- About StarPound
The StarPound Team
StarPound's management team is comprised of serial entrepreneurs, technology thought leaders, and out-of-the-box thinkers. If you are interested in joining our team, love to wear multiple hats each day, and are willing to do whatever it takes to be successful, we want to hear from you.
Michael C. McChesney
Founder, Chairman, & CEO
Michael McChesney, founder and Chairman, brings more than 20 years of experience in technology and venture capital investing. He is a founding partner of Five Paces Ventures and has been the founder or Chairman of four successful Internet-based technology companies: SecureWare,Inc., Technologic Inc., S1 Corporation and WebTone Technologies, Inc.
Mr. McChesney founded his first company, SecureWare, Inc., in 1986. SecureWare developed software and encryption technology for securing Unix-based operating systems, and was sold to Hewlett Packard in 1994. In 1995, Mr. McChesney co-founded S1 Corporation, one of the top IPO's of 1996. Today, S1 Corporation is a leading global provider to more than 4,000 banks, credit unions and insurance providers of enterprise software solutions (NASDAQ: SONE). In 1998, Mr. McChesney founded WebTone Technologies, a leading provider of Internet-enabled customer service and support solutions, which was sold to Fidelity National in 2003.
Michael is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business.
Eric Bleke is an entrepreneurial executive with a track record of building high performing teams in early-stage companies to achieve revenue growth, market leadership and shareholder value. Mr. Bleke joined Enterprise Computer Systems (ECS), an early stage software company in 1980 and quickly became a member of the executive team and a shareholder. ECS grew to a position of dominance in its markets and was ultimately acquired by Activant. Bleke left ECS in 1992 to co-found Technologic, Inc. where he was a member of the Board of Directors and Vice President of Sales and Marketing. In 1999 Technologic was acquired by eSoft (NASDAQ: ESFT) providing significant shareholder returns. Bleke joined Xcellenet (NASDAQ: XNET) to spearhead sales to major accounts such as MCI, Ford Motor Co., Pepsi/Frito-Lay, Blockbuster and GE. XcelleNet was acquired by Sterling Commerce (NYSE: SE). Bleke then co-founded Catalysta Partners to provide growth and revenue strategies for early stage portfolio companies through active participation and investment.
Mr. Bleke holds B.S. and M.B.A. degrees from the University of Georgia.
Chief Technology Officer
Wei Wang serves as Chief Technology Officer at Starpound technologies, Inc. Wei directs the development and implementation of Starpound's next-generation voice and data technology platform. Previously, Wei served as Chief Technology Officer and was co-founder of Metanology Corporation, and also was the original system architect for S1 Corporation's banking product. Wei holds a BS in Physics from the University of Science and Technology in the People's Republic of China, a Master's of Science in Physics from the Ohio State University and a Master's of Science in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Vice President, Development & Professional Services
Andrew brings over 17 years of development and executive management experience on large e-business projects. Andrew is responsible for development of StarPound flagship products and managing client engagements. Prior to joinging StarPound, Andrew was the Director of Client Integration for w-Technologies, Inc., where he was responsible for the delivery of the integration solutions and professional services for several fortune 500 clients.