Hong is CEO and Founder of Polkast. He is a serial entrepreneur, having successfully co-founded and built Memeo and Visto (now Good Technology). For the past 20 years Hong has been active in media management, cloud computing, networking and mobile software, bringing to bear a unique perspective for innovation and execution. He is a fanatic about simplicity, usability and security.
Hong led major teams at Amazon.com, JavaSoft and Apple. While at Amazon.com, Hong led the teams that developed an award-winning consumer shopping experience used by millions each day. His team was also responsible for the design of Amazon’s scalable cloud platform.
Prior to Amazon.com, Hong co-founded Visto and was instrumental in creating now widely accepted mobile computing technology. (RIM paid $267 million for patent infringement of a patent that he co-authored). At JavaSoft, he is credited with developing the Java Servlet standard that has since been adopted throughout the industry.
Hong spent seven years at Apple where he led teams responsible for the development of highly regarded workgroup software solutions and plug-and-play networking technologies that is today’s standard for consumer excellence.
Carolynne is a mobile veteran from way back. She was President of Moderati, which she co-founded in 2001 (then known as Faith West Inc.) as a subsidiary of the Japanese company Faith Inc. Under her direction, Moderati emerged as a top-tier aggregator of mobile content, partnering with all US carriers for distribution. Carolynne oversaw all functions of the company’s mobile content business, as well as Faith’s multimedia software (CMX) licensing in partnership with Qualcomm. She drove the sale of company to Bellrock Media.
Prior to establishing Moderati, Carolynne headed online initiatives and strategic planning at Listen.com and helped build that start-up into a top-ten online music site. She was responsible for market development for Visto, an early developer of Web-based applications for mobile access to enterprise data – where she first met Hong. Her wireless roots stretch way back to SkyTel, where she helped launch two-way paging while managing customer retention and database marketing.
Carolynne holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.