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Who’s behind Shipwire?

Damon Schchter

Damon also serves on
the Board of Directors

Damon Schechter Chief Executive Officer

Damon is responsible for driving the vision and strategy of Shipwire, as well as the operations. He brings over seventeen years of experience as an entrepreneur, business manager, and R&D leader. Prior to starting Shipwire, Damon hired a Pulitzer-nominated coauthor and wrote bestseller Delivering the Goods: The Art of Managing Your Supply Chain (J. Wiley & Sons; 2002). Prior to being an author, Damon was an active investor and advisor to more than 30 startups in the areas of ecommerce and supply chain management. Prior to becoming an investor, Damon managed the flagship product family for Cobalt Networks. As product manager, Damon developed the first successful web and ecommerce servers and helped Cobalt grow into a worldwide leader in the category, culminating in a successful IPO and acquisition by Sun Microsystems for $2B. Prior to Cobalt, Damon was a consultant, creating the first supply chain Internet-applications for Sun Microsystems, Ryder System, and the U.S. Air Force. Damon is also an inventor on multiple U.S. and foreign patents, and is actively involved in the Young President’s Organization (YPO). He graduated with high distinction from Stanford University, from which he holds a B.A. in economics and a M.S. in engineering.

Darwin Stephenson

Darwin Stephenson Vice President, Sales & Customer Support

Darwin champions customer success for Shipwire across our Sales, Customer Care and Account Management departments. With over 20 years of experience driving growth and total customer satisfaction, Darwin is an expert at bringing what we call “delight” into the customer experience. Previously Darwin served as Market Vice President for Iron Mountain, where he drove a holistic overhaul of the company’s 5th largest market by developing and leading tactical as well as strategic initiatives to grow revenue performance, instill pride in the workforce (300+ employees across 3 lines of business) and build a cohesive management team. Darwin has spent 20+ years in sales and marketing positions at various technology and media companies, including Apple Computer, marchFIRST and Weider Publications. He holds Bachelor of Arts in Marketing and Psychology from Whittier College’s prestigious Scholars Program.

Nate Gilmore Vice President, Marketing & Business Development

Nate oversees our channel development and developer network, as well as our marketing and public relations. He built and manages Shipwire partnerships with over 50 ecommerce providers. Previously, Nate was at Concentric, acquired by XO Communications, where he ran product management, sales and marketing. Over his six year career with Concentric, he developed dozens of new business channels, by initiating new products for small- and mid- size businesses, developing partner programs for those products, and working with web developers and systems integrators to provide ongoing support of those products. Previously, Nate held various legal positions in intellectual property and business law. He holds a B.A. in History, and a J.D., from Santa Clara University.

Evan Robinson

Evan also serves on
the Board of Directors

Evan Robinson Vice President, Engineering & Chief Technical Officer

Evan is responsible for the architecture and development of the Shipwire platform. He built and manages the Shipwire engineering team, and manages a monthly release of new features to Shipwire customers in over 30 countries. Previously Evan spent six years at Yahoo!, where he served as a lead of Yahoo! Autos, one of Yahoo!’s most profitable divisions. During his tenure, Evan played a number of key roles in the growth of the Autos property from a basic classifieds site to a consistently top-ranked automotive information and community hub. Evan variously oversaw Yahoo! Autos’ listing and data systems, site operations, enthusiast platform, and long-term infrastructure roadmap. Prior to Yahoo!, Evan spent four years at DoubleClick (formerly NetGravity), where he helped design, develop and maintain the Internet’s leading online advertising management software solution. Evan is also an inventor on multiple U.S. and foreign patents. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from MIT.

Phil Guindi

Phil Guindi Vice President, Product Management

Phil leads product management for the Shipwire platform, and is responsible for product strategy, roadmap, and requirements. Over the last decade, he has held a variety of product management roles in the San Francisco Bay Area. He most recently worked at Adobe as Group Product Manager, Emerging Creative Technologies, a small incubation group focused on developing innovative web services for creative professionals. Prior to that, he led product management for Adobe Illustrator, the industry standard vector graphics software. Phil has also worked in both software development and management roles at CAE Inc., a world leader in flight simulation and modeling technologies. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from McGill University, and an M.B.A from U.C. Berkeley.

Dan Weiss

Dan Weiss Vice President, Operations

Dan is responsible for the operational strategy, roadmap, and requirements, for the Shipwire platform. Previously Dan spent three years as the Director of Strategic Planning & Optimization for Restoration Hardware, where he led the distribution network design for this $500M+ retailer. In this time, he tracked over $10M in savings due to facility design and location, an estimated 50% reduction in shrinkage, and a capacity planning process that eliminated service issues resulting from capacity constraints. Prior to that, he spent five years as a senior manager of logistics strategy at Gap, where he created processes to manage warehouse network performance, statistical models to predict future carrier performance, and guidelines to improve vendor relations and minimize special handling. Prior to Gap, Dan spent four years at UPS Worldwide Logistics, where he led efforts to create a real-time order tracking system and assembly process for Hewlett Packard. Prior to UPS, Dan spent four years as a logistics coordinator at Freight Management Services, a Washington based freight forwarder. He holds a B.S. in International Business from University of the Pacific.

John Hardman

John Hardman Vice President, Finance & Administration

John oversees all aspects of finance, accounting, human resources, information technology, facilities and risk management. He also supports a team effort to build scalable processes to coincide with Shipwire’s growth plans. John comes to Shipwire with over fifteen years of financial management experience. Prior to Shipwire, John spent four years as Senior Director of Corporate Planning and Analysis at Phoenix Technologies, a $100M a year BIOS PC firmware leader. Before Phoenix, John spent five years in senior controllership positions with Savvis Communications, Cable and Wireless, and Exodus Communications and before that, senior analyst positions with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the U.S. Department of Energy, in Washington D.C. He holds a B.A. in Economics from The American University.

Our Corporate Board and Advisors

Ivan Hofmann

Ivan Hofmann FedEx Ground

Ivan became a Director in 2011, after serving on the Advisory Board since 2008. He is a 33-year veteran of the transportation industry. Since joining the former RPS — now FedEx Ground — in 1985, he has played an integral role in building FedEx Ground into a major competitor in the business-to-business, small-package market. Following his graduation from Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Hofmann began his transportation career in 1970 as an executive trainee with a national LTL carrier, McLean Trucking Company. In 1973 he joined Roadway Express where he held various management positions including Operations Manager, Terminal Manager, Breakbulk Manager and District Manager – responsible for both Sales and Operations. He joined FedEx Ground in 1985 as Vice President of Operations. In 1990, he was promoted to Senior Vice President of Operations, responsible for FedEx Ground’s field operation throughout the United States and Canada. He was promoted to President on January 1, 1993. During his tenure, the company reached significant sales and operation milestones—exceeding $1 billion in annual revenue and reaching 100 percent coverage of North America. With the acquisition of former RPS parent company Caliber System by FedEx in January 1998, Hofmann was named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of FedEx Ground. Since retiring in January of 2004, Hofmann has joined Carnegie Museum of Natural History as a Board member and Chairman of the Finance Committee. He was also recently elected as a Councilman for Edgeworth Borough where he serves as a member of the Police and Finance committees and chairs the Planning and Properties committee. Hofmann is also involved with the Community College of Allegheny (CCAC) as a past member of the Presidents Advisory Committee and an advisor to St. Edward HS Lakewood OH. Entrepreneurial Studies Program. Additionally, he serves as an outside director on several corporate boards of directors.

John Voris

John Voris Netflix Inc.

John has joined the Shipwire Advisory Board as an industrial automation advisor, bringing over 20 years of experience. He currently serves as the Vice President of Operations Engineering at Netflix, developing unique solutions for automating millions of manual transactions each day. Each of his initiatives so far has furthered the Netflix goal of making cost optimized automation a weapon for Netflix in the marketplace. The Netflix software engineering team reports to John as well. Previously, John spent 19 years as the founding principle of the John Voris Industrial Engineering Group, specializing in industrial automation. In this role, he completed over 300 distribution and manufacturing design and implementation projects, including 16 green field facilities. Projects ranged in size from two year, $10M fully integrated, automated material handling and storage systems to one week productivity improvement and optimization consulting. His clients included Cisco Systems, Lucent Technologies, New United Motors Manufacturing (NUMMI), Solyndra, Shutterfly, Sun Microsystems, Emery Global Logistics, Solectron, AMD, Netflix, AuctionDrop, and many more.

Jean-FrancoisVan Kerckhove

Jean-Francois Van Kerckhove ebay

Jean-Francois (JF) Van Kerckhove joined the Board as an Observer in 2011. As the VP of Corporate Strategy for Ebay Inc., he is responsible for setting and coordinating eBay's growth strategy, managing strategic corporate initiatives, supporting its M&A and business development, and investing in disruptive early-stage ventures. Previously he served as SVP of Strategy & Business Development of Spirent Communications Plc. Before joining Spirent, JF worked with McKinsey & Company in Palo Alto, California, advising technology and private equity clients. He was a member of the leadership team of McKinsey's West Coast High Tech and Corporate Finance Practices. Prior to joining McKinsey, he served at DSC Communications and Alcatel's Corporate Research Center, where he was involved with the initial development of DSL modem technology. JF holds multiple communications-related patents. JF holds an MBA from INSEAD business school, Fontainbleau, France and Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven, Belgium.

Amine Khechfe

Amine Khechfe Endicia

Amine joined the Board as an Observer in 2011. He is General Manager of Endicia, which printed over $1.5 billion in electronic postage in 2010, and was acquired by Newell Rubbermaid in 2007. Amine is responsible for directing all aspects of the Endicia business unit as well as managing its position within the Newell Rubbermaid Technology Global Business Unit. Graduating with an M.S. in engineering from Stanford University, Amine has held a variety of management roles in engineering, management consulting, software development, marketing and business development. He started his career at TRANE Air Conditioning and AT&T Information Systems before co-founding Endicia in 1987.

Glen Meakem

Glen Meakem Meakem Becker

Glen became a Director of Shipwire in June 2007. As a co-founder of Meakem Becker Venture Capital, he has earned a national reputation as a new economy leader and innovator. His success as an entrepreneur has been accompanied by a strict code of personal and professional ethics, and an ability to build strong teams of likeminded individuals. Glen’s entry into the venture capital industry was preceded by a widely chronicled role as co-founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of FreeMarkets, Inc., which was the leading provider of internet deployed software and services for automating the sourcing processes of Global 1000 companies. Glen and his team took FreeMarkets public in late 1999, and after growing the company significantly through the post bubble technology recession, sold the company to Ariba, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARBA) in 2004 for approximately $500 million. Glen graduated A.B. cum laude from Harvard University in 1986, and later earned his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 1992 after returning from the First Gulf War — where he volunteered for active duty as a platoon leader. His pioneering work on e-commerce methods and inventions has resulted in eight U.S. patents.

David Becker

David Becker Meakem Becker

David is a Managing Director of Meakem Becker Venture Capital, and has been a Director of Shipwire since June 2007. He previously served as a member of the leadership team of FreeMarkets, Inc., then the leading provider of internet deployed software and services for automating the sourcing processes of Global 1000 companies. As the Chief Operating Officer of FreeMarkets, Dave managed all operations for the company including software development and service delivery during the company’s growth from $8 million to almost $200 million of revenue and to over 1,200 employees based around the world. Dave was also a key member of the team that brought the company public in 1999. Dave’s early professional experience includes financial and management roles for Dole Fresh Fruit International in Costa Rica, where he managed a team that developed and ran a global information network that became the backbone of Dole Latin America’s logistics and supply chain management systems. Dave holds a B.S. with high distinction in chemical and petroleum refining engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and an M.S. in chemical engineering from West Virginia College of Graduate Studies (now Marshall University). In 1991, Dave received his M.B.A. from Harvard University. His pioneering work on e-commerce methods and inventions has resulted in eight U.S. patents.

Damon Schechter

Damon Schechter Chief Executive Officer

Damon is responsible for driving the vision and strategy of Shipwire, as well as the operations. He brings over seventeen years of experience as an entrepreneur, business manager, and R&D leader. Prior to starting Shipwire, Damon hired a Pulitzer-nominated coauthor and wrote bestseller Delivering the Goods: The Art of Managing Your Supply Chain (J. Wiley & Sons; 2002). Prior to being an author, Damon was an active investor and advisor to more than 30 startups in the areas of ecommerce and supply chain management. Prior to becoming an investor, Damon managed the flagship product family for Cobalt Networks. As product manager, Damon developed the first successful web and ecommerce servers and helped Cobalt grow into a worldwide leader in the category, culminating in a successful IPO and acquisition by Sun Microsystems for $2B. Prior to Cobalt, Damon was a consultant, creating the first supply chain Internet-applications for Sun Microsystems, Ryder System, and the U.S. Air Force. Damon is also an inventor on multiple U.S. and foreign patents, and is actively involved in the Young President’s Organization (YPO). He graduated with high distinction from Stanford University, from which he holds a B.A. in economics and a M.S. in engineering.

Evan Robinson

Evan Robinson Engineering & Chief Technical Officer

Evan is responsible for the architecture and development of the Shipwire platform. He built and manages the Shipwire engineering team, and manages a monthly release of new features to Shipwire customers in over 30 countries. Previously Evan spent six years at Yahoo!, where he served as a lead of Yahoo! Autos, one of Yahoo!’s most profitable divisions. During his tenure, Evan played a number of key roles in the growth of the Autos property from a basic classifieds site to a consistently top-ranked automotive information and community hub. Evan variously oversaw Yahoo! Autos’ listing and data systems, site operations, enthusiast platform, and long-term infrastructure roadmap. Prior to Yahoo!, Evan spent four years at DoubleClick (formerly NetGravity), where he helped design, develop and maintain the Internet’s leading online advertising management software solution. Evan is also an inventor on multiple U.S. and foreign patents. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from MIT.

Our Story

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2011

Chicago warehouse opens

Los Angeles, Toronto and Vancouver warehouses open

United Kingdom warehouse opens

Shipwire introduces its service level guarantee, same day shipping, inventory alerts, multi-user access and self-storage options
(aka Shipwire Anywhere)

ebay and Newell Rubbermaid make an investment in Shipwire. Philadelphia and Hong Kong warehouses open.

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