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Hugh Goldstein

President, AU24

AU24

Hugh Goldstein is president of AU24, a management consultancy focused on IP communications technologies. AU24 supports clients implementing new solutions for improving voice, video, and messaging and advises software companies and services providers on their strategy, product marketing, and business development. Hugh’s background includes twenty years of experience with telecommunications and Internet companies and an M.S. in Management and Business Administration from Boston University and Ben Gurion University.

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Ed Hintz

Director of Cloud Services Development, Bandwidth

Bandwidth

Ed Hintz is a senior software professional who has written code that runs on everything from nuclear submarines to the cloud and on many devices in between. Ed is passionate about building high performing software teams that love their craft and create amazing services for customers. Ed is the Director of Cloud Services Development and manages a team that spans 3 continents building the next generation communications platform as a service.

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Brian Garr

Chief Operations Officer, Cognitive Code

Cognitive Code

Brian is Chief Operating Officer for Cognitive Code, responsible for global revenue, sales, enterprise and overall business development. Prior to joining Cognitive Code, Brian was co-founder and CEO of LinguaSys, an AI company sold to Aspect Software in 2015. Brian was CTO of Globalink (an MT company) from 1995-1998 when Globalink was sold to L&H. Brian then went to IBM and started the MT business segment for IBM’s Software Group. He also managed IBM’s Speech Recognition Group. Brian has been an advocate and frequent speaker on MT and Speech Reco all over the world. In 1998 he was awarded the Smithsonian Institutes’ “Heroes in Technology” award for his work in Machine Translation. Brian was also a contributing author to the recently published Where Humans Meet Machines: Innovative Solutions for Knotty Natural-Language Problems, edited by Amy Neustein and Judith A. Markowitz (Jun 30, 2013).

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Justin Andresen

Director, Sales & Partnerships, Drips.com

Doug Waller

Product Owner, Flowroute

Flowroute

Doug is a product owner at Flowroute helping to define the company’s product roadmap. In this role, he is involved in the full product lifecycle from early ideation and planning through to product launch and marketing. Prior to joining the product team, Doug was an integral part of the company’s award winning support team helping define processes and streamlining the overall customer support experience. Away from work, Doug is a master brewer and coffee aficionado.

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Eric Klein

Senior Consultant, Greenfield Technology

Greenfield Technology

Eric has more than 22 years of experience in the telecom industry. In addition to his experience in VoIP security at Greenfield Tech, and fraud prevention at Humbug Telecom he has worked for carriers MCI Communications (now part of Verizon) and Cellcom. He has co-authored RFC4864 - Local Network Protection for IPv6, served as a grant reviewer for the US Department of Commerce Broadband Initiatives (BIP) Program and Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP).

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Jamie Thomas

General Manager, Strategy & Development, IBM

IBM

Ms. Thomas is responsible for Strategy, Development and Client Experience for IBM’s POWER, Mainframe and Storage Offerings. In this role, she is responsible for setting and executing the innovation plans required to support clients worldwide. In addition, Ms. Thomas owns IBM’s WW Supply Chain Operations supporting all manufacturing. Recently she was General Manager of Storage and set the strategic direction of storage solutions focused on traditional data center and cloud deployment models. She played a central role in establishing IBM’s software defined storage Spectrum brand and enabling the growth of the Flash storage business.During her tenure at IBM, Ms. Thomas has held various product development and brand leadership roles. Prior Ms. Thomas was the Vice President of IBM Tivoli Strategy and Development where she focused on strategic solutions in support of Internet of Things and Cloud. From 2007 to 2009, she was the Vice President of Rational Development and Client Support responsible for worldwide development and support of the IBM Rational Software Brand, spanning enterprise and complex systems solutions. She served as Vice President of WebSphere Server Development, responsible for the expansion of the WebSphere Java business from 2004 to 2006.She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in computer science from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

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Kate Scarcella

Executive Security Advisor, IBM

IBM

Kate earned her Master of Science in Information Security, from Nova Southeastern University, which has a program that was developed by the National Security Agency and the Department of Defense, dealing specifically with reducing vulnerabilities in our national information infrastructure by promoting higher education and research. She wrote her thesis on securing the electrical grid and currently writes Connected, a column, on www.thatisallfornow.com.

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Chris Drake

Chief Technology Officer, iconectiv

iconectiv

Chris Drake, Chief Technology Officer at iconectiv, is responsible for internal and external technology initiatives at iconectiv including emerging opportunities in mobile content, CyberSecurity, mobile identity, virtualization and M2M/IoT. ). As the authoritative partner of the communications industry for more than 30 years, iconectiv’s market-leading solutions enable the interconnection of networks, devices, and applications for more than one billion people every day. A US-based company, Telcordia Technologies, Inc., doing business as iconectiv, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ericsson.Drake began his career at Bell Northern Research and has over 25 years in the Telecommunications industry. Prior to iconectiv, Chris held executive positions at Aricent Group, Neustar, Sonus Networks, Telcordia Technologies and Advanced Switching Communications.Drake also serves as an advisor to a number of technology startups and the Canadian Consulate Tech Accelerator @ NYC. Drake is also on the board and executive committee of the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) and has served on the Industrial Advisory Board for the Security and Software Engineering Research Center (S2ERC IAB) through Georgetown University and the National Science Foundation.Drake holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Ottawa.

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Grace Schroeder

Founder & CEO, Idea2, Ltd.

Idea2, Ltd.

Grace is the CEO and founder of Idea2 Ltd., a low-code application platform as a service (aPaaS) company that supercharges cloud SaaS with custom solutions. Grace began her career in financial services and became attracted to technology as a founder in a day-trading firm in the late 90’s. Since then, with the exception of four years spent at (then) Qwest Communications, Grace led product teams in early managed-hosting hopefuls before the implosion of .com 1.0. Grace began Idea2 when she noticed that companies were struggling with off-the-shelf applications because the data models in pre-built solutions were not aligned with companies’ real-life requirements. How hard could it be?In her role, Grace has talked with hundreds of companies who are endeavoring to establish or migrate to more flexible and modern technology solutions.

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Wade Vesey

President, Movial

John Riordan

CTO & Head of Engineering, OnSIP

OnSIP

John Riordan is the Cofounder and CTO of OnSIP, a cloud real-time communications provider that has served over 40,000 customers. John studied computer science and cognitive science at MIT in the late 80s. After spending a few years as a software engineer on Wall Street, he cofounded an ISP that was later acquired by RCN. He has since cofounded OnSIP in 2004, received an 2011 American Business Award for Management Team of the Year in Product Development, and been named a WebRTC Pioneer.

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Ari Rabban

CEO, Phone.com

Phone.com

Ari Rabban is an IP communications industry veteran, with specific expertise in the start-up environment, moving companies from concept to operation. He joins Phone.com from Pulver Ventures, an incubator for new IT companies, where he served as managing director and vice president.

Previously, Rabban served as vice president of corporate development and marketing for VocalTec Communications, the VoIP market pioneer and developer of the first internet phone. During his tenure at VocalTec he served as president of two subsidiaries that were ultimately spun out: Surf&Call Solutions, one of the initial voice-enhanced e-commerce solutions companies, and Truly Global Inc., a web based communications service. Rabban joined VocalTec from Lucent Technologies.
Frequently cited as a VoIP market expert, Rabban has been involved with the internet telephony industry from its very early days; he has been widely quoted in trade publications and has been interviewed for media outlets around the world.

Rabban received an MBA from Carnegie-Mellon University; he also has a law degree and bachelors in economics from Tel Aviv University. He practiced corporate law in Tel Aviv, Israel prior to his arrival in the US.

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Joel Maloff

SVP- Strategic Alliances and Partnerships, Phone.com

Phone.com

Mr. Maloff is a globally recognized expert and author on Internet, its uses for business purposes, and the convergence with traditional telephony. He currently serves as Senior Vice President – Strategic Alliances and Partnerships for Phone.com (www.phone.com), and has responsibility for the Channel Partner Program, Inside Sales organization, large scale business development, and assistance with network-related strategies and tactics. In addition, Mr. Maloff has been an Adjunct Professor at Colorado Technical University for more than four years, and has taught introductory classes, information technology (such as Disaster Recovery and Network Design and Implementation), Introduction to Marketing, and created a course on Digital Marketing. With forty years of experience, he has served as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for one of the first SIP trunking service providers, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for an international VoIP carrier, the CTO of a network security authentication device manufacturer, General Manager of a broadband wireless Internet provider, Chief Operating Officer (COO) for an Internet professional services company, and as Executive Director of the Big Ten universities research network (CICNet). Mr. Maloff has written several books, spoken at industry conferences worldwide, written numerous articles, and was a regular columnist for VON Magazine (now defunct). As a consultant, he provided services to the most senior people at Nationwide Insurance, MetLife, Borders Books and Music, Discovery Channel, The Toro Company, Worldcom, Sprint, Frontier Telecom, Siemens, Telenor (Norway), France Telecom, and many others.Among his more notable accomplishments, Mr. Maloff acted as a consultant to then Senator Al Gore in the drafting of the High Performance Computing Act which went on to become the basis of the commercial Internet as we know it today. He was further involved in the commercialization of the Internet as part of Advanced Network & Services which managed the backbone for the National Science Foundation Network (NSFNet) in the late 1980’s/early 1990s.

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Jeff Pulver

Founder, PulverHWC

PulverHWC

Jeff Pulver is a Futurist and American Internet entrepreneur known for his work as founder of pulver.com, Free World Dialup and Vonage. Jeff is an Internet Pioneer whose work helped popularize the use and adoption of VoIP worldwide. He helped change the way the world communicates. The communication law issued by the Federal Communications Commission named after him known as The Pulver Order is the reason Internet based services like: FaceTime, Skype and Messenger are offered for free. Since 1997 he has invested in over 400 startups and has served as founder, co-founder and chairman of numerous startups. His most recent set of conferences started in 2016 is called MoNage, where he explores the future of communications.

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Billy Hoffman

Director of Product, Rigor

Rigor

From hacking into sites as a penetration tester, to optimizing performance for the Fortune 500, Billy has over a decade of deep technical experience into the inner workings of complex web applications. Billy was the lead researcher at the web security software company SPI Dynamics, where he developed and automated new techniques to exploit web vulnerabilities, and spoke extensively at conferences such as BlackHat and RSA about his findings. Following SPI’s acquisition by Hewlett-Packard in 2007, Billy managed HP’s web security research group. Billy founded the web performance company Zoompf in late 2009 where he developed the industry’s first site-wide performance analysis product which tells you the root-cause of your performance issues. He has spoken at industry conferences such as Velocity and has been a contributing author for O’Reilly’s Web Performance Daybook. At Rigor, Billy is the Director of Product where he focuses on delivering best-in-class performance software.

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Curtis Peterson

SVP of Cloud Operations, RingCentral

RingCentral

Curtis Peterson is SVP, Cloud Operations at RingCentral where he is responsible for strategic planning and growth of infrastructure for the global cloud communications platform.Prior to joining RingCentral, Curtis was VP of Operations Center at Windstream. As VP of Operations, led the transformation of the Centers, built out a Managed Security and Network Support groups. Before taking on that role, Curtis was Director of IS at NuVox (acquired by Windstream), where he led the product development efforts for data, security, internet and networking solutions which became the blueprint for their VoxNET and VoxIP offerings. He has also held positions at New South Communications, AOL, Michelin and Auburn City Schools.Curtis completed his study in Computer Engineering from Auburn University. He lives in Half Moon Bay, Calif. with his wife and two children.

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David Lee

VP of Platform, RingCentral

RingCentral

David Lee, VP of Platform Products at RingCentral, drives the product vision and roadmap strategy and oversees the engineering and developer teams. Prior to RingCentral, David was VP of Product Management at Box driving platform strategy and leading the Product Development team responsible for desktop, mobile, partner and enterprise integrations. Before Box, David was a Senior Product Manager in Yahoo’s video advertising division, securing partnerships with ISPs and responsible for development of Yahoo’s creative management platform and applications. At WebEx, Lee launched their MeetMeNow service and led UI design across the WebEx product line. Earlier in his career, David worked as a systems engineer at Boeing and Universal Avionics.Lee received his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California and his MBA from University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business.

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Christian Jensen

Chief Developer Evangelist, Sinch

Sinch

Christian Jensen, Chief Evangelist at Sinch, brings 20 years of development and technology experience specializing in app development strategy, real-time communications, and the mobile VoIP space. He helps to define and support the Sinch product strategy and roadmap in addition to running a developer support and tutorial program. Christian’s passion lies in showing developers awesome real-time communication enhancements that are fun to code. He began his career as a developer with Netsolutions and later served as CTO of Jato Dynamics. Christian joined the Rebtel team in 2010 and played an integral role in Android, iPhone and PC development. He was directly involved in developing the WPF client and backend WCF APIs for Rebtel. Christian later cofounded iRezQ, a road safety app with automatic car crash detection, which issues an immediate warning to nearby travellers and emergency rescue centers. In addition to his role at Sinch, Christian serves as an advisor with True Global Ventures, focused on due diligence of technology in the mobile and VoIP space.

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Kevin Nethercott

, Telestax

Telestax

Kevin has over 25 years of experience in launching companies and doing business development globally, with 15 years focused in technology development. His focus has been in the Telecommuications Unified Communications, VOIP and WebRTC spaces. Over the years Kevin’s leadership has forged successful strategic relationships with leading companies like Microsoft, NEC, Hitachi, Cisco, IBM, Amazon, NTT with new innovative business models in global regions such as Japan, Kenya, India, Korea, Spain, Malaysia, Philippines and the US.

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Christopher Brown

CEO, Teli

Teli

Christopher Brown has provided consulting services for several Fortune 500 companies over the past 15 years including major Telecommunications Providers, Financial Institutions and Law Enforcement Organizations. The focus has been illegal hacking activities, social engineering, phone phreaking, and system design. He has been an active member at the Communications Fraud Control Association (CFCA) and often speaks at meetings and events. Christopher has worked for several successful Internet Telephony Service Providers as well as successful Enterprise PBX companies and Unified Communications Providers. His most recent move was the acquisition of Conexiant Networks and the launch of the teli platform. The teli network was built from the ground up with a small team of passionate seasoned individuals with a mission to stick it to the man, big telecom. --Since the launch of teli, the company’s revenue has surpassed Conexiant’s by over 600% and continues to grow day by day, minute by minute and message by message. teli.net

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Chip Wilcox

Chief Marketing Officer, Temasys Communications

Temasys Communications

Chip has over 25 years of experience with an international track record in leadership, general management, planning, product and operations management. He was a Product Manager for Yahoo! Mail and Messenger (SEA) and has held senior roles in Digital Media, Healthcare, Consulting, Insurance and Financial Services with Yahoo!, International SOS, CapGemini, and others. He joined Temasys in 2014 as SVP Operations, was CEO from May 2014 to December 2015, and now holds responsibility for product, marketing and public relations for Temasys. He holds a BA from DePauw University and earned an MBA from the University of Washington Foster School of Business.

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Peter Bailey

President & Chief Executive Officer, Vertical Communications

Vertical Communications

As a co-founder of Vertical Communications in 2004 (along with Mr. Tauscher), Peter Bailey has led a talented team to the Companys current incarnation as a market and thought leader in the enterprise communications technology sector. With over 20 years of experience in technology, operations, finance and executive management, Peter is responsible for Verticals overall strategic direction, and is intimately involved in its day-to-day operations. Prior to his current role as President and CEO, he served as President and COO with responsibility for the Companys sales, marketing and operations organizations. In 2011, Peter was appointed CEO and joined the Board of Directors for Vertical. Since that time he has led the company through a period of significant growth and market share expansion. He credits Verticals talented, dedicated and extremely stubborn staff for all the Companys ongoing success, noting, Business is the ultimate team sport, and we have a fantastic team. Peter started his career with Salomon Brothers, Inc. in New York, and holds a B.A. from Princeton University.

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Chad Hart

Head of Strategic Products, Voxbone

Voxbone

Chad Hart is Head of Strategic Products at the global telecommunications provider Voxbone. His 14 years of experience in the communications industry includes work done in business intelligence, product marketing, product management, analyst relations, and as a syndicated industry analyst. Chad is also Chief Editor of WebrtcHacks.com, a blog for WebRTC developers. Chad has a BSECE and MBA from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

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Jonathan Adelstein

President & CEO, WIA - The Wireless Infrastructure Association

WIA - The Wireless Infrastructure Association

Jonathan S. Adelstein is the President & Chief Executive Officer of WIA–The Wireless Infrastructure Association. WIA represents over 200 companies devoted to building wireless broadband facilities that connect every corner of America. Since he became President in 2012, over 100 new members have joined the association, the annual wireless infrastructure show has broken participation records, a new association was formed in Europe, and a new nationwide training initiative and WIA PAC were launched. WIA is the principal organization representing the companies that build, design, own and manage telecommunications facilities throughout the world. Its over 200 members include carriers, infrastructure providers and professional services firms, with a combined market cap of over $400 billion.Mr. Adelstein served as Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from 2002 to 2009, for which he was twice nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. At the FCC he achieved bipartisan progress on issues including broadband expansion, widening access to the Internet and media diversity.In 2009, following the FCC, Mr. Adelstein was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate to serve as the Administrator of U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service. There, he oversaw a $60 billion portfolio of rural electric, water, and telecommunications infrastructure loans. He spearheaded the strategic investment of nearly $7 billion under the Recovery Act into rural broadband and water infrastructure, as part of annual budgets of up to $15 billion.As a member of the Obama Administration, Mr. Adelstein was appointed as a member of the White House National Science and Technology Council, which coordinates science and technology policy across the Federal government, and the White House Business Council, leading Council meetings with business leaders across America.Previously, Mr. Adelstein held a number of legislative staff positions over 15 years in the U.S. Senate, culminating as a senior policy advisor to the Senate Majority Leader. Mr. Adelstein received an M.A. in History and a B.A., with Distinction, in Political Science from Stanford University. He attended the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and served as a Teaching Fellow in history at Harvard University and a Teaching Assistant at Stanford University. He is a graduate of Phillips Academy, Andover. He was born and raised in Rapid City, South Dakota. An avid musician, he has performed with artists from local garage bands to members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He currently lives with his wife and two children in the Washington, D.C. area.

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Tejas Gadhia

, Zoho

Zoho

Tejas Gadhia has dedicated himself to becoming an expert in optimizing business processes for organizations of all sizes.In early 2011, Tejas joined Zohos Austin office as a Pre-Sales Engineer; primarily working with organizations looking to adopt Zoho CRM. By assisting organizations with implementations, trainings and providing best practice consultations, Tejas has helped a wide variety of companies find success in increasing their sales and marketing efficiency.After spending a few years in the CRM realm, Tejas joined the product management team for Zoho’s most powerful application, Zoho Creator, expanding his expertise in streamlining organizations operations beyond the sales and marketing domain to benefit all departments of an organization.Tejas holds a degree from the University of Texas at Austin (Hook ‘Em Horns!) in Economics and a minor in Petroleum Engineering.

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Moderator List

Andy Abramson (Moderator)

CEO, Comunicano, Inc.

Comunicano, Inc.

Andy Abramson is the founder of Comunicano, Inc., a full-service value creation communications agency, servicing start-ups, companies in transition and established brands with regard to marketing, advertising, public relations, promotion, events and reputation management.Founded in 1992, Comunicano operates globally as a virtual company, since 2000 the company has participated in the 40 company exits in the fintech, web, Internet, mobile, telecom or IT infrastructure sectors. Andy started his career in the marketing department of a professional sports team at age 14 and has been at it ever since. He has held a series of marketing and communications managerial roles with three professional sports teams - Philadelphia Wings, Philadelphia Flyers and Denver Nuggets, with roles in senior account management within the Foote, Cone and Belding/Impact and guiding the public relations and sports marketing for The Upper Deck Company, before founding Comunicano in 1992.Often quoted in the consumer and technology press, since 2003 Andy has authored VoIPWatch (http://www.andyabramson.com), a leading industry blog focused on mobile, video, voice, collaboration and OTT technology. He is also heard on the syndicated radio program, Business Rockstars, while also serving as a member of the board of advisors of multiple startups around the world.

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Moe Nagle (Moderator)

Editor, TMCnet

TMCnet

Growing up a gamer, the love of tech started for Maurice at a young age. This passion evolved over time and today includes interest in the IoT, UC, digital services and network transformation. With TMC, Maurice stays at the tip of the innovation spear by reporting on cutting edge solutions extending from the data center to the end user. Maurice is a graduate from the University of Connecticut with a degree in Political Science and Communications. He previously interned and worked for ESPN Radio where he wrote on-air material, produced programming and covered the Miami area teams (Dolphins, Heat, Marlins, Panthers). Maurice has been published on cbssports.com and Bleacher Report.

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All about the API

In addition to educational sessions lead by experts across key vertical markets, the event will feature a variety of intensive hack-a-thons, in-depth company-focused workshops helping attendees understand the value propositions offered by key vendors, powerful keynotes, networking opportunities and an exhibit hall full of companies demonstrating the latest innovations in today's market place. Every business has to pay attention to the new opportunities they are presenting or potentially be displaced.

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