Judge, 2009 Global Finals

Neill is a Principal at Highland in the Information and Communication Technologies group. He is focused on disruptive business models in IT — software-as-a-service (SaaS), open source software, and low-cost telesales. Neill is actively involved in Highland’s investments in Desktone, Ocarina Networks, Virtual Computer and XORP. Prior to joining Highland Capital Partners, Neill was a Business Development Manager at Sandbox Industries, a Chicago incubator, where he worked with the founders to develop innovative business concepts and bring new ventures to market. Previously, Neill held operating roles in a number of technology startups. Most recently he was at InnaPhase Corporation, where he led development of their Newton product line until the company’s acquisition by Thermo Electron Corporation. Neill received a B.S. in Computer Science from Duke University and an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.