Team

Armed with more than a century of combined experience in open-source software technology and social identity, there is one thing that makes our team unique: our passion to build better online experiences for our customers.

While Larry Drebes founded Janrain in 2002, it has been the collaborative effort of the Janrain team to get us to where we are today. Our dedication, tenacity and methodical nature is what pulls us through the social trenches offering you nothing but the best in Customer Identity Management.

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Jim Kaskade

CEO

As CEO, Jim leads the company’s vision, strategy and worldwide operations. He is a seasoned entrepreneur with more than 31 years of experience in complex enterprise technology, including 10 years as a startup CEO leading companies from their founding to acquisition. He has built multiple technology businesses in cloud computing, enterprise software, software as a service (SaaS), online and mobile digital media, online and mobile advertising, and semiconductors. Prior to Janrain, Jim was the Vice President and General Manager of Digital Applications at Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), where he led the formation of its largest line of commercial business. Jim also led the fastest growing business at CSC, Big Data & Analytics. Before CSC, Jim held executive positions at Infochimps, PARC (a Xerox company) and SIOS Technology. Jim began his career in data and analytics at Teradata. Jim holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from University of California, Santa Barbara, as well as a Master of Business Administration from the University of San Diego.

Larry Drebes

Founder and CTO

Larry founded Janrain in 2002 to address the challenge of managing user identity on the Internet. Prior to Janrain, Larry was a co-founder of Silicon Valley startups Desktop.com, a web-based service, and Four11 Corporation. At Four11 Corporation, Larry led the development of its RocketMail product, one of the first Internet-based email systems. Four11 was acquired by Yahoo in 1997; and its RocketMail product became Yahoo! Mail. Earlier in his career, Larry did software development for Raynet, McDonnell Douglas and A.G. Edwards.

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Martin Day

CFO

Martin joined Janrain in June 2015 and brings over 20 years of finance and operations leadership for high growth companies. Prior to joining Janrain, Martin was General Manager at MotoSport.com and implemented strategic, marketing, and operational changes to increase growth and profitability. Prior to becoming GM, Martin held the CFO role at MotoSport and closed several venture capital funding rounds while tripling revenue. Martin also held finance and operations leadership positions for both public and private organizations, including Digimarc, Ascension Software, CSI Digital, and Spinriot. Martin started his career with Ernst & Young in Silicon Valley and holds both a Bachelor of Science and MACC from Brigham Young University.

Lewis Barr

Lewis Barr

General Counsel and VP, Privacy

Lewis manages Janrain’s legal compliance and privacy functions as the company continues its international expansion. He brings more than 15 years of leadership in a wide range of legal and privacy-related matters for growing technology companies. Lewis also utilizes his diverse background as a litigator in private practice, federal appeals court staff attorney, and teacher. Prior to Janrain, Lewis was General Counsel and Secretary of Fios, Inc. and before that, he was General Counsel of New Edge Networks (now EarthLink Business). Lewis holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Missouri School of Law and a Bachelor’s Degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He is also a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US).

Carol Ward

Carol Ward

VP, Human Resources

Carol joined Janrain in March, 2013, bringing over 25 years of HR experience. Carol leads Janrain’s HR, facility and administrative functions. Prior to joining the team, Carol was the Senior Director of HR at Yottamark, a Bay Area based startup that provides traceability and authentication solutions. Carol has spent most of her career in HR Leadership positions supporting technology organizations at Digimarc, Serena Software and ADP.

Jamie Beckland

VP, Product

Jamie Beckland is a seasoned technology executive who built his first social media community in 2004 and has spent the last decade delivering solutions for high-profile global clients like Coca Cola, McDonald’s, Samsung, Wells Fargo, Whole Foods and more. Prior to Janrain, Jamie led the emerging media practice at White Horse, and has worked in Product, Marketing, Customer Success and Strategic Services. Jamie also serves as a board member and advisor to several early-stage and mature technology companies, including Valor Analytics and Validic. Jamie frequently speaks about technology trends and digital marketing at high-level events such as CES and SXSW. He’s also a contributing columnist for Mashable, BrandChannel.com, Social Media Today, AdAge, Entrepreneur and other publications.

Alan Elliot

VP, Global Sales and Alliances

Alan joined Janrain in July 2017 and brings over 20 years of sales leadership experience in software start-ups with a focus on cybersecurity, network infrastructure and collaboration tools. Prior to joining Janrain, Alan was Senior Vice President of Global Sales at PAS, where he was responsible for driving sustained revenue growth and expanding go-to-market channels. Previously he held executive sales roles at Fidelis CyberSecurity, Proofpoint, Critical Path and Mirapoint. Alan began his sales career at MCI. He was born in Peru and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in marketing from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

Darryl Nicholson

Darryl Nicholson

VP, Operations

As Janrain’s VP of Operations, Darryl is responsible for Professional Services, Customer Success, Technical Support and all aspects of Engineering including DevOps, Software Development and Testing. With over 20 years of experience, Darryl was previously the VP of IT at Vesta Corporation, responsible for global IT operations across five data centers, corporate information systems and information security. He was also credited for building the software QA and program management teams from the ground up, while creating a modern, risk-tolerant organization focused on software-as-a-service (SaaS). Darryl is a veteran of four startups: Preside, Oresis, Q-Optics/Elematics and Polyserve. Darryl graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada with a Bachelor of Computer Engineering.

Bryta Schulz

Bryta Schulz

VP, Marketing

As Vice President of Marketing, Bryta Schulz leads Janrain’s global marketing initiatives. Schulz brings 20+ years of experience marketing innovative enterprise, software as a service (SaaS), security and payments solutions. She has held positions at a number of top global technology companies including Xerox, RSA, Symantec and Thales.

Schulz is a senior marketing, product and go-to-market executive with a record of driving product adoption, revenue and shareholder value at both early stage and publicly traded companies.

Prior to Janrain, Schulz was the Senior Vice President of Marketing at Vindicia, where she was a key member of the management team, successfully driving rapid growth of the sales pipeline and spearheading the company’s global expansion. Schulz holds a Master of Arts in Translation from the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Reutlingen.

Mayur Upadhyaya

Managing Director - EMEA

Mayur is a creative and customer-centric technologist. He joined Janrain in April 2013 and after three years of leading global Customer Success is now the Managing Director of Janrain Europe. Mayur starting his career as a full-stack developer at a ‘new media’ agency and was later to become Chief Architect, in 2008 he spun out his engineering team into what became an award winning digital agency. Mayur has advised agency clients such as Channel4, BBC, Guardian, United Nations and Nigella Lawson on technology and marketing. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Information Technology, and a host of award-winning work, having gained a Webby nomination, IVCA, BIMA, Revolution, Peabody and BAFTA.

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