Akana Board of Directors

Mark Tapling, President and CEO

Executive Team Mark Tapling has served as the CEO of multiple enterprise focused technology companies.   His background includes over 25 years of progressive experience in the strategy, growth and financial management of both public and private companies across a variety of industries. Before joining Akana, Mr. Tapling served as CEO of PacketVideo, where he transformed the company from a media infrastructure business to Japan’s first industry provider of Premium Media Content... Read More

G. Bradford Jones

Mr. Jones is a founding partner of Redpoint Ventures. He is also a general partner of Brentwood Venture Capital, a firm he joined in 1981.  He has managed successful investments in communications, software, semiconductors, Internet infrastructure, Internet commerce and Internet content.  A sampling of his investments includes communications companies such as Multilink Technology and ComCore/National Semiconductor; Internet companies such as Sandpiper Networks/Digital Island/Cable & Wireless and Stamps.com; and software companies such as Apriso and Filenet. His investment focus is on communications, Internet and software opportunities that are located in Southern California.  Mr. Jones received an A.B. in Chemistry and an A.M. in Physics from Harvard University. He also holds an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a J.D. from the Stanford Law School.

Michael Steed

Mr. Steed is the Founder and Managing Director of Paladin Capital Group, located in Washington, DC.  Paladin is a private equity firm primarily targeting privately held, small to medium sized companies that are market leaders in their industry group. Prior to founding Paladin Capital, Mr. Steed served as the Senior Vice President of Investments at a financial services holding company located in Washington, DC where he was responsible for 78 direct co-investments and fund investments from 1992 to 1999, including all investments in a private capital fund where Mr. Steed had primary management responsibility.  Since it’s founding, Paladin has, through its Funds, completed six deals, totaling $62 million in invested capital.  Michael Steed is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University of Los Angeles and received his law degree from Loyola University School of Law.

Jeff Anderson

Jeff Anderson is a Managing Director of Mellon Ventures in Los Angeles. He brings over 13 years of venture capital experience and focuses on software and Internet opportunities. He is currently a director of seven privately held companies and has led or sponsored Mellon’s investments into a number of successful technology companies including Exult (EXLT), Lexar Media (LEXR), Multex (acquired by Reuters), Netscaler (acquired by Citrix Systems) and Snap Appliance (acquired by Adaptec). Prior to joining Mellon Ventures, Jeff was with BA Venture Partners, the venture capital affiliate of BankAmerica Corporation, where he focused on information technology opportunities. Jeff also worked in product development at The Charles Schwab Corporation. Jeff received his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and completed his postgraduate education at the London Business School.

Anders Richardson

Mr. Richardson is active in all aspects of deal sourcing, due diligence and execution. Prior to co-founding Palisades Ventures, Mr. Richardson worked in the Investment Banking Division of DLJ and focused on public and private placements of debt and equity securities and buy-side and sell-side M&A advisory services in a variety of industries. Mr. Richardson sits on the boards of Akana and V-Enable and is a board observer for Lucix Corporation, Avexus, and Language Weaver. Mr. Richardson received a B.A. from Harvard College and an M.B.A from Harvard Business School.