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Appvance.ai is the leader in and inventor of AI-driven test generation, which is revolutionizing software testing. The company’s premier product is Appvance IQ, the world’s first AI-driven, unified test automation system. It helps enterprises dramatically improve the quality, performance and security of their applications, while transforming the efficiency and output of their testing teams.

The company was formally founded in 2013, after acquiring core test automation technology spun out of Sun Microsystems and led by Frank Cohen, with a strong history starting in 2003.

Appvance.ai is headquartered in Sant Clara, California, with offices in Costa Rica and India. Investors in the company include Javelin Ventures, Staenberg Ventures, Social Internet Fund, FundersClub, Three Bridges Ventures and HB Asset Management and others.



Kevin is a highly lauded entrepreneur and innovator.

He’s been awarded 83 worldwide patents, and was Inc. Magazine Entrepreneur of the Year, CNBC Innovator of the Decade, a Davos World Economic Forum Tech Pioneer, and inducted into the RIT Innovation Hall of Fame. Kevin has held leadership roles with Serious Energy, Perfect Commerce, CommerceNet and General Magic and is credited with pioneering work on AI virtual assistants, smartphones, QuietRock and the Empire State Building windows energy retrofit. 

Kevin Surace


Andre started his hi-tech career at Intel and is an entrepreneurial executive with 22 years of global sales leadership and management experience. Prior to joining Appvance, Andre served as VP & GM of Americas for intive and helped drove the company’s rapid revenue growth from $20M in $100M in four years.  Additionally, he held leadership roles at Findables, Star, NeoMagic, Sapphire Communications and liveMetro. Andre earned an MBA from Marshall School of Business at USC and a BA in Economics from UC Santa Cruz.  

Andre Liao


Mason is a CPA with extensive experience in industry and public accounting. He began his career at KPMG in San Francisco, and has been Controller or CFO at Sutter Hill Limited, Daon Corporation, Property Development Associates (an 80%-owned Safeway Stores subsidiary), Air Communications, Array Power, Fidus Medical Technologies and Micrus Corporation, both of which had successful liquidity events. His BA and MBA are both from the University of California, Berkeley.

Mason Brutschy

Chief Financial Officer

Kevin is a 30-year industry veteran, holder of four technology patents.

In the past three years, he has been crossing the globe working closely with analysts, the press, customers, partners, and employees to exchange ideas about industry direction and business issues. He was born and educated in the UK and now lives and works in California.

Specialties: DevOps, Agile Methods, Application Lifecycle Management, Release Management, Business Process Automation, Software Change and Configuration Management, Information Engineering, Industry Best Practices

Kevin Parker

VP Customer Experience

Scott brings 25 years of Silicon Valley experience in the software business to Appvance. He joins after ten years with Google, first on the enterprise sales team, then recruited to the product management side. He won numerous awards for selling and launching products to over one billion people, including Google Earth, Google Maps and products in Google X. Since graduating from UC Berkeley, Scott has held senior sales roles with Oracle, Pure Software, Rational and Borland. Scott was with Pure during its IPO — the first QA software IPO.

Scott Ciabattari

Vice President, Channel Sales

Board of Directors

As an angel investor prior to forming Javelin Venture Partners, Noah has supported over a dozen startups including Keyhole (acquired by Google), Cantametrix (Gracenote), Amae Software (Verint), Nuvon, Ritter Natural Sciences, GET IT Mobile and Magnacash (Yaga). He holds MBA and BA Economics degrees, as well as certificates in Management of Technology and Global Management, from the University of California, Berkeley. Noah’s board memberships include Appvance, Bernoulli Health, Correlated Magnetics, Estimote, Nexenta, Pixalate, and Vacatia.

Noah Doyle

Managing Director, Javelin Venture Partners

Kevin is a highly lauded entrepreneur and innovator.

He’s been awarded 28 patents, and was an Inc. magazine Entrepreneur of the Year, a CNBC Innovator of the Decade, a Davos World Economic Forum Tech Pioneer, and is an RIT Innovation Hall of Fame inductee. Kevin has held leadership roles with Serious Energy, Perfect Commerce, CommerceNet and General Magic. He received his BS in Engineering Technology from the Rochester Institute of Technology and serves on their Board of Trustees.

Kevin Surace

CEO & CTO, Appvance.ai

Kevin Kern is CEO of WaterSmart Software, and a board member of iWave Information Systems and GoWall, in addition to Appvance.ai. Previously, he held senior leadership positions with Innotas, a leading provider of IT Portfolio Management systems, including as CEO from 2010 through 2016. Kevin also spent 13 years in sales and sales management with Oracle.

He is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley with a BA in Political Science.

Kevin Kern

Enterprise Software Leader

Peter has been a developer, operator and executive focused on enterprise infrastructure software and services, including executive, engineering and strategy positions at Facebook, in marketing analytics and optimization at Omniture (acquired by Adobe), network infrastructure monitoring at Micromuse (acquired by IBM), and security software and hardware integration at SAIC. He’s also a lecturer on enterprise information systems at Mills College. He holds an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business and a bachelor degree in applied mathematics from UC Berkeley.

Peter Secor

Managing Director, Three Bridges Partners


Danny is an AI luminary. Prior to Unity, he was Head of Machine Learning at Uber and GM of Amazon Machine Learning. Earlier, he was a Principal Development Manager at Microsoft, leading a product team on large-scale machine learning. Earlier, he was a Software Architect responsible for mobile search. Earlier, Danny was CTO of General Magic, where he worked with Appvance.ai CEO Kevin Surace. Prior to General Magic, he was a Visiting Scientist at IBM Tokyo Research Lab.

Dr. Lange’s computer science Ph.D. is from the Technical University of Denmark.

Dr. Danny B. Lange

VP of AI and Machine Learning at Unity Technologies

Jon has worked with venture backed companies for more than a decade, participating in over 100 deals. He also serves on the boards of Class.com and Micropath.

He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University, where he received his B.S., M.A., and M.B.A. While at Stanford, he started and ran two successful companies.

Jon grew up in Omaha and is a hardcore Nebraska Cornhusker fan. In his spare time he collects sports ticket stubs.

Jon Staenberg

Managing Director, Staenberg Venture Partners

Lou manages the Israeli Founders Syndicate on AngelList and is the Founder and Managing Partner at the Social internet Fund.

Previously, as a Wedbush Securities Managing Director, he was the first private company analyst on Wall Street. He also started the first trading desk for private shares. Earlier, Lou ran one of the original social networks, Bolt.com, started the top level domain .tv and was an Equity Analyst at Goldman Sachs.

Lou holds a Stanford MBA and a BA degree in Economics from UCLA.

Lou Kerner

Partner at Flight VC

Prior to Hero Digital, Tony was a founder and principal at ThoughtMatrix, working with clients such as Cisco, GE, Bank of the West, The Gap, McAfee, Verizon and many others on strategy, architecture, platform selection and implementing their technology initiatives. Previously, Tony was CTO of SBI Razorfish. Prior to assuming the role of CTO at SBI, Tony was a Managing Partner at the former marchFirst, where he managed a technology group of over 240 consultants. 

Tony graduated form U.C. Berkeley with a degree in Computer Science.

Tony Rems

Chief Technology Officer, Hero Digital

Frank is one of the world’s foremost recognized experts in software test tools, process, and methodology. He is the author of three seminal books on testing methodology, practice, and architecture, and the creator of the PushToTest TestMaker open source test platform (originally at Sun). He helped start the Agile software development movement, and is an active contributor to DevOps.

Frank Cohen

Founder & Advisor

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