The m-Qube Mafia: Mobile Execs Lead Efforts at BuyWithMe, Clovr Media, Paydiant, and More

Silicon Valley has the PayPal mafia. Seattle has the Qpass mafia. Boston, for its part, has many interesting and influential tech company/family trees—DEC, PTC, and iRobot come to mind—but one of the more underrated ones is the m-Qube mafia.

For those who don’t know, m-Qube is the Boston-area mobile marketing and applications company that started in 2001 and was bought by VeriSign for $250 million in 2006. That deal was the first of a series of big mobile software acquisitions around town in the past five years—including Third Screen Media, Enpocket, Quattro Wireless, and most recently, Where (bought by eBay/PayPal last week).

The executives from m-Qube have gone on to lead companies like Quattro, Turbine, Unbound Commerce, and a few new projects around town and around the country. So let’s do a “where are they now” for the m-Qube mafia—or at least the ones we could track down. (This is a work in progress, so please send additions and we’ll update it.)

After compiling this list, I saw that BostInnovation published a similar piece last fall. The table below includes a few updates and additions to that list.

EmployeeRole at m-QubeCurrent position
Lars AlbrightVP, Business DevelopmentDirector, Apple (Quattro co-founder)
JonMichael BukoskyVP, Content; GM, Los AngelesFounder and CEO, Frag’D Entertainment
David ChangDirector, Product MarketingVP Product, Where (now PayPal/eBay)
David ChapmanCFOCFO, Clovr Media
Jim CrowleyCOOCEO, BuyWithMe
Rob DeMilloVP, EngineeringCTO, 4INFO
Christine FiskeDirector, Business DevelopmentHead of Marketing, MeYou Health
Chris GardnerSVP, Products & MarketingCo-founder, Paydiant
Dan GillVP, SalesSVP, Sales, BuyWithMe
Jeff GlassPresident and CEOManaging Director, Bain Capital Ventures
Mark GrindelandCo-founder and EVPCo-founder, ShesConnected Multimedia
Gerald HewesVP, Architecture, ProductCo-founder, Unbound Commerce
Jennifer LumChief of StaffCo-founder, Apricot Capital
Andy MillerSVP, Business DevelopmentVP, Apple (Quattro co-founder)
Srinivasarao NandiwadaVP, Professional ServicesCo-founder, Unbound Commerce
Joe ParatoreVP, OperationsCo-founder, Paydiant
Eswar PriyadarshanCTO and Co-founderProduct management, Apple (Quattro co-founder)
Michael SchreckCo-founder and DirectorCEO, Zmags
Mike TroianoGeneral ManagerPrincipal, Holland-Mark
Thi Linh WernauSenior Account ManagerVP, Mobile Messaging Solutions

Gregory T. Huang is Xconomy's Editor in chief. E-mail him at gthuang [at] xconomy.com. Follow @gthuang

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6 responses to “The m-Qube Mafia: Mobile Execs Lead Efforts at BuyWithMe, Clovr Media, Paydiant, and More”

  1. Greg, thanks a lot for recapping where some of the m-Qube alumni are today. We had a really broad team of talented individuals – many of whom have since taken leadership roles at other startups and a few like Jennifer Lum who have joined “the dark side” :-) as investors.

    Off the top of my head, I’d also add:
    Jennifer Lum, Co-Founder at Apricot Capital
    Rob Kramer, EVP sales & marketing at Celtra
    Matt Kojalo, VP at Poynt
    Thi Linh Wernau, VP at Mobile Messaging Solutions (mms)
    Jim Manis, CEO at 1024 Wireless Services
    Aran Hamilton, President at VentureGrower
    Meredith Sanner, VP at Mobile Giving Foundation

    What a team we had!

  2. Boston Ducky says:

    I’m trying to find out why I got billed for an unsolicited m-qube offering (a horoscope app). AT&T said I’m on my own.

  3. NY EDDIE says:

    NY EDDIE I’m with him y I got billed??? I called (Sprint shit com) asked them where’s my money. They said here’s the name M-QUBE have a nice day. This is y people get hirt stilling money. I’m calling my house in Washington to see what they say or my local tv person. LOL