Board of Directors
Erik Benson is a General Partner at Voyager Capital, where he’s been an early-stage venture capitalist since 1998. In addition to Shiftboard, Erik is a director on the boards of Act-On Software, Anova Data, Chirpify, Lighter Capital, Lytics, Rio SEO, SheerID, and Skyward. He was previously responsible for Voyager’s investments in aQuantive (IPO, then acquired by Microsoft), Blue Box (acquired by IBM), CapitalStream (acquired by HCL), Covario (acquired by Dentsu), Elemental Technologies (acquired by Amazon Web Services), Geoloqi (acquired by ESRI), and Kryptiq (acquired by Surescripts).
Prior to Voyager, Erik held leadership roles at Mimix, Inc., a pioneer in motion capture and animation software for the computer gaming industry. He began his career in investment banking at JP Morgan Chase in New York. Erik holds an MBA with honors from Harvard Business School and a BA from Pacific Lutheran University.
Michael W. Brown
As the former CFO of Microsoft Corporation, Mike Brown oversaw the company’s worldwide information technology, manufacturing and operations, finance, and business development organizations. In addition to Shiftboard, he currently serves on several boards, including Stifel Financial Corporation, VMware, Inc., and Inpserity, Inc. He also serves, or has served, as a director, trustee, or advisor to several private businesses and civic or charitable organizations.
Mike has previously served as Chairman of The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC Board of Directors, a governor of the National Association of Securities Dealers, a trustee of the Financial Accounting Foundation, as well as a director of Wang Laboratories, Citrix, and EMC. Prior to joining Microsoft, he spent 18 years with Deloitte & Touche LLP in various positions. He holds a BS in Economics from the University of Washington in Seattle.
Carl Albrecht is co-founder and Partner of The Arnold Group. In addition to his role at Shiftboard, he’s a co-founder and board member of Bridge Partners and Neal Analytics. With over 25 years in the management consulting and technology industries, he has led commercialization strategy, offer development, marketing, sales strategy, and lifecycle services initiatives at many of the world’s top technology vendors.
Previously, as a Principal at Booz-Allen, Carl led CEO-level engagements across several industries – including software, semiconductor, healthcare, aerospace, airline, and industrial products. His technology line management executive experience also includes serving as VP at AT&T Wireless, INVISIC Software, and Claremont Technology Group, CEO of SmartContractor Inc., and co-founding director of Sharebuilder Inc. He began his career as a software engineer for EDS. Carl holds an MS in Management from the Sloan School at MIT and a BA from Claremont McKenna College.
In addition to his position on the board of directors, Sterling Wilson is the President and CEO of Shiftboard. A seasoned executive, he has earned an exceptional reputation for building technology startups into significant companies. His leadership and strategic vision form the cornerstone of Shiftboard’s business as the company rapidly expands to help more organizations solve their most difficult people management problems.
Prior to Shiftboard, Sterling was the President, CEO, and board member at Zettics, a venture-funded big data analytics software company. He also served as President and board member of Qpass, a venture-funded digital commerce software company that sold to Amdocs for $300 million. Before Qpass, he was CEO and EVP of Operations at Concur, a travel and expense management startup, where he helped grow the company from five employees to over 600, and led its IPO. Sterling also served as CFO and VP of Operations at IntelliQuest, Inc., and CFO at Contact Software International.
Beyond Shiftboard, Sterling currently serves on the board of directors for two Seattle-based venture-funded companies – Koverse and Yapta. He is also a board member and Treasurer for the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle.
Founder & Director
Bryan is Shiftboard’s founder and original CEO. He set the company’s initial operational and product strategies, while leading the development of Shiftboard’s service and technology. Prior to Shiftboard, Bryan founded Applied Commerce, Inc., an application service provider and business management platform for the healthcare staffing industry.
An established technology leader, Bryan has worked with a variety of teams as an analyst, software engineer, data architect, program and product manager. His management experience extends across startup and late-stage internet, consulting, and telecommunications companies – most recently Microsoft (MSFT), and location services provider Xypoint, Inc. during its acquisition by Telecommunication Systems (TSYS). Bryan worked in biotech and biomedical engineering early in his career, serving as technical specialist on the Cleveland Clinic Foundation’s Total Artificial Heart research and development project.
Bryan attended Case Western Reserve University prior to starting his first company, WhoHasIt.com – an early pioneer in online inventory control and ecommerce. Bryan lives in Seattle with his wife and daughter.