Board of Advisors

Tom Paquin

Tom is a longtime Silicon Valley executive with almost 20 years' experience in general and technical management. Tom has spent the last several years incubating and assisting startups. Prior to that he spent 2 years as Senior VP of Products at Geocast Network Systems. Tom is best-known from his successes at Netscape. He ran engineering from the April 1994 founding through 2.0, repeatedly getting products shipped in "Internet Time" - a term he coined. He also designed the SSL API, named "cookies", and is responsible for a great deal of how we all use the web. He was made the first Netscape Fellow in 1996, and went on to found Previously, Tom spent 5 years at Silicon Graphics and was the primary impetus for the integration of X11 and the GL, which enabled SGI's then-modern platform and ultimately led to the OpenGL. Prior to that, he spent 5 years at IBM, first at IBM Research and then at IBM's Palo Alto Scientific Center, writing microcode, drivers, and libraries for then-fledgling graphics devices under BSD 4.2 and other flavors of Unix. At IBM, Tom's team achieved many Firsts and Bests in the Unix workstation industry. Tom has a BS in Applied Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Laurent Burman

Laurent lends his extensive start-up, new media, business development and strategy expertise to help build MediaMall and navigate the online partnership landscape. Laurent currently serves as the VP of Marketing and Business Development at GlobalScholar, a Michael Milken and Ignition-backed online education-focused startup. Prior to GlobalScholar, Laurent was the VP of Web for Helio, the most advanced wireless service in the U.S., where he built the online brand, built and managed, their award-winning website, and managed all e-commerce. Prior to Helio, Laurent served as the General Manager of the Wireless business for He has also served as the VP of Business Development for GetConnected, a transaction service provider to the Wireless and Broadband industries, and worked in product development for over 8 years with Procter and Gamble and IBM. Laurent holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BS in Engineering from Queens University.

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