Paul Ford is a serial entrepreneur, technology evangelist, innovator, strategist, and startup/VC advisor with two decades of experience in IaaS and SaaS organizations. As Vice President of Product and Marketing at SendGrid, Paul drives overall product strategy, marketing efforts and ecosystem development.
Prior to SendGrid, Paul spent several years at SoftLayer Technologies in Dallas TX in various roles including Vice President of Marketing and Vice President of Ecosystem Development and Strategy. While at SoftLayer Paul co-founded and managed the world renown, high-growth startup support program – Catalyst. Paul’s tenure began with SoftLayer’s acquisition of “The Planet” hosting, and ended 8 months after IBM’s acquisition of the company for over $2 billion USD.
Engagements previous to SoftLayer included time in Corporate Development at Rackspace, building out the Cloud Tools Partner Marketplace as well as helping launch the OpenStack Open Cloud initiative.
Paul has also raised millions of dollars from various funding sources for startups he co-founded. Paul continues to give back to the global startup community via long-standing mentorships at TechStars, 500 Startups, Tech WildCatters, SeedCamp, Wayra and many more. He is also one of five “Entrepreneurs in Residence” of the United States of America, supporting the White House and Department of Homeland Security’s efforts in growing the US economy via high value technology startups, and creating more American jobs in the process.