Appriss Leadership

Michael Davis
Co-Founder, CEO

Michael Davis is co-founder and CEO of Appriss, Incorporated (1994), a technology company with a mission to keep communities safe and informed. Mr. Davis helped launch the nation's first automated victim notification service in 1995.

In 2000 Mr. Davis helped organize and establish the Mary Byron Project in honor of the young woman whose tragic murder resulted in the development of the VINE system. The Mary Byron Project is a 501(c)(3) public charity focused on ending the cycle of domestic violence. Mr. Davis is an active member of the Mary Byron Project board and serves on other non-profit boards in the Louisville area as well.

Mr. Davis is a two-time winner of the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award and in 2004 he was awarded the prestigious Paul H. Chapman award by the Foundation for Improvement of Justice. The award is given to individuals who have championed improvement in the national criminal justice system. In 2009 Mr. Davis was awarded the U.S. Congressional Crime Victims Award for Allied Professionals in recognition for his professional work on behalf of crime victims.

Board of Directors

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.

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. 

Euan Menzies

Euan Menzies is a managing director at Insight, and joined the firm in 2014. Euan is involved with a number of Insight's investments, particularly in the business-to-business software sectors. He is currently a board member of Academic Partnerships, Anaqua, Planview and SR Labs. Euan is the former CEO of Vertafore, a leading provider of SaaS software and information solutions to the U.S. insurance sector. Euan was the CEO from 2001 until October 2013, and remains involved with the company as non-executive Vice Chairman and a Board Member. Vertafore was an investment in Insight III until December 2004, when it was sold to funds controlled by Hellman & Friedman. The current lead investor, TPG Capital, acquired the business for $1.4 billion in July 2010. The transformation of the Vertafore business, including the move from in-house to SaaS based offerings and the successful integration of more than a dozen strategic & tactical acquisitions, has created significant value for the company's investors during Euan's tenure as CEO. Euan has been a CEO in key professional markets since the early 1990s. During this period, he was a senior executive with The Thomson Corporation (now Thomson Reuters), with responsibility for Thomson's Tax & Regulatory information and software business units. The shift that took place while he was CEO, from a print based publishing business to a sophisticated software and information company, allowed Thomson to achieve a clear leadership position overtaking the longtime dominant market leader. Euan is a Chartered Accountant in the UK, and began his career with KPMG in Glasgow, Scotland and New York. He received his undergraduate degree (B.Acc.) from Glasgow University. A native of Scotland, he has lived in the United States since 1984.

Jim Swift

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.