CEO & Trustee
Jason is CEO of Emerald Gate. He was most recently Founder, President, and Board member of Mach49, the premier incubator and accelerator of new businesses for the world’s largest corporations based in Silicon Valley, acquired by Next15 in 2020. Jason has over 25 years of international business experience as a corporate executive and venture capitalist. He was previously with software giant SAP as a member of the company’s global senior leadership team for 10 years, managing an 800 person innovation organization across 32 countries.
As Executive Vice President and Head of Global Research at SAP, Jason ran the global R&D and innovation unit of SAP. His group explored emerging IT trends and transformed applied research into tangible prototypes, customer pilots and game-changing solutions. Previously, Jason was head of SAP’s Global Business Incubator, which he proposed, designed, and established, building new lines of business and launching internal startups from idea through to commercialization. He also served as Vice President of the Corporate Strategy Group and created and ran the M&A Strategy Group.
Jason spent a decade in venture capital first at Patricof & Co. (now Apax Partners) and later as a general partner at Technology Partners. Jason was a management consultant with the MAC Group / Gemini Consulting and has held product management and business development positions at several Silicon Valley technology companies including InfoSeek, Raychem and Sun Microsystems.
Jason Yotopoulos holds a BS in Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Chairman & Trustee
David Dominik is the Chairman and Founder of Emerald Gate and an entrepreneur.
Jon Davies is a Trustee of Emerald gate and an Executive Vice-President at Golden Gate Capital. Prior to Golden Gate, Jon was a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP for over 30 years where he served as a member of both the US and Global Boards of Partners and was responsible at various times for the firm’s National Tax Practice and PwC’s Mergers & Acquisitions practice, in addition to advising clients on tax issues associated with large corporate transactions.
Jon served as PwC’s principal advisor to Golden Gate Capital for more than a decade. Prior to PwC, Jon was a Professor of Accounting at The University of Alabama where he later taught as an Adjunct Professor of Law during his time at PwC. Prior to that, he served as an Adjunct Professor of Tax Accounting at Georgia State University.
Mr. Davies received a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from The University of Louisiana-Monroe, a Master’s degree from The University of Florida, a Doctorate in Business Administration from Louisiana State University and a degree in Law from The University of Alabama. Jon is a member of the Bar in Alabama, and is a Certified Public Accountant in Louisiana, Georgia, California, New York and the District of Columbia.