2013 Opening Keynote: Jeff Pulver

pulver-jeffDreamer, Entrepreneur, Internet Pioneer, Early-Stage Seed Investor. Helped shape the worldwide market acceptance of VoIP; Story teller; Chairman 3-Rings; Producer of #140conf.

Jeff Pulver is one of the pioneers of the VoIP industry. He is a globally renowned thought leader, author and entrepreneur. In 1995 Jeff defined “VON” to stand for Voice/Video on the Net and continues today to contribute to the evolution of Internet Communications. These days Jeff is also focused on health, wellness, fitness, food and how these topics interconnect with technology and spirituality. Jeff is the dad of Dylan and Jake who are both enjoying their freshman year at Colgate University.

Mr. Pulver is the founder of FWD, the VON Coalition, Vivox and is the co-founder of 3-Rings and VoIP provider, Vonage. He has influenced the creation of numerous other startups.

Jeff is an active investor in (early) early-stage companies with a specific focus on Israeli Hi-Tech Startups. He is also an early investor in both twitter and Foursquare.

Named by BusinessWeek as one of their 2003 Tech Gurus. Mr. Pulver is committed to the future of the Internet and is featured often in the media as an expert in his field.

— Proud Achievement: The Pulver Order —

On February 12, 2004, Mr. Pulver’s petition for clarification declaring Free World Dialup as an unregulated information service was granted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). This landmark decision by the FCC was the first decision it made on IP communications to date. Now referred to as “the Pulver Order”, the ruling provides important clarification that computer-to-computer VoIP service is not a telecommunications service. By doing this, the FCC delivered a strong signal to consumers and capital markets that the FCC is not interested in subjecting end-to-end IP Communications services to traditional voice telecommunications regulation under the Communications Act.

Specialties: HD VoIP, VoIP, Social Communications, IP Communications, Social Media, Internet TV, Government Liason, Viral Internet Marketing, Internet Broadcasting