Meet the Team Behind LinkSquares
Since 2015, we’ve been at the forefront of AI-powered contract and legal document analytics.
CEO & Founder
As CEO, Vishal is responsible for developing strategies aimed at assisting both corporate legal and finance teams with the review of their contracts. He works to prevent his customers from having to read each contract one by one.
He founded LinkSquares with the goal of building great products to improve how businesses operate. Prior to founding LinkSquares, he held positions in operations and product management at Backupify and InsightSquared.
Vishal has a B.S. in Engineering from Northeastern University and a M.S. from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Chief Technology Officer
As CTO, Eric is responsible for providing the software that saves time and money for legal and finance teams around the world. He is an expert in building highly scalable, fault tolerant, and secure web experiences.
He gained experience in the software startup world almost twenty years ago, where he built products and learned from industry experts. Before joining LinkSquares, he was Backupify’s second employee, and became an integral part of the company as it grew to 100+ employees before being acquired.
Eric is Scrum and AMA (American Management Association) certified.
Chief Marketing Officer
Juliette is the Chief Marketing Officer at LinkSquares, where she sets the company’s strategy for driving awareness and demand.
She’s a data-driven leader with an extensive track record of running marketing programs at high-growth technology companies, including HubSpot, Datto, and Talla. With a strong focus on understanding buyer needs, she designs campaigns focused on driving revenue and results.
Juliette holds a B.S. in Business Management from Boston University and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Chief Financial Officer
Luigi Testa is the Chief Financial Officer at LinkSquares where he oversees the company’s finance and administrative functions.
In this role, he is responsible for helping scale the company and driving strategy. Prior to joining LinkSquares, he held strategic finance and corporate development roles at notable companies that include Building Engines, Rapid 7 (public), Nanigans (acquired), and Acquia (acquired).
Luigi holds an MBA from Babson College and an undergraduate degree in Finance from Bentley University.
Chief Revenue Officer
As Chief Revenue Officer, Steve drives all Sales, Customer Success, and Business Development strategies.
Before LinkSquares, Steve was the Head of Sales at Onshape, a cloud-based CAD startup. Steve first met the LinkSquares founding team while working together at Backupify, which was later acquired by Datto.
Steve lives in Reading MA, with his wife Julia, and dog Obi.
SVP of Business Development & Founder
As SVP of Business Development, Chris is responsible for managing strategic partnerships and corporate relationships across the company.
Chris is a serial entrepreneur who has built multiple companies from concept. He brings a unique perspective on how to build and take products to market, while developing strategic relationships across prospects, customers, and partners.
Chris graduated from Centre College and also studied at the University of London.
SVP of Engineering
Laura Miyakawa is the SVP of Engineering at LinkSquares, where she is responsible for app development, data science, and QA. Laura focuses on the Engineering team’s people, process and relationship with the Product team.
Prior to LinkSquares, Laura has worked in Engineering Management at Catalant Technologies, Datto and Backupify. Laura holds Electrical Engineering degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and MIT.
When not working, Laura enjoys running, biking and answering a never-ending series of questions from her small children.
VP of Product
As VP of Product, Andrew is responsible for defining the company roadmap. He is an expert in collecting feedback from external and internal stakeholders, and distilling that feedback into defined actionable items.
He is a previous founder and has extensive experience in conceptualizing, designing, and bringing new products to market.
VP of Customer Success
As VP of Customer Success, Matt is responsible for overseeing all aspects of Customer Success Management & Operations, including LinkSquares’ CSM, Implementation, and Product Support teams. In this role, he drives customer retention, product adoption, and overall customer satisfaction.
Matt is an experienced leader with a successful track record of building customer-centric programs in the B2B SaaS space. Prior to LinkSquares, Matt led business development and customer success at InsightSquared. Prior to that, he worked as an institutional investor in the private equity and venture capital industry.
Matt graduated from Tufts University with a B.A. in Economics and Entrepreneurship and has passed Levels I & II of the CFA Exam.
Industry Advisory Board
LinkSquares advisors include the top General Counsels and other legal and finance professionals from some of the best companies in the world.
General Counsel, Bottomline Technologies (NASDAQ: EPAY)
Danielle Sheer is currently General Counsel at Bottomline Technologies (NASDAQ: EPAY). She was formerly General Counsel at Carbonite (NASDAQ: CARB). As the founding member of Carbonite’s legal team, Danielle played a critical role in leading the company to IPO.
Prior to Carbonite, Danielle practiced corporate and securities law at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, where she specialized in technology-related corporate matters and M&A.
Danielle was named to the Boston Business Journal’s “40 under 40” list of emerging business leaders, honored by the Massachusetts Bar Association and Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly as an “Emerging Leader,” selected as “Maverick of the Year” Stevie award winner for Women in Business, and named an “Emerging Leader for Advancing Women Leaders” by the Boston Business Journal. Danielle received a J.D. from Georgetown University and a B.A. with honors from George Washington University. She serves on the Board of Directors of The Boston Club and the Board of Overseers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
Corporate Director, Investor and Advisor
Ari Buchler is a corporate director, investor and advisor. He brings to LinkSquares over 20 years of global experience leading corporate development and legal functions in both private and public companies. Ari’s functional experience building and scaling legal and contracting teams, as well as his broad management experience in successful fast-growing businesses have translated into significant contributions to the LinkSquares founders and the company.
Ari’s experience includes roles as Chief Legal Officer & SVP of Corporate Development at Intralinks (PE sale exit), General Counsel & SVP of Corporate Development at Sophos (IPO), Vice President & General Counsel at Rocket Software, and SVP of Legal & Regulatory Services at Phase Forward (IPO; Sale to Oracle). Ari currently serves on the Board of Directors of Simeio Solutions, an identity and access management (IAM) solutions provider.
Earlier in his career, Ari served as in-house counsel at Reed Business Information and as a corporate associate at the law firm of Skadden Arps.
Ari has a law degree from Columbia University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Hunter College of the City University of New York. He is a veteran of the Israel Defense Forces.
General Counsel, DraftKings
Tim has been the General Counsel at DraftKings since March 2014. Tim is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the company operations with potential legal implications, from managing fundraising, closing high-profile marketing deals, and managing litigation, to building out the in-house legal function to continue to help the business grow and innovate amidst an evolving regulatory landscape.
Prior to joining DraftKings, Tim was the internal legal counsel to a European-based gaming company, engaged in lobbying and regulatory consulting activities at the Federal and State level, and was later a co-founder in a startup in the cryptocurrency space.
Tim received his law degree from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University in Georgia, and his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Oakland University.
Chief Business Development Officer and General Counsel, Ionic Security
Robert serves as Chief Legal Counsel and oversees all legal, regulatory, and legislative policy aspects of the company. He also serves as the company’s Global Privacy Officer.
Previously, Robert was a partner at Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan and a member of the firm’s Cybersecurity & Privacy team.
Prior to Sutherland, Robert was a senior executive at Akamai Technologies (NASDAQ: AKAM) in Cambridge, MA. As General Counsel, he managed Akamai’s initial public offering and oversaw all aspects of its corporate legal affairs. Following the IPO, Robert launched Akamai’s Business & Corporate Development team and managed Akamai’s corporate strategy, strategic partnerships and joint ventures, M&A, and technology licensing. He also later served as Vice President, International, where he directed Akamai’s international expansion and rapid growth across Asia and Europe.
Alvaro F. Almanza
General Counsel, Kensho
Alvaro Almanza is the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Kensho Technologies, where he oversees legal, regulatory, and compliance functions. He joined Kensho in 2015, guided the company through successful Series A and B funding rounds, and ultimately through acquisition by S&P Global Inc. (NYSE: SPGI) in what was then the largest artificial intelligence acquisition in U.S. history. Mr. Almanza also has extensive experience with litigation, having spent nearly a decade as a trial attorney in New York and California before joining Kensho. He has argued before many Silicon Valley luminaries, including the Honorable Judge Lucy H. Koh.
Mr. Almanza has served as President of the Santa Clara County La Raza Lawyers Association, served on the Executive Committee and Board of Trustees of the Santa Clara County Bar Association, was a member of the board for the La Raza Lawyers Charitable Foundation, and received the Silicon Valley Latino Emerging Leaders award in 2013. He is a member of the Intellectual Property sections of the California and New York State Bar Associations, and the National Hispanic Bar Association, and serves on non-profit boards.
Mr. Almanza received his J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law, in 2007, and is licensed to practice in California, Washington D.C., and New York. Prior to law school, he studied Computer Science and Information Systems and holds a B.S. in Management Information Systems. He is fluent in Spanish, and enjoys building computers in his spare time.