigaOm (Board Observer), Cloud App, Deeyook, and was previously an investor and advisor to Cycle Computing (acquired by MSFT), Acunu (acquired).