Cameron Lester is a founding General Partner with Azure Capital Partners where he specializes in software and web-based applications. His current board memberships include Convercent, Get Satisfaction, SilkRoad Technology, K2, KISSmetrics, Switchfly, Telly, and Zend Technologies. Other successful investments include TopTier Software (acquired by SAP), VMware (acquired by EMC), Interwoven (IPO in 1999), PSS Systems (acquired by IBM) and Salesforce.com (IPO in 2004).
Immediately prior to Azure, Cameron was a Managing Director and the Group Head of the Software Investment Banking Group at Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB). Prior to CSFB, Cameron was a Director and the Group Head of the Software Investment Banking Group at Deutsche Bank Securities. Prior to Deutsche Bank, Cameron was a Vice President at PaineWebber, focused on software.
Over the course of his career, Cameron has provided strategic and investment advice to numerous leading private and public software companies. Notable firms include Advent Software, Baan, BEA Systems, Brio Technology, BSQUARE, Citrix Systems, Cygnus, DigitalThink, E.piphany, HNC Software, i2 Technologies, Infinity Financial, Informatica, Interwoven, JD Edwards, Liberate Technologies, NetDynamics, NetIQ, Onyx Software, PLATINUM technology, Pure Atria, Retek, Salesforce.com, Think Systems, Vantive, VERITAS Software and Vitria Technology.
Prior to investment banking, Cameron worked for Markowitz and McNaughton, a consulting firm specializing in competitive analysis, market opportunity assessment, strategic decision support, benchmarking, and acquisition buy-side search and due diligence services.
Cameron received his B.A. degree in Economics from the University of Virginia and his M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School.