- For more than three decades, Woody Benson has been finding the next big thing and the people who create it. From the dawn of microcomputers, data networking and the re-invention of telecom, through the SaaS and digital media revolutions, into the rise of the Internet of Things. A respected team leader and builder, Woody created the global channels for Lotus, ran all business operations at Shiva, and served as CEO of MCK Communications He became a venture capitalist focusing on investments in communications, SaaS and digital media. In 2009 he was named to AlwaysOn’s Top 100 Venture Capitalists list. Woody started blazing the remote access trail 25 years ago with Lotus, Shiva, MCK and LogMeIn and moved along that continuum to the Internet of Things in the past few years. In 2012, looking to continue thinking outside the box, he launched IoT Works, an Internet of Things-focused investment company, to gather the best people, ideas resources and financing. Woody sees the world at an inflection point: The Internet of Things is unfolding everywhere just like the industrial, consumer and computer revolutions. Woody believes the transition is creating exciting new sources of commerce and innovation. And it’s only just getting started. Woody’s strategic track record is hard to match. He’s been involved in IPOs for four companies: Shiva Corporation in 1994, MCK Communications in 1999, Elastic Networks in 2000, and LogMeIn in 2009. He’s also managed the investments in numerous M&A..Woody’s a board member or advisor, specializing in audit and compensation, at LogMeIn, Expo Communications, Swirl Networks, Greater Good, Kinematiq, Petnet, GolfKick, and DecisionPace. CEOs look to Woody as an additional team member, and count on his experiences and insights in sales, marketing, go-to-market strategies and board-level management. He also teaches at his alma mater, Bentley University, where he is executive-in-residence and a member of the Bentley Investment Committee
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