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ISPCON FALL 2007
October 16 - 18, 2007
San Jose McEnery Convention Center
San Jose, CA

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Todd Abrams, COO & President, Layered Technologies
Todd leads the Layered Technologies team and oversees all of the group's daily operations. Prior to founding Layered Technologies, he served as CEO of FX-Directors’ Solutions, an industry leading technology Services Company to the funeral services industry based in Dallas, which he founded in 1999. At FX Directors’ Solutions, he worked to build a solid technology and financial foundation that was acquired to form Aldor Solutions in late 2003. Previously, Todd served as V.P of North American Operations for EDGE Technologies a large wholesale, computer component and white box system distributor. While at EDGE Todd, built the North American Operations from the ground up and grew sales from $2 million to over $110 million within 2 years time, while establishing 8 U.S satellite locations. Earlier in his career, he worked for EISA (EDGE Internet Services Australia), an ISP that was publicly traded on the Australian Exchange that expanded and aggressively grew in the US market acquiring other ISP’s across North America throughout the 90’s.
Participating in:
  H5: Offering Utility Computing for SaaS and Web 2.0
 
 
Ravi Agarwal, CEO, groupSPARK
Mr. Agarwal has been working with small businesses for the last eight years, most recently with a provider of outsourced IT support for SMB's. It is from this experience – working with small businesses owners face-to-face and discussing their needs – that Mr. Agarwal recognized the need in the market for enterprise level email and collaboration services - at a small business price. Realizing this crucial customer need and combining it with his experience creating BizLand, Inc., he founded groupSPARK. Mr. Agarwal has spoken at numerous business and technology conferences as well as guest lectured at business schools at Boston University, Boston College, and Babson College. He worked with professors at Bentley College and Boston University to write three case studies on BizLand, which have since been taught internationally. In 2001, he was chosen by Entreprenur Magazine in their "3rd Annual 10 under 30" - top 10 business people under the age of 30 years old.
Participating in:
  H1: Hosting Reliable and Profitable Exchange Services
 
Bert Armijo, VP Product Management , 3Tera, Inc
Bert is a veteran of three startups. He brings to 3TERA 20 years of high-technology experience and has a proven ability to develop customer relationships, to communicate the value of new technologies to customers and to successfully plan and bring innovative products to market. Prior to 3TERA, Bert was co-founder and Director of Marketing for fabric computing pioneering startup Topspin Communications. At Topspin, he developed the company's product roadmap for transparently combining LAN, SAN and server area networks into a virtualizable resource pool. Bert also worked with key OEMs including IBM, Sun, Dell and HP. Prior to Topspin, Bert was Director of Product Management for Nortel's High Performance Switching Division, launching the company's Enterprise LAN switch program, the Passport 8600, which he helped ramp to nearly $1 billion in annual sales in three years. Bert joined Nortel through the acquisition of Bay Networks, which had in turn acquired Gigabit Ethernet startup Rapid City Communications, where Bert was Director of Marketing. At Rapid City Bert was responsible for launching the first gigabit Ethernet routing switch in 1997. Bert has also held management positions with Cipher Data Products, California Peripherals, CMS Enhancements, and Mobius Technologies. He received his BS in Computer Science from Cal State Fullerton and holds an MBA from Saint Mary's College.
Participating in:
  H5: Offering Utility Computing for SaaS and Web 2.0
 
Rich Bader, President and CEO , EasyStreet Online Services
Rich has earned his salt and pepper hair with over 25 years of experience in high tech companies. Rich’s career spans the minicomputer era at Digital Equipment Corp., the microprocessor and PC revolution at Intel, and now, for over 10 years, leading EasyStreet Online Services in the Internet and IT world, now Oregon’s largest locally owned ISP and managed services provider. . Rich combines a lifelong passion for technology with an appreciation for markets and customers, finding ways to innovate, satisfy customers, and build successful companies. Rich lived the globetrotting high tech lifestyle for 12 years at Intel, co-founding their successful entry into the PC end user products business. After consulting for numerous companies around the country, Rich gave up the frequent flier miles for the regional focus of EasyStreet, balancing the challenges of high tech, with the rewards of deeper roots. Rich gives back to the community that supports his company and family. He’s served on numerous boards and committees. Currently, he’s on the SAO Board and Executive Committee, the board of the Open Technology Business Center (OTBC), and was appointed by Gov. Kulongoski to the Oregon Growth Account board. A sought-after speaker and emcee, Rich enjoys sharing his experiences in an entertaining way. He also enjoys travel, wine, cycling, and playing guitar. Rich has a BSEE from Northeastern University.
Participating in:
  W1: Muni Nets: Getting the RFP in Tier 2 and 3
  K2: Who do You Want to be When You Grow Up? Four Providers You Wish You Were (and how to get there)
 
Peter Baker, Chief Technologist, Sutus Inc.
Peter joined Sutus, a company focused on solutions for small business in 2002. Sutus has developed the Business Central line of products that include premises based communications, collaboration, and data services for companies with fewer than 25 employees. Prior to joining Sutus, Peter was the Director of Technology, Voice Communications, Polycom and VP of Engineering of Circa Communications, that was acquired by Polycom in 2001. Peter was a key member of the team that developed the Polycom SoundPoint IP telephones, is an active participant in the evolution of standards for IP telephony, and has over 25 years experience in designing small business telephone systems.
Participating in:
  V6: Asterisk for SMEs: The Perfect Point Solution
 
 
Robert Bays, Chief Technical Officer, Vyatta
Robert has been working in the networking industry since 1994. Prior to joining Vyatta he was the CTO at InfiniRoute Networks providing optimized long haul VoIP transit to international long distance providers. InfiniRoute was the genesis of a merger with his previous company, Proficient Networks, where he was a co-founder and held the role of Chief Scientist designing Internet route optimization technology. Before joining Proficient Robert held Senior Network Engineering roles at Telegis and Digital Island.
Participating in:
  E3: Open Source Opportunities
 
Jawaid Bazyar, President, Forethought.net
Jawaid Bazyar is President of foreThought.net, a Denver-based CLEC providing cutting-edge broadband and VoIP services over a facilities-based network. He is well-served through his education at the University of Illinois, where he earned a BS in Computer Engineering. His first entrepreneurial venture and foray into software publishing, Procyon, taught him much about business. As Vice President of Sequential Systems, a computer peripherals company, he learned product development and management skills. Jawaid lives in downtown Denver, CO and enjoys many outdoor activities in his spare time.
Participating in:
  V5: VoIP for Hosts: Requirements, Expectations and Models for Success
 
Don Best, VP, Marketing and Strategy, Jamcracker
As Jamcracker’s vice president of marketing and strategy, Don Best is responsible for the conceptualization and daily operation of the Jamcracker Service Delivery Network (JSDN); as well as overseeing the direction of all product marketing, public relations, industry analyst communications, marketing programs, lead generation and market research endeavors. Most recently, Don was a member of the Strategic Marketing team at SAP, where he developed and executed strategic initiatives in support of market opportunities in the SaaS and SMB markets. Since 1999, Don has been developing strategy and overseeing marketing for software as a Service companies including Survey.com, BI/DW and Postini. Don holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Science from the University of California at Davis.
Participating in:
  B8: Kicking SaaS: Realities and Opportunities for Hosts, ISVs and ISPs
 
Dallas Bethune, Co-Founder / CTO, DreamHost
Dallas has been thinking up innovative ways to use the web to facilitate communication and learning since before Netscape was a 1.0.? While still in college he and three classmates started the company that eventually became DreamHost Web Hosting.? Started on a mere $1100 and with no outside investment to this day, DreamHost has grown to become a worldwide web services leader.? Today Dallas splits his time between developing new services and features, maintaining communication with DreamHost's customers and the general public, serving as a chief troubleshooter and problem-solver, and attempting to keep the proverbial big picture in focus as much as possible.? He believes simple person to person communication is, always has been, and always will be the 'killer app' of the Internet, and web hosting services should strive to make that as easy as possible for consumers and businesses.
Participating in:
  E6: What the Web 2.0?
 
 
Lisa Bickford, Vice President ISP Operations, Mobilepro Corpt, and President, Nationwide Internet and InReach Internet
Lisa Bickford is the Vice President ISP Operations, Mobilepro Corporation and the President, Nationwide Internet & InReach Internet, Inc. Ms. Bickford leads the ISP operations for Mobilepro Corporation. She joined Mobilepro by acquistion of InReach Internet in November 2005. Ms. Bickford served as President and COO of InReach Internet from February 1999 until the sale of the company. Ms. Bickford was formerly with Bay Alarm Company working on technology, administration, and management. Her fields of expertise include telecommunication, data communications, network design and implementation, and managing complex computing environments. Her past experience includes managing service and support departments, call center operations, and computing professionals in a 24/7 security environment, as well as development and implementation of technology solutions. Ms. Bickford holds a Master's Degree in Business from University of the Pacific and a B.A. in Liberal Studies from California State University, Hayward. Ms. Bickford currently serves as Treasurer and Board Member for the California Internet Service Providers' Association as well as Communication Officer for Stockton Rotary 92.
Participating in:
  W2: Hotshots in Wireless
 
Stephen Blum, President, Tellus Venture Associates
Stephen Blum is president of Tellus Venture Associates, a business development and market analysis consultancy for municipal and community broadband enterprises, and the satellite broadcasting industry. He is a 30-year industry veteran and an expert in business planning, market assessment, funding and management of new wireless broadband, fiber optic and satellite broadcasting systems. He has authored seven books on the Internet and satellite broadcasting and is a frequent contributor to professional journals and events. He holds an A.B. from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.A. from the University of Washington, and an M.B.A. from the University of St. Thomas.
Participating in:
  W1: Muni Nets: Getting the RFP in Tier 2 and 3
  W8: Municipal Wireless Business Cases: Lompoc and Folsom, California
 
Cliff Boodoosingh, Managing Editor, VerticalScope Inc. (Technology Division)
Cliff Boodoosingh is responsible for the editorial direction of VerticalScope's online technology portals, notably TopHosts.Com, the industry's most respected and longest running Web hosting authority. Mr. Boodoosingh is the Editor-in-Chief of The Hosting Standard Magazine and served for three years as Chief Copy Editor of Modified Magazine, the leading sport compact enthusiast publication. Prior to joining VerticalScope in 2001, he was a Research Analyst for the Wireless Technology Group at Marcus Evans Market Analysis. Mr. Boodoosingh is also a seasoned journalist, having worked as a reporter for the Dow Jones Newswire Services and The Toronto Sun.
Participating in:
  H2: Five Best-kept Secrets of Marketing your Hosting Company: Insider's Perspective
 
 
Gary Border, President, Digital Automation Associates, Inc.
Gary Border is President of Digital Automation Associates, Inc., a 36-year-old firm specializing in laboratory data acquisition and industrial process control. Dr. Border is a speaker and author of numerous papers in the fields of digital communications, data acquisition, digital computing and process control. He has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate-level courses and holds two U.S. Patents for digital control systems technology. Dr. Border also serves as Chairman of the Board of Wood County Internet Council, better known as WCNet. WCNet is celebrating its 11th anniversary this year and serves northern Ohio and southeast Michigan with dialup, ISDN, DSL and Fiber-to-the-Business Internet connectivity.
Participating in:
  E1: Maximizing Limited Fiber Resources with CWDM
 
 
Matt Boyd, Vice President, Western Sales, ValueClick Media
As Vice President, Western Sales of ValueClick Media, Matthew Boyd oversees sales strategy and partnership efforts within the western half of the United States for one of the industry’s largest and most diversified online advertising networks. He is also serves on the board of directors for the Bay Area Interactive Group, San Francisco’s interactive marketing organization. Matthew joined ValueClick, Inc. in March 2004 and under his sales leadership, ValueClick Media has grown to become one of the dominant online advertising networks, providing online advertisers and agencies with access to more than 127 million unique users per month, or two-thirds of the U.S. Internet audience, from across more than 13,500 publisher partner sites. Prior to joining ValueClick Media, Matthew held sales and management positions at Lycos and Excite in San Francisco, Chicago, and Boston. He started his career at Young & Rubicam, where he served as an account executive. Matthew holds a B.S. from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and has completed graduate coursework in management and finance at Harvard University’s extended education program.
Participating in:
  V8: Killer Online Marketing and Lead-gen Strategies
 
 
Ray Cagle, EVP/COO, Kite Networks & Mobilepro Cor
Mr. Cagle is married and has two sons. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina. Mr. Cagle worked for Southwestern Bell Mobile Systems from 1988 to 1997, the last two years serving as Vice President and General Manager for Central Illinois. For a year and a half he held the position of Regional Vice President for Tritel Communications in Nashville, Tennessee. He was General Manager of the Central Division for Skytel from 1999 to 2001. In June of 2003, Mr. Cagle became the Chief Operating Officer for Signatel Telephone and assumed the dual responsibility of Chief Operating Officer for C5, Inc. in May 2004. Since 1999, Mr. Cagle has also done consulting work for several firms through Knox Corporate Development, specializing in Strategic Planning and Management Process training. Mr. Cagle joined Clearwave Communications as Chief Operating Officer in June 2005.
Participating in:
  W1: Muni Nets: Getting the RFP in Tier 2 and 3
 
 
Mike Cassidy, Managing Partner, ISP-Market
Mr. Cassidy is Managing Partner of ISP-Market, LLC. Since 1996, Mike has consulted with startup as well as established high-tech companies in a business development, sales and management role. He has worked with companies such as Ascend, U.S. Robotics, ISP-Lists, Capella Worldwide, Redback and iBeam. Mike is a regular contributor to numerous industry tradeshows, publications and reports, and is the Founder an Managing Editor of ISPortal.com. ISP-Market LLC, is a marketing consulting firm focused exclusively on helping technology companies understand, communicate with, and sell to the Internet Service Provider and Enterprise IT Communities.
Participating in:
  B5: The Hottest Services for 2007 and Beyond
 
 
William Charnock, Vice President of Technology, EV1Servers/The Planet
Will Charnock joined The Planet in March of 2003, serving as the Vice President of Network Engineering until May of 2005, when he was promoted to the Sr. VP of Engineering and Operations. In September of 2005, he was named the COO of The Planet. He now serves as the Vice President of Technology for the newly merged EV1/The Planet organization, where he oversees the company’s IT groups, the Network Engineering groups, and the Technology groups. Previously, he worked at Allegiance Telecom, where he was Director of Data Network Engineering. During his tenure at Allegiance, Will was responsible for the architecture and build-out of the company's nationwide Tier-1 IP network and new technology evaluation and development. He also led the network integration team responsible for merging the IBI (formerly Digex) and Allegiance IP backbone networks. Prior to his career at Allegiance, he was Chief Technology Officer and minority owner in FastLane Communication. Will attended the University of Houston.
Participating in:
  H3: Hotshots in Hosting
 
Jon Cooper, Vice President, Interactive Services, UnReal Marketing, Inc.
As Vice President of Interactive Services, Cooper manages and coordinates the range of services provided under the UnREAL Full-Service banner, including natural and paid search listings, media buying and direct content feeds among others. His team includes experienced online marketers, expert keyword optimizers and natural search developers who’s efforts combined result in industry leading ROI and low cost of marketing for UnREAL’s clients. Prior to UnREAL, Cooper served as Director of Distribution Programs at HighBeam, Inc, publisher of HighBeam, eLibrary and Encyclopedia.com. There he was responsible for acquiring new customers through partnerships with search engines and online properties. On behalf of HighBeam, Cooper forged ground-breaking relationships and innovative programs with such partners as Forbes, NYTimes Digital, Reuters/Multex Investor, Ask Jeeves, Yahoo! and Google. He previously worked at Tucows, launching its online music distribution initiative. Prior to that Cooper spent almost a decade directing sales operations for Disc Makers, the U.S.'s largest independent CD replicator. Cooper completed his B.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin’s School of Business and also has a degree in Music Composition at Boston's Berklee College of Music.
Participating in:
  V8: Killer Online Marketing and Lead-gen Strategies
 
Christian Dawson, Director of Corporate Development, ServInt Internet Services
Mr. Dawson has six years experience working in sales management for Internet providers and nearly a decade of personnel management. Before coming to ServInt in 1998, Dawson worked on Capitol Hill as a speech research assistant for the House of Representatives. He then went on to manage the Marketing and Business Development teams at ServInt before eventually assuming the added role of Director of Sales. Today, Mr. Dawson also sits as the chair of the United States Internet Industry Association’s Hosting Council. His writing has been featured in Boardwatch and Broadband Properties magazines, among others. He attended the University of Richmond, and then went on to receive his MBA from the University of Maryland.
Participating in:
  H9: The Truth and Practice of Delivering VPS Services
  H3: Hotshots in Hosting
 
Kevin A. Dean, Internet Marketing Consultant, WSI Internet Consulting
Kevin A. Dean is an Internet Marketing Consultant and owner of WSI Internet Consulting in Fremont CA. He works with SMB's to provide personalized Internet marketing services. As search engine optimization and marketing (SEO/PPC/SEM) experts, WSI identifies opportunities for increasing business opportunities, building brands, and delivering prospective clients to a company's website. This "e-business" consulting, along with Kevin's years of business experience, supplies WSI's clients with a return on their Internet investment by turning visitors into buyers. As a provider of high quality websites, email marketing services, online productivity tools, and hosting, WSI can spot unique ways to take advantage of the power of the Internet for growth and profits for any company.
Participating in:
  E9: Top 10 Ways for Closing More Web Service Business
 
Tristan Degenhardt, VP Operations, Switchvox
Tristan co-founded Switchvox, previously known as Four Loop Technologies, in 2003, contributing her expertise in delivering innovative software to business customers. Switchvox is a leading provider of open source-based VoIP phone systems for small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs). Prior to Switchvox, Tristan pioneered development into emerging markets for media delivery at Vivendi Universal Net USA / MP3.com. Her work included the design of new web services, handheld mp3 players, webpads and interactive TV. During her career at Vivendi, she was awarded a patent for a system of providing access to electronic works over a network.
Participating in:
  V6: Asterisk for SMEs: The Perfect Point Solution
  E3: Open Source Opportunities
 
 
Tom DeReggi, President, RapidDSL & Wireless, Inc.
Tom DeReggi is the President and founder of RapidDSL & Wireless Inc and is responsible for sales, strategic planning and wireless network design. In 2002, he launched "Intairnet," a high-capacity transport network interconnecting key locations throughout the Washington DC metropolitan area. Intairnet's wireless-to-fiber network completely bypasses wired telecom carriers and the congestion associated with them, using radios operating in the 5.8Ghz unlicensed spectrum. One of the core elements to RapidDSL & Wireless's success is its proprietary router technology which, when combined with the latest microwave radios, enables it to cost effectively build superior redundancy and security into its network using automatic shortest path routing algorithms and the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES). RapidDSL & Wireless recently launched its wholesale program, with the idea that WISPs have the best chance of success, if they pool resources and work together. With prices starting as low as $99 per month and speeds as high as 16 mbps, it's an ideal solution to connect hotspots, communities, tenant buildings and businesses to the Internet.
Participating in:
  W6: Truck Roll Tricks: Installations that Maximize Time and Money
 
 
Joey Devilla, Technical Community Development Coordinator, Tucows
Joey deVilla, also known as Accordion Guy, holds the longest title at Tucows, Inc.: Technical Community Development Coordinator. He learned programming (he uses PHP, Python and Ruby - leaning heavily on Ruby - both at work and recreationally) by hanging out at Radio Shack, hovering over their TRS-80s for as long as he could before the manager threw him out.? To annoy programmers, he likes to borrow a line from the movie "Bob Roberts": "Don't use Perl, son; it's a ghetto language." His philosophy of computer maintenance is this: "Hitting it once is maintenance. Hitting it twice is abuse."
Participating in:
  E6: What the Web 2.0?
 
Paul Engels, Executive Vice-President & CMO, Hostopia
Paul is a well-known and accomplished industry commentator, speaker, panelist and contributing editor who has addressed large audiences at ISPCON, ISP Exchange, the USTA and others. Paul's published articles address ISP owner/operator strategy, sales and marketing and web hosting industry topics covering a broad specrum of issues and operational areas for publications including PING!Zine, The Web Hosting Industry Review and The Hosting Standard. Paul's communications style is dynamic and engaging combining deep industry knowledge and experience with an energetic style that promises to be provocative without confrontation. Speaker reviews always exceed 4.0/5 with requests for follow up sessions.
Participating in:
  H2: Five Best-kept Secrets of Marketing your Hosting Company: Insider's Perspective
  H4: Hosting SaaS or Web Services for SMEs
 
Alex Epshteyn, CTO, Third Lane Technologies
Alex Epshteyn is the Chief Technology Officer and founder of Third Lane Technologies, LLC, a California company offering management and end user software tools for Asterisk based solutions to SMB/SME and ITSP customers. Alex is the author of PBX Manager – a web based GUI which greatly reduces the time and effort required to configure and manage Asterisk based on-premises and virtual hosted PBXs. With over 20 years of experience in software engineering, Alex recognizes the tremendous value of open-source software and has been instrumental in using it to deliver effective business solutions. Prior to “getting VoIP” and founding Third Lane, Alex served as Chief Technical Architect at Razorfish, Vice President of Engineering at Lifespire and Director of Engineering at TransactPlus.
Participating in:
  V6: Asterisk for SMEs: The Perfect Point Solution
 
Doug Erwin, Chairman and CEO, EV1Servers/The Planet
Douglas J. Erwin joined The Planet-EV1Servers in 2006 and as such, oversees the strategic vision of the world's largest dedicated hosting provider. Before joining The Planet-EV1Servers, Erwin orchestrated the phenomenal startup and eventual sale to Hewlett Packard of Blade technology pioneer, RLX Technologies. Prior to RLX, Erwin co-founded and served for five years as Chairmen and CEO of PentaSafe Technologies, overseeing its development into a recognized leader in integrated security management solutions and spearheading growth until its 2002 acquisition by NetIQ Corp. Erwin also served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of BMC Software, Inc., the fifth largest software developer in the United States. During his tenure, BMC experienced tremendous growth in revenues and profitability, with market capitalization growing from $1.5 billion to $9 billion. Erwin began his career in sales, marketing, and senior management with IBM and Nortel. Erwin holds a degree in economics from Duke University.
Participating in:
  H7: Seven Reasons Why Hosting is HOT (and getting hotter) Right Now
 
Mark Esser, Chairman of the Board, California ISP Association
W. Mark Esser is the President and CEO of Markon Computer Science Inc. in Lomita, Ca. Markon Computer Science Inc. was founded in 1983 as a computer design and maintenance company. After many years in the service industry, Markon Computer Science Inc. entered into the ISP market in 1992 in order to facilitate the needs of its customers, which were having difficulty gaining and maintaining Internet access. Mark serves not only as a member of the Board of Directors of CISPA, but also as CISPA's Vice President of Wireless Broadband Technologies. He actively works on the 802.11 a/b/g/ and now 802.11n committees and is actively working on extreme high speed Internetworking system using Microwave, Ethernet over Power Lines, Free Space optics, and Ethernet over the Standing Wave of Earth Ground. Mark received his degrees from California State University, Long Beach and did his graduate work at Concordia, St Louis, MO.
Participating in:
  W2: Hotshots in Wireless
 
Siamak Farah, CEO , Infostreet
Siamak Farah is the founder and CEO of InfoStreet. Active in its day-to-day management, Siamak has assembled and leads a seasoned team of industry professionals. By employing a business philosophy that focuses first on solving business problems and second on applying appropriate technologies to those solutions, he has enabled flourishing businesses for both InfoStreet and its clients.

As president of a small publicly listed software development firm and the chief operating officer of another, Siamak has extensive small business management knowledge. This, combined with years of experience starting his career as a software developer, places him in the unique position of having hands-on knowledge of technical, marketing and management issues; the very combination required for the creation of successful online suite of business software.

Prior to founding InfoStreet in 1994, Siamak worked at NeXT Computer side-by-side industry visionaries the likes of Steve Jobs. During his six years at NeXT, his responsibilities grew from technical sales and marketing to district sales management. Before joining NeXT, Siamak was the Chief Operating Officer of Microstat Development Corporation. During his two years at Microstat, he was responsible for the day-to-day operation of this publicly listed R&D firm. Siamak began his career at Vertigo Systems International. During his time at Vertigo, he was instrumental in its growth from a startup with just six people to a full-fledged business employing over 70 individuals.

The positions held by Siamak span the gamut of those required in the operation and management of a software development company. Siamak set out to experience these roles by deliberate design. At the age of 22, Siamak already had a vision to create a software development firm. Leaving nothing to chance, he systematically chose positions that would provide him with experience in all facets of a software business: software development, customer service and training, executive management and finance, and sales and marketing. With this operational perspective, Siamak has striven to include a cutting edge technological vision in his work. As evidence, Siamak has been and continues to be active in the envisioning and creation of forefront technology. 3D-animation, Internet technology, and object-oriented programming are just a few leading edge technologies to which Siamak has actively contributed.

Participating in:
  B8: Kicking SaaS: Realities and Opportunities for Hosts, ISVs and ISPs
 
Christopher Faulkner, CEO, C I Host
From the time he founded C I Host in his college dorm room, Christopher Faulkner, 29, has created a business model that is well grounded yet fluid enough to react quickly to new situations, foster creativity, develop innovative products and services and move into unknown territory. Faulkner is a much-sought after speaker on innovative marketing and Internet security issues. He has led C I Host to its current status as a global company with more than 250,000 clients in 182 countries.
Participating in:
  H3: Hotshots in Hosting
  H8: Hosting and Datacenter Growth Strategies that Work
 
Patrick Fetterman, President, Mi8 Corporation
Mr. Fetterman has nearly 20 years of experience in data communications, telecommunications, and enterprise software development and marketing. He has been responsible for the development and marketing of voice-over-IP systems, Web-based collaboration software, and advanced email management servers. For the last 6 1/2 years, he's been one of the senior executives at Mi8 Corporation, one of the most successful providers of Hosted Microsoft Exchange services in the U.S.
Participating in:
  H1: Hosting Reliable and Profitable Exchange Services
 
 
Doug Fleming, Consulting Engineer, Arbor Networks
Doug Fleming works at Arbor as a Consulting Engineer, providing customers with pre-sales technical support, design decisions, and implementation. Doug has more than 15 years of experience implementing routing, security and access solutions into and through service provider networks. In addition to handling customer duties, Fleming is a significant contributor to Arbor's overall Managed Services strategy and direction, as well as product and services architecture. With over 12 years in the Internet network operations, security and telecommunications industry, Doug brings to Arbor extensive technical and service development experience. Prior to joining Arbor, Doug served in various Engineering, Product and Sales Engineering roles at UUNET and MCI. He currently consults with global Internet Service Providers AT&T, Verizon, Verzion Business, TELUS and Verizon Wireless and is an active member of NANOG and VOIPSA.
Participating in:
  B7: Exploiting the Boom in Managed Security Services
 
David Fortini, COO, Forval International
David Fortini’s experience in telecom, engineering and programming spans 20 years, with separate stints at several multinationals and Fortune 500 companies, including IBM, Science Applications International, Motorola and Wingcast. At IBM and Lockheed Martin, he was involved in a variety of high profile projects in the FAA, NASA, and the DoD. Prior to joining Forval Internatioal as COO, David was Director of Operation Support Systems at j2global Inc., provider of eFax services and solutions where he implemented and deployed their current ERP, CRM, Billing and Payment Processing systems. David has a B.S. and Master in Computer Science from Pennsylvania State University and George Mason University respectively.
Participating in:
  H6: Driving Profits with Development, E-commerce and Applications
  V9: ARPU on Steriods: Value-added Services that Reduce Churn and Increase Adoption
 
 
Avi Freeman, Vice President and Chief Network Architect, Readnews.com
Bio for Avi to come
Participating in:
  E4: Better Backbone Options and Upstream Links
 
 
Ismael Ghalimi, CEO, Intalio
Ismael Ghalimi is CEO of Intalio, the industry leader in Open Source BPM (Business Process Management). He founded the company in 1999, put together the world-class engineering team that created the first standards-based BPM System, defining the scope and functionality for this new breed of enterprise software. Ismael has been referred to by many as a technology visionary, and strategic industry leader. He is the author of IT|Redux, a weblog covering the transformation of the IT industry, coined the term Office 2.0, and is the organizer of the Office 2.0 Conference. Prior to Intalio, Ismael organized the first ExoLab Session, the Open Source software conference held in Nantes, France, that laid the foundation for BPMS technology. Ismael is an advisor to multiple companies, including 3TERA, EchoSign, and Zoho. Ismael holds an engineering degree from the Ecole des Mines de Nancy (France), and studied parallel computing at the Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon (France).
Participating in:
  H5: Offering Utility Computing for SaaS and Web 2.0
 
Gregory Giagnocavo, CEO, Dash911- E911 for VoIP
Gregory is a master at marketing and a seasoned tech entrerpreur. He founded Supernet in 1994 which was later rolled up into an IPO and eventually sold to Earthlink. He also founded Classroom.com which became the largest educational Internet company, now owned by Harcourt. He has advised startups and experienced companies in how to succeed. Gregory is currently the founder and CEO of Dash911 Solutions - E911 for VoIP.
Participating in:
  V3: Differentiate to Dominate: Don't be a "Me-too" VoIP Provider
 
Rodney Giles, President/CEO, eleven2.com: The Managed Hosting Provider
Having co-founded eleven2 in 2004 with his close friend, Rodney has managed to work his way up from a small reseller account to several hundred servers in just 24 months. Starting out as a web designer himself, Rodney realized the need for niche based web hosting services and after going through 10 or more well known providers himself and not being satisfied, he then decided to start his own company. Eleven2 is proud of its tremendous growth from the leadership and guidance Rodney has given over the past 2 years which has grown the company to a worldwide provider with over 60,000 websites with customers in over 120 countries. In his spare time, Rodney enjoys yachting and golfing.
Participating in:
  H2: Five Best-kept Secrets of Marketing your Hosting Company: Insider's Perspective
 
Christopher Gladwin, President and CEO, Cleversafe
Cleversafe is led by Chris Gladwin, who has created and managed a series of successful new technology companies. As the founding Chairman, President and CEO of MusicNow (initially known as FullAudio), Chris built the company to 100,000 customers before its acquisition by Circuit City. MusicNow, whose venture financing was led by New Enterprise Associates, provided digital music services that were marketed by distribution partners that included Best Buy, Clear Channel, Microsoft, SBC, Charter Communications and Earthlink. Prior to MusicNow, Chris invented the wireless thin client and then was the founding Chairman, President and CEO of Cruise Technologies which became the dominant supplier of wireless thin client technology. Cruise Technologies, whose venture financing was led by Battery Ventures, provided wireless thin clients that were marketed by distribution partners that included Motorola, IBM, Wyse, Telos and Zenith Data Systems. Chris is an inventor on over 30 issued and pending patents related to wireless remote interface and Internet service technology. Chris’s work has been consistently recognized by 16 industry awards for the products, services and companies he has created.
Participating in:
  E3: Open Source Opportunities
 
John Glick, Sr. Director for Product Search and Comparison Shopping, Become.com
Jon Glick is Become.com’s Sr. Director for Product Search and Comparison Shopping. He is a frequent speaker on the search engine topics including site design, search engine optimization/marketing , and algorithmic ranking systems. Prior to joining Become, he managed Internet search initiatives for Yahoo! Search Technologies, and has also held director positions at AltaVista and Overture. Jon holds a BS in Computer-Aided Mechanical Design from Cornell University, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Participating in:
  V8: Killer Online Marketing and Lead-gen Strategies
 
Steve Granek, Vice President, IP Services Business Development, NeuStar
Mr. Granek has been instrumental in leading NeuStar’s groundbreaking efforts in enabling interworking between next-generation communication and content network operators, with a specific focus on VoIP, SIP, IMS, ENUM and Digital Identity infratructure. He brings more than 20 years of entrepreneurial experience and both technical and non-technical business expertise to NeuStar. Prior to NeuStar, Mr. Granek served as VP of NexTone Communications, VP of ADC Telecommunications, and VP of Telet Communications. Prior to that, Mr. Granek founded and operated a pioneering network integrator focused on the enterprise marketplace and then emerging internet services market.
Participating in:
  E5: Opportunities in IP: A Roundtable on IPv6, Domains, NANP and You
 
Tom Gruba, Senior Director of Marketing, MOTOwi4 Products Networks and Enterprise, Motorola Inc.
Tom Gruba is senior director of marketing for Motorola’s MOTOwi4™ portfolio of products within Networks and Enterprise. He oversees branding, product marketing, segment marketing and marketing communications initiatives involving the MOTOwi4 portfolio and its wireless broadband access products, including: Canopy® Wireless Broadband solutions, the WiMAX portfolio, Metro Wi-fi Mesh solutions and Broadband over PowerLine LV. Previously, Gruba was director of marketing for the Canopy Wireless Broadband Group and was with that group from its inception. He was an integral member of the team that launched the Canopy portfolio of products in June 2002. He has been with Motorola for 10 years and has served in various sales and marketing roles in both Motorola Networks and the Internet Content and Software Group. Prior to joining Motorola, Gruba held numerous management roles at Lucent Technologies. Gruba earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Computer Science from Aurora University in Aurora, Illinois, and an Associate in Applied Science degree in Electronic Engineering Technologies from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois.
Participating in:
  W3: Weighing Your Wireless Options: One Size Does Not Fit All
 
Samir Gulati, Vice President, Marketing and Business Development, Apptix
Mr. Gulati provides leadership for the marketing, product management, and business development functions within Apptix. His prior marketing leadership experience includes roles at Anystream, SAGA Software and various divisions of General Electric. He holds a B.S. in Electronics & Communication Engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology (India), an MBA from the University of Chicago and an MSE in Computer and Information Science from the University of Pennsylvania.
Participating in:
  B8: Kicking SaaS: Realities and Opportunities for Hosts, ISVs and ISPs
  V5: VoIP for Hosts: Requirements, Expectations and Models for Success
 
 
Todd Gunsolley, Director of Customer Support, Spry Web Hosting
Todd Gunsolley is the VP of Operations for Spry.com, a company specializing in VPS Hosting. He has 9 years of experience in virtualized hosting, working with vservers.com, HostPro, and Interland in the past. His broad range of experience includes technical support for VPS systems and development work for management interfaces to a virtual server, as well as work with marketing and business strategies to leverage the power that virtualization technologies provide.
Participating in:
  H9: The Truth and Practice of Delivering VPS Services
 
Javier Hall, CCO, Userplane
Javier is a designer and leader with 10 years of experience - including software strategy, design, development, and management. He has comprehensive experience with both large-scale client engagements and commercial software development. Experienced and trained in both classic design and computer science - Javier was recruited to PBJ Digital during his education at Art Center in Pasadena, California. As CCO of PBJ, he grew and led the three-location design division through a 500% expansion. At Userplane he leads product and identity efforts - successfully bringing to market the company’s application suite - including all critical architecture, graphics, and marketing. Two years after launch, the Userplane application platform is used by millions of daily users worldwide including top tier brands MySpace, Friendster, Red Bull, and Honda. Successful client services include the conceptualization, design, and development of revolution.tv, the groundbreaking Red Bull streaming video website and subject of international publications and awards including: Macromedia’s site of the day, Horizon Interactive Gold Award for Best Flash Website, Horizon Interactive Gold Award for Best Online Application, Flash Forward’s Top Award for Best Use of Video.
Participating in:
  E6: What the Web 2.0?
 
Kevin Henrikson, Director of Engineering, Zimbra
Kevin Henrikson is the Director of Engineering at Zimbra. He leads the team that developed the innovative, AJAX-based, Web-client for the Zimbra Collaboration Suite. He splits time hacking on Zimbra's Ajax collaboration suite and managing developer relations with Zimbra's open source community. Previous to Zimbra, Henrikson was at Openwave, an ISP and mobile carrier software provider.
Participating in:
  E6: What the Web 2.0?
 
Jan Hirchert, CEO, Astaro Internet Security
Jan Hichert, Chief Executive Officer, has lead Astaro since the company was founded in early 2000. Before Astaro, Jan consulted with software vendors and Internet service providers on IT security and open source business models. Jan studied business at the University of St. Gallen and computer science at the Technical University of Karlsruhe before becoming an entrepreneur. Today, he lives with his wife in the Boston area.
Participating in:
  E3: Open Source Opportunities
 
 
Michael Hoch, VP, Operations/Research, RampRate Sourcing Advisors
Michael Hoch is the VP of Research at RampRate, and oversees the company's primary research activities, SPY Index development and operations, and IT outsourcing analysis for RampRate clients. Michael joined RampRate after more than five years as a research director and industry analyst at Aberdeen Group, where he led the research practice, "Content Delivery and Application Distribution," which covered the delivery elements of Web services, network infrastructure, data center optimization, streaming and digital media, and delivery and distribution technologies. Michael has been quoted widely in worldwide journals and newspapers including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Boston Globe, Boston Business Journal, Streamingmedia.com, CNET.com and Network World.
Participating in:
  H8: Hosting and Datacenter Growth Strategies that Work
 
Dan Hoffman, President & CEO, M5 Networks, Inc.
As President and CEO of M5, Dan has redefined the phone system market by replacing the traditional phone system and phone company arrangement with an outsourced solution that businesses can truly trust. Dan joined M5 in early 2001 with over 11 years of experience managing service providers. Prior to M5, Dan co-founded Global Internet Group where he served as President before selling the company to Asia Online, an ISP holding company based in Hong Kong. As Executive Vice President of Operations, Dan grew Asia Online to a major pan-Asian Internet services firm with over 1000 employees. Previously, Dan advised management teams at several service providers including Interport Communications. Before that he ran operations at Education Loan Services, Inc. Dan graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and received an MBA from the Wharton School of Business and a Masters of International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.
Participating in:
  V1: Hotshots in VoIP and Managed IP-PBX Services
  K2: Who do You Want to be When You Grow Up? Four Providers You Wish You Were (and how to get there)
  V2: VoIP Strategies that Work (and Some that Don't): Reselling, Building, Buying and Partnering
 
Lou Honick, CEO, HostMySite.com
In 1997, Lou Honick co-founded HostMySite.com with a strong customer service-focused culture to remedy his frustration with the state of the hosting industry. Today, HostMySite.com has grown into a successful multi-million dollar Web hosting company with more than 40,000 clients worldwide under Lou's direction. HostMySite.com's unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction is evident through the development of long-term customer relationships based on integrity, quality, and trust. As CEO, Lou's recent accomplishments include ranking HostMySite.com on the 24th annual Inc. 500 list and securing his own rank on Inc. 500's 30 Under 30 list of the coolest young entrepreneurs in America.
Participating in:
  H2: Five Best-kept Secrets of Marketing your Hosting Company: Insider's Perspective
  B1: Igniting the Service and Support Fire in your Organization
 
 
David Impson, Director of Provisioning, Nationwide Internet/Mobilepro Corp.
Participating in:
  W6: Truck Roll Tricks: Installations that Maximize Time and Money
 
Scott Jarus, Chief Executive Officer, Cognition Technologies, Inc.
Scott Jarus is Chief Executive Officer of Cognition, Inc., an early-stage company which has developed the next evolutionary step in highly precise content Search through its patented linguistic search technology. The company currently markets its products within the legal litigation-support (eDiscovery) industry, but will be expanding into other vertical markets, such as life sciences, pharmaceuticals and engineering. The company is based in Santa Monica, CA. Prior to joining Cognition in 2006, Mr. Jarus was President and chief executive of j2 Global Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: JCOM), a provider of outsourced, value-added messaging and communications services to individuals and companies throughout the world. j2 Global’s signature product, eFax®, serves more than 9.5 million customers with a local presence in more than 1,500 cities in 25 countries on 5 continents. During Mr. Jarus’ tenure, j2 Global had achieved 32 consecutive quarters of revenue growth, 13 consecutive quarters of positive and growing earnings, and a market cap of $1 billion.
Participating in:
  H6: Driving Profits with Development, E-commerce and Applications
  V9: ARPU on Steriods: Value-added Services that Reduce Churn and Increase Adoption
 
Dane Jasper, CEO, Sonic.net
Dane Jasper is the CEO of Sonic.net, Inc., a full-service Internet provider that is dedicated to delivering inexpensive, robust Internet connectivity with award-winning technical support. Founded in 1994 and based in Santa Rosa, California, Sonic was one of the first ISPs to bring DSL access to the wine country, and continues to lead the way in making new access and hosting solutions available to the public. After 14 years of service, Sonic.net has become the largest independent Internet provider in Northern California with 47,000 subscribers and $13 million in annual sales. The firm recently expanded into Sacramento as part of it's current strategy to offer statewide coverage for California, thus bringing it to 75% of the state and signing up over 60 smaller ISPs to provide wholesale DSL services.
Participating in:
  K2: Who do You Want to be When You Grow Up? Four Providers You Wish You Were (and how to get there)
  E2: DSL Done Right
 
Richard Jimmerson, Director of External Relations, American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)
Richard Jimmerson is ARIN's Director of External Relations. Richard has over eight years of experience managing global Internet numbering resources. He managed ARIN's registration services operation and served as Director of Operations for five years before taking his current position to better concentrate on coordination issues that face the Regional Internet Registry system today. Prior to joining ARIN, Richard managed information systems for medical equipment providers and the Unites States government.
Participating in:
  E5: Opportunities in IP: A Roundtable on IPv6, Domains, NANP and You
 
 
Cameron Jones, President, Spry Web Hosting
Participating in:
  E3: Open Source Opportunities
 
Josh Jones, CJO and Co-Founder, DreamHost
Josh is CJO and a Co-Founder of DreamHost, which provides web hosting services to over 300,000 domains. He's mostly in charge of posting a lot of made up stuff on the blogs that he tries to pass off as what's really going on behind the scenes at DreamHost. It seems to be working so far ..,you can find the blog at http://blog.dreamhost.com
Participating in:
  E6: What the Web 2.0?
 
 
Warren Kay, Director, Emerging Products, Yahoo! Search Marketing
Warren Kay is the Director of Emerging Products for Yahoo! Search Marketing. He joined the organization in July 2003 and is responsible for the incubation and market sales strategy for all new and emerging products in Yahoo! Search Marketing, which currently include Local, Content Match, Mobile and Search Optimizer. Previously, Warren was the Director of Sales for Local Search, helping develop the market strategy for Yahoo! Search Marketing Local Sales. Prior to his career at Yahoo!, he was the Senior Vice President at Vista Software where he was responsible for driving revenue through partnership development with Fortune 500 companies. Warren also worked for Citysearch where he held several integral roles, including Director of Sales and Training, and General Manager for their Chicago office. He received his BA in Economics University of Texas in Austin.
Participating in:
  V8: Killer Online Marketing and Lead-gen Strategies
 
Ivan Kohler, Owner and Head Geek, Freeside ISP Billing
Ivan Kohler is the original author of Freeside, an open-source billing package for ISPs. He has been working with ISPs to provide innovative and cost-effective open-source technical solutions for an unexaggerated 10 years. Ivan has given presentations on a variety of topics, from secure CGI programming to billing automation, at conferences such as the ISP Forum, ISP Business Expo and now ISPCON. A former MAPS employee (the Internet's original anti-spam non-profit), he also has extensive experience helping ISPs survive the growing tide of spam and email abuse. Ivan is a CPAN author, a Debian developer and a cat person.
Participating in:
  E3: Open Source Opportunities
 
Matt Larsen, CEO, Vistabeam
Matt Larsen has been deploying wireless infrastructure for ISP operations since early 2000 and is experienced in the design of data networks, NOC operations, wireless deployments, voice over IP implementation, business development and overall management of ISP operations. In 1995, Larsen was part of the volunteer group that launched FortNet, the first ISP in Fort Collins, Colorado. After moving to Scottsbluff, Nebraska in 1997, he started Scottsbluff Networx, an ISP that provided competitive dialup Internet access in the Panhandle of Western Nebraska. Scottsbluff Networx was the first non-ILEC company to offer DSL in Nebraska, turning its first DSL customers on in the summer of 1998, and later gained CLEC status in the state of Nebraska. Frustrated with the bureaucracy of dealing with the phone companies to deliver DSL service, Matt turned to wireless as an alternate way to deliver high speed Internet to his customers. In February 2000, Scottsbluff Networx started offering wireless broadband access in to several towns in the Nebraska Panhandle, bypassing the phone companies completely. In November 2000, Larsen sold Scottsbluff Networx to Airwave Wireless, a company that held LMDS and cellular licenses for the Scottsbluff area. From November 2000 through October 2003, Larsen worked on ISP operations for Airwave, and concentrated on business development and the deployment of unlicensed wireless broadband systems. In October 2003, Larsen left Airwave to pursue opportunities in wireless broadband access and established Vistabeam. Vistabeam has deployed wireless broadband systems covering 40,000 square miles and maintains 500 miles of wireless backbone across Wyoming, Colorado, South Dakota and Nebraska. Matt Larsen is one of the innovators in the wireless broadband industry and has been featured in the Washington Post and Wireless Tech Radio. Matt has also been a speaker at WISPCON, ISPCON, EC-Expo, FCC Wireless Broadband Access Task Force and for the Tom Osborne leadership programs; received the 1999 Visionary Rising Star Award from the Scottsbluff/Gering Chamber of Commerce; received the WISP Consultant of the Year Award at the Spring 2004 WISPCON and serves on the Board of Directors for WISPA, the Wireless Internet Service Provider Association. Mr. Larsen lives in Scottsbluff, Nebraska with his wife Monique and son Diego.
Participating in:
  W5: Standards of WISP Excellence: SOPs for the WISP Industry
  W9: From Here to WiMAX
 
Robert E. Leibholz, Vice President, Sales and Business Development, Intermedia.NET
As Vice President of Sales and Business Development, Leibholz has been instrumental in making Intermedia.NET’s turnkey Private Label Exchange Hosting program the market leader. As the number one U.S. provider of hosted Exchange for small and medium businesses, Intermedia.NET’s private label program gives ISPs and IT service the ability to resell its SAN-based Microsoft Exchange hosting service instantly. Leibholz manages the company’s distributed sales force and works with Marketing and Product Development to ensure high-impact product launches. In past positions at companies such as Harry Fox Agency, Inc. and ASCAP, Leibholz has been the chief driver for numerous technology projects, including CWR, Inquiry Management System and Web-based client-facing applications. He also served as editor of the courseware for the American Management Associate course, The Art and Discipline of Managing Software Projects. Before entering the business world, Bob had a successful career as a concert violinist, serving as concertmaster of several major orchestras.
Participating in:
  H1: Hosting Reliable and Profitable Exchange Services
 
Ivaylo Lenkov, CTO and Founder, SiteKreator
Ivaylo Lenkov is the founder and CEO of SiteKreator, a leading business website design tool. Prior to SiteKreator, he was CTO in an interactive agency in Los Angeles where he led the architecture, design and implementation of many high-traffic/high-availability web applications for Paramount Pictures, Viacom, Vivendi and others. Before that, he developed one of the early VoIP software phones called IRIS Phone and the peer-to-peer network operating system RoNET. At the beginning of his career, Lenkov was writing real-time process-control firmware for the Institute of Industrial Cybernetics and Robotics and the Space Research Institute at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. www.sitekreator.com
Participating in:
  E6: What the Web 2.0?
  H5: Offering Utility Computing for SaaS and Web 2.0
 
Andrea Lewis, Product Manager, Verio
As product manager for Verio, Andrea Lewis manages Verio’s portfolio of virtual hosting products for the company, including integration of customer and market feedback into product enhancements and deployment of virtual web hosting solutions, including the Verio’s FreeBSD VPS version 3 and Verio’s Linux VPS. Prior to her current position, Ms. Lewis was quality assurance software engineer for Verio, leading the testing of Verio virtual products for the company. Prior to joining Verio, she held the positions of controller and of quality assurance engineer for e-automate Corporation. Prior to that, she served as operations manager for Bonneville Manufacturing Inc. Ms. Lewis earned a bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science and Health from the University of Utah.
Participating in:
  H9: The Truth and Practice of Delivering VPS Services
 
Andrew Main, President, Shasta.com
Andrew Main is the president of Shasta.com, a full-service ISP offering connectivity, hosting and Web site development services. He earned his bachelor's degree in computer science from UC Berkeley and taught at the junior college level. As Shasta.com's top sales person, he naturally promotes use of the Internet and new technologies every day in compelling customers to use all the services Shasta.com offers. He has been giving seminars and teaching about the Internet for seven years.
Participating in:
  E2: DSL Done Right
 
Michael Mankowski, Senior Vice President, Tier 1 Research, a division of The 451 Group
Michael Mankowski covers the application software market for Tier 1 Research with a focus on the adoption of Software as a Service (SaaS). Michael is the lead analyst for Tier 1 Research's SaaS adoption service and serves on the ISV Best Practices Committee for SIIA's SaaS Executive Council. Prior to joining Tier 1 Research, Michael served in various competitive and market intelligence roles at IBM, providing IBM Global Services executives with insights and opinions on both the hosting and consulting markets. Prior to IBM, Michael held a variety of engineering and technical sales positions, ranging from Submarine Design Engineer to Regional Sales Manager. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from The Catholic University of America and an MBA from Villanova Business School.
Participating in:
  B8: Kicking SaaS: Realities and Opportunities for Hosts, ISVs and ISPs
 
 
Jonathan McCarrick, Vice-President, ModernGigabyte, LLC
Jonathan McCarrick has over 6 years experience in the Webhosting and Billing Automation Industries. He has extensive experience with implementing fraud abatement programs in businesses of varying sizes. He is currently responsible for new business development and creating strategic partnerships within the Hosting and ISP industries. Jon is considered a subject matter expert on billing and fraud prevention throughout the industry. Prior to ModernGigabyte, LLC Jon was an attorney in private practice at Fore, Miller and Scwartz in Louisville, KY. He is also the In-house Counsel and Vice President of Sales and Marketing for ModernGigabyte, LLC. Jon holds a B.A. in History and a J.D. in Law from the University of Louisville.
Participating in:
  B6: Fighting Fraud: The Dark Side of Hosting
 
John McKown, President & CEO, Delaware.Net
John is the founder of Delaware.Net, Inc. which has been in business since October 1997. John is married with two children that he and his wife Kelly adopted in 1999. John worked as a civil engineering designer for twelve years before building his first web applications in 1993. After a family emergency in 1994, John dropped out of college to help his family’s business. It was during that time that he built an ecommerce platform for his family’s business, which grew into a multi-million dollar enterprise. Delaware.Net, Inc. grew out of the IT needs for that business, and was initially a dialup provider only. Today, Delaware.Net, Inc. is focused on building and hosting web-based applications, ecommerce web sites, and providing local IT services.
Participating in:
  H6: Driving Profits with Development, E-commerce and Applications
  B8: Kicking SaaS: Realities and Opportunities for Hosts, ISVs and ISPs
  B2: Cashing in on E-commerce: New Opportunities and Issues
 
 
Forbes Mercy, President, Washington Broadband, Inc.
Forbes Mercy spoke at the Spring ISPCON conference in Baltimore. He started a dial-up ISP in 1995 as his town's first local provider. This grew to 16,000 customers at the peak before high speed settled in. In 2001 Mercy purchased a small Wireless company and has used this as a platform to add 600 customers to this network plus 500 DSL customers making Washington Boradand, Inc. a good sized ISP/WISP in high speed in a town of 80,000.
Participating in:
  W4: Marketing and Sales Tactics for Wireless Services, Selling Against Wireline
 
Vladimir Miloushev , President and CEO, 3Tera, Inc.
Vlad Miloushev is a recognized leader in the field of scalable infrastructure technologies including operating systems, networks and storage. He is the inventor of the core technology that is today enabling 3Tera’s breakthrough AppLogic grid operating system to make SaaS applications and Web 2.0 services easy to deploy and scale. Prior to 3Tera, Vlad founded Z-force, a storage networking company that pioneered file switching and NAS aggregation and was named one of NetworkWorld’s “Top 10 Startups to Watch”. Before Z-force, Vlad founded Object Dynamics, another successful software company providing network infrastructure software. He is a Fulbright scholar and holds an MS degree in Quantum Physics from Moscow University.
Participating in:
  H5: Offering Utility Computing for SaaS and Web 2.0
 
 
Bill Minkle, CEO, TelAxis Advisors, LLC
Bill Minkle has been part of the senior management teams at MFS UUNet, MCI Worldcom, Equinix and Level 3 Communications. Bill is founder and CEO of TelAxis Advisors, which represents and negotiates technical real estate on behalf of internet and data center clients across the country. Bill is also on the board of advisors for several internet-based companies.
Participating in:
  H8: Hosting and Datacenter Growth Strategies that Work
 
Paul Morville, Vice President of Product Management, Arbor Networks
Paul Morville is Vice President of Product Management for Arbor Networks where he is responsible for Arbor's overall product strategy and execution. Morville has been with the company since 2001, helping to take Arbor’s products from alpha-stage to award-winning, category-leading solutions. Previously, Morville worked in venture capital and held product management positions for a number of Boston-based startups. Morville regularly writes on security topics for publications such as NetworkWorld and recently spoke at Gartner’s IT Security Summit, providing expert commentary on DDoS, anomaly detection, and network behavioral analysis. Before entering the security business, Morville once performed research with NASA and helped design an experiment that was performed on the Space Shuttle. He holds a BA in Computer Science from Tufts University and an MBA with Distinction from the University of Michigan.
Participating in:
  B7: Exploiting the Boom in Managed Security Services
 
Prakash Nagpal, Director of Product Development, Covad Communications
Prakash Nagpal is responsible for Product Strategy and Market Intelligence, including assessing and developing new business opportunities. Mr. Nagpal has more than 15 years' experience in technology, helping companies develop and launch products, create new markets, raise capital and ramp up channels. He has led numerous software development efforts, managing global teams to deliver complex enterprise applications. Previously, Mr. Nagpal held positions with Netscape, KPMG and Philips Semiconductor. Prior to his high tech career, he spent time helping raise capital to finance small businesses. Mr. Nagpal holds an MBA from Cornell University, a Master's in Computer Science and a BS in Engineering.
Participating in:
  V1: Hotshots in VoIP and Managed IP-PBX Services
 
Justin Newton, Senior Vice President of Voice and Broadband, United Online
Participating in:
  V1: Hotshots in VoIP and Managed IP-PBX Services
 
Elliot Noss, CEO, Tucows Inc.
Elliot Noss has been a leader in the Internet industry for nearly 10 years and has been a driver in the evolution of Tucows Inc. for the last seven. Trained as a lawyer, he joined Tucows in 1997 as Vice President, Corporate Services. He was subsequently appointed president and CEO of Tucows Inc. in May 1999. During his tenure, Tucows has grown to become a leading destination for Internet software and application downloads. In 2000, the company created the wholesale domain name registration market with the launch of the OpenSRS (shared registration services) platform. In August 2001, he helped orchestrate Tucows' merger with Infonautics, Inc., under the Tucows name. Since then, Elliot has rapidly expanded Tucows wholesale services to offer digital certificates, DNS, and email services to a growing international Reseller channel.
Participating in:
  K1: Internet Service: The Fifth Utility?
 
Andy Randall, VP of Marketing, MetaSwitch
Andy Randall joined the MetaSwitch team in 2001, but has been with parent company Data Connection since 1988. He benefits from a strong engineering background, including positions as lead architect and project manager in the area of Internet communications technologies, leading to several industry-first innovations in the field of real-time audio, video and data-conferencing. He progressed into a general management role with marketing, sales and product management responsibilities for the company's Web conferencing solutions, working worldwide with tier 1 service providers. Since moving to the company's MetaSwitch division, Andy has played a key role in its successful growth from start-up to industry leader, from the North American launch of the VP3500 Series Class 5 Softswitch to today with over 200 deployments. He is well known in the industry as a frequent speaker evangelizing the benefits of next generation technology for small as well as large service providers. Andy holds Masters degrees in Software Engineering, Mathematics and Philosophy from the Universities of Oxford and Stirling.
Participating in:
  V5: VoIP for Hosts: Requirements, Expectations and Models for Success
  V4: To CLEC or Not to CLEC? That is the Question
 
Eden Recor, Owner, Grand County Internet Services
Eden Recor has been a successful ISP owner and operator for over 10 years. In 2001 he started looking into unlicensed wireless Internet services. In the most recent 6 months, Grand County has gone full time into wireless services, hired qualified installation support and is doing numerous upgrades for customers. He has gone through the process of self financing, leasing and back to self financing. He has experience with business plans that work and some that do not. Eden brings real-world insight for those who are planning to add wireless services, how to determine the costs and wiegh the upsides.
Participating in:
  W2: Hotshots in Wireless
 
Michael Remacle, Director of Business Development, Level 3 Communications
Michael Remacle currently serves as Director of Business Development for Level 3 Communications. In this role Michael is responsible for leading Level 3’s wholesale VoIP sales and partnership initiative with leading MSOs, ISPs, IXCs, RBOCs, and Voice Service Providers. Michael has over 15 years of product management, marketing, and sales experience in the telecommunications industry, and has spent the last nine years focused on the VoIP market for companies including Comverse, Polycom and now Level 3. Michael holds a bachelor of science in Economics from the University of California.
Participating in:
  V3: Differentiate to Dominate: Don't be a "Me-too" VoIP Provider
 
David Robertson, Vice President, Dale Carnagie Training
Dave Robertson is the president of the Texas ISP Association, Vice President of Dale Carnegie Training of South Texas, a wood worker and photographer. He is the former president of South Texas Internet Communications, Telecom Author and lecturer and a contributer to Internet Industry Magazine, Forbes, Internet Week and The Wall Street Journal. A native Texan, he hails from the University of Texas at Austin, is married to the girl he graduated high school with and is the father of two boys, age 18 and 22 (One of which is for sale -- which one varies from day to day.)
Participating in:
  E7: The Sales Supercharger - Part 1
  E8: The Sales Supercharger - Part 2
 
 
Candice Rodriquez, Director of Business Development and Marketing, Web Host Industry Review
Candice Rodriguez has been involved the Web hosting industry for the last 5 years and was introduced to the world of web hosting when she joined Dialtone Internet, Inc in 2001 as the company's Media Director responsible for the company's communication and interactive marketing strategies. She played an integral role in marketing the company's dedicated server line which quickly grew from a small dedicated hosting operation to a strong Rackspace Managed Hosting contender before it was sold to Interland, Inc. (now Web.com) in 2002. Ms. Rodriguez continued on at Interland, Inc. as the company's Interactive Marketing Manager for the next 4 years where she commanded an annual media acquisition budget of over $7 Million. Her responsibilities included interactive media planning and buying for the company's many lines of business. She also directed the company's search engine marketing strategies and played an integral role in ensuring that the company's paid and natural search engine presence remained well within in the top 5. While at Interland, Inc, Ms. Rodriguez was awarded the Best e-Business Execution Award for her work in Internet Marketing by the Technology Marketing Association of Georgia. Ms. Rodriguez continues her marketing role and has added Business Development to her list of responsibilities by joining the Web Host Industry Review, Inc as Director of Marketing and Business Development in August of 2005. Ms. Rodriguez also received a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications from Florida International University and a Master of Science in OrganizationalCommunication at Barry University.
Participating in:
  H3: Hotshots in Hosting
 
Ken Schafer, VP, Marketing, Tucows Inc
Widely seen as a pioneer of the Internet in Canada, Ken has tirelessly promoted the Net as a significant force in business and culture.?Ken conceived and oversaw Sony Music Canada's early online initiatives. From their first site in 1995, Ken's team built a global web presence for 25 Canadian artists, by pioneering viral and e-mail marketing, rich media, and community building long before they had become buzzwords.?In 1996 he co-founded (AIMS) where as President he helped it become Canada's largest organization for Internet decision-makers. In 1997 he co-authored the online portion of the Canadian Marketing Association's Code of Ethics.?Ken's volunteer work was recognized in 2002 when he was named a finalist for "Volunteer of the Year" at the Canadian New Media Awards.?More recently, Ken developed the curriculum and now teaches the 14-week CMA's Certificate in E-marketing program.?Today, he is VP, Marketing for Tucows Inc. and Contributing Editor of One Degree, Canada's leading web site for Internet marketing professionals.?Ken received his degree in Mathematics from the University of Waterloo and lives outside Toronto with his wife, parenting expert Alyson Schafer, and their two children.
Participating in:
  V7: 30 Rapid-fire Website Wins, Guaranteed
 
 
Jay Schiavo, Sr. Product Manager for Channels, GeoTrust, Inc., a VeriSign Company
Jay Schiavo has more than 8 years of product management, marketing and business development experience. At GeoTrust, he is responsible for managing the product strategy for the company's partner program and retail division which account for more than 50 percent of annual revenues. He also leads the strategic product direction for channel partner solutions in the areas of digital certificates, identity verification and credentialing. In addition, Mr. Schiavo manages overall channel marketing and support programs, and acts as the voice of the channel to ensure overall partner satisfaction and loyalty. Before GeoTrust, Mr. Schiavo was the product manager for The VIEW, a division of Wellesley Information Services where he managed all of the company's conference and seminars. Mr. Schiavo received a B.S. Degree and a Masters in Business Administration from Northeastern University.
Participating in:
  H6: Driving Profits with Development, E-commerce and Applications
 
John Scrivner, President, Mt. Vernon.net, Inc and WISPA
John Scrivner is owner of an ISP / WISP named Mt. Vernon. Net, Inc. offering dialup, leased line and now wireless broadband services. This Southern Illinois business began operations on May 1, 1997. The company delivers Internet solutions for thousands of residents, businesses, government entities, schools, etc. John is also the Founding President of WISPA which has been founded as the definitive association for the Wireless Internet Service Provider industry. Its primary mission is to promote and improve the WISP industry.
Participating in:
  W2: Hotshots in Wireless
  W5: Standards of WISP Excellence: SOPs for the WISP Industry
 
Doc Searls, Senior Editor, Linux Journal
DOC SEARLS is a writer, speaker and consultant on topics that arise where technology and business meet. He is the Senior Editor of Linux Journal and runs the new online journal "Doc Searls' IT Garage." He is co-author of The Cluetrain Manifesto: The End of Business as Usual, a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Borders Books and Amazon.com bestseller. In August, 2005, Doc recieved the first annual Google O'Reilly Open Source Award for Best Communicator. As a writer, his byline has appeared in OMNI, Wired, PC Magazine, The Standard, The Sun, Upside, Release 1.0, Wired, The Globe & Mail and many other publications. He is a regular on The Linux Show and The Gillmor Gang podcast.
Participating in:
  K1: Internet Service: The Fifth Utility?
 
Jeremy Sherwood, Business Solutions Specialist, opus:interactive
Jeremy has been actively engaged with technology dating back to his Fathers first 386 computer. Jeremy specializes in custom technology solutions for clients for last 10 years. Jeremy lives by making things better for his clients. opus:interactive is a full-service Internet Data Center providing managed services, co-location for servers, shared Web and application hosting, Hosted Exchange, DSL Service, dial-up Internet access, and dedicated high-speed Internet access.
Participating in:
  H1: Hosting Reliable and Profitable Exchange Services
 
 
Layne Sisk, CEO, ServerPlus
Layne Sisk is the CEO of ServerPlus, a recognized leader in the technical support field for not only data internet connections but also for VOIP and IPTV. ServerPlus provides outsourced support for many ISPs, VOIP providers and companies in the internet field. In providing these services ServerPlus has developed many new systems and concepts to provide the best possible end user experience.
Participating in:
  B9: The Five Things that Will Make or Break your Business (and how to do them right!)
 
Donny Smith, CEO and Chairman of the Board, Jaguar Communications
Donny has 5 years of experience in the field of telecommunications. Prior to working in this area, he worked in the internet and software development areas. He has worked or contracted for companies that include IBM, LocalLink, Xerox, Sunrise Software, E.F. Johnson Companies, Jostens, Ford, and many others. He has experience in Electronics, Software Engineering, Systems Development and System Testing as well as Executive Management. Prior to the acceptance of his present position with Jaguar, Donny served as the CEO of LocalLink, a regional internet company. In the '80s, he was also the Chairman and CEO of the Minnesota Cattle Company, a dairy cattle export operation. Mr. Smith got his undergraduate degree in International Business and Computer Science from Mankato State University in 1991 and his masters degree in Business Administration from The William E. Simon School of Management in Rochester, NY. Donny and his wife Marcia live in southern Minnesota. They have two daughters Jennifer who is a florist in Owatonna and Brittany who is attending college at Carnegie Mellon. Now that the nest is empty Donny and Marcia can enjoy their quiet time and do some traveling.
Participating in:
  V1: Hotshots in VoIP and Managed IP-PBX Services
  W6: Truck Roll Tricks: Installations that Maximize Time and Money
 
Ted Smith, Vice President, Dedicated Hosting, PEER 1
Ted Smith joined PEER 1 when the company acquired the dedicated hosting arm of Interland in September of 2005. He is currently responsible for all dedicated hosting operations for PEER 1, drawing on his experience in a variety of operational roles in the hosting and network business. His past roles include overseeing three data centers as the AVP of operations for Interland, and building a national OC3 IP network for Hostcentric Dedicated Hosting in his role as vice president of network engineering. Ted also served as CTO at Maxim Computer Systems where he helped to develop the co-location and dedicated hosting products, designed the data center and network operations centers, and built the support team. Ted holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from California State University, Chico, and a Masters in Mathematics from Michigan State University.
Participating in:
  H3: Hotshots in Hosting
 
David Snead, Attorney at Law, W. David Snead, P.C.
Mr. Snead is an attorney in private practice in Washington D.C. His practice focuses exclusively on representing web hosting companies and other entities active in the internet infrastructure. In his 13 years in this area, Mr. Snead has represented these companies both in-house and as outside counsel. He has spoken extensively on subjects of importance at conferences ranging from HostingCon to ISPCON. His views on the impact of Federal legislation on small-to-medium internet businesses have been quoted in the Washington Post and San Jose Mercury News, and is a columnist for the Web Host Industry Review. Mr. Snead received his J.D. in 1991 from Georgetown University Law Center and is a member of the bars of the District of Columbia and State of New Mexico.
Participating in:
  H8: Hosting and Datacenter Growth Strategies that Work
  B4: The Shift in Hosting: Are You on the Upside?
 
Jonathan Snyder, President and CEO and Director, KeyOn Communications
Mr. Snyder is a co-founder of the Company and has been its Chief Executive Officer since inception in 2002. Mr. Snyder oversees all aspects of the business, including developing and implementing corporate strategy, capital raising, recruiting and supervising overall sales activities.? Mr. Snyder has also assumed the Company's financial responsibilities until a permanent replacement is hired. From 1999 to 2001, Mr. Snyder served as Vice President of Business Development for Lineup Technologies, a content delivery and management platform for broadband networks. Mr. Snyder was in charge of strategic channel partnerships with various content and distribution companies while also heading the Company's fundraising efforts. Prior to joining Lineup, from 1996-1998, Mr. Snyder was a member of Pacific Capital Group, a merchant bank focused on media and telecommunications companies. There, Mr. Snyder became a founding shareholder of Global Crossing Ltd., an international provider of data and voice telecommunications services through a network of undersea fiber optic cable systems. Mr. Snyder held various senior management roles in the finance and sales and marketing departments while at Global Crossing. He later joined other founding shareholders of Global Crossing at Clarity Partners, a Los Angeles-based venture capital firm managing close to $1 billion. Mr. Snyder began his career in investment banking at Bear, Stearns & Co. in New York, specializing in telecommunications corporate finance. Mr. Snyder earned a bachelor?s of science with a concentration in finance and entrepreneurial studies at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters of Business Administration at the Anderson School at UCLA. He and his wife, Dr. Carli Snyder, live in Las Vegas.
Participating in:
  K2: Who do You Want to be When You Grow Up? Four Providers You Wish You Were (and how to get there)
 
Paul Stapleton, Managing Director, DH Capital, LLC
Paul joined DH Capital in 2006 as a Managing Director. DH Capital is an investment banking firm that serves the Media, Internet and Telecommunications industries. Previously he was Managing Partner at Niwot Capital and Ramaprt Associates were he was involved in over 80 ISP and Hosting transactions representing both sellers and buyers. He was also Editor of I$P HOSTING Report. Paul brings a high level of analysis and focus to the markets he serves.
Participating in:
  K2: Who do You Want to be When You Grow Up? Four Providers You Wish You Were (and how to get there)
  B3: Deal ... or No Deal? Hot M&A Activity, Valuations and Trends
 
Michael Tague, President, Win.Net Internet
Michael has a rich history in the computer industry. From 1984 to 1988 he led a 31 person team on the Opus project, to develop from scratch, a new operating system for Honeywell’s mini computer line. Prior to the Opus project, he was the manager of Multics development, a large scale secure operating system. After the Opus project, he was the Vice President for Operations at Victory Technology, a software development and services company. In 1990, Michael founded Win.Net Internet, a software development company in San Francisco. From his work, came WinNET Mail, the 1st Microsoft Windows application for Internet email and access. The software was licensed to service providers in countries around the world. In 1993, the company moved to Michael’s hometown, Louisville, KY. Since then, Win.Net Internet has provided internet services to businesses and residents throughout the region. As the President of an ISP, Michael saw the opportunities available to his company if they became a CLEC, and he decided to do just that. In 2001, Win.Net established a CLEC and began to reap the benefits of their work. Once they had new services available to them and began saving money, Michael realized they could take their experience further. In 2004, he founded American CLEC, a consulting group that helps other ISPs form CLECs to take advantage of all that it has to offer. Michael is currently a board member and treasurer of FISPA, and the founder of the Louisville Scientific Society. He is a Mathematics graduate from the University of Louisville and is enrolled in their graduate Physics program. Michael is married and has a son and daughter. In his spare time he enjoys discussing Quiddage strategies.
Participating in:
  V4: To CLEC or Not to CLEC? That is the Question
 
William Toll, Product Marketing Manager, Intermedia.NET
William Toll has held product management positions in the Web hosting and financial industry since the late 1990s. Now at the leader in Exchange and Web hosting for small and medium businesses, Intermedia.NET, William is responsible for developing the company’s hosted product lines, such as the new Windows Server 2003 VPS offering, which is built on the leading virtualization software, VMware. In past positions at companies such as Affinity Internet, Inc., and NTT/VERIO William was the driving force in launching successful Microsoft Exchange and ASP.NET Hosting services. Most recently, William was responsible for Affinity’s Gate.com brand and its new clustered Windows Server 2003 shared hosting platform launch. William received a BA in Marketing from New England College in Arundel, England.
Participating in:
  H9: The Truth and Practice of Delivering VPS Services
 
Kristopher Twomey, Telecom/Internet Law and Regulatory Consulting, Law Office of Kristopher E. Twomey
Kris has practiced telecommunications law for the past nine years in Washington, D.C., and San Francisco. He started a small firm in 2002 focusing on the needs of CLECs and ISPs, both wired and wireless. Kris represents clients nationwide and maintains offices in Oakland, Calif., and Washington, D.C. He began his career representing long distance resellers and the first wave of CLECs after the passage of the 1996 Telecom Act. Kris also did FCC licensing work for a major carrier's fixed wireless project. His ISP practice has included prosecuting formal complaints against several ILECs at state public utility commissions. He has extensive experience speaking at ISP conventions including past ISPCONs and state association conventions.
Participating in:
  V4: To CLEC or Not to CLEC? That is the Question
 
David Ulevitch, Founder & CEO, OpenDNS
David sparks the OpenDNS fire. In 2001, David created the free DNS service EveryDNS, which today manages the DNS records for nearly 100,000 domains. Through running EveryDNS, David developed a keen awareness of malware, botnets and phishing -- and how to fight their spread. David has a B.A. in anthropology from Washington University.
Participating in:
  E5: Opportunities in IP: A Roundtable on IPv6, Domains, NANP and You
 
Derek Vaughan, Chief Marketing Officer, TechPad Agency
Derek Vaughan has been actively marketing on the Internet since 1995. His extensive online marketing experience includes the online direct marketing of books for $300 million per year NYSE traded book publisher Thomas Nelson. Mr. Vaughan also marketed products online at the Walt Disney Company as the online marketing manager of ecommerce for ESPN.com. He was also the marketing manager for the launch of the NASCAR Online Store in October of 1999. More recently Mr. Vaughan turned his attention to online marketing for the Affinity Internet, Inc. family of companies – which owns a broad portfolio of web hosting brands. Additionally, Mr. Vaughan served as Vice President of Marketing for Aplus.Net and helped them establish a strong position in the web hosting field. Derek Vaughan holds undergraduate degrees from both Indiana University and Purdue University, and has earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the Owen School at Vanderbilt University. Mr. Vaughan is currently a partner with TechPad Agency, a full service advertising and web publishing agency for web hosting professionals.
Participating in:
  H2: Five Best-kept Secrets of Marketing your Hosting Company: Insider's Perspective
 
Isabel Wang, Principal, IsabelWang.com
Isabel co-founded ISPcheck, a web hosting and Internet access directory in 1997. She was editor and publisher of Web Hosting Magazine and Vice President of Communications at EV1Servers. She currently has a consulting practice.
Participating in:
  B4: The Shift in Hosting: Are You on the Upside?
 
David Williams, Vice President Products & Systems, Covad Communications
With two successful ISP start-ups, including NextWeb, David Williams brings a wealth of knowledge gained during his 15 years in telecommunications. David led NextWeb sales, marketing and wireless product strategy through four years of triple digit growth resulting in numerous awards for the company's success including fastest growing company and listing in the Inc 500. In early 2006, NextWeb was acquired by Covad Communications, a leading national provider of integrated data and voice communications. Prior to NextWeb, David co-founded his first ISP, Whole Earth Networks, and served as vice president of marketing for GST Telecommunications after it acquired Whole Earth. David holds a degree in computer science and business from California State University, Chico and is currently responsible for product management and strategy for Covad's NextWeb Wireless division.
Participating in:
  W2: Hotshots in Wireless
 
 
Don Witt, President and CEO, cyLogistics
Participating in:
  V6: Asterisk for SMEs: The Perfect Point Solution

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