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Meet the Investors & Board.

These highly respected venture capital organizations have invested in Syncsort and its vision to remain at the forefront of innovation for data integration and data protection software solutions.

Insight Venture Partners has raised over three billion dollars in leading software, technology, and Internet services companies. Founded in 1995, Insight Venture Partners has earned a reputation for providing the strategic advice and hands-on execution to create long-term value for stakeholders. In turn, portfolio companies benefit from Insight’s extensive experience to forge strong industry partnerships and dramatically expand through acquisitions, buy-outs, and increased investment.

Some of Insight’s portfolio companies include Twitter, Acronis, Symark, Parallels, Metalogix, and Platespin. For additional information, visit the firm's website at

Bessemer Venture Partners carries on one of the longest-standing private venture capital operations in the United States. With more than two billion dollars under management, Bessemer Venture Partners has nearly a century's experience of helping to build innovative, high-growth companies. Many leading innovators, including Bladelogic, SMARTS, Vertica, VeriSign, Endeca, Storwize, Staples, Veritas, and Gartner, selected BVP as their early-stage venture partner. BVP has offices in California, Massachusetts, and New York.

For more information, please visit the Bessemer Venture Partners website at

Aso O. Tavitian, a co-founder of Syncsort, was its CEO from 1975 until April of 2008 when the company was recapitalized by Insight Venture Partners. As one of the first software companies to emerge after IBM's unbundling of software in the late 1960s, Syncsort played a pivotal role in the original developmental stages of the software industry.  While overseeing Syncsort's early growth, Aso provided direction for all aspects of operations including Engineering, Marketing, and Sales.

Goldman Sachs is a leading global banking, securities, and investment management firm that provides a wide range of services worldwide to a substantial and diversified client base that includes corporations, financial institutions, governments, and high net worth individuals. Founded in 1869, Goldman Sachs has fostered the growth of its technology industry investments for over 20 years. Some of Goldman Sachs’ most successful technology investments include Sungard, Seagate, VMware, and Sanyo.

The firm is headquartered in New York and maintains offices in London, Frankfurt, Tokyo, Hong Kong and other major financial centers around the world.  For more information, please visit Goldman Sachs’ website at

Georgian Partners is a growth equity firm investing in expansion and later-stage enterprise software and information aggregation companies. Founded by successful entrepreneurs and technology executives, Georgian Partners leverages global software expertise to directly impact the success of companies. For more information, please visit the Georgian Partners website at

Peter Sobiloff

Chairman of the Board

Peter Sobiloff joined Insight in 1998 following the sale of Think Systems to i2 Technologies. Immediately prior to joining Insight, he was Vice President of Business Development at i2 Technologies (1997-1998). Mr. Sobiloff was previously President of Think Systems, a supply chain management software company backed by Insight. Prior to this, he was President of Datalogix, a vendor of enterprise application software for process manufacturers, and previously held senior executive roles at Ross Systems, a vendor of financial application software. Mr. Sobiloff guided Datalogix and Ross through their initial public offerings and the sale of Datalogix to Oracle Corporation.

Mr. Sobiloff graduated from Baruch University with a degree in Business Administration.

Lonne Jaffe


Lonne is CEO of Syncsort, where he is focusing on accelerating the growth of the company's high-performance Big Data offerings, both organically and through acquisition.

Previously, Lonne was the senior vice president of corporate strategy at CA Technologies, responsible for the development and execution of the company’s long-term technical strategy and acquisition-related strategic initiatives.

Before joining CA, Lonne spent over a decade at IBM, most recently as vice president of strategy for a multi-billion dollar division focused on software. Prior to this, Lonne was director of mergers & acquisitions at IBM, during which time he led multiple IBM analytics software acquisitions. He also led IBM’s software businesses for the healthcare, life sciences, government, and education industries, including marketing, acquisitions, business development, sales, and research & development.

Lonne holds undergraduate and advanced degrees from Harvard University, and spent time working at Goldman Sachs, Sony, Corporate Decisions, Inc., and Microsoft.

Bob Goodman


Bob Goodman joined Bessemer in 1998 and is the founding partner of Bessemer's investment office in Larchmont, New York.  He focuses on investments in software, communications, and health care IT. Prior to joining BVP, Mr. Goodman founded two successful telecommunications companies: Celcore, Inc., a wireless equipment company, acquired by Alcatel through the acquisition of DSC in 1997; and Boatphone, a group of cellular operating companies in the Caribbean. Having acted as CEO in both companies, Mr. Goodman brings the uncommon combination of entrepreneurial, operating and investment expertise to his portfolio companies.  As a venture capitalist, Mr. Goodman has been involved in building many successful companies including leading the first rounds for Flarion (acquired by Qualcommn) and Bladelogic (acquired by BMC).

Mr. Goodman holds a B.A. from Brown University and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.

Deven Parekh


Deven Parekh joined Insight in 2000. He was previously a Principal at Berenson Minella & Company (1992-1999), a New York based merchant banking firm where he served on the firm’s M & A Committee. Prior to Berenson Minella, Mr. Parekh was with The Blackstone Group, where he was involved in both M & A advisory and principal activities.

Mr. Parekh received a BS in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Deven Parekh is a Henry Crown Fellow of The Aspen Institute.

Aso O. Tavitian


Aso O. Tavitian, co-founder and a major investor of Syncsort, was CEO from 1975 until April of 2008, when Syncsort was recapitalized by Insight Venture Partners. Syncsort is one of the first software companies that emerged after IBM’s unbundling of software in the late 1960s. This was the start of the software industry and Syncsort played a pivotal role in its development. While overseeing the early growth of Syncsort, Tavitian was closely involved in all aspects of its operation, including Engineering, Marketing, and Sales.

In 1995, Tavitian established and funded The Tavitian Foundation, a not for profit organization focused on the field of education.

Aso is a member of (i) the Board of Governors of the Graduate Faculty of the New School University in New York, (ii) the Board of Trustees of FACE (French American Cultural Exchange), an organization focused on promoting cultural exchanges between France and the US. (iii) the Board of Trustees of the Clark Museum in Williamstown, MA, (iv) the Board of Trustees of the Frick Museum in New York, NY, (v) the Board of Trustees of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and (vi) the Board of Trustees of Austen Riggs, a psychiatric hospital with a strong psycho analytical orientation, based in Stockbridge, MA.

Raheel Zia


Raheel Zia is a Vice President in the Principal Investment Area ("PIA") of Goldman, Sachs & Co. where he focuses on growth-equity investments in software & services businesses. Prior to Goldman Sachs, Mr. Zia was a member of the investment team at Bessemer Venture Partners where he focused on investments in the software and infrastructure technology sector.  Mr. Zia previously worked in the Investment Banking group at Citigroup.  He has also held operating roles at AltaVista and KNUMI.

Mr. Zia has an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School, an M.S. in Computing from London University (England), and a B.Eng (Hons) in Electronic Engineering from UMIST.  He is also a qualified chartered accountant.

Justin LaFayette


Justin LaFayette co-founded Georgian Partners in 2008. Immediately prior, Mr. LaFayette was Vice President of Strategy for Information Platform and Solutions within the IBM Software Group, after the successful sale of DWL Inc., an enterprise software company that he co-founded, to IBM in 2005

At DWL, he served as co-founder and chairman where he guided the company's vision for an enterprise solution allowing companies to behave as a single, customer-centric organization. Under Mr. LaFayette’s leadership, DWL developed its Customer Data Integration (CDI) software and pioneered the Master Data Management (MDM) space.

Mr. LaFayette was the recipient of Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year award for Technology in 2001.

Mr. LaFayette holds a degree in Computer Information Systems and Business Administration from Ferris State University.