Bob Bickel is a 25-year software industry veteran who mentors and works closely with emerging software companies. He is currently a board member for Codenvy and Metaverse and an advisor to Funambol and JasperSoft. Other companies he has advised include Hyperic (acquired by SpringSource, in turn acquired by VMware), Bristol Technologies (acquired by IBM) and Princeton Softech (acquired by HP). Bob was vice president of strategy at JBoss (acquired by Red Hat), where he was responsible for the company's growth strategy, early strategic partnerships and recruitment of key management personnel. Previously, Bob was general manager of Hewlett-Packard's middleware division. He came to HP through its acquisition of Bluestone Software, which Bob helped create. At Bluestone, he oversaw initial sales, marketing and product development. He also led product strategy through the company's IPO and, later, its acquisition by HP.