The Qpass Mafia, Part Two: An Updated Family Tree of Digital Commerce Execs

I’ve gotten quite a few responses and additions to yesterday’s list of “Qpass mafia,” an influential group of former Qpass employees from the Seattle area. So far, nobody has sent me a Sicilian message (like a dead fish through my window), so I must be on the right track. But feel free to comment on this story if you have further additions or amendments to the Qpass family tree.

Qpass is the Seattle-based digital commerce company that was acquired by Amdocs for $275 million in 2006. Its homegrown talent has spawned a whole legion of successful entrepreneurs, investors, and new startups, which I detail below in a more complete table of “ex-Qpassions,” as they call themselves.

The table includes quite a few people I missed the first time around, including Michael Cockrill of Atlas Accelerator, Kevin Brown of Symform (and previously Tableau Software), John Bito of Entertonement, Martin Herdina of fatfoogoo, and Claudia Poepperl of adaffix.

I also heard some intriguing news from Chase Franklin, the Qpass co-founder and former CEO. “Having spent the last couple of years working on my golf game in Tucson, I’m returning to Seattle this month and in discussions regarding a couple exciting CEO roles,” Franklin wrote in an e-mail. “Time to get back on the horse.”

Here’s the updated Qpass family tree (up to 30 people, including 9 CEOs):

EmployeeFormer role at QpassCurrent position
Rob AgeeDirector of business developmentBusiness development manager, Microsoft
Jeff ArrowsmithSenior director of financeCOO, Tax Credit Group, Marcus & Millichap
Pat BehrensControllerCFO, Full Slate
John BitoChief technical architectCTO, Entertonement
Scott BlanksteenHead of business and corporate developmentVP of product strategy, IceBreaker
Kevin BrownVP of salesVP of sales and marketing, Symform (previously with Tableau Software)
Bill BryantCo-founderVenture partner, Draper Fisher Jurvetson
Michael CockrillVP product, VP solutions architecture, chief technical strategistManaging partner, Atlas Accelerator
Thomas EnochsVP of servicesSenior vice president, Globys
Damian EvansVP of product developmentVP of engineering, Ontela
Ron FaithVP and general managerCEO, Datacastle
Chase FranklinCo-founder and CEOOn board of directors, Ontela
Eric HarberVP of corporate and business developmentPresident and COO, HipCricket
Martin Herdina
Director of product managementCEO, fatfoogoo
Tom HusebyChairmanInvestor with Voyager Capital, SeaPoint Ventures, Oak Investment Partners, Hunt Ventures
Blake IlstrupGeneral counselSenior attorney, Cooley Godward Kronish
Melanie KeisorSenior director of HRSenior HR role, Amazon
Rich KoehlerProduct managerVP products, Amdocs
Bill LangeDirector of product managementCEO, Full Slate
John LauerCEO of Simplewire (bought by Qpass)CEO, Zipwhip
Scott MahanController, VP financeCFO, Bsquare
Jon MatsuoSVP of salesCEO, DropStation
Mark McNeelyCo-founderCEO, Intelevision
Roger ParksVP of productsCo-founder and vice president, Doxo
James Patmore
VP of sales (Europe)Managing director, EMEA, Boku
Claudia Poepperl
Director of marketing (Europe)CEO, adaffix (Yellix)
Steve ShiversSVP of corporate strategyCEO, Doxo
Steven SmithVP of business developmentVP of customer operations, Appature
Erika WeberDirector of business developmentGM-ish role, Microsoft
Sterling WilsonPresidentCEO, Ground Truth

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Gregory T. Huang is Xconomy's Deputy Editor, National IT Editor, and Editor of Xconomy Boston. E-mail him at gthuang [at] xconomy.com. Follow @gthuang

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One response to “The Qpass Mafia, Part Two: An Updated Family Tree of Digital Commerce Execs”

  1. M says:

    wow. 10% female, 90% male. When is the tech industry going to catch up with society?