Executive Management Team
Alex is founder and CEO of QLess and serves on the California Institute of Technology Information Sciences and Technology Board of Advisors. He holds a degree in Biology and Economics from MIT and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Computation and Neural Systems and Biology from Caltech.
Prior to starting QLess, Alex held positions at McKinsey & Co., the Center for Computation, Computers, Information and Mathematics of Sandia National Labs, and Caltech. His research on neural coding and artificial intelligence has been published in the world’s leading publications such as Nature and Neural Computation.
Alex has received a number of distinctions including the 2010 inaugural 40 Under 40 from M&A Advisor Recognition Awards and the 2013 International Business Awards’ Gold Stevie for IT Executive of the Year and Silver Stevie for Innovator of the Year.
I can’t stand standing in line. Let’s make it history!
Darren Gasser leads the engineering, product management, and customer support departments at QLess. With nearly 30 years experience in systems architecture, Darren is a seasoned leader in developing SaaS solutions. Having worked for both international corporations (FedEx) and start-up companies, Darren’s deep experience ranges from defining, designing, building, and troubleshooting large-scale systems in a variety of business and technical environments. Prior to joining QLess, Darren served as VP Technology Operations at BlackLine, a SaaS company that automates and controls the financial close process. During his tenure at BlackLine, revenue grew from under $10 million per year to well over $100 million, maintaining an annual revenue and customer growth rate of over 50% each year. His work has been promoted as best practice case studies by companies including Verizon and NetApp, and highlighted at multiple industry conferences. Throughout his career Darren has been responsible for creating and delivering high-quality, high-availability solutions that perform at scale on the Internet.
Mark leads the QLess marketing organization. Marketing is responsible for inventing and opening new markets, building and positioning QLess as a trusted global brand, executing all digital and offline marketing, branding, messaging, PR, competitive analysis and experiential marketing for the sake of generating qualified leads for the sales organization. Mark is a veteran marketing and operations professional serving the tech industry, including start-ups, emerging, and Fortune 100 companies. Mark graduated from Baylor University with a BA in Communications and is in constant study of the principles, laws, and mechanics of business. Mark lives happily with his family in Austin, Texas, enjoying competitive tennis, Tai Chi, and the outdoors.
John Brock oversees QLess’ International Sales Operations & Customer Retention. He brings over 40 years of senior leadership, sales management, strategy development and selling business solutions in the human capital and the telecommunications industry. He received his education from the University of Southern California and California State University, Fresno.
John spent 20 years with DBM, a leading HR consulting firm. Where under his leadership, his team generated a record $47M in revenue in 2009. Prior to his career with DBM, John was a senior manager with AT&T where he developed and managed a $67M business in the Philadelphia area. During his successful career with AT&T, he was responsible for the development and implementation of the consultative sales training for the 6,000 member sales team. In addition, John led the development and national implementation of a certification program for AT&T’s sales force.
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Charlie leads the North American sales team, which is responsible for all aspects of sales and leads a team that demonstrates the business value and fit of QLess’ software solutions. With more than 20 years of sales leadership experience in enterprise and SaaS software, Charlie brings a wealth of sales and leadership guidance to the growing company and market. He also possesses a talent for evangelizing new technologies.
Prior to QLess, Charlie has held the position of VP of Sales at several start-up companies and successfully grew them from birth to acquisition. Charlie graduated from the University of South Dakota with a BA degree in Business Administration. Charlie resides in Austin, TX with his family and enjoys golf, boating and the Austin live music scene in his spare time.
When standing in line, I only hate the people in front of me. Everyone behind me is cool.