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General Partner @
Investments
3 Investments in 3 Companies
Gender:
Male
Location:
San Francisco
Website:
http://www.polarispartners.com/team/member/gary-swart/
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Gary Swart is a General Partner at Polaris Partners. He was the former CEO of oDesk.

Gary is a thought leader in entrepreneurship; how best to hire and manage teams; and the future of work, including online work. He is passionate about helping small businesses thrive, fueled by his extensive experience working with startups and small businesses that use oDesk, as well as by mentoring entrepreneurs and business school students.

Gary has spoken at the Inc. Leadership Conference, The Economist’s Ideas Economy panel, South by Southwest, TechCrunch 50, TiECon, GigaOM’s Net:Work Conference in 2010 and 2011, and at Harvard Business School which teaches a case study on oDesk.

His commentary has appeared in a variety of publications including Forbes, TechCrunch and The Washington Post. He has also appeared on numerous TV and radio shows, including BBC, National Public Radio, and the Fox Business program “After the Bell.”

Previously, he led SMB Sales for the Americas at IBM’s Rational Software Product Group, and prior to that served as VP of Worldwide Sales at Intellibank, where he was responsible for leading the sales organization.

Gary holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Maryland.

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General Partner

Sep, 2015 - Current   (about 1 year)
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Led SMB Sales for the Americas at IBM’s Rational Software Product Group
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VP of Worldwide Sales
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Venture Partner

Board & Advisor Roles (4)

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Investments (3)

DateInvested InRoundDetails
Jul, 2016$12.4M / Series APersonal Investment
Sep, 2015$3M / SeedPersonal Investment
Apr, 2015$20M / Series C (Lead)

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