Frank Artale, Class of 1983

Throughout his career, Frank has played a leadership role in the development of numerous technology startups as an executive, and has more than 26 years of experience in software engineering and executive management.

After graduating from Farrell, Frank attended Polytechnic Institute of New York as a Board of Trustees Scholar and studied Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Following graduation, he held positions as a software engineer and engineering manager, building trader workstations and retail brokerage delivery systems for an IBM/Merrill Lynch joint venture (IMNET), followed by a stint at FD Consulting.

In 1991, Frank began a nine-year career with the Microsoft Corporation, where he became one of only five General Managers tasked to build Windows 2000.

During a six-year period at Microsoft (1994-2000), Frank managed the team responsible for formulating the features for the product that came to be known as Microsoft XP (formerly known as Windows NT and Windows 2000).  In the time Frank and his team were developing Microsoft XP, the business grew from less than $50 million, to greater than $5 billion. For his work on the project, Frank received the Microsoft Chairman’s Award for Top U.S. Member of Technical Staff in 1993 and was also named the top Systems Engineer that same year.

Frank was also Vice President of the Windows Solutions Group for VERITAS Software, where he oversaw overall product strategy of the Windows targeted solutions.

Prior to Ignition Partners, Frank most recently served as Group Vice President, Business Development at Citrix Systems, where he was responsible for all aspects of Citrix’s business development with software and hardware technology partners.

Frank joined Citrix when the company acquired XenSource in 2007, where he was responsible for strategic marketing and business development.  Before XenSource, Frank was a founder and CEO of Consera Software, a management software company, which was eventually sold to Hewlett-Packard in 2004.

Currently a Managing Director and General Partner at Ignition Partners venture capital firm, which invests in emerging and future leaders in communications, internet, software, and services across business and consumer targets.  Frank’s focus is on software; primarily infrastructure, cloud, and virtualization, and making investment decisions as part of the $400 million Ignition Venture Partners IV fund.

In addition to his role at Ignition Partners, Frank is Chairman of the Board at Open Kernel Labs, the leading provider of mobile phone virtualization solutions in commercial deployment today.

He also serves as Director at DNN.corp, the steward of the DotNetNuke open source project, the most widely adopted web content management platform for building web sites and web applications on Microsoft.NET.  Frank is also a Director of HealthUnity Corporation, Advisor of Virsto Software Corporation, Cloudera, and CouchBase.

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