Inbox Love Speakers
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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.
Founder & CEO, AwayFind
Jared Goralnick is Founder and CEO of AwayFind.com, 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 Technotheory.com/@technotheory, 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.
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.
Principal Group Program Manager, Outlook.com
David Dennis leads a team of wild eyed program managers intent on ensuring that Outlook.com leads the market. 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 GetGear.org, a non-profit focused on delivering new and used sports gear to children in the developing world.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Shortmail.com, an entirely new email platform built around short email messaging, and also Mailstrom.co, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
VP Engineering & Co-founder, Slice
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
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.