Mark Leslie is currently the managing director of Leslie Ventures, a private investment company. He is also a Lecturer in Management at Stanford Graduate School of Business where he teaches courses in Entrepreneurship, Ethics and Sales Organization.
Mark was the founding Chairman and CEO of Veritas Software. During his tenure as CEO the company went from 12 employees to 6,000 employees deployed globally, and from a revenue base of $95,000 per year to $1,500,000,000 per year. In 2000, Veritas was the tenth largest independent software company by revenue, third largest by market capitalization, and achieved the distinction of becoming a Fortune 1000 company.
From 1980 until 1990, he served as president and chief executive officer of two Silicon Valley high-tech start up companies. Prior experience included sales management, sales executive, systems engineer, and software engineer. Mark Leslie designed and developed the first software hypervisor while employed at IBM in 1969.
Mark currently serves on the boards of a number of privately held high-technology corporations, including Big Switch, Librato, Liquid Robotics, Model N Software, Nutanix, Pernix Data, PureStorage, Skybox Imaging and Sugar CRM. In addition, he serves on the NYU Board of Trustees, the Board of Overseers for the NYU Faculty of Arts and Sciences, as Chairman of the NYU Science Advisory Board, and as a member of the Executive Board of the NYU Innovation Fund.
Mark received a Bachelor of Arts degree in physics and mathematics from New York University in 1966 and completed Harvard Business School’s program for management development in 1980.