Company Overview

Mblox is the largest independent application-to-person (A2P) mobile messaging provider in the world, trusted by more companies to carry their mission-critical traffic than any other service. As the industry’s most experienced Tier One SMS aggregator, Mblox specializes in the unique demands of large-scale mobile messaging programs and are known for providing reliable, uncompromising connections. By creating positive brand experiences, Mblox helps clients build profitable relationships with their customers. The company’s market longevity and experience give customers peace of mind that they’re sending the right message at the right time based on industry best practices, while an account management team of local experts provide ongoing support in a rapidly changing mobile environment.

Mblox offers carrier-based and over-the-top (OTT) mobile messaging services. The carrier-based services are based on A2P messaging between brands and mobile devices and include SMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service) and StarStar services, voice-based dialing codes that enable a variety of brand experiences. OTT services are delivered via smartphone mobile applications and include rich push notifications and in-app messaging.

News & Events

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Mblox Acquires Cardboard Fish

Mblox Acquires CardBoardFish and Zoove Acquisitions give Mblox largest reach, most advanced A2P messaging platform…
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Mblox selected for 2014 AlwaysOn OnMobile Top 100

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COMPANY:
  • Leadership
  • Board
  • Investors
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Leadership

  • Tom Cotney
  • Jonas Lindeborg
  • John Stone
  • Ed Santulli
  • Rob Malcolm
  • Bruce Bales
  • Mark Herold
  • Daniel Ralls

Tom Cotney

Chief Executive Officer

Tom Cotney is recognized globally as an expert on the subject of operating and growing technology businesses. In both public and privately held companies, Tom‘s responsibilities have ranged from the turnaround of start-ups to managing teams of over 8,500 professionals delivering service from 3 continents to clients across the globe. His experience includes the SaaS business model, consulting, IT outsourcing and business process outsourcing. His technical resume includes application development, IT infrastructure, and contact center management. Tom’s functional skill set includes the sales, human resources, finance, marketing and service delivery associated with these technical areas. With IBM Global Services Tom had direct responsibility for the development, closure and delivery of nearly 50 different outsourcing agreements, including five of the company’s ten largest, and its first BPO engagement. At Apple in the early 1990’s, he had responsibility for the company’s enterprise sales force. As the founder and CEO of ExperientPartners, Tom brings a strong base of general management expertise to investors and operators in small to mid-sized companies. With Experient, Tom has excelled in a number of roles including, CEO in turnarounds, consulting projects to companies up to $2 billion in size, board advisor to technology firms in their growth phase, and deal driver during exits. From 2008 to 2011, Tom served as board member and CEO of Air2Web where he orchestrated a successful exit for its investors via a sale in 2011 to Velti PLC.. Tom also served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Encover, Inc., a technology enabled outsourcing provider which was acquired in November of 2010 by Synnex, Corp. Prior to accepting the position of CEO at Mblox, he served as an advisor to Catavolt, Inc., a cloud based, B2B mobile provider with an award winning solution extending legacy enterprise applications to a wide variety of mobile devices. Tom is a summa cum laude graduate of the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia where he is a member of the Alumni Board of Directors. He is also active in the Atlanta Community having raised over $3.5 million for the United Way and related charities. Tom and his wife Kathy reside in the US. The couple has three children.

Jonas Lindeborg

Chief Technology Officer

As Chief Technology Officer, Jonas makes sure that Mblox chooses or develops the best technologies to provide its customers with compelling products and high quality service. He is also responsible for the strategic technical direction which keeps Mblox innovating in a fast-paced market. With nearly 20 years of software development and management experience, Jonas brings a broad range of experience, from early stage start-ups to Fortune 100 companies. He has developed eCommerce solutions for the IBM ecosystem and worked for DaimlerChrysler developing safety critical compilers and embedded systems. In 2000, Jonas joined Symbian, where he was responsible for the UIQ Technology software development team, growing it from a handful of engineers into a global 380 person organization delivering the UI and app platform for SonyEricsson and Motorola smartphones. Jonas joined Mashmobile in Lund, Sweden in 2008 and was part of the team Mblox acquired in 2010. Jonas holds an M.B.A. in Leading Innovation from the Stockholm School of Economics.

John Stone

Chief Financial Officer

John Stone has 25 years of experience with small startups and large, multinational, publicly traded companies in the technology, internet, media, and entertainment spaces. Mr. Stone began his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers, and moved into enterprise software SaaS companies, then into the early days of consumer internet with Earthlink and global internet banking company S1. Most recently, Mr. Stone was Chief Financial Officer of privately held Accel HR, guiding their growth into a successful merger with Ultimate Software. IJohn brings a very pragmatic approach to financial management and collaborates with the senior management team to promote growth at Mblox and provide the highest level of return to our investors. He is a native Atlantan and a graduate of the University of Georgia JM Tull School of Accounting.

Ed Santulli

SVP & CIO, Operations and Customer Services

Ed Santulli is a seasoned Information Technology Executive with expertise in the Telecommunications and Mobile computing field. Ed excels at delivering a wide spectrum of IT services including Infrastructure Management, Transformation, Networking, Application Development and Maintenance, Call Center Management, and End User Services. Ed is very adept in setting architecture and technology direction to meet enterprise goals using innovative solutions and approaches. While Ed’s tenure with IBM started in software development and architecture, he was most notable for managing some of IBM’s largest Telecommunications outsourced accounts within the United States, Middle East and Africa. Ed’s continued focused on his customers and their experience earned him several awards from his clients. Ed’s highest degree held is a Masters of Science in Computer Science, with a concentration in software design, from Iona College in New Rochelle, New York. Ed and his wife Tracey have enjoyed living abroad, but have now settled in Atlanta, Georgia. They have two children.

Rob Malcolm

SVP, Global Product Marketing

Rob joined Mblox in 2003 when the company was undergoing rapid international expansion. Today Rob leads sales, carrier management, and messaging operations for Mblox EMEA. Over the last 9 years, Rob has held a variety of leadership positions in Mblox, from sales to engineering. Prior to joining Mblox, Rob held a variety of IT leadership positions across a number of financial companies and non-profit organizations. Rob holds a B.S. in Electronic Engineering from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in South Africa.

Bruce Bales

SVP, Global Sales

Bruce Bales is GM, Americas at Mblox, and is responsible for the company’s Americas sales, global marketing, product management and product marketing. Prior to joining Mblox, Bales founded ArdaCOM, a messaging solutions business based in Atlanta, GA. Bales formerly served as President of the messaging business at Glenayre Technologies. Under his leadership, Glenayre experienced rapid international growth and a dramatic business turnaround. Bales' experience in the telecommunications and messaging industry spans over twenty eight years and includes technical and business leadership positions with the Octel messaging division of Lucent Technologies, AT&T's Bell Laboratories and Strategic Alliance WorkGroup, a high-tech sales and marketing firm. Bales graduated from Kansas State University with a double major in Math and Computer Science. He has been granted 36 U.S. Patents for his innovative concepts and has spoken at numerous industry conferences and seminars.

Mark Herold

Vice President, Global Human Resources

Mark Herold is the Vice President, Global Human Resources. In his role Mark is responsible for driving shareholder value by maximizing the potential of people. He comes to Mblox with two decades of experience, driving change, coaching employees and cultivating high-performance cultures. Mark graduated from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota with a degree in Business and Economics. He then attended the University of Minnesota- Minneapolis and earned a Master of Business Administration, concentrating in Industrial Relations. Mark began his career supporting the human resource needs of manufacturing environments for Frito-Lay, General Mills and Avery Dennison encompassing union, non-union and headquarters environments. In his final role with Avery Dennison Mark provided HR leadership for the creation of financial shared service centers in US and Europe. In the past 12 years, Mark has held Human Resource leadership roles in the financial services and technology industries with Amvescap Retirement, Cypress Communications and EasyLink Services International and Georgia’s Own Credit Union. Mark and his family live in Atlanta, Georgia.

Daniel Ralls

General Counsel

As General Counsel, Daniel is responsible for Mblox's global legal and regulatory affairs. Daniel joined Mblox in 2011, bringing extensive technology-focused legal experience, including from positions as General Counsel of Intermedia.net, Assistant General Counsel of FXall, and Corporate Counsel of Elsevier. He started his career at the New York office Winston & Strawn LLP, where he concentrated his practice on technology transactions, mergers & acquisitions, public and private securities, and finance-related matters. Daniel studied law at Boston College Law School and philosophy at UC Santa Barbara. He and his family live in San Francisco, California.

Board

  • Simon Duffy
  • Tom Cotney
  • Robert Abbott
  • Kate Mitchell
  • Andrew Bud
  • Gary D. Cuccio

Simon Duffy

Non-Executive Chairman

In addition to chairing the board of Mblox, Simon serves as non-executive Chairman of bwin.party digital entertainment plc and Cell C (Pty) Limited. He is also a non-executive director of Oger Telecom Limited and Modern Times Group AB. Previous non-executive directorships include Imperial Tobacco Group plc, GWR Group plc, Thames Television plc, HMV Media Group plc, Gartmore plc, Berisford plc, Cadogan Petroleum plc, iMedia Holdings Ltd, Cantab Pharmaceuticals plc, Amteus plc, Tiscali S.p.A. and the Intellectual Property Institute. From 2007 until 2008 Simon was Executive Chairman of Tradus plc (formerly QXL ricardo plc). Prior to Tradus, he was Executive Vice Chairman of ntl:Telewest Inc. (now Virgin Media Group), having previously been President, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer of ntl Inc., the major component of VMG. Prior to ntl, Simon was Chief Financial Officer of Orange SA and before that Chief Executive Officer of Denmark-based wireless data company End2End AS. He joined End2End from internet service provider WorldOnline International BV, where he was Chief Executive Officer and Deputy Chairman. Previously he had spent eight years at EMI Group plc, where he was Group Finance Director and Deputy Chairman, and six years at Guinness plc, including three as Operations Director of United Distillers. Simon holds an MA from Oxford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was a Harkness Fellow.

Tom Cotney

Mblox CEO

Tom Cotney is recognized globally as an expert on the subject of operating and growing technology businesses. In both public and privately held companies, Tom‘s responsibilities have ranged from the turnaround of start-ups to managing teams of over 8,500 professionals delivering service from 3 continents to clients across the globe. His experience includes the SaaS business model, consulting, IT outsourcing and business process outsourcing. His technical resume includes application development, IT infrastructure, and contact center management. Tom’s functional skill set includes the sales, human resources, finance, marketing and service delivery associated with these technical areas. With IBM Global Services Tom had direct responsibility for the development, closure and delivery of nearly 50 different outsourcing agreements, including five of the company’s ten largest, and its first BPO engagement. At Apple in the early 1990’s, he had responsibility for the company’s enterprise sales force. As the founder and CEO of ExperientPartners, Tom brings a strong base of general management expertise to investors and operators in small to mid-sized companies. With Experient, Tom has excelled in a number of roles including, CEO in turnarounds, consulting projects to companies up to $2 billion in size, board advisor to technology firms in their growth phase, and deal driver during exits. From 2008 to 2011, Tom served as board member and CEO of Air2Web where he orchestrated a successful exit for its investors via a sale in 2011 to Velti PLC.. Tom also served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Encover, Inc., a technology enabled outsourcing provider which was acquired in November of 2010 by Synnex, Corp. Prior to accepting the position of CEO at Mblox, he served as an advisor to Catavolt, Inc., a cloud based, B2B mobile provider with an award winning solution extending legacy enterprise applications to a wide variety of mobile devices. Tom is a summa cum laude graduate of the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia where he is a member of the Alumni Board of Directors. He is also active in the Atlanta Community having raised over $3.5 million for the United Way and related charities. Tom and his wife Kathy reside in the US. The couple has three children.

Robert Abbott

Norwest Venture Partners (NVP)

Robert joined NVP in 1998 and is focused on a wide variety of investment categories including mobile, online advertising, infrastructure and systems. His current investments and board seats include Brand.net, ClariPhy, ClearDATA, Elemental, Kayak, Mblox, Mozes and Zenverge. Robert was formerly a member of the board of directors of Covigo (acquired by Symbol Technologies), KACE (acquired by Dell), Occam Networks (acquired by Calix), Resonext Communications (acquired by RF Micro Devices) and SideStep (acquired by Kayak). He has also worked with such companies as Embark (acquired by Princeton Review), Escalate (acquired by GERS), mPower (acquired by Morningstar) and Quantum Effect Devices (acquired by PMC-Sierra). Robert has nine years of operational experience in various roles, from engineering to marketing and product management. Before joining NVP, he was at Silicon Graphics. Prior to Silicon Graphics, Robert worked at IBM-ROLM Systems. He holds a bachelor of science and a master of science in electrical engineering and an MBA, all from Stanford University.

Kate Mitchell

Managing Director, Scale Venture Partners

Kate is a Managing Director and co-founder of Scale Venture Partners, a venture capital fund located in Silicon Valley, California. She leads investments in software bringing more than 25 years' experience in technology, finance and management to her portfolio. Kate has actively worked with portfolio companies such as Jaspersoft, Mblox, Wayport, & Tonic Software as they grow to become successful enterprises. She was the 2010-2011 Chairman of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and remains active in policy matters that impact start-ups & innovation. In addition, Kate is a member of the Silicon Valley Bank Board of Directors (NASDAQ: SIVB). Prior to becoming a venture capitalist, Kate held various corporate development and technology management positions at Bank of America and was responsible, among other things, for the launch of the bank’s initial online banking presence in the mid 1990’s. Kate holds a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from the Executive Program at Golden Gate University in San Francisco. She also attended the Harvard Executive Program. Kate is active as a Charter Member of Environmental Entrepreneurs (Silicon Valley).

Andrew Bud

Mblox Co-Founder

Andrew Bud is the co-Founder of Mblox. He was CEO from 2000 to 2003 and Executive Chairman until 2010. In 2008, Andrew was elected as Global Chair of the MEF, the industry body representing the global mobile content and commerce industry. He also serves as non-executive Chairman of UK-based Passiv Systems, the smart home energy management platform. From 2005-2008 he was a non-executive director of PhonepayPlus, the agency of UK telecoms regulator Ofcom. Andrew chairs the Advisory Board on Computer Science for University College London, one of the world's top faculties. He is also a Fellow of the IET and a graduate of the University of Cambridge.

Gary D. Cuccio

Chairman, Openet Telecom Ltd.

Gary is a chairman at Openet Telecom Ltd., a venture backed Software Company providing IP mediation to leading wireless carriers worldwide. He was the 2002-2003 CEO at ATG and successfully completed the sale of the company as well as taking part in the sale of LHS as its 1999-2000 CEO. Prior to becoming CEO at ATG he held several positions at Airtouch, most notably Vice President of Operations for Europe and Asia and President of Airtouch Paging. He also held numerous positions at Pacific Telephone- California and ended his career there with the title General Manager. Gary holds a BA from California State University, an MBA from St. Mary’s College, California and also attended the Harvard Advanced Management Program.

Investors

  • Northwest Venture Partners
  • Scale Venture Partners
  • Trident Capital
  • Avanti Capital
  • EDB Investments

Northwest Venture Partners

Norwest Venture Partners (NVP) is a global venture capital firm, that has actively partnered with entrepreneurs to build great businesses for more than 45 years. NVP focuses on investments in information technology including: semiconductor and components, enterprise and communication systems, software, services, consumer Internet and media. The firm currently manages more than $2.5 billion in venture capital out of its office in Palo Alto, California, USA.

Scale Venture Partners

Scale Venture Partners (ScaleVP) employs a thesis-based strategy to identify innovative development-stage technology and healthcare investments. The ScaleVP team works with technology and healthcare companies to accelerate their growth and become more valuable to entrepreneurs, investors and consumers. Based in Foster City, California, the ScaleVP team collectively offers decades of technology and venture industry experience to development-stage companies in hardware, software, healthcare and medical devices.

Trident Capital

Trident Capital specializes in business services, information services and software, including technology-leveraged outsourcing and processing for healthcare and insurance, marketing and sales, and enterprise software for security, communications and mobility. Dedicated to building businesses with strong infrastructures and putting them on the path to profitability, Trident works with innovative businesses to help them maximize their growth potential.

Avanti Capital

Avanti Capital is a private equity company, with a strategy of investing in businesses, using a combination of debt and equity. Avanti Capital has a team with extensive experience of investing in and running companies across a wide range of sectors.

EDB Investments

EDB Investments (EDBI) are a leading strategic investment firm headquartered in Singapore with a worldwide presence investing to drive growth opportunities within the knowledge and innovation-intensive sectors of Biomedical Sciences, Clean Technologies, Internet & Digital Media, as well as other strategic industry clusters with commercial potential. As a value adding investor, EDBI create sustainable and synergistic partnerships with their portfolio companies, leveraging on their broad network of resources and experience to facilitate the companies’ organic growth in Asia and the world, through their operations in Singapore.

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