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ABOUT PYPESTREAM

Richard_Smullen

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 | COO/CTO

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

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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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  
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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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Melissa Backer | Director Human Resources & Culture

Melissa joined the Pypestream team after working in education for over eight years. Originally from Atlanta, Melissa pursued both a Masters and Specialist degree in counseling, while running track at the collegiate level. Still an avid runner, Melissa has run several marathons, including New York and Seattle.
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Allan Stormon | Sr. Director Content & Communications

This Australian transplant is a dual national Wall Ball champion and blues guitar aficionado. He's based in Bushwick, Brooklyn, and loves confusing people at work with weird Australian sayings. 
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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.
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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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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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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

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.
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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 his passion and dedication have made him everything he is today — entrepreneur and happy hour hero.
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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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Lori Lazarus | Business Development, South Africa

Lori graduated from the University of Johannesburg with a BA in Marketing and Communications. She loves to travel to NYC and lives off of coffee.
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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. 
Soren_Larson

Soren Larson | Director of AI

While studying advanced mathematics at Harvard and Columbia Universities, Soren became passionate about bot automation and ventured into the tech world. You can often find him in the office sporting his signature look: short shorts and tank tops.
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Pallavi Yaramada | Director of QA

Pallavi graduated from the oldest engineering school in India with a Bachelors in Engineering. When she's not spending time with her family, Pallavi likes to travel. She's walked on a glacier on top of Mt. KcKinley and has ridden the fastest zipline in Mexico at 60mph!
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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

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

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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Wenda Harris Millard | President & COO, MediaLink

MediaLink is a strategic advisory and business development firm at the intersection of technology, media, entertainment, advertising, marketing, and finance. Ms. Millard oversees all operations along with Chairman and CEO,

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Gavin_Klein

Gavin Klein | Head of Compliance and Privacy

Gavin Klein leads the compliance and privacy teams at Pypestream following a successful career in law and corporate restructuring for Westrust, part of the Investec group of companies. Based between

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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.

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THE PYPE TEAM

Richard_Smullen

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 | COO/CTO

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

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

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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Scott_Pawloski

Scott Pawloski | SVP Global Sales

Scott has been building, growing, and leading sales organizations for over 16 years while overseeing annual revenue in excess of $300,000,000. Prior to joining Pypestream, Scott was the Chief Revenue

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Evan_Kohn

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.

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Humphrey_Chen

Humphrey Chen | SVP Partnerships

Humphrey is a seasoned corporatized entrepreneur. He's been leading all things new within the Enterprise market over the past two decades, most recently in FinTech pioneering Banking as a Service

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Joerg_Habermier

Joerg Habermeier | SVP Product

Joerg is a proven product and technology leader with 18+ years experience producing successful, innovative SaaS and mobile application products, from Consumer to B2B enterprise level applications, across a wide

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Jatin_Patel

Jatin Patel | SVP Technology

Jatin Patel is a product and technology executive with over 15 years of innovation experience. Mr Patel’s extensive background has seen him work in Fortune 100 companies through to startups

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Matt_Kramer

Matt Kramer | Entrepreneur in Residence, CEO Incubotor

Matt Kramer is a marketing professional with over 10 years of experience both on and offline, working with companies in mobile technology as well as lifestyle and entertainment. He has

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David_Kuzmanich

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

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.
Melissa_Backer

Melissa Backer | Director Human Resources & Culture

Melissa joined the Pypestream team after working in education for over eight years. Originally from Atlanta, Melissa pursued both a Masters and Specialist degree in counseling, while running track at the collegiate level. Still an avid runner, Melissa has run several marathons, including New York and Seattle.
Yoni_Rubin

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.
Allan_Stormon

Allan Stormon | Sr. Director Content & Communications

This Australian transplant is a dual national Wall Ball champion and blues guitar aficionado. He's based in Bushwick, Brooklyn, and loves confusing people at work with weird Australian sayings. 
Stuar_Beekmeyer

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

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.
Sam_Harris

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

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

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

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!
Sam_Sudakoff

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 his passion and dedication have made him everything he is today — entrepreneur and happy hour hero.
Darryl_Marcus

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.
Lori_Lazarus

Lori Lazarus | Business Development, South Africa

Lori graduated from the University of Johannesburg with a BA in Marketing and Communications. She loves to travel to NYC and lives off of coffee.
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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. 
Soren_Larson

Soren Larson | Director of AI

While studying advanced mathematics at Harvard and Columbia Universities, Soren became passionate about bot automation and ventured into the tech world. You can often find him in the office sporting his signature look: short shorts and tank tops.
Pallavi_Yaramada

Pallavi Yaramada | Director of QA

Pallavi graduated from the oldest engineering school in India with a Bachelors in Engineering. When she's not spending time with her family, Pallavi likes to travel. She's walked on a glacier on top of Mt. KcKinley and has ridden the fastest zipline in Mexico at 60mph!
Yu-Ri_Gordon

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

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.
Chris_Fernandez

Chris Fernandez | UX/UI Designer

Born and raised in NYC, Chris is a loyal Jets fan. Still left to do on his bucket list? Learn how to ride a bike.
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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.
David_Yeung

David Yeung | Lead Front End Web Engineer

After obtaining a BS in Computer Science, David went on to develop several websites/applications for tech startups. He claims he is sleep deprived, but states his favorite place to sleep is outside.
Sunpreet_Singh

Sunpreet Singh | Sr. Android Engineer

Sunny is always curious about how big the universe really is. He prefers to smile rather than explain what he’s really thinking, and feels sorry for those who haven’t met him yet.
Sam_Boyce

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_Sarathchandra

Praveena S. | Sr. Front End Engineer

Living in Sri Lanka, 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!  
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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

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.
Si_Le

Si Le | Bot Engineer

Quang_Van_Mai

Quang Van Mai | Lead iOS Engineer

Quang joins Pypestream from Vietnam, where his main passion is coding. He also enjoys spending time with his family on the weekends.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS & ADVISORS

Richard_S_Braddock

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

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

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

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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David Dias | Founder and Chairman, Insurance Thought Leadership

         

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Wenda_Harris_Millard

Wenda Harris Millard | President & COO, MediaLink

MediaLink is a strategic advisory and business development firm at the intersection of technology, media, entertainment, advertising, marketing, and finance. Ms. Millard oversees all operations along with Chairman and CEO,

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Gavin_Klein

Gavin Klein | Head of Compliance and Privacy

Gavin Klein leads the compliance and privacy teams at Pypestream following a successful career in law and corporate restructuring for Westrust, part of the Investec group of companies. Based between

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Michael_L_LaJoie

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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Rick_Sirvaitis

Rick Sirvaitis | CEO, RMS Media Marketing

Rick Sirvaitis is a media veteran with over 40 years ad industry experience. For the past 10 years he has run his own media and marketing agency, working with clients

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John Taylor

John Taylor is a peak performance Executive Coach and Advisor to C-level execs, Founders, and individuals. With over 20 years in technology and consulting space, he has co-founded and exited

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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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