Management Team

Meet our diverse team of industry titans.

Scott Raskin

Chief Executive Officer

A dynamic leader with more than two decades of tech experience, Scott Raskin continues to build upon his record of success.

Raskin’s strategic vision has evolved Mindjet from mind-mapping start up to a cross-platform provider of collaborative and cloud-based productivity solutions. The results have fueled the growth of a passionate customer base to two million paid users worldwide and counting. Customers range from SMBs to iconic brands like Bayer®, BMW®, Coca-Cola®, Credit Suisse®, Dow Corning®, Microsoft®, Procter & Gamble® and Rolex®. Forty-five out of fifty of BusinessWeek’s "World’s Most Innovative Companies” use Mindjet solutions to crystalize ideas, boost productivity, and increase team effectiveness.

Raskin joined Mindjet after five years at Telelogic, where he served as President and Chief Operating Officer. At Telelogic, Raskin guided the company through strategic acquisitions and extensive organic growth, building a team of more than 1,200 employees in thirty countries. His efforts culminated when International Business Machines (IBM) acquired the company for $845 million.

Previously, Raskin served as Vice President of Sales and Corporate Development at Nexgenix, a pioneer in e-commerce solutions. At Nexgenix, he built the revenue and sales engines from the ground up, growing revenues to over $55 million per year. Under his direct leadership, the company counted twenty-five consecutive quarters of profitable growth. Raskin has also held senior management positions at Bachman Information Systems and MAI Basic Four.

Raskin currently serves on the board and is a past president of the San Francisco Bay Chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), a peer network of 17,000 company Presidents and CEO’s in more than 100 countries. Raskin graduated from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas, Austin.


Todd Clyde

Todd Clyde

Executive Vice President, Global Field Operations

Todd Clyde came to Mindjet as a seasoned leader in the B2B enterprise software space. He is known for his ability to define and articulate market strategy then motivate teams to embrace it. Clyde has always been a passionate advocate for his customers who is driven by their realization of value and overall success.

Clyde joined Mindjet to lead Sales, Professional Services, and Customer Service and Success. He joins us from the OpenAir unit of NetSuite, where he was responsible for the oversight and growth of the division. Prior to that, Clyde ran sales for two software companies focused on Master Data Management and Human Capital Management respectively. He also served Accenture for twelve years as part of the Industrial Products and High Tech practices.

Clyde holds a B.A. in Management Science from University of California, San Diego.


Steve Anderson

Steve Anderson

Chief Financial Officer

Over the last 25 years, Steve Anderson has helped drive the growth of many tech companies through rapid domestic and international expansion, strategic fundraising, and mergers and acquisitions. He brings with him a successful track record in the financial management of venture-backed and publicly traded technology companies to oversee Mindjet’s worldwide finance and administrative operations.

Prior to joining Mindjet, Anderson served as the CFO at Clairmail, Inc., a venture-backed provider of mobile banking solutions, before leading its sale to Monitise, PLC. Previously, Anderson was CFO of Good Technology, Trigo Technologies, Capstan Systems and Navis, LLC, and also held executive positions at Metricom, Inc. He began his career at Arthur Andersen where he spent eight years working with a wide variety of public and private companies.

Anderson graduated from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin.


James Gardner

James Gardner

Senior Vice President, Products

As a thought leader and innovation practitioner, James Gardner has led innovation teams and programs in multiple industries, continents, and cultural settings.

Prior to joining Mindjet, Gardner was Chief Technology Officer at Spigit, having twice been a Spigit customer when he was CTO at the UK’s largest public sector organization, and prior to that, when he was Head of Innovation and Investment at the UK’s largest bank. In 2009, his team was awarded the prestigious UK Financial Services Innovation Award twice for work with crowd based innovation, and in 2010, he was nominated the most social-media connected financial services executive in Britain.

Gardner is also an accomplished author. He has written three top-selling innovation books, including his 2012 release “Sidestep and Twist”: a controversial reimagining of the way innovation efforts should be constructed to create value. His prior books, Innovation and the Future Proof Bank (2009) and Little Innovation Book (2010) have been sold in more than 40 countries.

Following a Master’s degree in Information Science, he was awarded his Doctorate in Innovation Management in Australia, and moved to London a decade later. He presently splits his time between Mindjet’s San Francisco headquarters and visiting and advising clients around the world.


Valerie Burman

Senior Vice President, Corporate Development & Alliances

A seasoned business development executive and M&A specialist Valerie Burman draws upon her impressive experience as she expands Mindjet’s strategic relationships and business partnerships to accelerate growth.

Previously, Burman was Vice President of Technology Partner Management at SAP where she managed a portfolio of key partnerships that drove significant co-innovation and revenue for the company. Previous roles at SAP included Vice President of Business Development and Vice President of Business User Strategy. At Business Objects (acquired by SAP in 2007), Burman led strategic corporate development initiatives and spearheaded corporate third-party licensing.

Before SAP, Burman spent eight years at Lehman Brothers with increasing responsibility, culminating in her role as Senior Vice President of Technology Mergers and Acquisitions. During her tenure at Lehman Brothers, Burman led a wide range of transactions including debt and equity capital raising, acquisitions, and divestitures.

Burman holds a Juris Doctor from Stanford Law School and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley.


Mike Duensing

Senior Vice President, Engineering

Mike Duensing brings 30 years of experience in building highly effective software and systems development organizations to Mindjet. As a SaaS expert building multi-tenant web apps since the 90’s, he has broken new ground in building large-scale, cloud-based computing systems that effectively handle reams of complex data and information in dynamic ways.

Duensing joined Mindjet from EMC Corporation, where he served as Vice President of Development Operations for the company’s content management and archiving business. While at EMC, he led engineering teams with hundreds of members working on more than seventy products in twenty-one distributed development centers.

Duensing was with Documentum before it was acquired by EMC in 2003. Prior to his tenure at Documentum he was Vice President of Engineering and Co-Founder of Synteleos, an Internet software company where Duensing pioneered the first generally available and most widely used SaaS collaboration and transaction management system for the North American real estate market. Earlier, at Standard & Poor’s, he led the development of the company’s first SaaS products, which were commercial successes in the financial, oil, gas, and petrochemical markets.

Duensing graduated from the University of California, Berkeley.