Past Inbox Love Speakers

The following people have spoken at previous Inbox Love events.
You may apply here to speak at our October 28th, 2015 event.

Pretish Abraham

Program Manager, Exchange, Microsoft

Pretish is Program Manager at Microsoft in the Exchange team. He has led the engineering teams responsible for the Outlook, Exchange, and Exchange Online developer platform for the past 2 years. During this time his teams have designed and built the Office 365 OData APIs, OAuth 2.0 and made continuous improvements to the apps for Outlook extensibility model. Pretish is extremely passionate about empowering app developers to leverage the rich mail, calendar, contact, and task data inside of office, and democratizing the distribution and usage of apps by users and organizations. Pretish has worked in the software industry for more than 15 years. Prior to his current role, he worked on the Office 365 Datacenter team tasked with building the directory, authentication and access control services for Office 365. Pretish enjoys snowboarding, reading, travel and hiking. He lives in Redmond, Washington.


Shalini Agarwal

Product Manager, Gmail

Shalini is a Product Manager on the Gmail team. Prior to Gmail, she worked on Google Maps, Local Ads, SMB products, and TV Ads


John Allison

Co-founder & CTO,

John is Cofounder and CTO of, which makes it easy to email your customers based on what they do (or don’t do) in your app. Prior to that, he spent many years at New York based startups, such as Gilt Groupe and Challengepost, honing his skills and experiencing, first hand, the pains of sending personalized email to millions of people.

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Venkat Ayyadevara

Program Manager, Outlook team

Venkat is a Program Manager at Microsoft on the Outlook team and owns the mail, calendar, and contact APIs for Office 365, Exchange, and Outlook. He has been at Microsoft for over 6 years and has worked on the developer platform, server-to-server OAuth framework, an Exchange protocol-aware request-routing frontend, Outlook Web App, and a new transport for Outlook/Exchange connectivity called MAPI over HTTP. Prior to Microsoft, Venkat worked at Amazon Web Services, Evoxis (a startup in Pittsburgh, PA), and Trilogy Software in Austin, TX. He lives in the Seattle metro area and enjoys reading about current affairs, watching murder mysteries, and music of all varieties.


Joshua Baer

Founder & CEO, OtherInbox

Joshua Baer spends all day worrying about email so that you don’t have to. He is an email marketing pioneer and the Founder of OtherInbox, which was acquired by Return Path in 2011. He has founded or invested in a dozen email startups and you can see his mark on about half of the email messages in your Inbox.

Joshua helps people quit their jobs and become entrepreneurs.He brought together 20 others to form the Capital Factory early stage accelerator to mentor and invest in tech startups. Joshua founded his first startup in 1996 in his college dormitory and now teaches a class at the University of Texas for student entrepreneurs.

He received Computer Science and Information Decision Systems degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and lives in Austin, TX with his wife and three children.

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Victoria Bellotti

Principal Scientist & Manager at PARC

Victoria Bellotti is a Principal Scientist and the developer of PARC’s Opportunity Discovery research and strategic investment targeting program, which assists clients in identifying the best direction to move with new technology-centered business ventures. Victoria also studies people to understand their practices, problems, and requirements for future technology, and designs and analyzes human-centered systems, focusing on user experience. Best known for her research on personal information management and task management, Victoria has more recently been focusing on user-centered design of context- and activity-aware computing systems. Her previous work at London University UK, The British Government’s Department of Trade and Industry, EuroPARC, and Apple encompasses domains such as transportation, process control, computer-mediated communication, collaboration, and ubiquitous computing. Dr. Bellotti received her Ph.D. in Human Computer Interaction from Queen Mary and Westfield College, an M.S. in Ergonomics and a B.S. in Psychology from University College, both within London University. She is a co-inventor on 7 patents and 13 patent applications and an author or co-author on ~50 papers and book chapters, many of which are regularly cited by other scientists.

Tony Blank

Developer Evangelist, Context.IO

Previously, Tony worked as an audio engineer in Atlanta, had a short-lived, ill-advised stint in marketing, and built a data center in South Carolina for Google. He’s filled in the gaps playing music in various dark and smoky drinking establishments. His spare time is filled up with hacking interesting and worthy projects, in addition to mentoring a number of accelerator programs. Currently, he enjoys telling developers about Context.IO and helping build awesome apps on top of email.


Bill Boebel

VP of Strategy, Rackspace

Bill Boebel is VP of Strategy at Rackspace, focusing on partnerships and M&A for the company’s cloud business. Prior to Rackspace, Bill co-founded and was CTO of, which Rackspace acquired in 2007. As an entrepreneur, Bill helped shape and iterate the company’s product vision and he built many of the company’s scalable systems including its mail storage platform, anti-spam/anti-virus, support and operations software. Bill is an active angel investor and a mentor at DayOne Ventures, Capital Factory and 500 Startups. Bill has given talks on technology and entrepreneurship at Structure Conference, HostingCon, ISPCON and Refresh Austin. Bill is also a Hokie!

Jeff Bonforte

CEO, Xobni

Jeff Bonforte is the CEO of Xobni. He’s worked in email, voice and messaging for more than 10 years. Prior to joining Xobni in 2008, Bonforte was VP of Social Search at Yahoo!, where he ran Yahoo! Answers and Delicious. Jeff also ran Yahoo! Messenger and oversaw its move from #2 to #1 IM client in the US. Before Yahoo!, Jeff was President and Founder of Gizmo5, an innovator in VoIP that was purchased by Google in 2008. In 1997 Jeff founded and was the CEO of i-drive, the largest online storage tool of the time, with over 10mm monthly unique visitors. Jeff earned his BA in Classical Civilizations. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, son and dog.

Damian Borichevsky

Vice President, of Customer Enablement, Sailthru

In his role as Vice President of Customer Enablement for Sailthru, Damian Borichevsky oversees the delivery of services to the company’s world-class roster of retailers, publishers and digital clients. Mr. Borichevsky’s organization includes deliverability, creative services, integration and the customer facing PMO. Damian brings substantial I/T, business consulting, digital marketing and leadership experience to his role directing a services organization responsible for unparalleled client success. Prior to joining Sailthru, Mr. Borichevsky spent 7 years as a services executive in the digital marketing technology industry. Before entering the digital marketing technology field, he spent several years working in a management role in Professional Services with Dell. Prior to Dell, he served in roles at Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) and several small internet start-ups where his responsibilities ranged from development and service team management to strategic client success and growth initiatives. Mr. Borichevsky has a degree in Marketing and Management Information Systems from the University of Delaware.

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Eric Botto

VP Engineering & Co-founder, Slice

Eric is the cofounder and head of engineering at Slice.  Previously, Eric was the cofounder and CTO of FiberTower, a leading wireless telecommunications company that was sold for $780 million in 2006.  Prior to that he spent 10 years at Quantum Corporation designing, engineering and leading large-scale development programs.  He started his career as a research engineer at HP Labs.  Eric has a MS in Management as a Sloan Fellow at the Stanford Business School and BS/MSEE degrees from Stanford.  He holds a US patent in data storage technology and is a frequent guest speaker on entrepreneurship and high performance leadership at the Stanford Business School.

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Manlio Carrelli

CMO, Intermedia

Manlio Carrelli serves as Intermedia’s chief marketing officer. He joined the company in May 2009. From 2005 through 2009, Carrelli served as principal and founder of The Carrelli Group where he advised CEOs, CMOs and heads of sales at Fortune 500 firms and a portfolio of venture-backed B2B technology companies. Carrelli previously ran marketing for TradeCard, a provider of online supply chain collaboration services. TradeCard experienced explosive revenue growth during his tenure, including a more than 100 percent year-over-year increase in 2004. Prior to TradeCard, Carrelli served in marketing management at Managed Objects, where he played a critical role in developing the concepts behind Business Service Management – an enterprise software market that today generates billions of dollars in annual license revenue. Managed Objects was acquired by Novell in 2008. Carrelli graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Maryland at College Park.

Claudio Cherubino

Senior Developer Programs Engineer, Google

Claudio is an engineer in the Google Apps Developer Relations team. Prior to Google, he worked as software developer, technology evangelist, community manager, consultant, technical translator and has contributed to many open-source projects. His current interests include Google APIs, new technologies and good coffee.

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David Claux

Senior Program Manager, Microsoft Exchange

A Microsoft employee for 7 years, David has been designing the next generation of Exchange APIs (Exchange Web Services), new user experiences in Outlook Web App, as well as the brand new Web app platform for Office. David’s passion is ensuring that people can get things done easily and efficiently, whether they are developers or end users.

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Joe Covalesky

Senior Technical Yahoo! & Developer Advocate for Yahoo! Mail

Joe Covalesky is a Senior Technical Yahoo! and Developer Advocate for Yahoo! Mail. Before joining Yahoo!, he spent a decade making systems for automatically tracking cargo in intermodal container ports. He enjoys helping developers build mail apps far more than trying to convince longshoremen that his job isn’t to eliminate theirs. He holds a BA in Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering from Harvard University and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona.

Jason Cornwell

Lead Designer, Gmail

As the leader of the Gmail User Experience team, Jason is constantly working to improve the experience of the hundreds of millions of users of the world’s most popular email service. Jason helps guide Gmail’s continued evolution through empathy for users and their stories, deep and data-driven understanding of human behavior, and a healthy disregard for the impossible. Prior to joining Google, Jason worked on a wide range of software, from consumer apps to tools for doctors, engineers, scientists, and governments. When he’s not working on improving email you might catch him playing the guitar in dive bars around San Francisco.

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Ryan Damico

Co-Founder & CEO, Crocodoc

Ryan is an avid entrepreneur and aspiring astronaut. Since his early days at MIT he has been deeply involved in the design, development, and business of startups, with the occasional foray into designing microgravity experiments for NASA. While not floating around in 0-g, Ryan is the co-founder & CEO of Crocodoc, where he drives the company’s vision to make documents a seamless part of the web.

Eric DeFriez

Technical Lead, Gmail API, Google

Eric has been with Google since 2005 and is currently the technical lead for the Gmail API project and the Extensibility Platform initiative, all part of his efforts to make it easier for developers to build on top of Gmail. You can catch him answering questions on StackOverflow, and participating at Google IO and on Google+. He works and lives in the Bay Area, and also enjoys sailing, hiking, and rock climbing.


Peter Deng

Lead Product Manager, Facebook

Peter Deng works on the product team at Facebook, where he is currently responsible for Facebook’s messaging and communication products. Peter joined Facebook in 2007 and has since led a variety of user-facing product teams including News Feed, Home Page, Profile, Pages, Chat, and Groups. Peter holds a Bachelor’s degree in Symbolic Systems with an emphasis in Human Computer Interaction and a Master’s degree in Communication from Stanford University.

David Dennis

Principal Program Manager Lead, Microsoft

David Dennis leads a team of wild eyed program managers intent on making Hotmail hotter than ever and pushing the boundaries of email interactivity and productivity. David has worked in the software industry for more than 10 years, including stints with Microsoft in Redmond and Madrid. He was the co-founder of a firm that created Web-based project collaboration solutions in the Bay Area and is stoked to be back working in the valley. In a former life, David was a public school teacher and trained educators how to integrate software with classroom curricula. He enjoys mountain biking, writing, reading, travel and snowboarding. He lives in Santa Cruz and surfs whenever he can. In the mornings, he’s often seen dripping with saltwater on the Microsoft Silicon Valley campus. David is also a freelance photographer and the co-founder of, a non-profit focused on delivering new and used sports gear to children in the developing world.

Sherman Dickman

Founder, Postbox

Sherman Dickman is a Founder at Postbox. Sherman teamed up with his co-founder, Scott MacGregor, after serving as Director of Product Management at Mozilla Corporation. Sherman joined the Mozilla team from Sun Microsystems, Inc. where he spent seven years in product management and strategic marketing roles within the Java Software Division. Prior to Sun, Sherman held product and program management roles at Broderbund, Inc. and Apple. Sherman holds a degree in English from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Amy Ellis

Head of Integrations & Partnerships, MailChimp

Amy Ellis is the Head of Integrations and Partnerships at MailChimp. Her professional background includes marketing and communications for nonprofit organizations as well as production management. In her spare time, Ms. Ellis manages social media and community for the Atlanta Rollergirls in addition to skating for the league’s traveling all-star team.

Andrew Eye

Co-Founder & CEO, Boxer

Andrew’s executive and entrepreneurial experience spans 16 years in B2C and B2B, for startups and Fortune 500 companies. Today Andrew is the Co-Founder and CEO of Boxer. In 2007, Andrew co-founded the cyber security firm, Ciphent. Ciphent grew to nearly 100 employees with 1000 customers by 2010 before being acquired by Accuvant. With a three year growth rate of 8900%, Ciphent was recognized by Inc. Magazine as the #16th Fastest Growing Private Company in the United States. During his tenure as SVP of Services at Accuvant Andrew oversaw a $50mm, 200 person organization and was responsible for doubling revenues in 18 months. As CEO of Bodkin Consulting Group Andrew worked with Fortune 500 brands and technology companies to define their interactive marketing strategies. Andrew began his career as a software architect working with NASA, i2 technologies, and the US Marine Corps. Andrew graduated Suma Cum Laude from Virgina Tech with a degree in Management Information Technology. Andrew lives in Austin TX with his wife, two daughters, and champion “Dock Dog” Sophie.

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Daniel Francisco

Senior Director of Product Management, RelateIQ

Daniel Francisco is Senior Director of Product Management at RelateIQ, a company building the world’s first Relationship Intelligence platform. His team focuses on creating features to help you make sense of your inbox, leveraging data science to learn more about your network. In short, Daniel is tasked with providing users with superpowers when it comes to managing their professional relationships.

Previously, he was Chief of Staff for Jeff Weiner and Lead Product Manager for Data Science at LinkedIn. Earlier in his career, he served as a Program Manager at Microsoft. He studied computer engineering at the University of Waterloo.


Ryan Fuller

CEO, VoloMetrix

Ryan has spent his career helping organizations use data and insights to improve performance. He is currently the CEO and co-founder of VoloMetrix, an enterprise cloud analytics company that enables organizations to improve strategic alignment and execution. Previously, he was a manager at the management consulting firm, Bain & Company, where he advised executives on some of their most challenging strategic and operational issues. Before that, Ryan spent many years building and designing enterprise software and selling business intelligence solutions at Cognos and in other BI startups.

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Miriam Geller

Director of Product Management, Yahoo! Mail

As a member of the Yahoo! Mail product management team, Miriam is leading the effort to expand Yahoo! Mail capabilities to allow senders to engage their audiences in new and unique ways. Prior to joining Yahoo, Miriam had the good fortune to work on an assortment of exciting projects with passionate teams and customers at Macromedia (acquired by Adobe), Intuit, Apple, and most recently a startup. Miriam has an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Business at Northwestern and a BS degree from Penn State in Quantitative Business Analysis. Miriam lives in San Francisco where she used to enjoy some of her favorite sports like field hockey and cycling. During the past 5 years, however, her spare time has been spent in playgrounds, parks, and zoos with her now 5 year old twin girls.

Jared Goralnick

Founder & CEO, AwayFind

Jared Goralnick is Founder and CEO of, a web application that addresses email interruptions. In 2010 he sold his technology productivity training company, SET Consulting, that worked with organizations like NTT, HP, NIST, and the FBI. He is also the EVP of the Information Overload Research Group, Founder of Ignite DC, and a Mentor at Founder Institute and 500 Startups.

You can find Jared blogging/tweeting online at, and he’s also written for sites like Lifehacker and WebWorkerDaily. He received a software engineering degree at 17 and Bachelor’s in Philosophy with honors from University of Maryland at 20. When he’s not addressing (or suffering from) information overload on his blog or at conferences, he’s a big fan of photography, swing and blues dance. He divides his time between San Francisco, Buenos Aires, and Washington, DC.

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Kelly Goto

Principal, gotomedia, LLC

As an evangelist for design ethnography, Kelly Goto is dedicated to understanding how real people integrate products and services into their daily lives. Goto is principal of gotomedia, LLC, a global leader in research-driven, people-friendly interface design and strategy for web, mobile, and product solutions for clients including Samsung, Hyundai, Sony Ericsson, Nokia, Adobe, and Seiko Epson Japan. Her book, Web Redesign 2.0: Workflow That Works, is a standard for user-centered design principles. Goto served as past president of the national board AIGA Center for Brand Experience. She currently lives in Half Moon Bay with her husband and two daughters and is currently writing a book on the Emotional Side of the User Experience.

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Greg Gould

Group Product Manager, Return Path

Greg Gould is a geek, father and Group Product Manager at Return Path, the global leader in email intelligence. Greg leads the product team for the Insight.EQ solution group, which spent most of the last year working to bring to market Inbox Insight, a new competitive intelligence platform for email. Inbox Insight leverages data from 2 million Other Inbox users to give email marketers unprecedented visibility into how subscribers really engage with email. Prior to working at Return Path, Greg wore every hat imaginable at startups including Excelergy in Boston, MA and Oxlo Systems in Broomfield, CO.  Greg has a degree in political science from the University of Colorado, spent several years cooking in high-end restaurants before getting a “real job,” and is confident he will be the first person on his street to own a jetpack.

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Edith Harbaugh

Director of Product, TripIt

Edith leads product strategy for TripIt and is one of the founders of TripIt for Teams, an easier way to organize travel plans for the whole team. Edith has more than 10 years of experience with both consumer and enterprise startups. From her work on portal sharing, she has two patents. Edith received a BS in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College and a degree in Economics from Pomona College.


Jason Henderson

Group Program Manager, Microsoft Exchange

Jason is a Group Program Manager at Microsoft in the Exchange team. He has lead the engineering teams responsible for the Outlook, Exchange, and Exchange Online developer platform for the past six years. During this time his teams have designed and built the Exchange Web Services, Exchange Web Services Managed APIs and the apps for Outlook extensibility model. Jason was a key driver of the apps for Office app model and store as a distribution mechanism for 3rd party apps. Jason is extremely passionate about empowering app developers to leverage the rich mail, calendar, contact, and task data inside of office, and democratizing the distribution and usage of apps by users and organizations. Prior, Jason worked on Outlook Web App and Microsoft Mobile Information Server, an early platform for bringing e-mail and other productivity services to WAP devices. Jason has been involved in building e-mail and collaboration services and developer platforms in some form or another for the last twelve years.


Auren Hoffman

Auren is CEO of Rapleaf. Rapleaf helps companies understand their customers to give them a more customized and personalized experience. Auren is also a non-employee cofounder of BrightRoll. Former Chm of Stonebrick Group. Former Chair ConnectorGroup, an influence marketing company. He was previously CEO of BridgePath, enterprise software to staffing firms (sold in 2002). Auren also founded Kyber Systems, an Intranet development firm (sold in 1997) and co-founded GetRelevant (sold in 2002). He is the founder of the Silicon Forum. Auren holds a B.S.E. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the UC Berkeley

Ros Hodgekiss

Community Manager, Campaign Monitor

Ros Hodgekiss is the Community Manager for Campaign Monitor (, an email marketing and copywriting nerd, Disaster Volunteer with the American Red Cross and an enthusiastic, but not polished dancer. Her experiences from 8 years of creating and sending email campaigns have resulted in countless resources for email coders, including blog posts, Smashing Magazine articles, the Guide to CSS Support in Email and the Guide to Responsive Email Design. When not cycling around San Francisco, Ros spends her time educating designers on the black art of email marketing.


Dan Holevoet

Google Developer Relations, Google

Dan Holevoet has worked as an engineer on Google’s Developer Relations team for the past three and a half years. In that time he has contributed to the launch and growth of OpenSocial, iGoogle’s social features, the Google Apps Marketplace, and most recently, Gmail contextual gadgets.

Chris Holmes

CEO, Meshin

As a multi-faceted leader with more than twenty-five years experience in the computer industry in domestic and international markets in key strategic and operational leadership roles. His first effort Visionware, which he founded and created from the ground up was, acquired by Santa Cruz Operations in 1994. Chris has delivered repeated success developing green field markets and executing on innovative growth strategies were at the center of PARC’s decision to recruit him into lead the Meshin effort, which he has taken from a research concept to a growing commercial opportunity.

Fletcher Jones

Product Lead, AOL Mail

Fletcher Jones is the Product lead for the new AOL Mail, code-named Project Phoenix. In this role, he oversees the direction and development of the new AOL Mail and manages the teams working to reinvent the inbox with this new product. A long time employee of AOL, Fletcher started his career at Netscape Communications as a product manager focused on server solutions for the enterprise. When Netscape was acquired by AOL in 1999, he made the jump to consumer applications and was responsible for a number of products in the areas of online commerce and communications. After 6 years of product management, he transitioned into marketing and ultimately ran the renewal and payment marketing unit for AOL’s subscription business. He also ran business operations for AOL Mail before taking on leadership of the team. Fletcher is two-time graduation of the University of Michigan with degrees in engineering and business. He works in Dulles, VA and lives in Bethesda, MD with his wife and 3 children.

Tawheed Kader

Founder, ToutApp Inc.

TK is a hacker and a serial entrepreneur. Over the past 10-years, TK has been building simple communications software to help people communicate better. Having built a telephone company from the ground up, co-founding a startup for group calendar sharing, managing products at Plaxo and building enterprise grade technology at Bridgwater, TK brings a unique blend of product, technology and marketing skills.

He’s now taking everything he has learned and building ToutApp, a business class email management platform.

TK manages the high paced startup lifestyle through daily meditation and boxing.

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Ev Kontsevoy

Founder, Mailgun

Ev Kontsevoy is a cofounder and CEO of Mailgun, a PaaS which offers APIs for developers to incorporate advanced email capabilities into their apps: from basic sending to advanced tracking and routing of the incoming traffic. Mailgun was recently acquired by Rackspace. Prior to Mailgun Ev had been building software at National Instruments and various start ups. Ev holds an Applied Math degree from Krasnoyarsk State University, Russia.

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Pierre Khawand

Founder, People-OnTheGo

Pierre Khawand has more than twenty years of experience in the software industry. He has led several technology ventures and completed successful mergers and acquisitions and founded People-OnTheGo in 2001 to enable business professionals to communicate and collaborate more effectively using leading edge technologies. His best selling “Accomplishing more in less time, less effort, and less stress” workshop enables business professionals to better cope with information overload and competing priorities. Pierre is the author of the popular less-is-more blog ( He has published The Accomplishing More With Less Workbook, The Results Curve: How to manage focused and collaborative time!, The New New Inbox: How Email and Social Media Changed Our Lives, and previously The Smartphone Experiment book—how to select your smartphone in 5 easy steps. Pierre holds a Master’s degree in Engineering from the University of Michigan and has completed several Executive Education programs at the Stanford Graduate School of Management. Pierre Khawand can be contacted via e-mail at or phone at (415) 503-1649.

Justin Khoo

Founder, CampaignWorkhub

Justin is the founder of CampaignWorkhub, a platform that makes it easy for marketers to get feedback and approvals for their email campaigns. He experiments with interactive email techniques and blogs about them on Previously he worked on Webmail interfaces at (acquired by Proofpoint). Justin often wonders why Outlook still doesn’t support proper HTML.


Andrew King

Senior Strategy Consultant, Lyris

Andrew is Sr. Strategy Consultant at Lyris. He has worked in marketing across three different continents for major car manufacturers, institutions, and retailers. He joined Lyris in 2010 and consults with a variety of clients on email strategy, design, mobile optimization, testing, and much more. Andrew can regularly be found pondering the future of email while sipping on artisanal espresso.


Kaushal Kurapati

Senior Director of Product Management, Yahoo

Kaushal Kurapati is a Senior Director of Product Management at Yahoo. In his 6 years at Yahoo he has led major initiatives around Search, eCommerce & Mail. Kaushal started with leading Multi-media Search globally for Yahoo and grew his responsibilities to run Search in Emerging Markets and then further expanded his role as lead product executive for Web Search, Multi-media Search and Vertical Search product lines globally. He launched many data-driven and user experience centric innovations in Search that led to multiple awards at Yahoo. Kaushal has also been in charge of several Commerce initiatives including targeted advertising services and hosted eCommerce platforms for small businesses and launching new programs around local offers and daily deals.Most recently Kaushal has been spearheading the Platform, Search and Co-branded Partnership efforts for Yahoo Mail. Kaushal has 22 issued US patents to-date in the areas of Personalization, Recommender Systems and Search. He holds an MBA from NYU Stern, an MS in Computer Science from U of Maryland Baltimore County, another MS in Mechanical Engineering from U of Delaware and a Bachelors of Technology in Aerospace Engineering from IIT-Madras in India.

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Jeff Lawson

Co-Founder & CEO, Twilio

Jeff co-founded Twilio with over 12 years of entrepreneurial experience, bringing product, engineering and business background to the company. Jeff was awarded a 2010 TechFollows Award for Disruptive Innovation, and was named number 18th on Business Insider¹s 2010 Silicon Valley Top 100 List. Prior to founding Twilio, Jeff served as an early Product Manager at Amazon Web Services, and led the development of as its founding CTO.

Dmitri Leonov

Co-founder, VP of Growth, Sanebox

Dmitri Leonov is an established internet entrepreneur who is currently leading growth efforts at Sanebox. He began his career working in finance with a focus on software and Internet mergers and acquisitions. He has since gone on to head key business development and strategy positions at giants like Overture and Yahoo!, and also founded the social startup Wanto. He is now actively involved as a cofounder at Sanebox, a service that filters out and summarizes unimportant emails. He’s been known to guest blog at VentureBeat, Mashable and Fast Company, enjoys astronomy, physics, playing music, and laying on the beach with his wife and daughter.


Ladar Levison

Founder, LavaBit

Ladar Levison is the Founder of Lavabit, LLC. Founded in 2004 (originally named Nerdshack), Lavabit served as a place for free anonymous email accounts. By August of 2013, Levison had grown Lavabit to over 400,000 users, with over 100,000 paid subscribers to Lavabit’s encrypted e-mail services. Levison created Lavabit because he believes that privacy is a fundamental, and necessary right of the American people. On August 8, 2013, he made the bold decision to shut down his business after “refusing to be complicit in crimes against the American people.” Levison is currently vigorously advocating for the privacy and free speech rights of all Americans.


Clay Loveless

Founder, Jexy

Clay Loveless has been building for the intertubes since 1995. He co-founded Mashery, the leading API management company, and previously worked for America Online, Top Cow Productions, Eruptor Entertainment and Feedster. He founded Jexy out of his love-hate relationship with productivity tools, and hopes the Jexy API will spare future generations from knowing the pains of its underlying protocols.

Gloria Mark

Professor, Department of Informatics, University of California, Irvine

Gloria Mark is a Professor in the Department of Informatics, University of California, Irvine. She received her PhD from Columbia University in psychology. Her research focuses on the design and evaluation of collaborative information systems and she has over 100 peer-reviewed publications. Her specialty is in studying multitasking among information workers and her research has demonstrated many aspects about how people multitask and experience information overload. She has given invited talks on multitasking worldwide. In 2005, she received a Fulbright scholarship. She has been the technical program chair twice for the top-tier ACM CSCW conferences, and is on the editorial board of the premier journals ACM TOCHI and Human-Computer Interaction. Her work on multi-tasking has appeared widely in the popular press such as The New York Times, Time, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, and the BBC.

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Dan Martell

Co-founder, Flowtown

Dan Martell is the co-founder of, a social marketing platform for small businesses. An award-winning Canadian entrepreneur, at 25, Dan formed his first start-up, Spheric Technologies Inc., and watched it grow by an average of 152% per year before he sold the company 4 years later in mid-2008. Now living in San Francisco, Martell spends the majority of his time looking at ways to build a bridge between Silicon Valley and his home province of New Brunswick, Canada. As an informal angel investor, he is active in advising entrepreneurs using metric-based marketing tactics to gain market adoption. Martell is passionately involved in facilitating micro-lending to entrepreneurs in developing countries through the non-profit,

Eoghan McCabe

CEO, Intercom


Eoghan has always been making things for people who make things. Exceptional, his last company, now part of Rackspace, helped software developers build better products by alerting them to bugs as their customers experienced them. With Intercom, his goal is to help those who run an online business of any size or type to connect with their customers. Founded in 2011, Intercom has replaced traditional help desks and email marketing products with one, simple platform for thousands of businesses.

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Dave McClure

Founding Partner, 500 Startups

Dave McClure is a greedy, blood-sucking venture capitalist & the founding partner at 500 Startups, an internet startup seed fund and incubator program in Mountain View, CA. He likes to hang out with entrepreneurs, and occasionally help or invest in their startups if they are foolish enough to let him. Dave has been geeking out in Silicon Valley for over twenty years, and has worked with companies such as PayPal, Mint, Founders Fund, Facebook, LinkedIn, SlideShare, Twilio, Simply Hired, O’Reilly Media, Intel, & Microsoft. Years ago he used to do real work like coding or marketing or running conferences, but these days he mostly does useless stuff like sending lots of email, blogging, and hanging out on Facebook and Twitter. Dave also likes to play ultimate frisbee when his knees don’t hurt. Follow Dave

Paul McDonald

Product Lead, Gmail

Working with some of the most talented engineers and designers Paul leads product strategy and development of GMail, Google’s cloud-based email service used by hundreds of millions of users and millions of business around the world. Prior to Gmail Paul worked on Google’s commerce, advertising and cloud computing efforts launching Google Checkout, Google App Engine and several optimization products for AdWords advertisers.

Scott McMullan

Google Apps Partner Lead for Google Enterprise

Scott is the Google Apps Partner Lead for Google Enterprise, where he runs the Google Apps Marketplace and thanks his lucky stars every day for the opportunity to work with hundreds of amazing cloud app vendors sharing the mission to revolutionize business software. A startup guy at heart, Scott joined Google when it acquired JotSpot, where he ran developer and partner programs, and previously founded Inovie Software, maker of early Web collaboration service TeamCenter, acquired by SDRC. Scott holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science from UC San Diego and was a PhD student at the university’s Computer Systems Lab.

Josh Merchant

Co-Founder & CTO, Lymbix, Inc.

Josh is the Co-Founder and CTO of Lymbix Inc, the Canadian company known for having developed ToneCheck: the add-in designed to prevent people from sending the wrong message in email. Fueling ToneCheck is Lymbix’ Sentiment Intelligence: revolutionizing the space of sentiment analysis. Josh is the driving force and visionary behind the intelligence technology being developed to fuel the suite of real-world applications under the Lymbix umbrella. Originally from Toronto, Josh made the decision to relocate to New Brunswick in 2008 to concentrate his full efforts on Lymbix. Currently he divides his time between New Brunswick and San Francisco. Prior to Lymbix, he led a Ruby on Rails practice building customized software applications for other businesses. Josh holds a degree in Computer/Electrical Engineering from the University of New Brunswick.

Alexander Moore

CEO, Baydin

Alex is the CEO of Baydin, an email productivity company. Baydin makes software that combines AI and behavioral science to ease the burden on overloaded emailers. The company is best known for its wildly popular Boomerang email scheduling extension, which has been downloaded over a million times and brought the company to profitability 6 months after exiting beta.

Alex previously worked at Analog Devices and graduated with Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from MIT. When taking a break from his email, Alex makes a Chicken Florentine that tastes like angels singing and is a rabid Alabama football fan. He tweets at @awmoore.

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Bruno Morency


Bruno is the Founder of Context.IO, an API that makes it easy and fast for developers to integrate email data in their applications. He likes to think the numerous discussions he had with developers innovating on top of email with Context.IO gave him a unique perspective on what the future holds for this deeply ingrained communication medium. A perspective he enjoys sharing at conferences that are kind enough to accept him as a speaker. Bruno has been involved in startups since graduating from McGill Engineering in 2001 with his first web startup acquired in 2003. In 2009, he had a son and started DokDok, a Gmail extension to manage attachments. The work behind DokDok turned into Context.IO which came out of beta in December 2011, a mere four months after his daughter, and second child, was born


Allen Nance

CEO and founder, WhatCounts

Allen Nance has been an email entrepreneur for fifteen years. As the founder and CEO of the email marketing software company, WhatCounts, he has lead the company to three Inc. 500 designations, and 700 clients sending billions of emails around the globe. He is a graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology, blogs at and tweets from @AllenNance.


Colin Nederkoorn


Colin Nederkoorn is the CEO of, a data-driven email marketing platform. He’s a student of both email design and copywriting and shares what he learns on the Blog and in online classes. He recently moved from NYC to Portland, Oregon for the hiking, food trucks and the cloudy weather.


Roger Neel

Co-Founder & CTO

Roger Neel has over 10 years of experience engineering social networking and knowledge management products for companies such as Apple, 3M, and Bank of America.  He also directed new product development and engineering for InQuira’s leading Knowledge Management and NLP Search technology.  He is a highly regarded web app designer, Ruby on Rails engineer, and thought leader in Agile Software development.  Mr. Neel holds a B.A. in Computer Science and Economics from Cornell University.

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Neel Patel

Director, Global Google Solution Engineering , Cloud Sherpas

Neel Patel is the Director of Global Google Solutions Engineering at Cloud Sherpas, the leader in Managed Cloud Solutions.  Neel’s role is to work closely with Cloud Sherpa’s customers and assist in architect solutions on top of cloud solutions, such as Google Apps.

Neel’s areas of expertise include solution architecture, application integration, and identity management and access. Prior to his role at Cloud Sherpas, Neel held roles in Product Management/Strategy and Sales Engineering at leading enterprise software companies including Intuit, SugarCRM, and EMC Corporation.


John Robb

Senior Director — Zimbra products & marketing, VMware

John leads the Zimbra product, marketing and global sales teams at VMware. As part of this team, John manages the product roadmap and product priorities for VMware’s collaboration business unit. Previously, John managed business and product strategy for the mobile messaging group at Openwave Systems, which included the multimedia messaging, voice mail and instant messaging product lines. Prior to Openwave, John was responsible for leading the teams that defined product strategy and go to market planning at Mspect (acquired by Telephia) and Cellmania. John has a Master of Business Administration degree from Chicago GSB, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in political science and a Bachelor of Science in environmental engineering from Northwestern University.

Isaac Saldana

Co-founder & CEO, SendGrid

Isaac is the co-founder and CEO of SendGrid. He has several years of experience in web development & architecture, computer science, and computer programming within organizations in the government, research, education, and private sectors. As CTO of multiple startups, he recognized the need for a simple solution to the problems that arise when building an in-house email infrastructure. And thus, SendGrid was born. Isaac and his co-founders built SendGrid to deliver email on behalf of other companies, in order to increase deliverability and relieve developers and IT departments from the headache of managing their email systems. Follow Isaac

Tom Sather

Director, Professional Services, Return Path

Tom Sather is an email deliverability consultant for Return Path where he works with top-brand clients like eBay, MySpace, IBM and Twitter. Tom’s previous experience includes stints with email service provider Experian and work on the abuse desks for AOL, Bellsouth, AT&T, and GTE. Tom uses his knowledge of ISPs, spam filters and deliverability rules to advise marketers on how to get their email delivered to the inbox and generate the highest possible response. Tom’s clients have seen an average increase of 20% in deliverability rates

Josh Scherman

Business Development Manager, Constant Contact Inc

Josh manages Business Development at Constant Contact, which provides more than a half a million small businesses, non-profits and associations worldwide with a full suite of online marketing tools such as email marketing, social media marketing, event marketing, local deals, digital storefronts, and online surveys.  Josh primarily focuses on both strategic and integrated partnerships.

Prior to Constant Contact, Josh led Business Development at Postling, a New York startup built to make social media marketing easier for small businesses.   A recent Bay Area transplant, Josh lives and works in San Francisco and is still completely thrown off by football being on at 10am.

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Mark Schmulen

General Manager, Social Media, Constant Contact, Inc.

Mark joined Constant Contact in 2010. In his role as General Manager, Social Media, he is responsible for guiding Constant Contact’s social media product strategy and external education efforts around social media marketing. Prior to joining Constant Contact, Mark served as CEO of NutshellMail, a social media monitoring solution that is now part of Constant Contact’s suite of online marketing tools. Mark is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.

Ramit Sethi

Ramit Sethi

Bestselling Author, “I Will Teach You To Be Rich”

Ramit Sethi is the author of the New York Times bestseller, “I Will Teach You To Be Rich”, which focuses on personal finance for people in their twenties and thirties by weaving together threads from health & fitness, social psychology, and personal finance. His blog,, hosts over 300,000 readers per month, including 85,000+ email subscribers. Previously, Ramit co-founded PBworks, where he helped drive user acquisition of millions of users, and was a senior researcher at the Stanford Persuasive Technology Lab. Follow Ramit

Vivek Sharma

CEO, Movable Ink

Vivek is leading the charge to make email a more relevant communication channel and making it as dynamic as the web. With a background in both sales and software development, Vivek brings a potent combination of engineering talent and business savvy to his role as Movable Ink’s CEO.

Prior to co-founding Movable Ink, Vivek headed Eastern North American and EMEA sales for Engine Yard. Earlier in his career, he held senior roles at Blue Martini Software and Cisco Systems. Vivek graduated with a BS in Computer Science from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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Raj Singh

CEO, Tempo AI

Raj Singh is a mobile industry veteran having worked across the space over the past 13 years. Raj is the Founder and CEO of Tempo AI focused on developing a smart calendar. Tempo AI was spun-out of SRI (Stanford Research Institute) where Raj served as an EIR (Entrepreneur in Residence). Previously, Raj was the founding Vice President of Business Development for Skyfire, a mobile browser that supports full Flash rendering. Prior to Skyfire, Raj co-founded venture-funded Veeker, NBC’s mobile video citizen journalism service and ToneThis, CNET’s top downloaded ringtone creation product.

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Stephan Somogyi

Product Manager, Security and Privacy, Google

Stephan Somogyi is currently the Product Manager for Security and Privacy at Google, as well as serving as an Advisor to Google Ventures. He has been a part of the Safe Browsing project at Google, as well as End-to-End, which is a project that seeks to make strong encryption more usable.

Prior to Google, Stephan also worked with VMWare, Infineon, the PGP Corporation, and was a journalist for the Economist, Financial Times, Wired, and I.D. Magazine. He chairs the Privacy and Public Policy Working Group of the FIDO Alliance, and has also worked as a brand strategist and information designer.


Jonathan B. Spira

CEO & Chief Analyst, Basex

Jonathan B. Spira is the author of a soon-to-be-published book on Information Overload (John Wiley & Sons) and of Managing the Knowledge Workforce: Understanding the Information Revolution That’s Changing the Business World (Mercury Business Press, September 2005). Mr. Spira is recognized as one of the technology industry’s leading thinkers and pundits, having pioneered the study of knowledge workers and how information technology affects them. He is a founding board member of the Information Overload Research Group, an industry consortium, a widely published author and acclaimed speaker who makes frequent appearances speaking on the future of technology and has authored hundreds of papers on technology issues. Jonathan is the co-author of The History of Photography (Aperture, November 2001), which was named a best book of the year by the New York Times, and a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. He conducted graduate-level research at the Ludwig-Maximilians Universität (Munich).

Charles Stiles

Vice President of Media Operations, Datran Media

Charles Stiles is the VP of Media Operations for Datran Media, a leading digital marketing technology committed to helping advertisers and publishers to discover and reach their ideal audiences. In his role at Datran Media, Mr. Stiles is responsible defining and leading the transparent systems, industry relationships and cross-channel best practices that help fuel the company’s success. As AOL’s former Postmaster and Senior Technical Manager, Mr. Stiles spent 11 years focusing his efforts on improving the customer experience through a better use of technology in Member Services, the AOL Network Operation Center and as Postmaster for one of the largest email systems in the world. Charles previously served as the Chairman of MAAWG – The Messaging Anti-Abuse Work Group and as VP of Worldwide Business Development for Goodmail Systems. Mr. Stiles frequently leads industry forums and steering committees, working closely with others to help generate a better understanding of the email environment and potential solutions for a better consumer experience. Mr. Stiles holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Networking and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Strayer University

Robin Thomas

Senior Program Manager, Microsoft

Robin Thomas has worked on email-related projects for the majority of his 10-year career at Microsoft. As a Senior Program Manager for Microsoft Exchange server, Robin helps empower third-party developers build messaging solutions. He has overseen projects ranging from Outlook interoperability to Blackberry device and Exchange server compatibility. Prior to joining the Exchange team, Robin worked on the Microsoft CRM Dynamics product. Robin holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Colorado State University.

David Troy

CEO, 410 Labs

Dave Troy is a serial entrepreneur and is currently the CEO of 410 Labs. He founded his first company at age 14 and has founded 10 companies during his career. He is the creator of several different popular projects and platforms, including Twittervision (the very first application developed for the Twitter API). At 410 Labs he helped create, an entirely new email platform built around short email messaging, and also, a new tool for managing inbox workflow. He is also an active angel investor and is the founder of Baltimore Angels, an angel investing group in Baltimore. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland with his wife and two children, and when he’s not working on startups, he enjoys creating maps, recreational coding, and flying small airplanes.

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Mike Veilleux

Director of Email Product, Dyn

As the Director of Email Product, Mike Veilleux is responsible for the stability, scalability, growth, and development of Dyn’s email delivery platform. During his tenure with Dyn, Veilleux has also worked as a program manager who worked, along with the Email development team, to develop product requirements, plan and execute projects. Veilleux previously spent six years at Elbit Systems of America where he managed projects in engineering, finance, marketing and sales and contracts and operations. Veilleux earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from the University of New Hampshire.

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Paul Vixie

CEO, Farsight Security

Dr. Paul Vixie designed, implemented and deployed several Domain Name System (DNS) protocol extensions and applications that are used throughout the Internet today. He is CEO and Chairman of Farsight Security, Inc. Previously, he served as President, Chairman and Founder of Internet Systems Consortium (ISC), as President of MAPS, PAIX and MIBH, and as CTO of Abovenet/MFN. Since 2005, Dr. Vixie has served on ARIN Board of Trustees. He is a founding member of ICANN Root Server System Advisory Committee and ICANN Security and Stability Advisory Committee. He operated ISC’s F-Root name server for many years, and is a member of Cogent’s C-Root team. He is a sysadmin for Op Sec Trust. He earned his Ph.D. from Keio University for work related to DNS and DNSSEC, and was recently named to the 2014 Internet Hall of Fame.


Rahul Vohra

CEO, Rapportive (acquired by LinkedIn)

Rahul is Co-founder & CEO of Rapportive, which shows you everything about your contacts right inside your inbox. Rapportive was recently acquired by LinkedIn. Rahul holds a Computer Science degree from the University of Cambridge, and currently splits his time between San Francisco and Mountain View. GQ described him as “a slender 27-year-old Englishman of Indian extraction who’s 50% hair and 50% brain.”

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Steve Whittaker

Professor of Pyschology, UC Santa Cruz

Steve Whittaker works at the intersection of Psychology and Computation, looking at how we live our everyday lives online. Professor Whittaker uses insights from Cognitive and Social Science to design new digital tools to support memory, collaboration and socialising. His past research has been funded by the EU, NSF, EPSRC (UK) and Microsoft. He currently has a Google grant to look at online collaboration, and will soon be taking over as Editor of the Human Computer Interaction journal.