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Prior to SoftLayer, Josh had a diverse career in business development, startup management, fundraising, consulting, and politics. After serving on the Advance Team of President Clinton and Vice President Gore, Josh co-founded Continuum, and he has been a consultant to groups like DaimlerChrysler, Ford Motor Company, The Detroit Institute of Arts, Sparked.com, Slavery Footprint, and BranchOut.com. Josh graduated from the University of New Hampshire, serves on several non-profit boards, is a life-long Big Brother, an avid runner, and is really nice.
Kelley Hilborn manages community development as well as Catalyst operations for SoftLayer in the eastern region of the US, Canada, and Latin America. Kelley also serves as the technical liaison between SoftLayer and technology-based startup companies everywhere. Prior to joining SoftLayer, Kelley spent 19 years in information technology where he managed support, infrastructure, administration, VoIP, networking, and security for companies such as Interstate Batteries, Time Warner, and The Planet. Though not a programmer, Kelley served as the COO and CTO of two startups and currently serves as a mentor and CTO advisor to multiple startups.
Prior to SoftLayer, Jared had a diverse career in industries ranging from sports journalism and finance to startups. While working at Merrill Lynch's Private Wealth and Investment Management division, Jared wrote for Bleacher Report as a World Football and Real Madrid featured columnist. After pursuing a career in finance and wealth management, Jared founded BlurtAbout, a social media company where people post their opinions about specific topics including sports, TV, and movies. In addition to building BlurtAbout from the ground up, Jared worked on some cool projects that remain in the super stealth and incognito phase. Jared graduated from UC Berkeley, loves traveling, and is a stand-up guy.
To say that Rita understands the nuts and bolts of SoftLayer data centers is an understatement. Prior to joining the Catalyst team, she spent two years working in data center pods as a server build technician in SoftLayer’s Washington D.C. data center. Rita has a Bachelor of Science degree in organizational communication and an MBA from Rollins College. She is multi-lingual (English, French, and Arabic), and really loves people and animals.
Jennifer has a decade of experience working as a management consultant and project manager at several global investment banks. She decided to undergo a career transition and joined Startup Institute New York in the Sales & Business Development track to catapult herself into the city's vibrant startup community. Originally from Washington, D.C., she now calls NYC home, and loves to take advantage of the diverse cultural attractions the city has to offer. In her spare time you can find her traveling, dodging taxis on her bike, or eating out at restaurants.
Casey began his digital career in the DotCom era. Based in Hong Kong, he co-founded four startups, sold two of them, crashed one, and currently serves on the board of the fourth. He is also the co-founder of StartupsHK, Hong Kong's premiere tech startup and entrepreneur network that hosts 3,000 members and startups. Casey is a social media ambassador, a self-proclaimed professor of pop culture, enjoys writing comic books about super-powered monsters in his spare time, and is really funny.
Andy helps companies in the Catalyst program use SoftLayer’s extensive services to address technical challenges. In his diverse technical background, he spent nine years with Devonshire Investors, where his job was to stress and break every piece of technology that entered his test lab. Following the mad scientist years, Andy transferred to KVH Co., Ltd. where he joined a small group of developers to code Ruby modules. This enabled automated provisioning of servers and services, which eventually became the company’s entry into IaaS. When Andy isn’t plugged into a computer, you can find him dangling from the side of a boulder, cruising asphalt on a longboard, or wrangling together a card game.
As founders and executives of a former startup company, our leadership team happily shares its knowledge and experience with those who are new to the game. SoftLayer executives serve as mentors at incubator/accelerators that we partner with, including TechStars, Mass Challenge, and Tech Wildcatters.