Alex is a partner at Battery Ventures, a venture-capital firm that invests globally in cutting-edge, category-defining businesses at stages ranging from seed to growth and private equity. Alex focuses on investments in infrastructure technologies for enterprises, data centers, and wired/wireless-service providers. He is also the firm's focal point for relationships with technologists and end users at Fortune 1000 companies and large, web-scale operators. Alex is particularly interested in the challenges of building web-scale, data-center networks and distributed computing and storage systems. During his tenure at Battery, Alex has been involved with investments including Anobit Technologies (acquired by Apple), MaxLinear (NYSE: MXL), Optichron (acquired by Netlogic), Veraz Networks (NASDAQ: VRAZ), VSS Monitoring (acquired by Danaher), and ZeroG Wireless (acquired by Microchip). He is currently involved with Battery's investments in AppDynamics, Cask, Catchpoint, Cumulus Networks, Diablo Technologies, GuardiCore, Interana, Nutanix, Primary Data and Stratoscale. Alex was named one of the top cloud-infrastructure investors by Gigaom. Prior to joining Battery in 2001, Alex was an analyst at The Yankee Group, where he conducted market research and consulted on data communications. While in this position, he executed strategic marketing and competitive analysis for clients including major networking-equipment vendors and service providers. Alex earned a BA in government from Wesleyan University, which has not prevented him from impersonating an engineer in his professional life. Follow Alex on Twitter at @abenik.