Founder/Executive Chairman XPRIZE Foundation
Dr. Peter Diamandis was recently named by Fortune Magazine as one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders.He is the Founder and Executive Chairman of the XPRIZE Foundation which leads the world in designing and operating large-scale incentive competitions. Diamandis is also the Co-Founder and Vice-Chairman of Human Longevity Inc. (HLI), a genomics and cell therapy-based company focused on extending the healthy human lifespan. He is also the Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Singularity University, a graduate-level Silicon Valley institution that counsels the world’s leaders on exponentially growing technologies. In the field of commercial space, Diamandis is Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of Planetary Resources, a company designing spacecraft to enable the detection and prospecting of asteroid for fuels and precious materials. He is the also Co-Founder of Space Adventures and Zero Gravity Corporation.
Diamandis is a New York Times Bestselling author of two books: Abundance – The Future Is Better Than You Think and BOLD – How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World. He earned degrees in Molecular Genetics and Aerospace Engineering from the MIT, and holds an M.D. from Harvard Medical School.
His motto is, “The best way to predict the future is to create it yourself.”
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Global Head of Business Development, MC10
Isaiah Kacyvenski’s diverse background includes playing in the National Football League for 8 years for the Seattle Seahawks, St. Louis Rams and the Oakland Raiders, as well as serving on the Board of Directors of the not-for-profit, Sports Legacy Institute. Isaiah currently runs the Sports Segment at MC10, a cutting-edge conformal electronics company based in Cambridge, MA, where he is responsible for overseeing the development of wearable electronics to optimize athlete performance. Isaiah holds a Cum Laude Pre-Medicine Bachelor degree from Harvard University and graduated from Harvard Business School’s MBA program in May of 2011.
Kelcor Inc. Principal Analyst
Brent Kelly is the principal analyst at KelCor, Inc., where he focuses on the intersection of business technologies comprising unified communications, social networking, video, cloud services and mobility. He provides strategy and counsel to key client types: Chief Information Officers, Chief Technology Officers, investment analysts, VCs, technology policy executives, sell side firms and technology buyers. Dr. Kelly has been an independent consultant and analyst since 2001, writing hundreds of articles and presenting at numerous public and private events.
McGee-Smith Analytics, Strategic Consultant
Sheila McGee-Smith, who founded McGee-Smith Analytics in 2001, is a leading communications industry analyst and strategic consultant focused on the contact center and enterprise communications markets. McGee-Smith Analytics works with companies ranging in size from the Fortune 100 to start-ups, examining the competitive environment for communications products and services. Ms. McGee-Smith has served as the Contact Center Chair for Enterprise Connect since 2007 and is an influential voice on customer experience topics as a featured blogger on No Jitter and on Twitter.
ZK Research, Founder Principal Analyst
Zeus Kerravala is the founder and principal analyst with ZK Research.
Kerravala provides a mix of tactical advice to help his clients in the current business climate and long term strategic advice. Kerravala provides research and advice to the following constituents: End user IT and network managers, vendors of IT hardware, software and services and the financial community looking to invest in the companies that he covers. Zeus does research through a mix of end user and channel interviews, surveys of IT buyers, investor interviews as well as briefings from the IT vendor community. This gives Kerravala a 360 degree view of the technologies he covers from buyers of technology to investors, resellers and manufacturers.
President and CEO
Michael Tessler brings over 20 years of business strategy and technology experience to his role as co-founder. As CEO and president of BroadSoft, Michael is focused on bringing advanced carrier-grade communications systems to service providers worldwide.
At Alcatel USA, as Vice President of Engineering in the Celcore organization, Michael was responsible for all product development activities for several product lines. A member of the senior staff, Michael participated in business strategy, helped manage the day-to-day, business activities, and led the business development activities in China.
Chief Technology Officer
As Chief Technology Officer, Scott Hoffpauir is responsible for guiding the technical vision and direction for BroadSoft as well as promoting continuous product innovation. Driving the company’s strong reputation of leadership and innovation, Scott manages BroadSoft’s engineering, operations and product management functions.
Scott began serving as a co-founder and Vice President, Engineering of BroadSoft in 1998. Prior to BroadSoft, Scott was Director of GSM Development at Celcore (DSC/Alcatel USA). In this role, he was responsible for all product development on the GSM switching product. Before Celcore, Scott was senior architect for Nortel’s GSM and Inter-Exchange Carrier switching systems. Scott holds multiple patents in the GSM, SIP, call processing and switching areas.
Chief Digital & Marketing Officer
Taher Behbehani draws upon more than 20 years of operational, product strategy, and marketing expertise in his role as CDMO. As a technology leader with a proven track record of getting in front of trends shaping the industry, Taher is focused on guiding BroadSoft to its next growth stage and transforming the firm’s vision into new product road maps to meet growing enterprise demand for mobile Unified Communications.
Behbehani has served in a broad range of leadership positions that cut across M&A and business development, product management, business transformation and digital marketing – affording Behbehani with an unconventional perspective that extends beyond traditional marketing. Past roles include executive positions at BlackBerry, American Express, and Time Warner Cable.