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ABOUT PYPESTREAM

Richard Smullen | Founder & CEO

Richard’s passion for early-stage startups has seen him launch successful businesses since his days at university in South Africa. At just 36, he has over 15 years experience in the

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Saied Seghatoleslami

Saied Seghatoleslami | President & COO

Saied Seghatoleslami joins Pypestream after a 30 year career as an executive at Bell Labs, Lucent and then Avaya Technologies. Saied was focused on all aspects of technology development, delivery,

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Donna Peeples | Chief Customer Officer

Donna is an accomplished entrepreneur and senior corporate executive. With extensive Profit & Loss responsibility, Donna Peeples has successfully led customer-focused change initiatives, producing revenue-growing results in a series of

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Yoni Rubin | VP Business Operations

Throughout several years in the technology space, Yoni has launched several startups and served an integral role in $150M in capital raises with both private and publicly traded companies. He has led the business operations efforts for organizations in the e-commerce and mobile tech industries, and has nurtured a passion for business strategy, efficiency and rapid growth.

David Kuzmanich | VP Corporate Finance

David joins Pypestream after decades in investment banking, most recently as Managing Director at VTB, North America, Africa, and Asia. David is an avid runner and swimmer, loves relaxing with a good glass of wine, and likes to travels to new countries LinkedIn Profile  

Shawn Waite | VP Finance

For the past decade, Shawn has managed internal operations initiatives for businesses; working to maintain a strong operational foundation during times of growth. Once Shawn was interviewed by CNBC for his blog’s coverage of public restrooms in Times Square.
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Stuart Beekmeyer | Director Design & Modeling

With a background in urban design/landscape architecture, Stu loves bouldering and dreams of cruising around the west coast in a campervan.

Sin Leung | Graphic Designer

Sin is a self-taught multidisciplinary designer, her journey beginning with a simple 1 gig computer with Photoshop at the age of 12. Her mild obsession with Hello Kitty aside, she’s a top 10 nationally ranked powerlifter in the 123 weight class.
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Evan Kohn | SVP Global Client Experience

Evan Kohn brings broad experience in B2B SaaS strategy, startup expansion, and program/portfolio management. Most recently, he launched and built out a SaaS/enterprise technology consulting practice for a private firm.

Zachary Hanson | Sr. Director Customer Experience

Zachary Hanson is a customer experience expert with a background in technical product management, management consulting, and entrepreneurship across multiple technological industries. He joins Pypestream team after working as a technical product manager for IBM Watson.

Sam Harris | Director Customer Experience

Sam is a strategist and design thinker, with a passion for solving puzzles associated with CX. Sam specializes in human-centered design, which he's used in his travels to establish sustainable and impactful micro-enterprises. When Sam is not busy saving the world, you can find him riding his Harley.
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Sam Sudakoff | Sr. Director Revenue Operations

Sam joined Pypestream after several years of building and scaling businesses in social media and technology. After receiving his BS in Business & Public Affairs at Indiana University, Sam returned to his native NYC where he leads sales engineering and operations at Pypestream. 

Darryl Marcus | General Manager, South Africa

A Google search reveals that "In 1991, Darryl Marcus, 21, got within yards of the Queen's private apartments during seven minutes he spent in the grounds and buildings at Buckingham Palace." However, it wasn’t him. He struggles to break 90 on the golf course, but plays every week and thinks that he’s actually good enough to turn pro.
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Rahul A. Garg | VP Strategy & Product Management

Rahul has extensive experience in delivering high-quality software, solutions, and tools to the enterprise market. Before Pypestream, he was a senior member of the Strategy and Product Management team for IBM Watson. Rahul holds a Master’s in Business Management from Harvard University and a BS in Computer Engineering and Political Science from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Emil Stefanacci | Director Project Management

Emil has spent his career building innovative new products for Bell Labs, Lucent, Avaya and Intel.  He has a reputation for developing trust with his teams, partners, and vendors, which he leverages into solving problems and delivering results. He is married to his highschool sweetheart and has 2 wonderful children.

Andrew McKenzie | Director of Platform Engineering

Andrew is a creative software engineer and architect with 20 years experience in the design, development and management of large scale projects. He also boasts 6 years commercial Erlang experience developing low latency, high volume, scalable, distributed platforms. 
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Mike Nannizzi | Director at WR Berkley Corporation

Mike Nannizzi is a Director at WR Berkley Corporation, primarily focused on investments in emerging technology companies within the insurance space. Prior to joining Berkley, Mike was an equity analyst

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Richard S. Braddock | Executive Chairman

Richard served as chairman and CEO of Priceline from August of 1998 to April 2004, taking Priceline public in 1999. He served as chairman and CEO of Fresh Direct from

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Mike Singer | Chairman and CEO, Strategic Partners, Inc.

Mike Singer is a seasoned corporate executive and active angel investor with over 20 years experiences. In addition to his advisory role at Pypestream, he is the CEO and founder of

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DR. ANASTASSIA LAUTERBACH | FORMER SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, QUALCOMM INCORPORATED; NED DUN & BRADSTREET

Dr. Anastassia Lauterbach, age 44, has served as director of Dun&Bradstreet since 2013, and is member of the Nomination and Chairwoman of Technology & Innnovation Committee. Dr. Lauterbach served as

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Prof. Sawhney is a globally recognized scholar, teacher, consultant and speaker in innovation, digital strategy and strategic marketing. He has written six management books and dozens of influential articles.  He has won several awards for his teaching and thought leadership, including the Outstanding Professor of the Year at Kellogg, the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta and the Thought Leadership Award from NASSCOM in 2016. He has been ranked among the top 50 thinkers of Indian origin. Prof. Sawhney holds a Ph.D. in Marketing from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania; an MBA from IIM Calcutta; and a B. Tech from IIT Delhi. 

Mohanbir S Sawhney

Prof. Sawhney is a globally recognized scholar, teacher, consultant and speaker in innovation, digital strategy and strategic marketing. He has written six management books and dozens of influential articles.  (more…)

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David Dias | Founder and Chairman, Insurance Thought Leadership

Dave Dias is founder and chairman of Insurance Thought Leadership, where more than 350 companies and nearly 800 world-class thought leaders are publishing their best ideas and shaping the future

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ABOUT PYPESTREAM

Pypestream is a well-funded, early-stage company with a proprietary Customer Engagement Solution for enterprise businesses. At the core of the solution is a patented Smart Messaging Platform that uses artificial intelligence and chatbots to better connect businesses to their customers. The company was founded by Richard Smullen in April 2015 after a frustrating experience with an airline’s customer service department.

Since then, Pypestream has grown rapidly and evolved into a fully-fledged technology company that provides enterprise businesses with secure and scalable messaging solutions.

THE PYPE TEAM

Richard Smullen | Founder & CEO

Richard’s passion for early-stage startups has seen him launch successful businesses since his days at university in South Africa. At just 36, he has over 15 years experience in the

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Saied Seghatoleslami

Saied Seghatoleslami | President & COO

Saied Seghatoleslami joins Pypestream after a 30 year career as an executive at Bell Labs, Lucent and then Avaya Technologies. Saied was focused on all aspects of technology development, delivery,

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Donna Peeples | Chief Customer Officer

Donna is an accomplished entrepreneur and senior corporate executive. With extensive Profit & Loss responsibility, Donna Peeples has successfully led customer-focused change initiatives, producing revenue-growing results in a series of

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Durk Stelter | Chief Revenue Officer

Durk is an experienced entrepreneurial executive focused on creating strong business partnerships for new innovative products and services. He builds on a broad range of multi-disciplinary background in business development,

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Zvi Moshkoviz | Chief Marketing Officer

Zvi is an experienced global executive in software marketing, product management and business development. He has a proven track record in IoT, security, mobile, ERP and SaaS industries. Prior to

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Will Frederick | Chief Financial Officer

Will is a senior financial executive with extensive leadership experience and a proven record of developing and implementing strategies to drive revenue growth, increase profitability and obtain corporate objectives. Will

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Yoni Rubin | VP Business Operations

Throughout several years in the technology space, Yoni has launched several startups and served an integral role in $150M in capital raises with both private and publicly traded companies. He has led the business operations efforts for organizations in the e-commerce and mobile tech industries, and has nurtured a passion for business strategy, efficiency and rapid growth.

David Kuzmanich | VP Corporate Finance

David joins Pypestream after decades in investment banking, most recently as Managing Director at VTB, North America, Africa, and Asia. David is an avid runner and swimmer, loves relaxing with a good glass of wine, and likes to travels to new countries LinkedIn Profile  

Shawn Waite | VP Finance

For the past decade, Shawn has managed internal operations initiatives for businesses; working to maintain a strong operational foundation during times of growth. Once Shawn was interviewed by CNBC for his blog’s coverage of public restrooms in Times Square.

Stuart Beekmeyer | Director Design & Modeling

With a background in urban design/landscape architecture, Stu loves bouldering and dreams of cruising around the west coast in a campervan.

Sin Leung | Graphic Designer

Sin is a self-taught multidisciplinary designer, her journey beginning with a simple 1 gig computer with Photoshop at the age of 12. Her mild obsession with Hello Kitty aside, she’s a top 10 nationally ranked powerlifter in the 123 weight class.

Evan Kohn | SVP Global Client Experience

Evan Kohn brings broad experience in B2B SaaS strategy, startup expansion, and program/portfolio management. Most recently, he launched and built out a SaaS/enterprise technology consulting practice for a private firm.

Zachary Hanson | Sr. Director Customer Experience

Zachary Hanson is a customer experience expert with a background in technical product management, management consulting, and entrepreneurship across multiple technological industries. He joins Pypestream team after working as a technical product manager for IBM Watson.

Sam Harris | Director Customer Experience

Sam is a strategist and design thinker, with a passion for solving puzzles associated with CX. Sam specializes in human-centered design, which he's used in his travels to establish sustainable and impactful micro-enterprises. When Sam is not busy saving the world, you can find him riding his Harley.

Jack Wang | Director Customer Experience

Before joining Pypestream, Jack co-founded an investment partnership that led to the acquisition management and sale of multiple small business buyouts. Always in need of a challenge, Jack learned to ride a bike without the use of training wheels as a kid.

Haley Alvarez | Customer Experience Manager

Haley graduated with an English degree from Brown University where she also played Varsity Field Hockey.  She likes to attribute her 5th floor walkup to keeping her in college shape, despite all the delicious office snacks.

Ilma Zabukhina | Customer Success

Ilma joined the NYC Pypestream team from the UK, where she graduated with Honors with a BA in Global Marketing Management. Fluent in English, German, and Russian, she can do a killer headstand and has climbed the Great Wall of China!

Si Le | Bot Engineer

Sam Sudakoff | Sr. Director Revenue Operations

Sam joined Pypestream after several years of building and scaling businesses in social media and technology. After receiving his BS in Business & Public Affairs at Indiana University, Sam returned to his native NYC where he leads sales engineering and operations at Pypestream. 

Darryl Marcus | General Manager, South Africa

A Google search reveals that "In 1991, Darryl Marcus, 21, got within yards of the Queen's private apartments during seven minutes he spent in the grounds and buildings at Buckingham Palace." However, it wasn’t him. He struggles to break 90 on the golf course, but plays every week and thinks that he’s actually good enough to turn pro.

Rahul A. Garg | VP Strategy & Product Management

Rahul has extensive experience in delivering high-quality software, solutions, and tools to the enterprise market. Before Pypestream, he was a senior member of the Strategy and Product Management team for IBM Watson. Rahul holds a Master’s in Business Management from Harvard University and a BS in Computer Engineering and Political Science from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Emil Stefanacci | Director Project Management

Emil has spent his career building innovative new products for Bell Labs, Lucent, Avaya and Intel.  He has a reputation for developing trust with his teams, partners, and vendors, which he leverages into solving problems and delivering results. He is married to his highschool sweetheart and has 2 wonderful children.

Andrew McKenzie | Director of Platform Engineering

Andrew is a creative software engineer and architect with 20 years experience in the design, development and management of large scale projects. He also boasts 6 years commercial Erlang experience developing low latency, high volume, scalable, distributed platforms. 

Yu-Ri Gordon | Lead API and Client Integrations

Yu-ri has spent a summer internship with the Department of Defense, and swam a mile in the Hudson River during a triathlon. If asked if she would ever attempt that again, the answer is: NO!

Amelie Wisniak | Product Manager

Hailing from the great country of France, Amelie has been featured on major media outlets such as Fox 5, CNBC, Sports Illustrated and the New York Post. She has attended more than 200 soccer games in her life and gave up the opportunity to become a professional volleyball player to pursue her dreams in technology.

Thomas Tran | Sr. Bot Engineer

The first engineer to join the technology team, Thomas joins Pypestream through Vietnam, where he lives with his wife and two children. Thomas’ true passion is coding, and he enjoys spending time with his family, swimming in the ocean, and visiting the NYC office.

Sam Boyce | iOS Engineer

Not only does Sam have a degree in Biochemical Engineering, he also served with the US Army for over five years. He currently resides in Brooklyn with his new wife and three cats.

Praveena S. | Sr. Front End Engineer

Praveena has a strong passion for technology, design and entrepreneurship. He knows how to do the #bottleflipchallenge, but has never watched an episode of Game of Thrones!  

Michal Zajda | Software Engineer

Joining Pypestream all the way from Poland, Michal prides himself on being a software scalability engineer, who builds systems running for hundreds of millions of users. He is a huge wine connoisseur, especially loving Barolos and Brunellos from Northern Italy.

Nick Sanford | Software Engineer

Nick, a true engineer at heart, has built solutions in a number of different spaces from 3D printing, to crowd sourced non profits to the two sided marketplaces. An avid traveler, Nick has lived abroad in several places and speaks Chinese and German.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS & Executive Council

Mike Nannizzi | Director at WR Berkley Corporation

Mike Nannizzi is a Director at WR Berkley Corporation, primarily focused on investments in emerging technology companies within the insurance space. Prior to joining Berkley, Mike was an equity analyst

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Richard S. Braddock | Executive Chairman

Richard served as chairman and CEO of Priceline from August of 1998 to April 2004, taking Priceline public in 1999. He served as chairman and CEO of Fresh Direct from

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Mike Singer | Chairman and CEO, Strategic Partners, Inc.

Mike Singer is a seasoned corporate executive and active angel investor with over 20 years experiences. In addition to his advisory role at Pypestream, he is the CEO and founder of

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Martin Smullen | Director, Panthera Investments & Southwinston Investments

Previously: Director GenesisMedia LLC. Founder, Chairman & CEO Buildmax Ltd and CEO Mazista Ltd, both Johannesburg Stock Exchange listed companies. Nuclear physicist, lawyer & MBA graduate; academic, professional and business

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Richard Smullen | Founder & CEO

Richard’s passion for early-stage startups has seen him launch successful businesses since his days at university in South Africa. At just 36, he has over 15 years experience in the

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DR. ANASTASSIA LAUTERBACH | FORMER SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, QUALCOMM INCORPORATED; NED DUN & BRADSTREET

Dr. Anastassia Lauterbach, age 44, has served as director of Dun&Bradstreet since 2013, and is member of the Nomination and Chairwoman of Technology & Innnovation Committee. Dr. Lauterbach served as

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Prof. Sawhney is a globally recognized scholar, teacher, consultant and speaker in innovation, digital strategy and strategic marketing. He has written six management books and dozens of influential articles.  He has won several awards for his teaching and thought leadership, including the Outstanding Professor of the Year at Kellogg, the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta and the Thought Leadership Award from NASSCOM in 2016. He has been ranked among the top 50 thinkers of Indian origin. Prof. Sawhney holds a Ph.D. in Marketing from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania; an MBA from IIM Calcutta; and a B. Tech from IIT Delhi. 

Mohanbir S Sawhney

Prof. Sawhney is a globally recognized scholar, teacher, consultant and speaker in innovation, digital strategy and strategic marketing. He has written six management books and dozens of influential articles.  (more…)

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David Dias | Founder and Chairman, Insurance Thought Leadership

Dave Dias is founder and chairman of Insurance Thought Leadership, where more than 350 companies and nearly 800 world-class thought leaders are publishing their best ideas and shaping the future

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Michael L. LaJoie | Partner, JINSEI 2.0

Mike LaJoie is the founding partner of Jinsei 2.0, a strategic advisory firm dedicated to the advancement of its clients in technology, telecommunication and leading development techniques. He brings decades

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Bud Mishra, Ph.D. | Professor, Computer Science NYU Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences

Bud is an IIT, Kharagpur Distinguished Alumnus, NYSTAR Distinguished Professor, AAAS Fellow (engineering: robotics, hardware verification and computational biology), IEEE fellow (robotics and automation) and a fellow of the ACM

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PYPESTREAM IS RESHAPING CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE WITH A MESSAGING PLATFORM THAT ENABLES PERSONAL, SCALABLE CONVERSATIONS BETWEEN ORGANIZATIONS AND THEIR CUSTOMERS.

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