DON PARSONS, MANAGING DIRECTOR
Don is a founding member of Appian and serves on its investment committee. He currently represents Appian on the boards of Collective Intellect, Oxlo Systems and Valen Technologies. He is responsible for Appian's investment in IP Commerce and Univa. Prior to its sale to Hewlett-Packard, he was responsible for Appian's investment in LeftHand Networks and was formerly on the board of Roving Planet (sold to 3Com) and ETI (Sold to Versata).
Previously, Don served as a general partner of Centennial Ventures, a Denver-based firm specializing in telecom services and communications technologies, where he served as a board and investment team member for several IT/Communications companies, including HighGround Systems (acquired by Sun Microsystems), Raindance Communications (NASDAQ: RNDC, acquired by West Media), Ecrix (acquired by Exabyte/Tandberg), Verio (acquired by NTT) and Pluto Technologies (acquired by NASDAQ:AVID). Prior to his career in venture capital, Don was a design engineer with IBM’s Personal Computer Division in Boca Raton, Florida.
Don was a founding board member of Colorado’s chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors. He is also a current member and the former president and chairman of the Rocky Mountain Venture Capital Association. Don is on the Board of Trustees of the Graland Country Day School. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University and an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan Business School.