HarQen unleashes the richness of information trapped inside conversations — transforming talk into actionable insights. Founded in 2007, HarQen's award-winning Intelligent Voice Service enables meetings, interviews and other conversations to be captured, enriched, organized and shared, improving collaboration and adding a new layer of business intelligence to existing data management systems.
Management Team & Founders
Ane Ohm, President & Chief Operating Officer
Ane joined HarQen in 2010 and she also serves as Board President for the Bread of Healing Clinic, a free clinic in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She was recognized as 2010 Woman Manager of the Year by Women in Management, Fox Cities chapter.
Ane is passionate about using technology to help organizations identify, attract, and retain the right people for the right job. Her career experience designing recruitment strategies for Fortune 100 companies has given her invaluable insights on how technology can best be integrated into recruitment processes to hire the best talent, faster and more efficiently.
In prior positions, Ane was President of LaserNet, Inc., a statement print/mail company, and Vice President at Pinstripe, Inc., where she played an instrumental role in the company's rapid growth in recruitment process outsourcing. Before joining Pinstripe, Ane held various leadership roles at Strong Financial Corporation, including Vice President and Director of Mutual Fund Administration. Ane started her career as an auditor with Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) and graduated with a BBA-Accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Pehr Anderson, Vice President—Platform Technology
At 22-years-old Pehr had almost completed a degree at MIT. He dropped
out and started NBX Corporation to make an IP-based phone system that
used Ethernet to carry voice calls. When Pehr and his co-founders
sold NBX to 3Com Corp. for $90 million in 1999, he returned to MIT and
finished a BS and MS in computer science and electrical engineering.
Upon moving to Wisconsin, he became the executive director of Silicon
Pastures, the first angel network in Wisconsin. Most recently, he
worked for Metavante, a financial services company, in their M&A group
as an acquisition advisor.
Jim O'Shaughnessy, Chief Intellectual Property Officer
Jim brings more than three decades of strategic expertise to HarQen's intellectual property initiatives. As a partner with Foley & Lardner LLP in the 1990s, O'Shaughnessy helped grow Foley's practice into the then largest intellectual property practice worldwide. Recruited away by Rockwell International to be its Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, he was responsible for successfully compiling and then selling Rockwell's expansive voice-patent portfolio to Aspect Technologies in 2004 among a range of other duties in the intellectual property space.
Jim views intellectual property as the DNA of the organization and has played a vital role in its development and positioning for many Global 500 companies throughout the Americas, Europe and Austral-Asia. He has also served as an expert witness in several patent-infringement cases, including the Ronald A. Katz Technology Licensing LP litigation.
O'Shaughnessy received a Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute before earning his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1977. Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors of Rovi Corporation (Nasdaq: ROVI) and the Council of Advisors of The National Institute for Play.
Matt Stockton, Vice President—Software Engineering
Matt guides the engineering team on key technology initiatives while balancing sales, service and client needs. His breakthrough work in leading the design and development of HarQen Symposia led to the filing of a patent with Matt listed.
Prior to HarQen, Matt built order management and trading software for a global alternative investment firm with billions of dollars in investor base. His professional experience also includes designing and implementing product security software for GE Healthcare, and a two-year rotational engineering leadership development program with contributions across multiple GE business functions.
Matt graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Michigan (Computer Science-Engineering), and completed a Master's degree at the University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign (Computer Science), a top five national program. Matt is also recognized as an Independent iPhone Application developer with 6 applications released to the App Store to date, and won both of the 2011 Spreenkler Talent Labs Hackathon events for "1000Eyes" and the "Blurbs."
Jeff Fitzsimmons, Co-Founder
Prior to joining HarQen, Jeff was the chief creative officer for
Caffeine Communications—a marketing and public relations firm
specializing in guerrilla, grassroots and downright crazy PR company
for large international clients. At Caffeine, Jeff managed world-class
brand initiatives for large international companies including Sony
Playstation, Rainbow Play Systems, Harley‐Davidson and
Board of Directors
Lauren Flanagan, Chairman & Managing Director Phenomenelle Angels Fund
Lauren has over 25 years experience in founding, operating and investing in technology companies. As Managing Director of the Phenomenelle Angels Fund I, LP she leads an early stage venture fund focused on technology firms in the Midwest. (www.phenomenellevc.com) As CEO of SCIO Corp, she provides strategic advisory services to and invests in early stage companies. Prior to founding SCIO Corp, she co-founded and was CEO of WebWare Corp, a pioneer in Digital Asset Management and one of the first SaaS companies, which provided the platform and services for some of the world's largest rich media repositories. She was recently named to BusinessWeek's Top 25 Angels in Tech.
Kelly Fitzsimmons, Co-Founder
After the sale of her fourth company, Kelly Fitzsimmons leveraged the proceeds to found HarQen in early 2007. Under her leadership, HarQen assembled a top tier team and launched the first Comic Wonder product in December 2007, Voice Advantage in March 2008 and the HarQen platform in 2009. Prior to HarQen, Kelly founded, led and sold several companies generating positive returns to investors at Sun Tzu Security and Neohapsis. She received her BA from the University of Rochester and a Masters degree from Harvard.
Mike Dillon, CEO—DillonWorks
Mike is a strategic advisor, co-founder, and sits on HarQen's Board of Directors. Mike is a well-known entrepreneur who has built an internationally recognized fabrication company, DillonWorks! (www.dillonworks.com). At the age of 19, Mike became a Disney Imagineer—a career choice that served as the foundation for DillonWorks!. Founded in late 1987, Dillionworks is based in Seattle. Major clients include Disney, Sony, Microsoft, and Viacom.
Stuart Olsten, Independent Angel Investor
Stuart served as Olsten Corporation's chairman of the board, vice chairman and president at various times between 1990 and 2000. The Adecco Group (SIX: ADEN and EURONEXT: ADE), one of the world's largest providers of HR solutions with over 28,000 employees, acquired Olsten Staffing, a NYSE traded and F500 company that was a pioneer in the staffing and recruiting space, for over $1 billion. Mr. Olsten served on Adecco's board of directors for three years, as well as serving as a chairman of the operating board of MaggieMoo's International, LLC. He was its president and chief executive officer from July 2003 through December 2003. Currently, Olsten serves on the board of directors of Gentiva Health Services, Inc. (Nasdaq: GTIV) and several other start-up enterprises.
Roman Scharf, CEO—Talenthouse
Roman began a career as a management consultant. Early on, he became a managing partner in the management consulting firm ECOS Consulting, where he developed expertise in executing large, complex projects on a pan-European basis. Roman then went on to become an original angel investor, and later a member of the management team, in Ecotech Software GmbH, a provider of software solutions for architects and engineers. He was responsible for business development and marketing for the Ecotech Group as well as Executive Manager of Ecotech Software Germany - the group's main branch. In 2004, Rockwool International acquired Ecotech. Roman co-founded JAJAH together with Daniel Mattes on the belief they will change the world of voice communication. Roman served as President of JAJAH and led its sale to Telfonica for over $200 million after only 3 years of operations. He is currently the Founder & CEO of TalentHouse (www.talenthouse.com).
Linda Gorens-Levey—Managing Director, Stark Investments
Linda Gorens-Levey is a Managing Director of Stark Investments responsible for managing the Firm's
portfolio of real estate investments, private equity investments, and joint venture partners. Linda also
serves as a member of the Firm's Fair Value Committee. She joined Stark in 1997 and until 2004 served
as the Firm's Chief Operating Officer.
Prior to joining Stark, she was an Associate Director of
Investments at Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company. Linda holds a Masters in Finance and
Marketing from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University (1987), where
she graduated as co-valedictorian, and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the
University of Wisconsin-Madison (1982), where she graduated as valedictorian of her business school
class. In 2006, Linda completed her Real Estate Certification through the University of Wisconsin Madison Executive Education Program. She is a Fellow of the Life Management Institute, a Certified
Public Accountant, and a Chartered Financial Analyst charter holder.
Linda serves on the Boards and
Executive Committees of the United Way of Greater Milwaukee and the Marcus Center for Performing
Arts where she chairs the building committee. In addition, she is a member of the Cardiovascular Center
Advisory Board of the Medical College of Wisconsin and the Greater Milwaukee Committee. Linda
serves on the boards of several privately held companies. Linda was one of the 2010-2011 Co-Chairs of
the Women's Leadership Council for United Way and was recently named as a Women of Influence by
the Milwaukee Business Journal and was a 2012 recipient of the Sacajawea Award from Professional