Hershel Harris

Impact Team Advisor

About

Hershel Harris is an Advisor to the Georgian Impact team and to Georgian's portfolio companies. Hershel served as Georgian's Chief Technology Officer from 2009 until 2017. Over that period, he worked closely with growth and early stage companies to accelerate their applied analytics strategies, grow and optimize their engineering capabilities, improve their development processes, and protect their intellectual property.

In his current role, Hershel supports the CTO and members of the Impact team, and continues to advise portfolio companies on all topics related to software development.

Experience

Hershel began his career in 1978 as a programmer for IBM. His previous executive roles in Canada and the US include driving the business and technical strategy for IBM’s Software Products group and running product management and engineering for IBM’s open systems DB2, WebSphere Application Server, and Tivoli Storage and Security software products. From 2000 to 2003, Hershel served as the Director of the 2,500-person IBM Canada Software Lab. Hershel retired from IBM in 2008, before joining Georgian Partners.

Education

Hershel is a graduate of the University of Waterloo, from where he holds a degree in mathematics with honors in computer science.

Did you know?

Hershel is a board member of CanadaHelps, a charity that provides technology to support online charitable giving, and has been an active volunteer build site crew leader with Habitat for Humanity since 2008.

Contact Hershel

(416) 868-9696

Areas of Expertise

Software Product Delivery

Product Management

Systems Implementation

Business Partnerships

Acquisitions

Leadership Development

Intellectual Property

Project Management

Companies

eSentire

eSentire is the leader in active threat protection solutions and services, and is the most comprehensive way to defend enterprises from advanced and never-before-seen cyber threats. eSentire’s flagship offering, Network Interceptor, challenges legacy security approaches, combining behavior-based analytics, immediate mitigation and actionable intelligence on a 24x7x365 basis.

Team: Nick Chen, Simon Chong, Hershel Harris, Madalin Mihailescu, Jane Podbelskaya

eSignLive by Vasco

Businesses of all sizes choose e-SignLive™ by Vasco when electronic signatures matter. Nearing one billion documents processed each year, e-SignLive™ is the most widely used e-signature solution in the world and ranked a leader by analyst firms Forrester Research and G2 Crowd.

Team: Hershel Harris, Justin LaFayette, Ben Wilde

eSignLive by Silanis was acquired by VASCO in October 2015.

Integrate.ai

Integrate.ai’s mission is to build a future in which AI enriches people’s lives while creating better, more valuable businesses. To do this, the company is building an AI powered platform for B2C enterprises that integrates with business processes to make customer interactions more natural and valuable. Founded by Steve Irvine, former Facebook executive, Integrate.ai is proud to be based in Toronto, Canada at the center of an exciting AI ecosystem.

Team: Jason Brenier, Hershel Harris, Justin Lafayette, Madalin Mihailescu, Michael Robinson, Parinaz Sobhani, Emily Walsh, Ben Wilde, Ji Chao Zhang

Kinnser

Kinnser Software provides web-based solutions that deliver clinical and business results for the home health, hospice and private duty industries. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Kinnser serves more than 2,100 home health agencies, therapy companies, hospices, and private duty care providers nationwide.

Team: Jason Brenier, Hershel Harris, Justin LaFayette, Jon Prial, Michael Robinson, Ben Wilde

Kinnser Software was acquired by Mediware Information Systems in May 2017.

Kony

Kony is the fastest-growing, cloud-based enterprise mobility solutions company and an industry leader among mobile application development platform (MADP) providers. Kony empowers today’s leading organizations to compete in mobile time by rapidly delivering multi-edge mobile apps across the broadest array of devices and systems.

Team: Hershel Harris, Justin LaFayette, Jon Prial, Michael Robinson

Polar

The world’s largest publishers choose Polar to power, monetize and scale their native ads business. Polar has been focused on media platforms since 2007. Back before there were apps, tablets and mobile advertising, Polar was innovating, helping world-class media brands around the world transform the media industry with technology.

Team: Hershel Harris, Justin LaFayette, Ben Wilde, Margaret Wu

PrecisionLender

PrecisionLender is modernizing commercial banking. Its sales and negotiation solution empowers bankers with actionable, in-the-moment insights and coaching, so they win better deals and build strong, more profitable relationships. Andi®, PrecisionLender's virtual insights analyst, augments banker strengths and intelligence with the latest technology and data, delivering the best recommendations at exactly the right time. More than 12,000+ bankers at 200+ banks – ranging from $1B to $1T in assets – use the solution.

Team: Tyson Baber, Jason Brenier, Hershel Harris, Justin LaFayette, Emily Walsh

ScribbleLive

Founded in 2008, ScribbleLive advances the content marketing industry with a complete content marketing and live publishing software platform powered by big data. The all-in-one SaaS solution combines predictive analytics with content workflow which includes planning, creation, distribution, measurement technologies to deliver an easy-to-use solution that significantly increases leads and customer engagement.

Team: Simon Chong, Hershel Harris, Madalin Mihailescu, Jane Podbelskaya, Margaret Wu

Signpost

Signpost is automated CRM for B2C businesses. The Signpost platform automatically tracks every email, call, credit card transaction and social media interaction between a business and one of its customers. Signpost’s automated marketing engine leverages this CRM data to send email and SMS messages that convert new customers and drive repeat business and word-of-mouth.

Team: Tyson Baber, Justin LaFayette, Michael Robinson, Emily Walsh

Syncsort

Syncsort provides fast, secure, enterprise-grade software spanning big data solutions in Hadoop to Big Iron on mainframes. They help customers around the world to collect, process and distribute more data in less time, with fewer resources and lower costs.

Team: Hershel Harris, Justin LaFayette

Syncsort was acquired by Clearlake Capital in October 2015.