Jeff joined Skyhook as CEO in 2012. Prior to joining Skyhook, he served as Managing Director at Bain Capital Ventures for six years. Earlier, Jeff was President & CEO of m-Qube, Inc. one of the country’s fastest growing mobile technologies companies before it was acquired by VeriSign in 2006. In 2006, Jeff was voted Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” in New England and was also named to the Boston Business Journal’s “40 under 40” list. Prior to m-Qube, Jeff held positions as Founder and President of Transactive Solutions, Chief Operating Officer of Travelers/NETPlus, and a strategy consultant with the Boston Consulting Group where he focused on multimedia and convergence technologies.
Jeff received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Economics and Political Science from Amherst College.
In addition to his professional responsibilities, Jeff is Chairperson of BUILD Boston, a non-profit helping that uses entrepreneurship to excite and propel disengaged high school students to academic and life success. Jeff is also on the board of the 21st Century Fund, a fund that invests in innovation inside Brookline’s Public High School.
At the age of 17, Jeff started his entrepreneurial career selling office furniture door to door in New York. Then, as a freshman in college, he borrowed $10K to start a mail order company.
Jim joined Skyhook as President in 2012. With a particular passion for building great teams, creating operational excellence and preparing and guiding a company through periods of innovation and hyper growth, Jim brings extensive executive and cross industry experience to Skyhook. Jim spent four years as President and CEO of Turbine, Inc., one of the world’s leading online digital game companies, until it was acquired by Warner Bros. in 2010. Jim also served for four years as the COO of m-Qube, Inc., one of the country’s fastest growing mobile technology companies, before it was acquired by VeriSign in 2006. Jim also spent eight years as the COO of Network Plus, Inc, one of the country’s largest and fastest growing CLEC’s, which he helped grow to over $300m in revenue and take public (NASDAQ). Lastly, Jim recently spent nine months as President and CEO of BuyWithMe, Inc., a social commerce company, until its acquisition by the Gilt Groupe in 2011.
Jim received a JD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991 and a BA in Economics and Philosophy from Connecticut College in 1986.
As VP Product, Kipp oversees the product group and is deeply engaged in all aspects of the business, customers, policies and technology in the fast moving mobile location and location intelligence markets. Prior to running the product group, Kipp spent five years as Chief Architect and Privacy Czar at Skyhook and oversaw the evolution of the Skyhook services from the early years. Kipp has spent over 20 years developing technology and strategy for numerous early stage companies in the technology and startup world. Kipp received his BS in Computer Science from the University of Nebraska as well as an MS and ABD in CS from Georgia Tech.
SVP - Business Development & Founder
Mike leads the sales and business development efforts at Skyhook. Prior to Skyhook, Mike was employed at edocs Inc. a provider of customer self-service solutions that was sold to Siebel Systems in January 2005. At edocs, he oversaw sales efforts in the western region of the United States. Mike was instrumental in growing company revenues from less than $1 million in 1998 to more than $35 million in 2003. He was responsible for successfully establishing and managing relationships with companies such as EDS, WorldCom, Toyota, and Franklin Templeton. Prior to edocs, Mike was employed at Montgomery Securities, a San Francisco investment bank. He also led the Windows product management efforts at Versys Corporation, a legal software company. Mike earned a B.S. from the University of Vermont.
Chief Technology Officer
With 20 years of experience in software engineering, Nick has broad expertise in designing robust, scalable, and adaptable software. As CTO, Nick oversees the design and development of Skyhook’s Core Engine. Prior to joining Skyhook, he was Chief Architect at Passkey International Inc., the world’s leading online group reservation system, where he was primarily responsible for the development of GroupLink– a system that enables the exchange of reservations between hotels and the Passkey system. The architecture of GroupLink defined a flexible core engine and pluggable modules that allowed rapid integration of disparate hotel reservation systems. Before Passkey, Nick was Director of Engineering for edocs Inc., where he was responsible for the architecture, implementation, and release of all new products. Prior to edocs, Nick was Lead Architect at Gradient Technologies Inc., and represented the company at the Object Management Group (OMG). Nick received a Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics in Grenoble, France.
Rodman (Rod) K. Forter, Jr.
General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
As General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Rod is responsible for Skyhook’s legal affairs, including litigation, technology licensing and contract negotiation, management of Skyhook’s intellectual property portfolio and various other matters. Prior to joining Skyhook, Rod was an attorney at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York City and Ropes & Gray in Boston. He also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Rod earned his B.A. from Colgate University, summa cum laude, and his law degree from Columbia Law School.
Chief Operating Officer
Prior to joining Skyhook, Steve was Director of Marketing at edocs, Inc., where he was responsible for the development and execution of the company’s integrated marketing programs and sales and marketing infrastructure. There Steve built a scalable demand generation program that generated a five-fold increase of the company’s pipeline and 16 consecutive quarters of revenue growth, which ultimately resulted in the company’s acquisition by Siebel Systems in January 2005. Prior to becoming involved with the technology industry, Steve built a successful career in financial services working for Merrill Lynch in New York City. As a member of Skyhook’s executive team, Steve is responsible for the development of Skyhook’s Core Engine and the management of its scanning program. Additionally, Steve is tasked with building the sales, marketing, and operational infrastructure to support Skyhook’s rapidly growing business. Steve holds a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts.
Dr. Farshid Alizadeh-Shabdiz
As a member of Skyhook’s executive team, Farshid is responsible for the research & development of Skyhook’s positioning technology. Farshid has almost 20 years of industrial experience in the design and implementation of satellite and wireless networks. Before joining Skyhook, Farshid was the head of the communications section of Advanced Solutions Group (part of Cross Country Automotive Services). There, Farshid was responsible for the management, design and implementation of an application server and media gateway. Farshid was a proud member of the design and implementation team of the first three satellite-based mobile networks at Hughes Network Systems: ICO, Thuraya and Inmarsat high-speed data network. He proposed the first complete analytical model to carry out an analysis of single-hop and multi-hop ad hoc networks and 802.11 based on WLANs. Farshid is on the faculty of Boston University and received his Ph.D. from George Washington University and M.Sc. from Tehran University.
Vice President of Marketing
Mike joined Skyhook as Vice President of Marketing in 2013. Mike has spent his career solving problems using technology with a focus on marketing and analytics. Prior to joining Skyhook, Mike served as SVP and director of the digital incubator with ad firm Allen & Gerritsen. He began his career building enterprise class database driven applications and data warehouses. Opportunities to get his hands on world-class technology projects & management consulting opportunities brought him to organizations like Ernst & Young & Oracle. In 2004, he took his CRM and analytics expertise to Hill, Holliday where he built the database marketing practice and also ran the digital technology practice. His client roster includes: Cognos, CVS, Dunkin Donuts, Fidelity Investments, Dell, Gillette, Georgia Pacific, Hannaford, Liberty Mutual, LPL, MFS, Pfizer and Sears. Mike has built award-winning communities designed and implemented B2B and consumer segmentation, content management and customer relationship management solutions. Mike co-wrote the book “Location-based Marketing for Dummies” and also writes for several blogs including a technology and social media blog called Digital Before Digital. Mike earned a B.S. in MIS and Accountancy from Miami University in 1995.
Dr. Kaveh Pahlavan
Chief Technical Advisor, Professor Of Electrical And Computer Engineering, Professor Of Computer Science, And Director Of The Center For Wireless Information Network Studies At Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Dr. Kaveh Pahlavan also serves as a Visiting Professor of the Telecommunication Laboratory and the Centre for Wireless Communications (CWC), University of Oulu, Finland. His area of research is broadband wireless indoor networks. He has contributed to numerous seminal technical publications in the field. He is the principal author (with A. Levesque) of Wireless Information Networks (New York: Wiley, 1995) and (with P. Krishnamurthy) Principles of Wireless Networks: A Unified Approach (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 2002). He has been a consultant to several companies including GTE Laboratories, Simplex, Mercury Computers, WINDATA, 3COM, and Codex/Motorola, Savi Technologies, RadioLAN, Aironet, United Technology, NTT, and Nokia, and Finnish Academy in Finland; and NTT in Japan. Dr. Pahlavan is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal on Wireless Information Networks. He was the Founder, Program Chairman, and Organizer of the IEEE Wireless LAN Workshop, Worcester, MA, in 1991 and 1996, and the Organizer and Technical Program Chairman of the IEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor, and Mobile Radio Communications (PIMRC), Boston, MA, in 1992 and 1998.
He was selected as a member of the Committee on Evolution of Untethered Communication, U.S. National Research Council, in 1997 and has led the U.S. review team for the Finnish Research and Development Programs in Electronics and Telecommunication, in 1999. For his contributions to wireless networks, he was the Westin Hadden Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute from 1993 to 1996 and become a fellow of Nokia in 1999. From May of 2000, he was the first Fulbright-Nokia scholar at the University of Oulu. Because of his inspiring visionary publications and his international conference activities for the growth of the wireless LAN industry, Dr. Pahlavan is referred to as one of the founding fathers of the wireless LAN industry.