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.
|Employee||Role at m-Qube||Current position|
|Lars Albright||VP, Business Development||Director, Apple (Quattro co-founder)|
|JonMichael Bukosky||VP, Content; GM, Los Angeles||Founder and CEO, Frag’D Entertainment|
|David Chang||Director, Product Marketing||VP Product, Where (now PayPal/eBay)|
|David Chapman||CFO||CFO, Clovr Media|
|Jim Crowley||COO||CEO, BuyWithMe|
|Rob DeMillo||VP, Engineering||CTO, 4INFO|
|Christine Fiske||Director, Business Development||Head of Marketing, MeYou Health|
|Chris Gardner||SVP, Products & Marketing||Co-founder, Paydiant|
|Dan Gill||VP, Sales||SVP, Sales, BuyWithMe|
|Jeff Glass||President and CEO||Managing Director, Bain Capital Ventures|
|Mark Grindeland||Co-founder and EVP||Co-founder, ShesConnected Multimedia|
|Gerald Hewes||VP, Architecture, Product||Co-founder, Unbound Commerce|
|Jennifer Lum||Chief of Staff||Co-founder, Apricot Capital|
|Andy Miller||SVP, Business Development||VP, Apple (Quattro co-founder)|
|Srinivasarao Nandiwada||VP, Professional Services||Co-founder, Unbound Commerce|
|Joe Paratore||VP, Operations||Co-founder, Paydiant|
|Eswar Priyadarshan||CTO and Co-founder||Product management, Apple (Quattro co-founder)|
|Michael Schreck||Co-founder and Director||CEO, Zmags|
|Mike Troiano||General Manager||Principal, Holland-Mark|
|Thi Linh Wernau||Senior Account Manager||VP, Mobile Messaging Solutions|
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