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. He has served as an advisor/investor to numerous companies, including Mobilocity (acquired by Qualcomm), Starmine (acquired by Thomson Reuters), Peanut Labs (acquired by eRewards), Santa.com and Group47.
Paul has raised more than $100 million in venture capital funds for startups 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. He holds an M.A. in economics and finance from Brandeis University.
Andrea (Auny) Abegglen
Vice President, Marketing, Gigaom
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.
Vice President, Gigaom Research
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.