Career



Most notably, I have contributed to leadership roles with many exceptionally talented people who together accomplished what became fourteen prominent internet milestones:

  1. In 1996, I co-founded Digital Island, an international telecommunications company, where I was responsible for acquiring the network infrastructure that connected all of the regionally significant ISPs together worldwide for effective globalization of the internet and web.
    • The Digital Island network included internet serving infrastructure in: England, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Russia, Israel, Mexico, Brazil, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Beijing, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Canada, Honolulu, Miami, New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Seattle, Palo Alto, and Santa Clara.
    • Our 881 customers included the following enterprises: Cisco Systems, Stanford University, Microsoft, Visa, Intel, Compaq, Hewlett Packard, eTrade, Charles Schwab, Novell, National Semiconductor, MasterCard, Sun Microsystems, Google, Sandpiper Networks, Candle Corp, NetGravity, Canon, AristaSoft, Universal Music Group, ABN Amro, UBS Warburg, Digital River, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, EBSCO Publishing, Fox Broadcasting, ZDnet, Reuters, Kenneth Cole, MSNBC, Major League Baseball, Time Warner-Road Runner, and AOL.
  2. In 1997, I initiated contact with the Minister of Telecom and then traveled to Beijing to negotiate the services for the first internet connectivity with the People’s Republic of China.
  3. Two years prior to the founding of Akamai, we developed the network platform that made possible the first global Content Delivery Network (CDN), also known as Local Content Manager.
  4. We enabled the globalization of eCommerce with VISA, MasterCard, eTrade, and Charles Schwab.
  5. With Stanford University, we facilitated the globalization of eLearning and ePublishing.
  6. We enabled the globalization of Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) with the industry’s first on-demand allocation of bandwidth over the web, aka RSVP (Resource Reservation Protocol).
  7. Partnering together with Microsoft, Compaq, and Intel, we built the largest media streaming network in the world.
  8. Cisco Systems honored the global network I acquired with the award for building the world’s first “Cisco Powered Network.” This award is now an industry benchmark.
  9. We provisioned and managed the network operations for the fastest-growing web portal in internet history—faster than Yahoo! and AOL combined.
  10. Two years prior to the founding of Vonage and Skype, we provided the telecom operations for the first 1 billion minutes of VoIP worldwide.
  11. We provided the internet services platform that Google’s founders used for upstream ISP connections to build the first repository of Google search results when they were graduate school students at Stanford University in 1998 (google.stanford.edu).
  12. In 1996, I contracted with Cisco Systems to host their website, whereas I productized the services, calculated the financial modeling, negotiated the QOS metrics’ terms of service, and personally endorsed the document at the Cisco Systems HQ campus.
  13. I led the operations team and participated in the Microsoft integration for the first unified communications (UC) telephony application embedded internally within a computer operating system (Windows XP SIP VoIP client).
  14. In 1995, I created one of the world’s first 7,000 websites. At the time, with 7 billion people on the planet, that equates to being 1 website owner per 1 million people.

Consulting Experience

  1. Advised Adobe Systems for their data center facilities and eCommerce platforms prior to executive committee decisions. You can read the opinion here.
  2. Advised United Airlines on their $100 million internet and communications global expansion.
  3. Advised Verizon and Arbinet on their first VoIP trials.
  4. Advised Microsoft on the integration of the first VoIP client internally embedded into a computer operating system.
  5. Advised Genuity for the patent requirement for the system of establishing the availability of an internet gateway port to receive a VoIP call [US Patent 6940849].
  6. Advised Lucent on a patent co-op with the University of Paris for a $5 million technology share of the g.729 codec.
  7. Expert Witness to Federal Courts, and State Superior Courts in over $7 billion of financial exposure related to internetworking; including being retained by Sidley Austin Brown & Wood as an expert witness for the defense of the CEO, CTO, and CFO of AT&T in the largest telecom lawsuit in the USA since the divestiture of the Bell Companies.
  8. Entrepreneurial Spirit: A Case Study of a Technical Start-up Enterprise, Harvard Business School Press.
  9. The BellSouth and AT&T merger for Columbia University.
  10. Comcast is bidding for eChannel for the San Francisco Chronicle.

Expert Witness Casework

  1. AT&T Shareholders vs AT&T Corp, CEO [C. Michael Armstrong], CFO [Dan Somers], CTO [John Petrillo] (Sidley, Austin, Brown & Wood) $2.4B – I was paid $100K to research this case and write my opinion in 2004—not inflation-adjusted. You can read the opinion here.
  2. WorldCom Shareholders vs. WorldCom & Officers, Bernie Ebbers (Curtis, Malley-Prevost, Colt & Mosle) $1B
  3. Global Crossing Shareholders vs Arthur Andersen (Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle) $1B
  4. C2 vs AT&T, Verizon, Level 3, Qwest, Global Crossing, BellSouth, and Sprint-Nextel, [US Patent No. 6,243,373, the foundational patent of VoIP] (Sussman Godfrey, Monts & Ware) $1B
  5. Genuity Bankruptcy Committee vs. Nortel (Lovells) $263M
  6. Qwest vs. Novo, AxisTel, and eVentures (Brownstein, Farber, & Hyatt) $250M
  7. Lucent vs Network Access Solutions (Lowenstein Sandler) $54M
  8. Lucent vs Telephony International (Orrick, Herrington, & Sutcliffe) $50 million
  9. MicroAge vs AT&T Global Network Services, GE Interlogix (Gleaves, Swearington, Potter)
  10. Cogent vs eBroadBandNow (Law office of Byron Fleck)
  11. TKTel vs Ericsson (Altman & Company)
  12. La Touraine vs Navisite
  13. Laci & Scott Peterson murder trial

Career Team Awards

  1. Digital Island was named the “Most Innovative Service Provider of the Year” in Network Computing for the year 2000 by CMP Media.
  2. Data Communications Magazine: “Data Communications’ Hot Products Award,” announced in the January 1998 issue, for our new Managed Bandwidth Service. The Hot Products Award acknowledges “The Brightest Ideas in Networking.”
  3. Computerworld magazine selected Digital Island as one of 100 Emerging Companies to Watch in 2000, awarding its e-Network Services’ innovative approach to enabling e-Business for Fortune 1,000 corporations.
  4. Internet World Industry Awards, Industry Access Services Category, 1998. “The Best Service Enabling Internet or Intranet Functions Beyond Basic Connectivity.” Examples of services measured included website hosting and transaction processing.
  5. Dialpad was awarded Internet Telephony Magazine’s “Product of the Year Award.” Internet Telephony’s Product of the Year Award is presented to companies whose products exemplify innovation, a commitment to quality, and have had a significant impact on moving the IP-based telecommunications industry forward.
  6. Dialpad was named the “Best Internet Telephony Site for 2001” by Yahoo! Internet Life.
  7. Dialpad was ranked “Number One in Internet Telephony Traffic” by Nielsen Net Ranking.
  8. Dialpad maintains “Number One Ranking Among VoIP Service Traffic,” according to Frost & Sullivan.
  9. Dialpad Communications was named the “Best of Show” winner at the 2001 Internet Telephony Conference & Expo.
  10. ITU ranks Dialpad Communications “Market Share Leader” among VoIP carriers.
  11. Dialpad was awarded Internet Telephony Magazine’s “Product of the Year” award for 2000.
  12. Awarded by Cisco Systems as their “2011 Global Service Provider Partner of the Year.”

Federal & State Telecommunications and InterExchange Carrier (IXC) Licenses

  1. FGD Carrier Identification Code (CIC): 1225
  2. ACNA: YMN
  3. FCC 499 ID: 824344
  4. FCC 214
  5. Also licensed in 35 of the 50 states which required telecom carrier registration, i.e. PUC of California: U-6754-C
  6. HAM Radio: KZ7MAX [requires FBI background investigation]