Chairman & CEO | Co-Founder
In 1999, Tom Villante founded YapStone with the simple goal of converting bills commonly paid by paper check into online electronic payments. Today, YapStone processes over $18 billion in online and mobile payments and has raised over $110 million in capital. As Chairman and CEO, Tom leads the strategic vision, operational execution and global expansion of the company. With his experience and expertise in the FinTech industry, Tom is focused on positioning YapStone’s innovative and proprietary payments platform to meet the needs of global marketplaces and large vertical markets.
Prior to YapStone, Tom was a Partner at The Seidler Company, a private equity firm, and an investment banker with S.G. Warburg (now UBS) and William E. Simon & Sons. In addition to his role at YapStone, Tom is a member of Young Presidents’ Organization (Santa Monica Bay) and has served on the Boards of local schools and charitable organizations. With 20 years of entrepreneurial experience, he is an active angel and real estate investor, frequent speaker at FinTech and Leadership conferences as well as a contributing writer to notable business publications. Tom earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Princeton University.
Co-Founder | Board Member
Matt founded RentPayment.com, Inc. (the original online rent payments service) in 1999. In 2001, RentPayment began a collaboration with YapStone and was then acquired by YapStone in 2003. In his current role as Co-Chairman, Matt advises YapStone on strategic initiatives and corporate strategy. Prior to YapStone, Matt founded Internet Commerce Associates (ICA), an Internet consultancy that implemented business e-commerce applications for Netscape Communications (AOL) where his clients included many Fortune 500 companies. With over 15 years in the payments industry, Matt is a highly regarded thought leader on credit card and electronic payments. Matt is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
Sameer joined Accel in 2008. Prior to joining Accel, Sameer was a Partner with Sequoia Capital, where he led investments such as Barracuda Networks, Dropbox, eHarmony, Gracenote (acquired by Sony), Sourcefire (NASDAQ: FIRE), and Trulia (NYSE: TRLA). Sameer previously worked at Broadview, an investment banking firm specializing in technology mergers and acquisitions, and at Oracle. Sameer is the former President of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists and has been named to the Forbes Midas List for Top Tech Investors. Sameer has a BSEE and MSEE from M.I.T. and an MBA from Stanford.
American Discovery Capital
Brian Webber is a Founding Partner of American Discovery Capital, an independent merchant banking firm focused on principal investments in leading family-owned and middle-market companies in selected high-growth sectors. Most recently, he was a Partner at Moelis & Company and focused on clients in the technology and business services sector. Prior to joining Moelis & Company, Brian was Global Head of Technology Investment Banking at UBS Investment Bank, where he oversaw UBS’ technology investment banking business on a global basis. Brian holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Sandesh Patnam is the Lead Partner anchoring both the private and listed equities investing practice at Premji Invest (PI) in the US. Premji Invest is the primary investment office for Azim Premji, Chairman of Wipro Technologies. At PI he directs and manages investments for the listed equity Technology and Consumer portfolios while also driving investments in late-stage growth companies in both sectors. He has led investments into Anaplan, Apttus, YapStone, DataStax, Lookout, Cyanogen, Zuora, Coupa and ServiceMax. Prior to Premji Invest, Sandesh was at the Seligman Technology Group at Columbia Management Investment Advisers, LLC and Bay Partners.