BIBA Announces Global Growth Series

BIBA is proud to announce it's first official Global Growth Series program. This will be a great opportunity to connect and learn from some of Boston's fastest growing companies...many of which are creating jobs in both the Boston area and Ireland. Our panel will cover the ever changing landscape of scaling a company for both local and global success. This event in particular is a joint collaboration with IDA Ireland, Silicon Valley Bank and Choate Hall & Stewart LLP. Further Details below...

Current BIBA Members in Good Standing Are Welcome (Attend and Join/Renew options are available). 


JD Sherman, President & Chief Operating Officer, Hubspot

Nick Malone, Chief Administrative Officer & Treasurer, Wayfair

Joshua Feast, CEO & Co-Founder, Cogito Corporation

Mary Jefts, Chief Financial Officer, Unidesk Corporation

Mark Gallagher, Senior Market Manager, Silicon Valley Bank


Networking: 6:00 – 7:00 PM Panel

Discussion with Q&A: 7:00-8:30PM

Networking: 8:30PM – 9:00PM


Choate Hall & Stewart, Two International Place, Boston, MA 02110

Sponsored by


Hosted by

Panelist Bios

Mark Gallagher, Senior Market Manager, Silicon Valley Bank
Mark Gallagher leads Silicon Valley Bank’s Technology practice in New England, working with high growth innovation companies in the region. Mark has provided financial services to venture capital funds and technology companies for the majority of his career. A supporter and champion of the New England technology community, Mark serves on the board of overseers for The Mass Technology Leadership Council (MTLC) and previously served as a Board Member for the Center for Innovation and Change Leadership at Suffolk University.

JD Sherman, President & Chief Operating Officer, Hubspot
JD Sherman is HubSpot's, President & Chief Operating Officer. JD has spent the last 3 years growing the Hubspot business nationally and globally before which he spent the previous 6 years as Akamai's Chief Financial Officer, where he was responsible for finance, strategic planning, and corporate development. During his tenure, Akamai grew from just over $200 million to $1.2 billion in revenue with over 2,000 employees globally, and was added to the S&P500 index. Prior to his time at Akamai, JD spent 15 years at IBM in a number of finance roles.

Nick Malone, Chief Administrative Officer & Treasurer, Wayfair
Nicholas Malone oversees the finance, legal, human resources and real estate functions of the business. He began his tenure at Wayfair as CFO and Vice President of Finance in 2005 and helped the company grow from $40 million in revenue to over $800 million in annual revenue. Prior to joining Wayfair, Nick was the Finance head of the IT Services Division of Siemens AG. He has also held Vice President of Finance roles at Mercator Software and Enhance Financial Services Group and served as the Chief Financial Officer at SYNNAP, a startup web hosting company.

Mary Jefts, Chief Financial Officer, Unidesk Corporation
As Chief Financial Officer, Mary Jefts is responsible for Unidesk's finance, legal, human resource and administration functions. Mary has over 20 years of financial leadership experience with both public and private companies, primarily in the technology sector. Prior to Unidesk, Mary was Chief Financial Officer at Acquia and was instrumental in leading the company through its explosive growth. Prior to Acquia, Mary was a Business Unit Executive in the Business Analytics Division at IBM with global responsibility for sales, marketing, services and development. Mary has also held financial leadership positions at Openpages, Netegrity, Prime Response and PhyMatrix.

Joshua Feast, CEO & Co-Founder, Cogito Corporation
Joshua’s focus is on helping Cogito’s clients increase their customer interaction success. His track-record includes over fifteen years of solution delivery to human services, government and financial services organizations. He holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management where he was the Platinum-Triangle Fulbright Scholar in Entrepreneurship, and a Bachelor of Technology from Massey University in New Zealand. As CEO of Cogito Joshua has lead the company through an astounding 3-Year Growth Rate of 1,529%! has honored them with a spot on their list of the “10 Fastest-Growing Companies in Boston” (#2).

Boston Irish Business Association Welcomes Silicon Valley Bank as Sponsor in 2013

Boston (March 1, 2013) – The Boston Irish Business Association (BIBA) announced today that Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) has signed on as a sponsor for 2013. Both BIBA and SVB share common objectives in their respective organizations in that both focus on helping businesses in the communities they serve.

"We are excited to have Silicon Valley Bank as a BIBA sponsor," said AJ Gerritson, president of BIBA. "We believe this partnership will be mutually beneficial to both organizations both locally and abroad. We are thrilled to partner with SVB and look forward to working with the organization on a number of very exciting events that we are hosting in 2013.”

SVB’s Mark Gallagher said, "We are delighted to partner with BIBA in support of established and growing innovation companies in the US and abroad. We aim to increase the probability of our clients success from startup through global expansion, so our relationship with BIBA is a natural fit. With a new branch in London and a commitment to the Irish tech community specifically, we’ve increased our ability to support BIBA members significantly in the last year.”

BIBA's mission is to help its members create and foster meaningful business relationships while offering a dynamic platform for companies looking to gain brand exposure for their products and services both locally and in Ireland. Upcoming events for BIBA include the St. Patrick’s Networking Night on March 13th, the Boston Irish Business Awards cohosted with the Boston Business Journal on May 29th, and the annual BIBA Boat Cruise on Wednesday, June 19th.

About Silicon Valley Bank

Silicon Valley Bank is the premier bank for technology, life science, cleantech, venture capital, private equity and premium wine businesses. SVB provides industry knowledge and connections, financing, treasury management, corporate investment and international banking services to its clients worldwide through 28 U.S. offices and six international operations.  (Nasdaq: SIVB)

Silicon Valley Bank is the California bank subsidiary and the commercial banking operation of SVB Financial Group. Banking services are provided by Silicon Valley Bank, a member of the FDIC and the Federal Reserve System. SVB Financial Group is also a member of the Federal Reserve System.

About BIBA

The Boston Irish Business Association (BIBA) is a non-profit business organization 501(c)(6) dedicated to promoting the business interests of its members and member organizations located in Massachusetts and abroad. BIBA is committed to fostering economic and professional growth among its progressive network of business and political leaders, while retaining and strengthening their connection to Ireland and Northern Ireland. For more information, please visit our site.