Frank Artale is a managing partner at Ignition, joining the firm in 2011. His career in the software industry began in 1984. He most recently served as group vice president, business development at Citrix Systems, where he was responsible for all aspects of Citrix’s business development with software and hardware technology partners.

Frank joined Citrix from XenSource, where he was responsible for strategic operations and business development. Prior to XenSource, Artale was a founder and CEO of Consera Software, a management-software company, which was acquired by Hewlett-Packard in 2004. Before founding Consera, Frank was vice president of the Windows Solutions Group for VERITAS Software, where he oversaw overall product strategy for Windows targeted solutions.

He also was a general manager in the Windows 2000 group at Microsoft, one of the many product-management and sales positions he held during his nine-year career with the company. Before joining Microsoft, he held positions as a software engineer and engineering manager building trader workstation and retail-brokerage delivery systems, first at an IBM/Merrill Lynch joint venture (IMNET), then at FD Consulting.

Frank led Ignition’s investments in Appfog, Couchbase, Cloudera (CLDR), Docker, and ScaleXtreme. He is currently a member of the board of directors for Apprenda, BlueStacks Systems, Bromium, Coho Data, SkyTap, SnapLogic, and Trifacta. In 2012 Frank was named to GigaOm’s list of top cloud VCs and, in 2013, to both the Forbes Midas “Hot Prospects” list and AlwaysOn’s “Power Players in the Cloud” list.

Frank attended Polytechnic Institute of New York as a Board of Trustees Scholar where he studied electrical engineering and computer science.