Connotate Web Scraping for Data Monitoring, Extraction & Collection

We are a team of experienced entrepreneurs who are passionate about transforming Web data into high-value information assets for our clients.

Our experience and expertise represent a cross-section of companies and industries – and we share the common goal of enabling our customers to use the Internet as their own proprietary database.

Connotate Leadership Team

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Keith Cooper

Chief Executive Officer

Keith brings more than 20 years of experience to Connotate with a proven record of successfully leading innovative technology companies to rapid growth and exceptional value. Three of his most recent leadership roles include serving as President of Carbonite, an online backup company that grew to over 1 million customers, was ranked ninth on the Inc. 500 list and completed a successful IPO in 2011; CEO at webHancer Corporation, a company Cooper led and successfully sold to Microsoft; and CEO of FaxNet, a leading provider of messaging solutions to large telecom companies, which was acquired by Critical Path.

Keith is a graduate of Harvard Business School and Harvard College. He serves on the Content Division Board of Directors of the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) and is the Chairman of the Harvard Rugby Alumni Association.

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Vincent Sgro

Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer

Vincent Sgro guides the development of Connotate’s core Web data monitoring and extraction technology. Prior to co-founding Connotate, Vincent served for 10 years as a research programmer for the computer science department at Rutgers University, and was instrumental in creating what eventually became Rutgers’ first website. In this role, Vincent helped departments create their own Web presence and supported the development of Web applications, including crawling/indexing software that was used by Rutgers to search Web resources prior to the advent of Google. Vincent also served as the Internet evangelist for the state of New Jersey, developing software for and launching key intranet and Internet sites serving video, teleconferencing and Internet services

Vincent is a published academic expert in compiler optimization technologies. He holds an M.S. and B.S. in Computer Science from Rutgers University.

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Frank Hunt

Chief Financial Officer

Frank leads Connotate’s Financial and Accounting team. Frank brings to Connotate a diverse cross-industry background in financial leadership, process improvement and investor relations. Frank has held senior Financial and Accounting leadership positions at a billion-dollar telecommunications firm as well as at smaller software organizations; Frank draws upon this broad experience to create a “best of both worlds” approach to financial leadership.

Prior to joining Connotate, Frank was the Chief Accounting Officer of Reval.com Inc. and Centennial Communications. Frank holds a degree in Accounting from Seton Hall University and is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of New Jersey.

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Laura Teller

Chief Strategy Officer

Laura Teller brings almost 30 years’ experience in marketing, branding, positioning, and general business strategy development to her position as Connotate’s Chief Strategy Officer. She has deep expertise in developing go-to-market strategies in the emerging Big Data market, having served as Chief Strategy Officer of advanced analytics company Opera Solutions prior to joining Connotate. From 1987 to 2009, she founded and led TellerGroup Consulting, providing market opportunity assessment and branding counsel to leading companies in financial services, media, consumer goods, and retailing. She began her career at McKinsey & Co.

Laura holds a BA from Yale and an MBA from Harvard University, where she was a Baker Scholar (top 5%). She is the author of Small Business, Big Savings (Harper Reference). She serves on the boards of the Mt. Sinai Cemetery Association of Pennsylvania, and the Yale Broadcasting Company.

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Tom Williams

Chief Operating Officer

Tom Williams leads Connotate’s Operations and Professional Services Organization (PSO) teams. Tom brings to Connotate a diverse cross-industry background in leadership, infrastructure development, process improvement, project management, operations management and professional services. Tom has held positions in Fortune 500, Global 500 and small business organizations, upon which he draws to create a “best of both worlds” approach to delivery.

Prior to starting his professional career, Tom was in the U.S. Army with time served in the U.S., East Asia, Europe and the Balkans. Tom holds an A.A.S. in Networking Technology and a B.S. in Organizational Leadership in Technology, as well as several industry-recognized certifications including PMI’s PMP and CAPM, ITIL v3, BICSI Level II, CompTIA A+ and CompTIA Network+. In addition, Tom is a Microsoft Certified IT Professional.

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Matthew Jacobson

Senior Vice President of Channels

Matt Jacobson leads Connotate’s partner programs. With more than 20 years of high-tech industry experience and executive roles in two Deloitte Fast 500 companies, Matt has a wealth of knowledge regarding technology and business life cycles. His experience includes leadership and expertise in sales, partner relationships, professional services, software product development, customer support and project management.

Prior to starting his career at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Matt received a B.S. in Computer Science with Honors from Pennsylvania State University and an M.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University.

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Alon Verdnikov

Vice President of Sales

Alon joined Connotate in February 2014, responsible for growing revenue and continuing to strengthen the company’s Web data extraction and monitoring leadership position. He brings more than 15 years of senior management experience in the enterprise computer and software industry.

Following a two-year stint in the Israeli Defense Force, Alon led sales and business development at OpenText, Atypon, Jaspersoft, GoalQuest and Tangent Computer, where he achieved broad success and scaled growth across multiple industries.

Alon holds an M.B.A. and an M.S. from Columbia University.

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Christian Giarretta

Vice President of Sales Engineering

Chris brings to Connotate more than 10 years of client services experience, leading teams in project management, account management, training and integration. As a long-serving member of the Connotate technical team, Chris has a deep understanding of Connotate’s technology and product capabilities, enabling him to lead multi-stage deployments of Connotate’s solutions on a global scale. Chris is a popular and proven liaison to Connotate’s customer community, with a deep understanding of customer applications across a diverse set of vertical markets and solution areas.

Chris graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in English and Political Science.

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Bogdan Sabac

Vice President of Engineering

Bogdan leads the company’s development of next-generation Web data collection and monitoring solutions. Bogdan brings to Connotate more than 15 years’ experience in technology innovation, enterprise software architecture, strategic planning, application portfolio management and IP portfolio development. Bogan’s recent technical leadership roles include Manager of Server and Web Applications at ALK Technologies and Co-Founder and Vice President of Engineering for Inovix, Inc.

Bogdan holds an M.Sc. in Image, Forms and Artificial Intelligence and a B.Sc. in Applied Electronics from the Polytechnic University of Bucharest, Romania, and is the author or co-author of two dozen peer-reviewed research papers.

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Gina Cerami

Vice President of Marketing

Gina Cerami supports Connotate’s marketing strategy by developing, managing and executing on programs that encompass all stages of the customer lifecycle. Her main areas of focus include public relations and media management, lead generation, marketing operations and analytics. She has more than 20 years of marketing and project management experience. For the past 15 years, she has focused on building brand awareness for a variety of solution providers, including Aspen Technology and Cendant Corporation’s Travelport Division.

Gina holds a B.S. from Rutgers University and an M.B.A. in Marketing and Quantitative Analysis from Seton Hall University.

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Liam Donohue

Co-Founder and General Partner, .406 Ventures

For the last 18 years, Liam has been a venture investor – starting as a Principal at Foster Management, a venture investor focused on service industry investments; then co-founding Arcadia Partners, a fund focused on technology-enabled education companies; and finally, co-founding .406 Ventures, a leading early-stage enterprise IT investor. Over this time, Liam has invested over $120M in 18 investments. In addition to Connotate, he currently serves on the boards of .406 portfolio companies BIA, EnergyHub, WellAware, Iora Health and WoodPellets.com. Liam also sat on the board of Health Dialog until its sale to BUPA for $775M in January 2008.

Liam holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Georgetown University and earned an M.B.A. from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business.

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Graham Brooks

Principal, .406 Ventures

Graham joined .406 Ventures in 2007 after nine years of technology-oriented operating, investing and start-up experience. At .406 he focuses on early-stage investments in big data, healthcare, digital video and ad tech. Graham is involved in all aspects of the investing and portfolio management process and also leads the firm’s university outreach initiatives. Prior to joining .406, Graham was Business Development Manager at Bose Corporation where he led the team that identified, evaluated, and structured strategic investment and acquisition opportunities within the digital media and consumer products markets.

Graham is a Kauffman Fellow (Class of 2010). He received his M.B.A. from Dartmouth’s Amos Tuck School of Business in 2002, where he was a Tuck Scholar; and his B.SE. in Computer Science from Princeton University.

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Kristin Sanborn

Managing Director, major Wall Street investment bank

Kristin worked in investment banking for 15 years and was most recently a Managing Director at Credit Suisse. From 1995 to 2001, she worked in structured finance for Bank of America and JP Morgan Chase, formerly Banc One Capital Markets (BOCM). She transitioned to asset management while at BOCM in 2001 and oversaw the bank’s retained technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) loan portfolios. Joining Credit Suisse in a similar capacity in 2004, she expanded her industry coverage to include not only TMT but also retail and consumer products.

Kristin has a B.S. in Commerce from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Business where she graduated with Distinction. She also earned an M.B.A. from Dartmouth’s Amos Tuck School of Business where she was a Tuck Scholar.

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Dr. Tomasz Imielinski

Connotate Co-Founder and Professor of Computer Science, Rutgers University

Tomasz Imielinski is Professor of Computer Science at Rutgers University – having served as Chairman of the Rutgers Computer Science Department from 1996 to 2003. From 2004 to 2010 Tomasz held multiple positions at Ask.com, including Chief Scientist, Vice President of Data Solutions and Executive Vice President of Global Search and Answers. His joint paper with Agrawal and Swami started the Association rule mining research area and is one of the most cited publications in computer science. This paper received the 2003 Test of Time Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) SIGMOD award. In addition to co-founding Connotate in 2000, Tomasz has also been one of the pioneers of mobile computing and for his joint paper with Badri Nath he received the 2002 Very Large Databases (VLDB) Best Paper award.

Tomasz received his Ph.D. from the Polish Academy of Science (Warsaw) in 1982.

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Nina Saberi

Founder and Managing Partner of Castile Ventures

Nina Saberi founded Castile Ventures to bring deep industry expertise and hands-on management to a new generation of entrepreneurial businesses. She is the chairperson of VGo Communications and Whaleback Managed Services, and serves on the boards of Agiliance and Aurora Networks. Nina was the founding VC at Ahura Scientific (acquired by Thermo Fisher) and ChosenSecurity (acquired by PGP/Symantec). She also led Castille’s investments in Sonus (NASDAQ:SONS), Network Intelligence (acquired by EMC) and Trapeze Networks (acquired by Belden.) Prior to that, Nina was president and CEO of Netlink, acquired by Cabletron. During her operating career, she successfully led Amnet to its acquisition, managed an international joint venture for Data General and Singapore Telecom and held executive marketing and engineering positions at BBN and Avanti Communications.

Nina is the Chairman Emeritus of the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council and currently serves on the President’s Advisory Council at University of Rhode Island, where she received her B.S. in Electrical Engineering.

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Scott D. Schulman

Executive, Advisor and Consultant in Business Information and Services

Scott Schulman has spent more than 25 years in the information, media and business services industries, as a leader of global businesses and consultant/advisor to many of the world’s most successful and innovative companies. In 13 years at Dow Jones & Company, Scott served in a series of operating roles, including President of Corporate Markets, where he led the P&L for Factiva, risk and compliance and other B2B sectors. Prior to that, Scott was Senior Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing for The Wall Street Journal franchise. Earlier in his career, he was a partner at Booz Allen Hamilton and spent 12 years in strategy and operations consulting with Booz Allen and Bain.

In addition to Connotate, Scott serves on the advisory boards of iCharts and DealFlow Analytics. Scott received a Bachelor of Science degree from Duke University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Tony Uphoff

Chief Executive Officer, Business.com

Tony Uphoff is an accomplished operating executive and a recognized leader in media innovation and transformation. As CEO of UBM TechWeb, Tony led the transformation of the company from a print-centric business into a fast-growing $225M digital media, live event and marketing services firm. Prior to that, Tony was founding CEO of Beliefnet, an Internet startup that was sold to News Corporation in 2007. He served as President of VNU Media’s Entertainment Group and Publisher of The Hollywood Reporter, as well as Publisher of InformationWeek in the mid-90′s, growing revenues from $15M to over $150M; he also held key management positions at Ziff-Davis in the early 1990′s. Tony was named “Folio Forty C-Level Visionary” by Folio Magazine in 2011.

Tony serves as a Trustee of Linfield College, as a Business Mentor at Mucker Labs Accelerator, and is on the board of The Society of Independent Show Organizers.