Jerry Yang

Jerry Yang – AME Cloud Ventures

Jerry Yang co-founded Yahoo! Inc. in 1995 and served on the Board of Directors until January 2012. While at Yahoo, he led several initiatives, including two of the biggest investments in the internet sector: Yahoo Japan and Alibaba Group. Mr. Yang currently works with and invests in technology entrepreneurs through AME Cloud Ventures, his innovation investment firm. Mr. Yang serves as a director on the boards of Workday Inc., Lenovo Group, and Alibaba Group, as well as on a number of his portfolio boards. He also serves on the Stanford University’s Board of Trustees and is a board member for the National Committee of US-China Relations. Mr. Yang is a member of the Brookings China Advisory Council, the Committee of 100, and the Council on Foreign Relations. Yang holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University. He is widely recognized as a visionary and pioneer in the internet technology sector.

Anthony Minessale


Anthony has 20 years of experience in software engineering and 15 of them are dedicated to telecommunications.  In 2005, Anthony founded FreeSWITCH, the Open-Source Software-Defined Telecom engine used by the Enterprise worldwide to power their platforms.

FreeSWITCH is a cross-platform software stack written in C and C++ that implements a fully-functional telecommunications engine. FreeSWITCH has a large active community and is used in most popular CPaaS platforms as the core telephony stack.

As an avid open-source advocate, Anthony has spent his career working to create a world where open-source software is not only an effective development model or a way to get free code but also a critical component in a successful business model. He believes that by uniting the two concepts, the developers of the world can learn to accelerate ideas and then take them to the next level.

Together with a team of the best minds in the industry, Anthony founded SignalWire in 2018. SignalWire has a primary mission to bring the complex technology behind real-time communication to the mainstream. Going 2 steps beyond where FreeSWITCH leaves off, SignalWire is solving the recurring problems faced by companies today who are trying to digitally transform their legacy hardware solutions. Likewise, new companies are sprouting up every day and it’s critical that these startups can solve their communications needs quickly and economically.

Nickolay V. Shmyrev

Nickolay is a speech recognition researcher with more than 15 years of experience in speech technology.

Over the years Nickolay maintained and supported famous voice projects of the open source world – cmusphinx (pocketsphinx), festival, openmary, kaldi, voxforge. Helped beginners and companies to implement their own speech recognition and designed complex speech solutions.

Now Nickolay is leading the Vosk project to bring modern accurate, fast and flexible speech recognition to the open source – telephony, mobile applications, web and desktop.


SC Lee

SC Lee, Director of Product Management at Poly, is responsible for Poly’s Fully Cloud Managed and Programmable OBi Edition SIP Endpoints. With over 2 decades of experience developing and managing Communications and VoIP Products, SC Lee offers a unique blend of vision and knowledge. Prior to Poly, SC lead Product Management for WebEx for Developer ISV eco system at Cisco and cloud based contact center platform Dial-IQ at Velocify. SC Lee received his Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from University of Wisconsin – Madison



Jerry Eisner

Jerry Eisner, ENP has been involved in public safety communications for over thirty-five years. His experience in many fields including: two-way radio systems, computer aided dispatch and records management systems, facility design and construction management, E9-1-1 customer premise equipment, E9-1-1 infrastructure, E9-1-1 database management, and Next Generation 9-1-1 has lead him to be a recognized industry subject management expert. He has had leadership roles in small projects and the largest projects in the industry. He joined RedSky Technologies in 2011 to lead the company’s efforts in the Next Generation 9-1-1. On APCO, NENA, NFPA, and the ATIS PSAP Outage WG.


Norm Brandinger

A strategic technology leader, Norm leverages his expertise in software and hardware to deliver value including revenue generation and customer acquisition. He has built systems and architected complex communication solutions to drive business growth. His work includes creating business plans that apply emerging technologies to launch VoIP provider platforms.


Oleg Agafonov Bio

Oleg is a solution architect with more than 10 years of experience in software development. He held senior engineering roles at Luxoft, Yandex, Parallels, MegaFon and Telestax. During the last 6 years he has been designing distributed systems for various telecommunication companies. Oleg strives to always bring new and modern technologies to the industry. He loves combining technologies designed in the previous decades with latest trends frameworks in order to accelerate the adoption of telecom stacks in the nowadays emerging market environment.


Richard Cheshire

The Cheshire Catalyst (Richard Cheshire) (@Cheshire2600) was the last editor of the notorious TAP Newsletter of the 1970s and 1980s. (TAP was a predecessor of 2600 Magazine.) In his “share the knowledge” spirit, he has volunteered at every HOPE conference put on by 2600 since the first one in 1994. His PHonePHriendly.Com sets up web pages meant to be read on mobile phone web browsers, and allows him to delude himself that he’s still into phones as a phreak.


Giovanni Maruzzelli Bio

Heavily engaged with FreeSWITCH (wrote a couple endpoint, and co-authored with Anthony Minessale the 3 most current FreeSWITCH books), Giovanni is a consultant for the Telco industry, designing solutions and training courses for FreeSWITCH, SIP, WebRTC, OpenSIPS and Kamailio. An Internet tech pioneer, in 1996 Giovanni was cofounder of Italia Online, the most popular Italian portal and consumer ISP, and architect of its Internet technologies. After the New Economy galore he was two years in Serbia as Internet and Telecommunication Investment Expert for World Bank – IFC. Since 2005 he’s based in Italy, and serves ICT and Telco companies worldwide


Alberto Gonzalez Trastoy Bio

Alberto is a Senior Software Developer in IoT, VoIP and WebRTC projects and Sales lead at WebRTC.Ventures.
His telecom engineering background and interest in tech have lead him to build many projects for small and big enterprises, projects including: telepresence remote control, live broadcasting games, speech analytics and many others Real Time applications. This interaction with such a variety of products has made him also become a technical voice for WebRTC.Ventures customers.