Smartsheet Welcomes Geoffrey Barker to its Board of Directors

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Experienced entrepreneur and investor brings wealth of business and technology experience to fast-growing SaaS provider

Smartsheet work collaboration platform

Smartsheet, a leading collaborative work platform provider, announced today that Geoffrey Barker has been appointed to its Board of Directors. Barker is an Executive Director and co-founder of RPX Corporation, a leading provider of patent risk management solutions. He joins Matt McIlwain from Madrona Venture Group, as well as Smartsheet executives on the Board, and has also made a personal investment in the company.

“We’re extremely pleased to have Geof on board,” said Mark Mader, CEO and President of Smartsheet. “His experience building SaaS companies, combined with his deep expertise in intellectual property and innovation, strengthens our ability to deliver value for customers. We look forward to working with him as Smartsheet continues its triple-digit growth.”

Over 20,000 organizations in more than 100 countries license Smartsheet’s cloud-based collaborative work platform to organize, plan and execute a broad spectrum of projects and processes in operational areas ranging from HR and marketing to business operations and IT. The company’s diverse customer base includes smaller organizations such as Cypress Grove Chevre and Populous as well as much larger companies, including HomeAway, Toshiba, ESPN, Sony Music, PepsiCo, and MetLife.

“I’ve followed the company since shortly after it was founded, and have been consistently impressed with the team, as well as its superb execution against a very ambitious plan and vision,” said Barker. “Smartsheet’s solution now sits squarely in the intersection of cloud, mobility, and work collaboration, and I’m looking forward to helping the company further accelerate its impressive growth curve.”

Barker began his career in the financial services industry as a trader and investment banker. In addition to RPX (Nasdaq: RPXC), he co-founded both The Cobalt Group, which was ultimately acquired by ADP for $400 million, as well as Vigilos Inc. He holds a BA in Economics from Tufts University and an MBA from Columbia University. Earlier this year, he was a recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for Northern California.

About Smartsheet, a leading enterprise SaaS collaboration solution for organizations, offers an innovative approach to collaborating on any project or process. Accessible from any device or browser, Smartsheet combines the ease of use of a spreadsheet with collaborative file sharing and discussions, visual timeline management and automated workflow capabilities. It’s used to manage diverse types of work including projects, programs, and core business operations. Smartsheet is integrated with leading web services such as Google Apps, Box, and Salesforce. Located in Bellevue WA, the privately held company is backed by Madrona Venture Group, a leading venture capital firm. Visit for more details.


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