Jay Adelson is a serial entrepreneur, having built companies such as Equinix, Digg, Revision3 and SimpleGeo. Jay founded Opsmatic in early 2013, and currently serves as Chairman and Founder. Jay is also co-founder and General Partner of Center Electric, a venture firm he started with Andy Smith in 2014. Jay served as CEO of SimpleGeo, Inc., stepping in a year prior to their sale to Urban Airship in November, 2011. Jay helped launch Digg, Inc. with Kevin Rose and provided business strategy to the company starting in October, 2004. He served as CEO beginning in 2005 and officially assumed the role full time when he formally resigned from Equinix, Inc. in October, 2005. Jay left the company at its peak in April, 2010. In March of 2005, Jay founded and assumed the role of CEO of Revision3 Corporation. He hired Jim Louderback to run Revision3 as CEO in June of 2007 and remained Chairman until their sale to Discovery Communications in May, 2012. Jay founded Equinix (EQIX) in 1998 with Al Avery, and was responsible for the sustaining business model which lead to Equinix's international success. During his seven years at Equinix, Jay provided technical leadership as Equinix's CTO, designing their products, datacenters, leading research and development, and helping drive their successful IPO. Prior to Equinix, he worked at DEC's NSL, helping to build PAIX in 1996, which was purchased by Switch and Data in 2003. In 1993, he was one of the first employees of Netcom (USA), where he built and ran network operations. On July 15, 2003, he testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Science and Research & Development, as part of an industry panel on The Private Sector's Role in Keeping America's Cyberspace Secure. In 2008, Jay was selected by Time Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.
Paul Ford is a serial entrepreneur, technology evangelist, innovator, strategist, and startup/VC advisor with two decades of experience in IaaS and SaaS organizations. As Vice President of Product and Marketing at SendGrid, Paul drives overall product strategy, marketing efforts and ecosystem development. Prior to SendGrid, Paul spent several years at SoftLayer Technologies in Dallas TX in various roles including Vice President of Marketing and Vice President of Ecosystem Development and Strategy. While at SoftLayer Paul co-founded and managed the world renown, high-growth startup support program - Catalyst. Paul’s tenure began with SoftLayer’s acquisition of “The Planet” hosting, and ended 8 months after IBM’s acquisition of the company for over $2 billion USD. Engagements previous to SoftLayer included time in Corporate Development at Rackspace, building out the Cloud Tools Partner Marketplace as well as helping launch the OpenStack Open Cloud initiative. Paul has also raised millions of dollars from various funding sources for startups he co-founded. Paul continues to give back to the global startup community via long-standing mentorships at TechStars, 500 Startups, Tech WildCatters, SeedCamp, Wayra and many more. He is also one of five “Entrepreneurs in Residence” of the United States of America, supporting the White House and Department of Homeland Security’s efforts in growing the US economy via high value technology startups, and creating more American jobs in the process. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/paulbford Twitter: https://twitter.com/paulford