Wireless SIG: Location Based Services
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AirFlash empowers mobile carriers and portals with a development platform and applications for building location-based wireless services. Founded in July 1998 by industry pioneer Rama Aysola, AirFlash is a privately held company based in Saratoga, Calif. with offices in the United Kingdom, Germany and France and funding from investors Inktomi Corp., Bay Partners, Band of Angels, PTI, Trio Investments and Pitch Johnson/Asset Management Company. AirFlash also has a strategic alliance with Inktomi to enable advanced m-commerce and search capabilities tailored for mobile users.
JF Sullivan brings 17 years of software development and product marketing expertise to AirFlash in his new position of vice president of Marketing. AirFlash is an early leader in location-based wireless content, commerce and community services for mobile carriers and portals. AirFlash’s “Find It, Share It, Buy It” architecture fully integrates standards, API’s and applications for customers such as Excite and Orange PLC. Mr. Sullivan joins AirFlash from Topica Inc., the leading provider of email-based content, where he was responsible for the production of the Topica website and product management of the core service.
Previously as one of Netscape Communications early employees, Mr. Sullivan established the company’s messaging and groupware lines of business. In his role as group product manager for Messaging, Mr. Sullivan helped incept all facets of the server messaging business, ranging from product definition to sales and channel strategies, creating the industry's leading standards-based messaging server solution.
Mr. Sullivan also served as director of Product Management for Vignette, leading the development of a varied Internet product line that served the content management and syndication needs of numerous Fortune 100 companies. He also served as senior product manager of Internet connectivity solutions, creating Lotus Note’s first web-based application, cc:Mail, for the World Wide Web.
A regular speaker at industry conferences on messaging-related technologies and trends, Mr. Sullivan holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in computer science from the University of Florida and has completed graduate study programs in marketing and finance.
Marcel DePaolis has been an entrepreneur and technology driver in high performance networked servers and systems in Silicon Valley. Joining AirFlash from Netscape Communications, Mr. DePaolis worked on hosted server products, most recently as technical director of Messaging and Collaboration for iPlanet E-Commerce Solutions, a Sun/Netscape alliance.
Previously, Mr. DePaolis held senior architect and engineering management positions at ISOCOR, the leading supplier of Internet messaging, directory meta-directory software solutions; and at Quarterdeck Office Systems. Earlier in his career, Mr. DePaolis co-founded and held the position of CEO at Pittsburgh Powercomputing Corporation, a company that specialized in very fast X servers and graphics software.
Mr. DePaolis holds a triple major Bachelor of Science degree in electrical, computer and biomedical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and enjoys collecting old computers.