Chief Executive Officer
Dan uses his considerable experience in managing technological innovation and complex international operations to drive Brightleafs strategy and growth. Before starting Brightleaf, Dan was President and Chief Operating Officer of Corporate Fundamentals, Inc., a leading business process automation and data structuring solutions provider that he led through international mergers to its purchase by Hemscott Plc and Veronis Schuler. Dan has held executive leadership positions where he has overseen market development efforts for biometric technology firms and has managed strategic operations across fifteen countries on four continents for Compaq. He holds a Masters of Science Administration – Technology and Innovation from Boston University, and a Bachelors of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Massachusetts. Dan is a competitive cyclist and sits on the Board of Directors of several charitable organizations.
Venkat Srinivasan, Ph.D.
Dr. Venkat Srinivasan guides Brightleaf with diverse experience from his string of entrepreneurial successes and his rich academic background in credit, finance and knowledge-based technology architectures. He is currently the founding CEO of Rage Frameworks, Inc., which is enabling the creation of process and capital efficient, technology-based businesses and business process automation centers with its patented business process automation technology. Venkat has founded and is currently actively involved in Creditpointe, Inc., and EnglishHelper. Prior to these ventures, Venkat founded Corporate Fundamentals and eCredit, both of which he led as CEO and guided successfully until their sale.
Venkat holds a Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio, and was an Associate Professor at Northeastern Universitys Graduate School of Business in Boston, MA
Jason Mendelson, Esq.
Jason is a co-founder and Managing Director for Foundry Group. He currently serves as a director to Brightleaf, Oblong, and Pie Digital. He also sits on the boards of the National Venture Capital Association and Silicon Flatirons Entrepreneurship Board. Jason has written extensively about the venture capital and business law industries, specifically around what he calls Law Firm 2.0 and the future of the law firm practice. Previously, Jason was Managing Director and General Counsel for Mobius Venture Capital, and, before that, practiced corporate and securities law at Cooley Godward Kronish, LLP. As an attorney, Jason consummated over $2 billion of venture capital investments, $5 billion in mergers, and acquired extensive experience in fund formation, employment law and general litigation. He began his professional career as a software engineer and consultant at Accenture.
Jason holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, with distinction, and a Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from the University of Michigan. Jasons writings appear at Mendelson’s Musings and www.askthevc.com.
Perhaps more than anyone, Ramana Venkata understands how to help law firms and legal departments use technology to collect the massive amounts of flat, unstructured data that flows through their documents and organizations and then make that data intelligible so they can act upon it for profit, compliance, and risk mitigation.
He founded Stratify in 1999, and built it into the leading provider of technology-enabled EDD services to AmLaw 200 law firms and Fortune 500 corporations. When Iron Mountain acquired Stratify in 2007, Ramana became an Iron Mountain Senior Vice-President and General Manager of its Stratify division. He worked at Intel Corporation on Data Mining methodologies and applications. He completed five years of Ph.D. research in Scientific Computing and Computational Mathematics at Stanford University, holds a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Technology degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai. Ramana writes and lectures extensively and lectures frequently on the topic of electronic discovery.
Muthu has over 20 years of experience in the software industry, with extensive expertise in building internet-based process automation solutions and in managing development and technology teams both in the United States and Asia.
Muthu comes to Brightleaf from Hemscott/Ipreo, where he led the development of highly scalable, web-based data automation projects for well-known clients in the financial service sector. Before that, he was Director of Software Development at eCredit.com, where he designed complex rules-based process automation methods. He has extensive experience directing technology and development teams in both the United States and India.
Muthu holds a Masters in Computer Science from National Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Electronics and Communication Engineering from PSG Tech, India.
Luke OBrien, Esq.
Senior Corporate Counsel
Luke is a veteran technology entrepreneur and experienced in-house counsel with a consistent record of producing innovative solutions to intractable problems. He believes deeply in the judicious application of technology to resolve process inefficiencies that separate knowledge-based service providers and their clients. Before joining Brightleaf, he founded, built, and sold technology companies in such diverse areas as SaaS-model legal process automation for the health law industry (Secure Record Services), GPS geoinformatic technology (SkyLinks, which he sold to John Deere), and mobile web directory services (Envenue, which he sold to Switchboard-Infospace).
Luke holds a B.A. in Biology from the College of the Holy Cross and a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School. Luke serves as director for LR4J, an organization he helped found that raises millions of dollars to feed the hungry and homeless in Massachusetts poorest cities. Sometimes, he watches his brother host The Tonight Show.
Director of Product Design and Management
Tom uses his 13 years of experience with the best practices of product management and design to ensure that Brightleaf’s groundbreaking legal technology products deliver maximum value to its customers. Specializing in disruptive and next-generation technologies, Tom has managed all facets of the product development lifecycle. Before Brightleaf, Tom led design and product management at Sovereign Bank, Fidelity Investments, and OneSource Information Services, as well as two Web 2.0 startups, Blue Egg and Good2Gether.
Tom holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Princeton University.
Director of Operations
Anil possesses deep experience in technology management, process automation, and the development of large-scale offshore operations. Before Brightleaf, Anil managed strategic operations across three continents for a Hemscott unit that was acquired by Morningstar and ran client relations groups at eCredit.com and at Corporate Fundamentals.
Anil holds a Masters degree in Management from the University of Bombay and a Masters in Information Systems from the University of Texas. Hes a nationally ranked badminton player and a former national champion who has represented India in International Grand Prix events.
Lynne Zagami, Esq.
Director, Client Strategic Processes
Lynne is a strong advocate for the deployment of technology to bring intelligence and efficiency to the practice of law. She brings experience as a corporate associate in two large law firms to her work at Brightleaf. While at Proskauer Rose LLP and Brown Rudnick LLP, Lynne represented both public and private companies. Her work involved venture capital transactions, SEC reporting and compliance, and mergers and acquisitions. Lynne served on the Brown Rudnick Associate Integration and Development Committee, and has been an active speaker on the the recent changes affecting large law. Her insights have been chronicled by The American Lawyer Magazine and Wall Street Journal Radio.
Lynne holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Womens Studies from Smith College, and a Juris Doctorate from New York Law School. As a member of the New York Law School Moot Court Association, Lynne won numerous awards for her writing and oral advocacy skills. She is a Class Fund Agent for the Smith College Class of 2000, and serves on the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plymouth.
Walter Wright III, Esq.
Senior Strategic Advisor
As a founding investor, Walter Wright provides Brightleaf with pioneering thought leadership on the law of business and the business of law. As managing member of Trinity Law Group LLC (recognized by the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers among the most distinguished law firms in America), he focuses intensely on the strategic, organizational, operational, capital and transactional requirements of entrepreneurs, start-ups, emerging and mid-sized companies. He also represents well-known venture capital funds and angel groups.
Walt is a magna cum laude graduate of both Boston College Law School (J.D.) and Tufts University (B.A., M.A). He is consistently recognized as a Boston Magazine Super Lawyer In 2008, Walter Wright was named to the Top 100, an exclusive list of attorneys in Massachusetts who received the highest point totals in the Super Lawyers nomination and blue ribbon peer review process. Of the Top 100, he is one of only 3 lawyers selected in the Business/Corporate category. Walt regularly receives Martindale-Hubbells highest Peer Review Rating as an AV attorney for legal ability and ethical standards.
David Curran, Esq.
Senior Strategic Advisor
Dave Curran is chief legal and compliance officer turned business technology leader with a passion for bringing best practices, technology and cost savings to the intersection of law and business. Dave was CEO (and remains an Advisor) of Integrity Interactive Corporation, a technology-powered risk management business in the ethics and compliance space. Before joining Integrity, Dave was President and CEO of DCI, Inc., a SaaS compliance and content and document management subsidiary of Havas.
Dave has held senior business leadership and legal positions with Campbell Soup Company and Readers Digest. He began his career as an attorney with Satterlee Stephens Burke & Burke, a boutique New York firm concentrating in litigation, media law, commercial transactions and intellectual property.
Dave received a B.A. with highest honors from SUNY Stony Brook, and a J.D. from the Boston University School of Law. He is a frequent guest speaker at industry and legal forums and has been an Adjunct Professor at Rutgers University Law School and the New School. He is an advisor and director to several companies, including FMP Media and Wisdom of the World and is a Mentor at MITs Venture Mentoring Service.