Chief Executive Officer
Eric Klinker is the Chief Executive Officer of BitTorrent, Inc. bringing close to two decades worth of networking experience as a technologist and innovator. Eric joins BitTorrent from his previous post as CTO and Vice President of Engineering at Internap, a leading provider of network optimization and content delivery solutions. Previously, Eric worked at netVmg, Excite@Home and the Naval Research Laboratory. Eric holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a master’s degree in EE from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.
Chief Scientist and Founder
Bram Cohen is the Chief Scientist and Founder of BitTorrent, Inc. and the creator of the BitTorrent file distribution protocol, which he grew to be a third of all Internet traffic before taking any funding. He is currently working on BitTorrent Live, a new protocol to enable limitless scaling of live video content on the Internet. Before founding BitTorrent, Bram worked at a series of start-ups through the dot-com boom doing web development and networking protocols in the early days of the Internet. Bram grew up in Manhattan, and currently lives in the Bay Area with his family. Follow Bram on Twitter: @bramcohen
Chief Operating Officer
Ro joined the executive team in May 2012. A veteran entrepreneur, Ro brings over fifteen years of industry experience to BitTorrent; leading innovative companies including Formspring, RockYou, and eBay Motors. During his time at BitTorrent, Ro has driven exponential growth for BitTorrent: developing our revenue opportunities, building strategic partnerships, and overseeing BitTorrent’s advertising teams, most recently as Chief Revenue Officer. In his new role, Ro will head up all business and operations related efforts for BitTorrent, including sales, advertising, finance, HR, corp dev and business development.
Chief Content Officer
Matt joined BitTorrent in November of 2011 with a lofty mission: reintroduce BitTorrent to the world while reclaiming the brand. Since that time, Matt has established a center of excellence within the company, bringing in top talent for product marketing, brand, creative, and communications. All the while being an inspirational leader and voice for the company, most recently as Vice President of Marketing. In his new role, Matt will continue to work with the content industry, an effort that to date has motivated over 10,000 content creators and rights holders to sign up to work with BitTorrent. Recent partnerships have included De La Soul, and the Oscar nominated documentary The Act of Killing.
Chief Marketing Officer
Jascha joins BitTorrent from Mindjet, where he served as Chief Marketing Officer. An accomplished executive with experience at Microsoft and Yahoo!, Jascha helped define the agile marketing manifesto and was a pioneer in social media marketing analytics as an industry. Jascha’s experience in establishing new categories on behalf of companies like Webtrends (Customer Intelligence & Optimization), Involver (Social Media Marketing Platforms) and Mindjet (Work Management) will serve BitTorrent well as we continue to develop a portfolio of products targeting consumer and enterprise markets.
Senior Vice President of Product, User Experience, and Data Science
Simon Morris is the Senior Vice President of Product, User Experience, and Data Science at BitTorrent, Inc. Before joining BitTorrent, Simon was the Director of Product Management for Openwave System’s Client Business, where he led all strategy, planning and execution for a $100 million-a-year global business unit. Prior to that, Simon led channel and product marketing for the worldwide PKI Affiliate business at VeriSign, a leading Internet infrastructure services provider, and was a founder of Mercantil, Inc., a successful venture-backed online business based in South America. Simon holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Cambridge University and earned his MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Vice President of Engineering
Ilan Shamir is VP of Engineering at BitTorrent, Inc., bringing over 20 years of experience as a seasoned executive, manager and architect. Prior to joining BitTorrent’s world-class team of engineers, Ilan was the General Manager of Endpoint Products at Check Point Software Technologies, responsible for leading a distributed organization of 120 employees and the direction of products for both the consumer and enterprise businesses. Before Check Point, Ilan has held key leadership positions at Decru (now NetApp), ePit Systems, and Senterprise Inc. Most notably, Ilan was the CEO, CTO and Founder of SideTalk Inc. where he grew the company to 30 employees and later sold it to a public company. Ilan has also served as a visiting scientist at the MIT Media Lab focused on peer-to-peer software research. Ilan earned bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science from The Hebrew University (Jerusalem, Israel).
Vice President, Advertising
Sandy Diep is Vice President of Advertising for BitTorrent. She is responsible for driving ad network strategy, business development, and operations. Before joining BitTorrent, Sandy consulted for several early-stage consumer and mobile startups, advising on monetization, marketing and product strategy. Previously, Sandy was the SVP of Advertising at RockYou, a social gaming and advertising startup. At RockYou, Sandy was responsible for launching RockYou's brand advertising suite and overseeing product development, marketing, sales and operations for RockYou's 14B monthly impressions ad network and 1,000 publishers. Prior to that, Sandy held product marketing & product leadership roles at Yahoo!, TRUSTe, an online privacy platform, and Open Harbor, an enterprise e-commerce technology start-up. Sandy holds a bachelor's degree in Mass Communications from UC Berkeley.
Vice President of Product Management for BitTorrent Sync
Erik Pounds is Vice President of Product Management for BitTorrent Sync. He is responsible for the strategy and development of a product with a distinct advantage in the sync and share category: no cloud required. With more than 15 years of experience in storage and networking, Erik joined BitTorrent, Inc. from Greylock Partners, where he was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence. Prior to that, Erik spent 3 years with Drobo, where he was responsible for setting the direction for their portfolio of award-winning storage products; including product lifecycle, roadmaps, and technical product marketing. Before Drobo, Erik served at leading storage and networking leaders like Brocade, Adaptec, and EMC. Erik graduated with a BS in Business Administration from the University of San Francisco where for four years he was a member of their Division I Golf Team.
Board of Directors
Eric Klinker - CEO, BitTorrent, Inc.
Bram Cohen - Chief Scientist, BitTorrent, Inc.
David Chao - Co-founder and General Partner, DCM
Ping Li - General Partner, Accel Partners
John J. Cadeddu - Managing Director, DAG Ventures
Eric Wolford - President, Products Group, Riverbed