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Chairman, President and co-founder of Socialtext


"Optimism is the truest form of moral courage"
-- Ernest Shackleton

"Computers are useless, they can only give you answers"
-- Pablo Picasso

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Ross Mayfield is an internet entrepreneur and VP of Business Development at SlideShare, the world's largest professional sharing community. He is also Chairman and Co-founder of Socialtext, the first wiki company and leading provider of Enterprise 2.0 solutions. Mayfield served as Socialtext CEO from 2002-2007 and President from 2007-2011. Socialtext is backed by Draper Fisher Jurvetson, SAP Ventures, Intel Capital and Omidyar Network and prominent Silicon Valley angels.

Previously, Mayfield served as VP of Marketing for a Fujitsu spinout and CEO of an enterprise risk management software company. Mayfield co-founded and served as president of RateXchange (AMEX:RTX), the leading B2B commodity exchange for telecom. Mayfield served as the marketing director of the largest privately held telecommunications group in Eastern Europe and was the internal lead manager of their Initial Public Offering. He also founded an ISP, a web-design company, and has served on a number of Advisory Boards of high tech startups.

Mayfield is a former advisor to the Office of the President of Estonia and began his career in the non-profit sector. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California at Los Angeles and completed the Management Development for Entrepreneurs (MDE) program of the Anderson School of Business. He resides in his hometown of Palo Alto with his wife and two children.


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