Chief Executive Officer
Sameer Dholakia has nearly 20 years of experience in successfully bringing high growth, disruptive cloud and enterprise software solutions to market. Prior to joining SendGrid, he served as Group Vice President and General Manager of the Cloud Platforms group at Citrix, driving the company’s product strategy for cloud infrastructure and server virtualization. Sameer joined the company in 2010, when Citrix acquired VMLogix, where he served as CEO and doubled revenues during each year of his tenure. Prior to that, he worked for 12 years at Trilogy, where he held key leadership roles in sales, business development and product management and helped the company grow from a start-up to a $300 million business. Sameer received Bachelor’s and Master's degrees from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Chief Financial Officer
Chad Varra brings over 20 years of finance and operations experience for both publicly traded and privately held high technology companies. Chad most recently served as the Vice President of Finance and Accounting for Rally Software Development Corp, the leader in Agile application lifecycle management. During his 6 years at Rally, Chad held key roles as an executive in accounting, finance, mergers and acquisitions, planning, contract negotiations, legal and human resources. From 2000-2004 Chad served as Corporate Controller for ChannelPoint, Inc., a provider of ecommerce software solutions and applications. From 1995 – 2000, Chad served as a Manager of External Financial Reporting at Storage Technology Corporation, a publicly traded provider of information storage and management solutions. Prior to that, Chad served as an experienced audit and business advisor with Arthur Andersen LLP, an international public accounting firm.
Isaac Saldana received a double major in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from the University of California Riverside. In 2006 Isaac co-founded themebid.com, a bidding site for services, where he took the role of CTO. In 2007, he co-founded notpaul.com, a site where events were generated by fans. In 2009, Isaac co-founded SendGrid, a cloud based email service helping companies increase their email deliverability. Isaac is the president of SendGrid where he is responsible for the product vision.
Co-founder, Chief Technology Officer
Tim Jenkins graduated with a BS in Computer Science from the University of California, Riverside in 1998. He worked there as a Systems Administrator until moving on to Spinway in 2000. He later worked for Array Networks, developing high performance load balancers, and Advatech Pacific, developing launch vehicle design software and managing the engineering team. In 2009 he co-founded SendGrid, where he serves as Chief Technical Officer.
Co-founder, Web Architect
Jose Lopez graduated with a degree in Computer Engineering from the University of California, Riverside in 2006. At UC Riverside, Jose met Isaac Saldana and together they ignited their passion for startup culture by working together to develop companies such as thembid.com, frontpagebids.com, logobids.com. In 2009, he co-founded sendgrid.com where he currently serves as web architect.
General Counsel, VP
Michael Tognetti is SendGrid's General Counsel and Vice President. He has a degree in Electrical Engineering from Notre Dame and a law degree from Harvard Law School. Michael has always worked for high technology companies, starting with his clients at law firms Cooley Godward and Holme Roberts and Owen, to working as in house counsel at Vericept and Decisioneering, the original makers of Crystal Ball software. After Decisioneering was acquired by Hyperion, who was subsequently acquired by Oracle, Michael spent time working with the Crystal Ball global business unit created within Oracle. A Montana native, he enjoys golf, and anything less than 50 rounds a year is failure.
VP of Product & Marketing
Paul Ford is a serial entrepreneur, technology evangelist, innovator, strategist, and startup advisor with two decades of experience at IaaS and SaaS organizations. As Vice President of Product and Marketing, Paul drives SendGrid’s overall product strategy and marketing efforts. Prior to SendGrid, Paul served as the Vice President of Ecosystem Development at Softlayer Technologies. While there, he created and managed several strategic programs, including the Catalyst Startup Program. Paul continues his mentorship at TechStars, 500 Startups, Tech WildCatters, SeedCamp and Wayra. He is also one of five “Entreprenuers in Residence” currently supporting the White House and Department of Homeland Security’s efforts in growing the economy and creating more American jobs.
VP of Research & Development
Mike has one goal, to make developer’s lives’ more awesome. Developing a world-wide data analytics platform in the early 90’s while at APC and founding one of Rhode Island's earliest ISPs in 1995 set the direction for Mike’s future professional efforts. Later, co-founding three additional companies serving as CTO and leading R&D efforts. Prior to joining SendGrid Mike lead R&D at GeoTrust until its successful acquisition by VeriSign/Symantec in 2006. Waiting only three weeks, Mike went on to co-found RatePoint where he built a scalable cloud-based email platform with a monthly throughput of nearly 500M emails. Mike was named a 40 under 40 honoree for emerging business leaders in Boston. Mike loves playing golf, but most of all spending time with his wife and their daughter.
Chief Security Officer
David Campbell is a veteran and visionary in the rapidly evolving field of cyber security. He has nearly two decades of experience providing realistic security assessment and business-focused remediation assistance to organizations ranging from startups to public companies. A highly technical entrepreneur, David developed one of the first effective DDOS mitigation services in 2001. He went on to build MobileScope, a mobile security and privacy service that was acquired by Evidon in 2013 after winning The Wall Street Journal’s Data Privacy and Transparency Hackathon in 2012. Prior to joining SendGrid, David was the founding CEO of JumpCloud, a venture backed SaaS based server management and security startup. David has a pragmatism unique among security professionals and is able to somehow balance the agility and pace of fast growing startups with the constantly changing threat landscape.
VP of Email Delivery
Paul is SendGrid’s VP of Email Delivery. He has over two decades of experience architecting, developing and selling scalable technology solutions that benefit the lives of tens of millions of people every day. He drives our white-hat culture and leads the teams that keep spam off SendGrid’s systems, earning us the trust that keeps enormous volumes of wanted email flowing smoothly. Paul’s community-focused leadership, connections, and collaboration fuels innovations that keep email relevant and useful. In addition to his day job, for several years he contributed to Colorado’s high tech growth by teaching courses at the University of Denver. Outside of work, you can find Paul and his family cycling, hiking and photographing Colorado’s beautiful Rocky Mountains.
VP of Revenue
Laurence leads sales, business development, and customer acquisition for SendGrid. Prior to joining SendGrid, Laurence led business development and go-to-market strategy for Bloomspot, Inc., an e-commerce startup that was acquired by Chase Bank in 2012. He was also co-founder of Trifonic Music LLC, a music production and licensing company. Laurence holds a B.A. in Public Policy from Stanford University. Laurence currently resides in Boulder, CO where he enjoys running, hiking, and excellent coffee.
VP of Support and Business Operations
Ken is employee six for SendGrid. Prior to his tenure with SendGrid Ken combined formal education with professional experiences in Sales, Customer and Technical Support, Entrepreneurship, and Consulting. Ken’s diverse work experience includes large companies like IBM, successful startups like SpectraLink and SendGrid, and also his own boutique IT consulting firm. As a Change Consultant, Ken spent 7 years providing analytics and consultation to fortune 500 companies addressing tactics for accelerating lasting organizational change. Ken’s education includes a BS Marketing followed by an Information Systems Masters. As a ten year Leukemia survivor Ken makes sure to enjoy every day, month and season and when not working he can be found napping in the sun, running around Boulder, or snowboarding the Colorado mountains.
Orange County, CA