The DaggerBoard team

Dennis Clerke

Dennis Clerke

Managing Director

Email: dclerke [at] daggerboardadvisors [dot] com


Dennis Clerke, managing director and co-founder of DaggerBoard Advisors, has played a key role in numerous early-stage software companies and knows what it takes to succeed. Dennis has unique expertise in combining technology with go to market strategies across a wide array of emerging software companies.

In recent years Mr Clerke has worked with a number of software organizations on issues such as business strategy, implementation, market strategy, product development and financing. Clients include 3E Company, Alliance One, Bunkspeed, Netseer, RealGifts, Nirvanix, Captaris, SpectorSoft and TitleTrac.

Previously, he served for three years as the CEO of Alignent, a venture-backed provider of collaborative business-strategy and product-planning software, acquired by Minneapolis, MN-based Sopheon in 2007. He was a co-founder and CEO of Cardiff Software, a market-leading provider of business process management and content capture software, acquired in 2004 by Verity and now part of Autonomy.

He is on the Board of Directors/Advisors with MadCap Software, Mochila, EcoLayers, Dasko, and Pandimo. Clerke also is active with Connect, SDSIC and the University of San Diego entrepreneurial business program.

He received his MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Business and a bachelor's degree in engineering from Boston University.

In his spare time, Dennis has a passion for sailing, spending time with family and enjoying the outdoors.

Emmanuel de Boucaud

Emmanuel de Boucaud

Affiliate Advisor

Email: edb [at] daggerboardadvisors [dot] com


Emmanuel de Boucaud, managing director and co-founder of DaggerBoard Advisors, is an entrepreneurial executive with a 20-year track record of building and leading teams in the Software segment. He is an experienced leader in both strategy and execution, with a "roll up your sleeves" approach to achieving success.

Recently, he has been involved with high growth organizations such as BunkSpeed, ConfirmNet (Ebix), Captaris, SciVee, RealGifts, and SpectorSoft where he has held interim leadership roles, and advised in the area of business and revenue models, financing, product segmentation, channels and go to market strategies.

Prior to co-founding DaggerBoard, de Boucaud was CEO of a Live Interaction web 2.0 startup, Chatstat Technologies, Inc. Previously, he was the Sr. Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Mitek Systems, where he championed the company's repositioning, from go-to-market strategy, to branding, licensing and pricing models. From 1995 to 2004, de Boucaud, as an Executive team member, led sales activity at Cardiff Software through to acquisition by Verity Inc. in March 2004; since acquired by Autonomy (AUTN).

He has served on the advisory boards of several early stage companies including ArmorPoint Inc., and TitleTrac.

de Boucaud holds an advanced bachelor's degree in Economics from Occidental College.

He is an avid sports enthusiast, who plays tennis, sails, skis, coaches soccer and enjoys traveling.

Marc Friedmann

Marc Friedmann

Affiliate Advisor

Email: mfriedmann [at] daggerboardadvisors [dot] com


Having always worked in early stage companies, Friedmann has been an entrepreneur for the past 30 years. He has founded, built, financed, turned around and exited multiple start-up companies. Combining strengths in business and technology, Friedmann has deep experience in software, telecom, datacom, storage and semiconductor industries. Concentrating on software companies for the past 15 years, he has managed all types and aspects of businesses including SaaS, analytics, IT management, corporate strategy and funding, and product positioning, management and development processes.

As part of DaggerBoard Advisors, Friedmann has held interim CEO positions and assisted other clients in assignments ranging from start-up business plans to corporate acquisitions to product development process improvement. Some of his clients have included Precision Information, JP Communications, NoteVault, Quantum Retail, SciVee, Sentilla and SpectorSoft.

Before DaggerBoard, Friedmann was the CEO of Syntricity, a software company focused on analytics for the semiconductor business. After raising a new round of venture funding, he successfully helped turn around this late stage start-up business bringing them to cash flow positive operation. Prior to that, Friedmann conceived and founded Prisa Networks, a business targeting management of storage area networks. Having raised several rounds of angel, venture and strategic funding, Prisa had a successful exit through acquisition by EMC Corporation. Previous to Prisa, Friedmann was Vice President of Network Products at Applied Micro Circuits Corp (AMCC) where he established the line of business that led to their successful IPO.

Friedmann has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor's in Physics from UCLA. He has participated on numerous industry standards bodies and is currently an active Entrepreneur in Residence in the Connect Springboard program.

Friedmann is an active swimmer and has a passion for hiking and adventure travel.

Sailing and Business:

Operating a successful business and a high performance sailing yacht have striking similarities.

A sailor would not set out for a destination without the right map, equipment and crew; similarly a successful business cannot operate without the proper understanding of the market, a solid team and a definitive plan for success.

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