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):

Employee Former role at Qpass Current position
Rob Agee Director of business development Business development manager, Microsoft
Jeff Arrowsmith Senior director of finance COO, Tax Credit Group, Marcus & Millichap
Pat Behrens Controller CFO, Full Slate
John Bito Chief technical architect CTO, Entertonement
Scott Blanksteen Head of business and corporate development VP of product strategy, IceBreaker
Kevin Brown VP of sales VP of sales and marketing, Symform (previously with Tableau Software)
Bill Bryant Co-founder Venture partner, Draper Fisher Jurvetson
Michael Cockrill VP product, VP solutions architecture, chief technical strategist Managing partner, Atlas Accelerator
Thomas Enochs VP of services Senior vice president, Globys
Damian Evans VP of product development VP of engineering, Ontela
Ron Faith VP and general manager CEO, Datacastle
Chase Franklin Co-founder and CEO On board of directors, Ontela
Eric Harber VP of corporate and business development President and COO, HipCricket
Martin Herdina
Director of product management CEO, fatfoogoo
Tom Huseby Chairman Investor with Voyager Capital, SeaPoint Ventures, Oak Investment Partners, Hunt Ventures
Blake Ilstrup General counsel Senior attorney, Cooley Godward Kronish
Melanie Keisor Senior director of HR Senior HR role, Amazon
Rich Koehler Product manager VP products, Amdocs
Bill Lange Director of product management CEO, Full Slate
John Lauer CEO of Simplewire (bought by Qpass) CEO, Zipwhip
Scott Mahan Controller, VP finance CFO, Bsquare
Jon Matsuo SVP of sales CEO, DropStation
Mark McNeely Co-founder CEO, Intelevision
Roger Parks VP of products Co-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 Shivers SVP of corporate strategy CEO, Doxo
Steven Smith VP of business development VP of customer operations, Appature
Erika Weber Director of business development GM-ish role, Microsoft
Sterling Wilson President CEO, Ground Truth


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

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  • M

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