Mark Quigley is responsible for a number of key initiatives within SoftLayer, including overarching responsibility for the company’s Catalyst program. Mark previously served as vice president of international for SoftLayer, where he was responsible for business units within EMEA and APAC. Before joining the company, Mark was the director of strategic planning for Devonshire Investors, the private equity arm of Fidelity Investments. There, he supported the international expansion of HR Access, a French payroll and HR provider. Mark has also held senior management roles with Bell Canada, Canada's largest telco, and the Yankee Group, an ICT market research company. Mark holds a Bachelor of Science from McMaster University.
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.
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.
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.
Rich Maloy’s mission is to transform the world through innovation and entrepreneurship. He believes that startups give all people the opportunity to grow, learn, and earn. He is currently based out of Boulder, Colorado, but spent 14 years living and working in NYC. Before transitioning into the startup world, he worked in finance and sales. Rich has helped early stage companies raise angel and venture financing, develop sales & partnerships, and create better pitches. He’s uniquely positioned to offer resources, mentorship, and connections to early stage startups. He loves his wife, tech, video games, sci-fi, and skiing.
Qasim Virjee’s work has spanned continents, and has often involved multimedia and digital communities. He has brought rural Kenyan schools online with the country’s first ISP, founded record labels and music festivals, performed as a DJ and VJ, launched SaaS startups (including creative portfolio service introduction.io, collaborative travel planning platform tripping.co, and white-label, turnkey video solution svod.co), helped Bollywood studios access online audiences and evolved urban placemaking approaches to planning for digital communities. Now based in Toronto, Qasim works primarily with Canadian companies and institutions to develop the country’s startup infrastructure.
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.