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Tony Gauda, Co-Founder and CEO, Bitcasa
Gauda founded Bitacasa in 2011 to change the way consumers and SMBs are storing their data. By using client-side encryption and encrypted deduplication techniques, the Bitcasa virtual storage model integrates infinite storage, sync, backup and sharing across all of the devices for only $10/month. Under Gauda's leadership, the company received $9 million in funding from top investors: Pelion Venture Partners, Horizons Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, First Round Capital, CrunchFund, and Samsung Ventures. While at Mastercard, Gauda designed the Mastercard near-real-time anti-fraud system.
Michael George, CEO, Continuum Managed Services
Since joining Continuum in 2011, George has implemented numerous strategies to help the company's partners accelerate growth. By meeting with hundreds of MSPs, George zeroed in on their most pressing concerns and responded with new and improved features to his company's RMM tool, expanded its product portfolio by launching business continuity solution Continuum Vault, and forged strategic alliances with organizations like LogMeIn, Malwarebytes and RapidFire Tools.
Shea Georgetti, Partner, ServNet Technologies
Georgetti advanced from a network engineer to a partner of the company in three years. Hired right out of college, he helped the company to double revenues from existing managed services customers.
Mark Geschke, Managing Director, Space Age Technologies
Geschke in 2001 created an MSP using homegrown technologies long before the market went mainstream. The company, one of the most successful MSPs in South Africa, is pushing beyond desktop and mobile device management discussions and focusing on ITIL best practices.
Sam Gilbert, CEO, Caramel
Gilbert started this IT company in his bedroom 10 years ago. Caramel has since grown to 20 staff. The company has more than 20 customers across multiple verticals -- education, not for profit, legal, accounting and local government.
Michael Gold, President, Intermedia
Gold joined Intermedia through a company buyout last year. He led the hosted Exchange provider to 40 percent growth in 2011, and channel-driven revenues have grown roughly 50 percent. Intermedia is marrying best-of-breed third-party cloud services with Intermedia's own proprietary services, including a single dashboard designed especially for MSPs and VARs.
Barry Goldstein, President and CEO, CT Networks
Goldstein began his journey in 1984 in a small office with two employees. Today, Goldstein operates a profitable business employing just shy of 100 loyal staff members. Goldstein shifted to the managed services model approximately seven years ago. advisor coupled with the serving as a virtual CTO to many firms.
Doug Grabowski, President, Ubiquitour
Grabowski has grown Ubiquitour from startup and inception in August 2010 to now to over $600,000 revenue, three offices (Connecticut, New York City, and Tampa Bay) and hundreds of endpoints. Grabowski's company just passed the 50-client threshold and the company expects to push beyond the $1 million revenue mark in 2012.
Jeff Grace, President and CEO, NetEffect Networks, Inc.
Over the last four years in Las Vegas, amid one of the worst economic climates in the U.S., Grace has lifted NetEffect's top-line revenues 33 percent. NetEffect also claims to have earned Nevada's first-ever gaming license for IT Service Providers, allowing the company to work on regulated hardware and software systems.
James Griffin, Director of Product Strategy and Marketing, Outsourcery
Griffin led sales at Fasthosts, doubling sales becoming the No. 1 Windows hoster before its sale to United Internet. At Namesco he led marketing, doubling revenue before the company exited to Dada. At Star he owned the hosting business creating £6m+ a year growth. As Product Strategy Director at Outsourcery, he leads a portfolio new IT portfolio that recently won a 20,000 seat deal.
Candace Grisdale, VP of Worldwide Sales, Symform
Grisdale has advanced the channel globally across product segments and channel types. At Symform she leads MSP efforts that helped drive growth from 36 to 150 countries. In 15 years at Microsoft in channel focused positions (OEM, VAR, SI, and ISV) her accomplishments included growing one channel from $20 million to $400 million in six years. At DocuSign she took on a solution and reseller partner base of 30, and in less than a year reinvigorated it and grew it to several hundred partners.
Craig Guice, CEO, outsourceIT
Guice has led outsourceIT to become one of the largest Managed Service Providers in the world. Just two years ago the company had 20 employees and revenues close to $3 million. Today, the company has 70 employees, over 200 clients with revenues exceeding $15 million and expected to top over $20 million for 2012. Guice has also helped many non-profits save thousands of dollars on their IT spend every year and implemented outsourceIT's "giving back" program, where the company set an amount of $100,000 to be donated in services to small non-profits throughout the region.
Bob Guilbert, Managing Director, Products & Marketing, Eze Castle Integration
Guilbert oversees ECI's products, partnerships and marketing, focused on developing profitable revenue streams. Since joining ECI in 2006, he has led ECI to global expansion and helped profitably grow its client base 75 percent, reaching 600+ customers. He productized and launched the company's private cloud platform, which today supports 150 clients, 2000+ users and holds over one petabyte of data. In 2011, 80% of ECI's new business was cloud related.
Greg Gurev, Head Sherpa, MySherpa
Gurev grew annual revenues 20.1 percent in 2011. He is also on pace to double that increase in 2012. The company's average client recurring revenue engagement has grown by over $400/month.