Frank, John and Nick have given Splunk everything – investment, advice, and exceptional board service. They are a critical part of our success. Godfrey Sullivan Splunk Chairman and CEO
Team / Managing Partners

Frank Artale


Frank knows just about everybody. He’s a networking guy’s networker. Satya Nadella CEOms_team1


Frank Artale joined Ignition as a managing partner in 2011, bringing deep operational experience and insights from a 29-year career in the software industry. He previously was an executive at Citrix Systems, XenSource, VERITAS Software and Microsoft, and also served as co-founder and CEO of Consera Software (acquired by H-P).

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John Connors


John has a tremendous breadth of knowledge and experience as well as a fantastic network of enterprise minded stars. I would work with John on my next company, no questions asked. Ilya Sukhar co-founder and CEO ms_team1

John Connors became an Ignition managing partner in 2005 after a lengthy career as a software executive, principally at Microsoft, where he served as the company’s CFO and was vice-president of its Worldwide Enterprise Group. As an investor, John has guided enterprise-focused firms such as Splunk, XenSource, Heroku and Parse to successful exits.

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Nick Sturiale


Without Nick, Splunk would have been F*#!$^ on more than one occasion. Erik SwanCo-Founder and CTOms_team1


Nick Sturiale joined Ignition as managing partner in 2013 after more than 25 years developing startups, both as venture capitalist and entrepreneur. Prior to Ignition, Nick worked at JAFCO Ventures, the Carlyle Group and Sevin Rosen Funds and has been deeply involved in venture-backed successes including Splunk and XenSource.

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Team / Venture Partners, Principals, and Associate

Cameron Myhrvold



Cameron Myhrvold was a founding partner of Ignition. He joined the firm in 1999 after a lengthy career at Microsoft, where he created the Developer Relations Group and worked on operating-system products. As an investor, Cameron has been involved in venture successes including Splunk, Zenprise, Azaleos, Likewise Software, Consera Software, Rendition Networks and RLX Technologies.

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Kristina Kerr Bergman



Kristina Kerr Bergman joined Ignition as a principal in 2012, bringing over a decade of software-industry management experience and a focus on product management, marketing and entrepreneurship. She previously worked as a group product manager for Microsoft’s SharePoint Server product.

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Rachel Chalmers



Rachel Chalmers joined Ignition as a principal in 2013 after a long career as a technology analyst and journalist, including 13 years at the 451 Group analyst firm. A noted author and speaker on enterprise-IT topics, she specializes in studying software companies solving complicated and urgent business problems.

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Kellan Carter



Kellan Carter, an associate, joined Ignition in 2013 after several years working in technology investment banking and finance. At Ignition, he works primarily with Managing Partner John Connors assisting with company due diligence, new business development and managing existing portfolio companies.

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Team / Operations Team

Jack Ferry



Jack Ferry is Ignition’s chief financial officer and joined the firm in 2006. He is responsible for the firm’s financial operations, reporting, tax, treasury and administrative services. He previously worked at Infospace as the VP of Tax & Treasury and Deloitte & Touche as a Senior Tax Manager.

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Robert Headley



Robert Headley is Ignition’s administrative partner, overseeing the firm’s day-to-day operations. He previously was a finance executive at Starbucks and, before that, worked at Goldman Sachs.

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