Jan Eddy, Director
Ms. Jan Eddy has over 30 years of software industry and entrepreneurial leadership experience. She founded multiple companies, most notably Wingra Technologies, LLC, a Madison-based software company which Ms. Eddy led from its founding in 1991 until its successful sale in 2005. Prior to founding Wingra Technologies, Ms. Eddy was President, CEO and Chairman of Office Solutions, Inc., another software company.
Ms. Eddy served for ten years as Chairman of First Business Bank, the largest banking subsidiary of First Business Financial Services (FBIZ). She was a director of DEMCO for over fifteen years, and served as the first Chairperson of Wall Family Enterprises.
Ms. Eddy remains deeply involved in many business and economic development efforts in Wisconsin, serving on the Investment Committees of both Phenomenelle Angels Fund and Belle Capital U.S.A. (both early stage venture funds), and holding directorships at the Wisconsin Technology Council, Sauk Prairie Memorial Hospital Foundation, and First Business Financial Services.
Joseph P. Hildebrandt, Director
In addition to being Managing Director and Co-Founder of DaneVest Tech Fund, Phenomenelle Angels Fund, and the DaneVest and Phenomenelle Side Funds, Mr. Joseph Hildebrandt is also manager or partner of a number of other private investment entities. He brings over 35 years of extensive experience in business law, finance, securities, and venture capital.
Mr. Hildebrandt is a Partner Emeritus at Foley & Lardner, LLP, where he was founder and chair of the Emerging Companies/Venture Capital Team, and founder/co-chair of the firm's national Private Equity & Venture Capital Practice. Mr. Hildebrandt has represented and counseled high tech, biotech and other rapid growth companies, structured over 350 private placement offerings, and personally invested in over 200 private companies.
In addition to his career at Foley & Lardner, Mr. Hildebrandt has been vice president of an investment brokerage firm, and manager or co-manager of several small venture capital funds or partnerships. He was Chair of Wisconsin/American Bar Association Sections and Committees, a co-organizer of the Wisconsin Summits on Venture Capital, and the drafter and/or editor for various publications or legislation for partnership, corporation, LLC, tax credit, and securities laws.
Mr. Hildebrandt earned both his BS in Finance, Investment and Banking and his MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his JD degree from Harvard Law School. He currently serves on eleven boards of directors.
Jef Hinds, Director
Mr. Jef Hinds represents the link between Kiio and our founders, the Hinds family and LifelineUSA. A lifelong entrepreneur, Mr. Hinds has founded three successful businesses. Many years ago, Mr. Hinds was the first employee of LifelineUSA. He threaded the very first beads onto the first LifelineUSA jump rope. He continued working as a jump rope maker, until he worked his way up through the ranks, eventually serving as President and CEO of LifelineUSA. Mr. Hinds holds degrees in biochemistry and accounting.
An expert on the history, grading, and restoration of comic books, Mr. Hinds also runs a thriving collectible comic book business. His interests are broad and include historic Madison photography, bike riding, and playing guitar in local rock bands. Among others, he has backed up Cheap Trick, Rick Derringer, and Ruben Blades.
David Grandin, President, CEO and Director
Mr. David Grandin is a high tech executive with over 20 years of experience in starting companies, building teams, delivering technology products, and driving revenue growth and profitability. With a strong entrepreneurial skill set, he has an extensive background in software and integrated system development, digital media solutions, and sports related technology.
Mr. Grandin has a proven track record of leading people, building companies, and creating value for shareholders. Prior to Kiio Inc., Mr. Grandin has been a founder in four companies, most notably Avid Sports, whose technology is the de-facto standard used throughout the NFL and NCAA for digital video coaching analysis. He also founded InformTV, creating interactive TV applications; InformTV’s technology solution was purchased by DirecTV, and is the backbone for statistics on DirectTV's television program, NFL Sunday Ticket. In his roles as CEO or partner he has managed all aspects of a company, including engineering, marketing, sales, finance, manufacturing, and projects encompassing all the facets of business growth and innovation.
Mr. Grandin is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a Bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering. Mr. Grandin also earned an MBA degree from the executive high-tech program at Northeastern University. He is a former Big Ten/NCAA athlete at Wisconsin, where he lettered in swimming for four years.