Acclaimed technologist and speaker, as well as a major player during the early commercial years of the Internet, Doug Humphrey is widely recognized as the “Father of Managed Hosting.” In 1991, he founded DIGEX, an early national Internet services provider credited with creating the managed hosting business. The company was a very early — if not the earliest — provider of hosting services, which, in time, grew to dominate the company’s offerings. DIGEX was acquired by Intermedia Communications in July 1997.Known in local technology and business circles for his wit and tell-it-like-it-is attitude, Humphrey founded several other companies, including Cidera Inc. (formerly SkyCache, Inc.), which WebUseNet acquired in 2003; and Coloco, which AiNET acquired in 2007. His roles in those companies ranged from chief executive officer and chief technology officer to president and chairman of the board.Humphrey serves as a member of several technology and investment advisory boards. A frequent speaker at Internet conferences, business and law school seminars, and private investor forums, he seeks to provide others with the advice and wisdom of a seasoned entrepreneur.
Gaige B. Paulsen
A software entrepreneur and technologist for over 25 years, Paulsen began his work in the Internet in 1985 while attending the University of Illinois and working at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), one of five NSF-funded supercomputing centers established for research and collaboration. His co-development of NCSA Telnet led to his role as CTO and COO of InterCon Systems Corporation, an Internet software company that developed market-leading TCP/IP products for Macintosh computers.For the past 25 years, he has led and advised technology companies on software architecture, development techniques and platforms in areas including embedded systems (Ascend Communications/Lucent), next-generation power and Internet distribution (Neutral Net), identity management (Trufina), and GIS (ClueTrust).
An expert in quantitative data analysis and modeling, Natalie Robb is the founder of WaveLength Market Analytics, a firm that has been responsible for managing industry-leading analytics and go-to-market teams for some of the world’s leading technology companies.Robb has researched, reported, and created marketing programs for many technology and telecom markets, including cloud computing, data centers, IPTV, communications services, enterprise network equipment, carrier switches and routers, systems integrators, operational support systems, storage, security, wireless equipment and services. Her clients have included start-ups and industry leaders such as NetApp, Brocade Communications, Cisco, Juniper, Alcatel-Lucent, Microsoft, and VeriSign.Robb’s analytical roots run deep. Prior to starting WaveLength in 2001, she worked at TeleChoice, conducting enterprise and service provider customer research packaged into marketing programs sponsored by Cisco, Nortel, Lucent, and Network World, as well as numerous service providers. Her first experience with an Internet service provider was at PSINet as analyst relations manager and market research analyst. In the early ‘90s, she gained her analytical depth by creating statistical models on very large government contracts with both Hay Group and SRA International.Robb earned her undergraduate degree in international trade and relations from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and her MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.