The Columbia University Center for Technology Management has over 230 technology mentors, who are high-level executives and skilled practitioners, from multiple industries across the globe.
Allan Kaplan has extensive experience building and investing in companies focused on next-generation data communications, Internet infrastructure, services, and software. As a co-founder of three successful technology companies and as a partner in a private venture fund, he has a proven track record in business development, institutional funding, and mergers and acquisitions.
Mr. Kaplan was a Co-founder of Limelight Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:LLNW) an Internet platform and services company venture backed by Goldman Sachs and Oak Venture Partners which integrates the most business-critical parts of the online content value chain serving over 1800 customers world wide with revenues in excess of $200M per year. Mr. Kaplan served on its board of directors from June 2001 to December 2007 and as its Chairman from June 2001 to November 2006.
Prior to Limelight, Mr. Kaplan was a founder of Entera, Inc, an Internet Infrastructure company where Mr. Kaplan served as Co-founder and on its board of directors. Entera was venture backed by ComVentures, Crescendo Ventures, and Spectrum Technology. Entera was sold to Cacheflow, Inc. (COMPX: CFLO) in Q4 2000 for $440 million dollars.
Prior to Entera, Inc., Mr. Kaplan was a co-founder of Primenet Services for the Internet, Inc., which later merged with and changed its name to GlobalCenter, Inc, whose investors included Sequoia Capital, Hummer Winblad, and Softbank Capital. Mr. Kaplan served GlobalCenter as Senior Vice President of Operations on its Board of Directors. GlobalCenter grew to become one of the largest web hosting companies in the world and in 1998 was purchased by Frontier Communications (NYSE: FRO) for $185 million.
Mr. Kaplan currently is the Managing Partner of KG Investments, LLC and sits on the boards of Unicorn Media, Adzzup, Inc., IQzone, and as a Venture Partner for Greenhill SAVP. Mr. Kaplan holds a BS in Business from Arizona State University.