As co-founder, executive vice president and CMO at Barracuda Networks, Michael Perone is responsible for worldwide communications and marketing strategies, including corporate brand management and identity. Michael has more than 20 years of experience in the high-tech industry, and was a pioneer in delivering free Internet access to users worldwide. Michael co-founded and served on the board of directors for Address.com, a leading free email and Internet access service which reached more than 3.5 million users (acquired by WhitePages). Michael also co-founded Spinway Inc. (acquired by Kmart Corporation), the fastest growing Internet Service Provider (ISP) in history, reaching eight million customers in just eight months. In addition, Michael co-founded Affinity Path, a private-label ISP which powered and supported thousands of ISPs throughout North America. Michael has also held engineering positions with GE Aerospace, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratories, and served as consultant to Lockheed/Martin. Michael was a 2007 Ernst & Young â€œTechnology Entrepreneur of the Year for Northern Californiaâ€ award recipient and he is currently an advisor to Bootup Labs, a Vancouver-based startup accelerator.