Meet the Team

Hi. We’re the team at Skipjaq, and this is our page. Scroll on down to see what we all look like (sort of), what we do for the company, and which office we work from when we’re not taking up space in a coffee shop somewhere.

Want to know more about what Skipjaq does? Then you’ll need to start from the beginning. We’re a pretty diverse bunch here at Skipjaq - we speak - and code - in a lot of languages; we’re into books, films, television shows, social sports, board games, tech wizardry of all kinds, GIFs, pubs, and international travel.

What do we all have in common? We’re all searching for the answer to that eternally vexed question: what shall we have for lunch? Interested in swelling our ranks? Then this is what you need.

  • Adrian Colyer
    Board Member
    Adrian has been involved in open-source infrastructure companies for more than 20 years, having previously held CTO roles with SpringSource, VMware and Pivotal. He joined Accel in 2014 as a venture partner in London working with software-based companies across Europe, and is a board member or observer for ClusterHQ, Skipjaq and Weaveworks.

    Adrian is originally from London. He writes “The Morning Paper”, a CS blog reviewing a mix of the latest research and foundational papers in computer science.
  • Bruce Golden
    Board Member
    Bruce joined Accel in 1997 and helped found the London office. He primarily focuses on enterprise software with a particular interest in open source, analytics and data management companies.

    Bruce was responsible for Accel's investment in Amobee (acquired by SingTel), Ajuba Solutions (acquired by Interwoven), Causata (acquired by Nice Systems), comScore (public), Forgerock, Itemfield (acquired by Informatica), MindCandy, Offermatica (acquired by Omniture), OpenGamma, Qliktech (Nasdaq: QLIK), Qubit, Responsys (acquired by Oracle) and Streambase (acquired by TIBCO).

    Bruce is from Chicago and graduated from Columbia and the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
  • Tom James
    Board Member
    Tom has co-founded a numerous companies including IntecTelecom (ITL) which was listed on the London Stock Exchange in 2001. Tom is an advisor, and early stage investor in a number of tech companies including; Zendesk (ZEN); Umantis; Roc-Group; Onelogin and Chartmogul.
  • Paul Wahl
    Board Member
    Paul has held a number of senior executive roles in major enterprise software businesses and he brings extensive knowledge of global marketing, technology inside and operations expansion to Skipjaq. Until March 2003 Paul served as president and COO of Siebel Systems Inc., a leading provider of e-Business application solutions.

    Prior to that, Paul served as CEO of SAP America, Inc., and was an executive board member of SAP AG. During his eight year tenure at SAP, Paul oversaw operations in North, South, and Central America, as well as worldwide marketing and partner relationships.

    Paul also helped guide product development, was responsible for introducing R/3 worldwide and grew SAP America, Inc. over $ 2billions revenue and to be the most profitable division of the world-renowned software company. Paul is currently on the Board of Qliktech Inc., ICWAG and Trufa Inc. and has served on the Board of Directors at Lawson Software and Causata Inc.
  • Mark Watson
    Board Member
    Mark is a serial entrepreneur with experience of both the technology and business aspects of running a startup.

    In 2000, having worked in development, support and sales leadership roles at IBM and Tivoli Systems, he co-founded Volantis Systems, the early pioneer of mobile Internet content delivery platforms, where he served both as CTO and CEO, until the company’s acquisition in 2011. In 2012 he took up the role of VP Engineering at Causata Inc., an innovative platform providing automated customer insights based on machine-learning and Big Data. Causata was, in turn, acquired in 2013.

    The following year, Mark decided to use some of the lessons learned in performance management and capacity planning for that platform to build out a new company, as co-founder of Skipjaq.

    Mark has a degree in Politics from the University of Nottingham.
  • Rob Harrop
    Board Member
    Rob is most well known as a co-founder of SpringSource, the software company behind the wildly-successful Spring Framework. At SpringSource he was a core contributor to the Spring Framework and led the team that built dm Server (now Eclipse Virgo).

    Prior to SpringSource, Rob was (at the age of 19) co-founder and CTO at Cake Solutions, a boutique consultancy in Manchester, UK.

    A respected author, speaker and teacher, Rob writes and talks frequently about large-scale systems, cloud architecture and functional programming. His published works include the highly-popular Spring Framework reference "Pro Spring".
  • James Cameron
    Board Observer
    James joined Accel in 2013 and focuses on enterprise software, security, fintech and infrastructure.

    Prior to joining Accel, he founded and ran BipSync, a SaaS-based research platform for investment management. James also spent time on the tech banking team at Morgan Stanley and as a corporate lawyer at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London, Shanghai and Hong Kong.

    James grew up in Australia and graduated from the University of New South Wales and the Stanford Graduate School of Business.