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Bob Crowley

Managing Partner, The Mustang Group

Bob, a veteran business operator, has held senior management positions for over 25 years with several outstanding companies. Two had highly successful public offerings, two were acquired for a cumulative amount of more than $2 billion and two of these companies remain privately held.

After graduating from Villanova University, Bob began his career managing cable television properties for American Cablesystems, followed by two well known successes in the enterprise software sector (CableData and Kenan Systems) and most recently was CEO of two technology pioneers in XML and Web services (Arbortext and Bowstreet). Prior to Mustang, Bob was managing director of Safeguard Scientific’s (NYSE:SFE) software portfolio. Bob has directly raised $160 million in equity and continues to sit on a variety of company boards.

Bob’s expertise is accelerating growth of businesses in highly competitive environments. With his wife Marcy, a school teacher, and their two sons Patrick and Drew, Bob splits time between Boston and Northern California. Bob is an ultra distance trail runner, skier and avid outdoor enthusiast.


Carson Biederman

Managing Partner, The Mustang Group.

Carson has an extensive background investing in and building middle market companies. From 1996 to 2003, Carson executed buyouts and venture investments for Bain Capital, the leading private equity firm focused on applying management consulting principles to hands-on investing.

Carson was a founding member of two new investment practices at Bain Capital, Sankaty Advisors and Bain Capital Ventures, with assets under management exceeding $2 billion. Carson has worked with companies on strategic and operational initiatives including new market entries, product positioning, sales and partnership strategies, cost reduction opportunities, financings and acquisitions. He has also served as Chief Financial Officer of two middle market companies.

Prior to Bain Capital, Carson helped companies raise debt and equity financing and advised companies on mergers and acquisitions while in the investment banking group at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. Carson graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Carson and his wife, Susan live in Boston.


Avanish Sahai

VP Worldwide ISV and Technology Alliances, ServiceNow

Avanish is an experienced tech executive with more than 20 years at established companies, such as Oracle and Salesforce, where he helped build the AppExchange into a $1 billion ecosystem while leading the ISV partner program.

He most recently served as senior vice president of Channels and Alliances at InsideSales.com. Previously, Avanish also held the role of senior engagement manager at McKinsey.

Avanish holds an MBA from UCLA Anderson, a MS in Computer Engineering from Boston University, and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil.


Shawn McGowan

President and CEO, Scribe Software.

Shawn McGowan, Scribe’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is responsible for leading the company’s growth and expansion. Prior to joining Scribe McGowan held the roles of Chief Technology Officer and Chief Operations Officer for Newmarket International, Inc., the market leader in hospitality sales and service software. McGowan led a group of exceptional team members that envisioned and delivered mission critical software to customers in over 150 countries. While building these hospitality specific applications he had the opportunity to work with or connect to all of the major integration platforms and is looking forward to taking a few of the lessons learned and applying them to the Scribe platform.

Prior to joining Newmarket, McGowan held senior positions at ManagedOps.com, Elderhostel, Inc. and The Taylor Group.McGowan earned a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Plymouth State College with postgraduate studies in Computer Science and a Master of Business Administration from Northeastern University

In his spare time, Shawn and his family head to the mountains for skiing, biking and hiking. McGowan additionally is passionate about the role of non-profits in the New Hampshire and works closely with the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and the Entrepreneurs Foundation of New Hampshire.


Peter Chase

Executive Vice President, Business Development, Scribe Software.

Peter founded Scribe along with Jim Clarke in the beginning of 1996. As Executive Vice President, Peter is responsible for leading strategic business development activities as well as directing investments to support and grow Scribe’s delivery channel.

Prior to founding Scribe, Peter held senior positions in sales, product marketing, and finance at SNAP Software, an early pioneer in CRM software that was acquired by Dun and Bradstreet. Prior to SNAP, Peter was the Chief Financial Officer for Software Services of America, a publicly-held software provider for the banking industry. Peter is a recognized expert in both the CRM and Integration software industries. He has published numerous articles and whitepapers and is a frequent speaker and panelist at industry events.

Peter holds a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and Computer Science at Southern New Hampshire University.


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