San Francisco tech company names first GC


Former Ropes & Gray associate Julia Ledbetter is Mashery's first general counsel.

By David McAfee
Daily Journal Staff Writer

Thursday, July 5, 2012

San Francisco-based enterprise software company Mashery Inc. announced Tuesday the addition of its first general counsel.

Julia E. Ledbetter was previously an associate for Ropes & Gray LLP in San Francisco, where she specialized in private equity, debt finance and technology transactions.

"Mashery has been a company that I've been watching for a couple of years," Ledbetter said. "It's a great time for the company. I think we've got a lot of potential and I'm very excited to be a part of the process."

Mashery provides a cloud-based technology platform, as well as services, for companies using application programming interfaces to power Web and mobile applications.

The company also announced the appointment of Devon Biondi as vice president of strategy services. Both executive team members will help to "expand Mashery's leadership in accelerating clients' successful business-focused API initiatives," according to the company's news release.

"The timing [of the additions] is right because I think we are at that very exciting place where the startup is growing up," Ledbetter said. "It's been relatively small and getting bigger and pulling in bigger clients. The idea is to get more people on the executive team to manage and guide that growth and take Mashery to the next level."

Ledbetter was originally introduced to Mashery several years ago when she did some work for the company as outside counsel.

"Having worked with Julia since she was a first-year associate, I have always been impressed with her ability to represent Mashery on a broad range of legal matters," Oren Michels, co-founder and chief executive officer of Mashery, wrote in an email. "When our company grew to need an in-house general counsel, bringing Julia on board was a natural choice for us."