Business Team

Paul Walborsky brings two decades of entrepreneurial, financial, and executive expertise to Gigaom. A former Wall Street executive and founder of two companies, Paul has the unique ability to grow a disruptive business idea into a highly successful company. Prior to Gigaom, Paul founded WorldStreet Corporation, a collaborative, peer-to-peer communication platform for the financial services industry acquired by Thomson Financial in 2002. Paul has served as an advisor/investor to numerous companies, including Mobilocity (acquired by Qualcomm), Starmine (acquired by Thomson Reuters), Peanut Labs (acquired by eRewards), WeGame, and Santa.com.

Paul has raised over $100 million in venture capital funds for startups during his career, and grown startups from the ground up: he has experience working with top-tier venture funds, establishing strategic alliances, acquiring customers, building revenues, creating marketable products, and disrupting established markets. Prior to his entrepreneurial career, Paul held senior positions at major Wall Street firms including Swiss Bank, Lehman Brothers and ING Barings. Paul holds a MA degree in economics and finance from Brandeis University.

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Andrea Abegglen

Vice President, Marketing

Andrea is a seasoned marketing executive with over 20 years of experience and a proven track record of helping to start and grow successful businesses. Andrea was most recently VP of marketing for Monster.com’s student focused sites: MonsterCollege and FastWeb, as well as the MonsterCommunities. She has been a founding partner in several successful start-ups including Student Advantage (SA) and Crimson & Brown Associates (CBA). As a founding partner of SA, she helped take the company public from its initial start-up phase and helped to grow the company from 10 to over 500 employees, with revenue of over $30 million. As president of CBA, Andrea grew the company from one to 14 employees, with revenues of $3 million. She was instrumental in the sale of the company to Kaplan, a Washington Post company. Auny has provided marketing consulting services to a multitude of companies including LinkedIn, Gigaom, VISA, Dancing Deer Baking Co., The S Factor and Starving Students Moving Company. Andrea was born in Cambridge, MA and raised in Boston, MA and in Tokyo, Japan. She received a Bachelor’s of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Ken Andersen

Vice President, Research

Ken is the Vice President of Research at Gigaom. He has spent nearly 20 years building and running high tech media, events and research businesses. He was the founding editor of VentureWire, one of the first digital newsletters to cover startups and venture capital. After Dow Jones acquired VentureWire, Ken helped build a new information services business there that also included Private Equity Analyst and VentureSource. Ken also served as Managing Director of Dow Jones Events, running some of the top venture capital and private equity events in North America. Before joining Gigaom, Ken oversaw content and events for the Technology, Media & Telecom practice at Gerson Lehrman Group. He holds a BS in Geology & Geophysics from Yale and lives in Brooklyn.

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Asanka de Mel

Vice President, Sales

Asanka leads the Sales and Client Services practice. He brings more than a decade of business development, technology, and executive expertise in providing the best in class service to Gigaom’s clients.Prior to taking on this role, Asanka led Gigaom’s technology team launching new products and building better user experiences, as VP of Product. Before joining Gigaom, in varying roles including consulting, engineering, business development and sales, Asanka pursued a career helping build entrepreneurial companies such as ArcGate and Motive (acquired by Alcatel-Lucent). He holds a MPA degree from Harvard Kennedy School and a MSc in Computer Science from The University of Texas at Austin.

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Tom Krazit

Executive Editor, Gigaom.com

Tom is a veteran technology journalist, writer, and editor who has never worked in any other medium than the internet. He is responsible for overseeing all aspects of Gigaom’s editorial mission. Tom has written and edited stories about nearly everything important to us as a tech media company — enterprise computing, the rise of mobile, and consumer internet companies — at one time or another over twelve years at IDG, CNET, and paidContent before joining Gigaom in 2012 and becoming executive editor in 2013. Tom holds a business degree with a concentration in marketing from Boston College, and has appeared as an industry expert on media outlets including CNBC, ABC, CBS, Revision 3, NPR, TWiT, and several others.

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Elias MurrayMetzger

Vice President, Finance

Elias (Eli) brings more than 14 years of experience in financial management, regulatory compliance and operations at publicly traded technology organizations and a Big 4 public accounting background. Previously he served as CFO Avistar Communications Corporation, a NASDAQ listed company providing enterprise software solutions for video communications. Previously, Eli was Assistant Controller of Centra Software, Inc., a provider of a cloud based enterprise software solutions for online business communication, collaboration and learning and worked for the technology audit practice of PwC for 4 years. He is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) and has a Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness with a concentration in finance from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

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Clare Ryan

Vice President, Events

Clare is the VP of Events at Gigaom. She is responsible for collaborating with the editorial, sales, marketing, and business development teams to produce world class events like: Structure Data, Structure, Structure Connect and Roadmap. Prior to Gigaom, Clare worked at Dealmaker Media producing the Under the Radar Conferences, the GROW Conference, and small private events. Clare was raised in the California Foothills and graduated from UC Berkeley.  She currently lives with her husband in Portland, Oregon.

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Mike Sly

Vice President, Event Sales

Mike has more than 20 years experience in the technology media sector. He began his career at IDG in 1992 working for Publish magazine. Mike was the 10th employee at Red Herring magazine and, as West Coast advertising director, went on to help build Red Herring Communications into one of the more successful media companies of that decade. He later helped launch AlwaysOn and was Gigaom’s sixth employee, joining in 2007.

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Raza Zaidi

Vice President, Product Management

Raza is a 25-year veteran of the digital media industry. He’s managed development for a range of products from hardware to desktop/mobile software to web. He is a respected industry expect in video/music technologies and particularly in information architecture and metadata. He was previously CTO and co-founder of TuneUp Media where he built the award-winning TuneUp plug-in for iTunes. He has consulted on product definition and development for Sony/Gracenote, Rovi/AMG, Motorola, TDK Electronics and many others. He has also architected various industry standards for music and audiobooks for the Consumer Electronics Association. He started his career with a 12-year stint at Intel Corporation where he worked on ground-breaking video compression algorithms and started Intel’s Developer Relations Group. Raza holds a BSEE degree from SUNY Stony Brook.