Board of Directors

Deven Parekh

Deven Parekh is a managing director at Insight Venture Partners and joined the firm in 2000.  Deven manages investments in e-commerce, consumer internet data, and application software businesses on a global basis.  Notable previous companies in Deven’s portfolio have included Buddy Media (acquired by SalesForce, NASDAQ: CRM),  Chegg (IPO), Football Fanatics (acquired by GSI Commerce, later acquired by eBay), Media Mind (IPO), Procuri (acquired by Ariba, NASDAQ: ARBA), Russian Trading System (merged with MICEX), Tumblr (acquired by Yahoo!)  and Website Pros (IPO).  Deven is a global investor, actively working with investments in China, Latin America, Europe and Russia.

Deven is a member of the Board of Directors for data services companies (eVestment, Drillinginfo), eCommerce companies (360Buy, Despagar, Fanatics, Hayneedle), Ed Tech companies (iParadigms), SaaS/application software businesses (SRLabs) as well as Campaign Monitor (marketing automation), and Syncsort (big data). He is a board observer for Kony Solutions (SaaS/application software). He represents the firms interests in Alibaba (ecommerce) and Twitter (social media).

Deven was previously a Principal at Berenson Minella & Company, a New York based merchant banking firm where he served on the firm’s M&A Committee.  Prior to Berenson Minella, Deven was with The Blackstone Group, where he was involved in both M&A advisory and principal activities.

In 2014 Deven was selected by AlwaysOn as a Venture Capital 100 winner for his investments in Twitter and Chegg. He was also selected to be on the 2014 Forbes Midas list. In 2010 Deven was part of a US delegation of several investors, government representatives, and technology companies that visited Russia to explore investment and technology collaboration opportunities between the United States and Russia.  He is a Member of the Technical Advisory Council of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) which assists the Commission with developing informed technology policies supporting America’s competitiveness and job creation in the global economy.  During the period 2010–2012, Deven served as a Member of the Advisory Board of the U.S. Export-Import Bank which is the official export credit agent of the United States. In 2006, Deven was named a Henry Crown Fellow of The Aspen Institute, which seeks to develop the next generation of community spirited leaders.

He is a Member of the Board of Publicolor (which he chaired from 2007 – 2012), a New York City based non-profit organization that focuses on inner city schools. He is also Treasurer and Member of the Board of Governors of the National Academy Museum. He is a Member of the Board of the Tisch New York MS Research Center.  Deven is a member of the Greater NY Partnership, which pairs business executives with non-profit executive directors. The Partnership is an initiative of the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City. Deven is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations as well as the Economic Club of New York. Deven received a BS in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Anika Agarwal

Anika Agarwal joined Insight in 2014. She focuses on leveraged buyouts and majority recapitalizations of application and infrastructure software companies. Anika helps lead investments in both high growth and mature software businesses and works with several portfolio companies.

Prior to joining Insight, Anika was a member of the investment team at Vista Equity Partners. Anika completed multiple platform and follow on software buyouts in which her role included conducting market and operational due diligence, negotiating agreements, and arranging financing commitments. Anika was active at both the board and company level at portfolio companies advising management teams on operating improvements and add-on acquisitions.

Previously Anika was an investment professional at the Mayfield Fund, where she focused on investments in consumer internet companies. Earlier in her career, she worked in the Principal Investment Area at Goldman Sachs and the Technology Investment Banking group at Lehman Brothers. Anika holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BS in Computer Science from Stanford University. She speaks French and Hindi.

David Spiro

David Spiro is a Senior Associate at Insight and joined the firm in 2013. At Insight, he focuses on investments in both high growth and mature software businesses and is responsible for executing transactions and assisting in portfolio management post-close.

David graduated summa cum laude from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and was elected to Beta Gamma Sigma. Prior to Insight, he worked for Stone Point Capital, a private equity firm that invests in financial services companies. David also previously worked on the Equity Capital Markets desk at Citigroup, where he advised companies that were raising capital through IPOs and follow-on offerings.

David lives in New York City with his wife, who together enjoy traveling and spending time with family and friends. Outside the office, David is an avid sports fan and has competed in over 50 professional, amateur, and junior golf tournaments.

Outside Board Members


Jim Swift

Jim is the president and CEO of Boca Raton, FL-based Cortera. Cortera provides information-centric solutions that power business-to-business interactions. Cortera’s innovative information and technologies deliver behavioral intelligence on over 20 million businesses. The wide range of applications of these insights include sales and marketing intelligence, credit decisioning, supply chain continuity, purchasing, compliance and other risk management needs. With a nearly twenty year history that began in the transportation industry, Cortera works with thousands of companies throughout the supply chain to streamline processes and inform decisions.

Prior to joining Cortera, Jim was the chief operating officer of LexisNexis Risk Management, where he was responsible for the unit’s commercial markets. He joined LexisNexis through its acquisition of Seisint. Jim held various executive leadership positions at Seisint in operations, sales, marketing, product and business development. LexisNexis’ $775 million acquisition of Seisint was the largest acquisition of a venture-backed company in 2004.

Before Seisint, Jim was a senior vice president at Modus Operandi, a management and technology consulting firm specializing in business process reengineering and automation for Fortune 500 clients.

Jim is a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree.

Neal S. Wolin

Neal Wolin is currently a consultant, a senior counselor at The Brunswick Group and an equity partner at Data Collective Venture Capital and a board partner at the Social + Capital Partnership.   He is also an advisor to Nyca Partners, a venture capital firm focused on financial technology.  He serves on the board of SigFig, a wealth management technology company.

Mr. Wolin was Deputy Secretary of the Treasury from May 2009 until September 2013.  Mr. Wolin served as Acting Secretary of the Treasury in January and February 2013.

As Deputy Secretary, Mr. Wolin served as the Treasury Department’s Chief Operating Officer and supervised all Treasury bureaus and domestic and international policy offices as well as its management, legal, public affairs and congressional affairs functions.  He played a key role in formulating and executing the U.S. government’s response to the financial crisis of 2008-2009 – including its economic recovery and financial reform plans.

Prior to his confirmation as Deputy Secretary, Mr. Wolin served in the Obama White House as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Counsel to the President for Economic Policy.

Before joining the Obama Administration, Mr. Wolin was President and Chief Operating Officer of the property and casualty insurance companies of The Hartford Financial Services Group.   He served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of The Hartford from 2001 to 2007 and oversaw the company’s law, government affairs, communications, marketing and tax functions.

Mr. Wolin has also been the General Counsel of the U.S. Department of the Treasury; the Executive Assistant to the National Security Advisor in the Clinton White House; the Deputy Legal Adviser to the National Security Council; and Special Assistant to three Directors of Central Intelligence.

He received a B.A. degree in history, summa cum laude, from Yale College; a Master of Science in Development Economics from the University of Oxford; and a J.D. from Yale Law School where he was a Coker Teaching Fellow in Constitutional Law.