M Thorne
Malcolm ThornePartner4490 Ventures

Malcolm is serial entrepreneur who made a transition to the fortune 1000. As  lead investor and/or CEO he has helped build and sell 3 software companies over the past 20 years.  Most recently he spend 7 years at CDK global managing a global team of 750 people covering marketing, strategy, product management and M&A, in addition to running a $150M EBITDA data and analytics business.  Malcolm has taught 6 courses in marketing & strategy at the University of Wisconsin and has also taught a life strategy courses to hundreds of aspiring leaders.  Today he splits his time between venture capital and private equity.  He is a venture partner in 4490, a Madison based software-focused early stage VC firm,  while also helping Global Private Equity firm Advent International invest their money in Automotive technology.  Malcolm is an avid tennis player, downhill skier, audiophile, car enthusiast, golfer and world traveler with a deep passion for data and analytics.   Malcolm has a deep passion for mentoring future leaders and looks forward to being an alumni rep to help drive the program and students forward.