Ashok Kartham, Chairman of the Board, Mize
Ashok Kartham is the Founder and CEO of Mize. He is a successful serial entrepreneur with 15+ years of experience as CEO of software and high-tech companies. Ashok founded 4CS, the leading warranty, and service lifecycle management company, acquired in 2011 by Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC), a multi-billion-dollar public software company listed on NASDAQ.
Ashok also founded Mize, Inc in Tampa, FL in 2012 to create a platform for connected, mobile and social consumers. The Mize platform provides access to product information, support and services from brands and social networks.
Ashok holds a degree in Computer Science from JNTU, Hyderabad. Ashok has been involved as both an investor and board member in organizations that help foster entrepreneurship.
Brian Shortsleeve, Board Member, Mize
Brian Shortsleeve is co-founder and Managing Director at M33, where he is passionate about helping founders grow their businesses and win their markets. Previously, Brian served as the Chief Administrator and Acting General Manager of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA). He was handpicked by Governor Charlie Baker in 2015 to develop a plan to put the MBTA on the path to long-term fiscal sustainability. During his tenure, Brian led efforts to reduce the operating deficit, leverage technology and industry partnerships to modernize business processes. Before the MBTA, Brian spent 14 years in strategy consulting and investing at Bain & Company, H.I.G. Capital, and most recently, General Catalyst, where he served as a Managing Director and led investments in software and technology-enabled services companies.
Brian currently sits on the boards of Mize, W Energy Software, Titan, and Cloud Software. He previously served on the boards of Axium Software (acquired by Deltek), CLEAResult (acquired by General Atlantic), Envoy Global, Oceans Healthcare, and OGSystems. Brian is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School and served as a Marine officer in Bosnia-Herzegovina and the Persian Gulf.
Mike Anello, Board Member, Mize
Mike Anello is co-founder and Managing Director at M33, where he is dedicated to helping businesses accelerate growth by applying his extensive sales and marketing expertise to portfolio companies. Prior to founding M33, Mike served as Vice President at Valor Equity Partners, where he focused on implementing sales and marketing best practices across the firm’s portfolio. Before this, Mike led business development for Axium Software (acquired by Deltek), where he led acquisitions and helped double the size of Axium’s sales and marketing engine in less than two years. Mike has worked with several companies to optimize and streamline their sales and marketing efforts, including Illumio Software, Tesla Motors, Manduka, Porch, and Project44.
Mike currently sits on the boards of Mize, W Energy Software, Titan Cloud Software, and AssuriCare. Mike is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Harvard Business School.