Leadership

RIFT.io’s management team uniquely brings together experienced leaders from the wireless, enterprise software, carrier, and cloud services industries. RIFT.io’s leaders bring years of professional experience across a wide array of established companies including ArrowPoint, Bell Laboratories, Cisco, EMC, Juniper Networks, Redback Networks and 3Com. RIFT.io’s management team has also supported more than 10 venture-backed companies, including Affirmed Networks, LogMeIn, Inc., Movik NetWorks, and Starent Networks. The combination of skills and experience brings entrepreneurial spirit and the ability to execute.

Tony Schoener

Tony Schoener

Chief Executive Officer

Tony has worked for 25+ years building communications systems. At RIFT.io, he is is responsible for guiding corporate strategy. Tony works closely with customers and partners to help foster the evolution and adoption of RIFT.ware-based solutions.

Prior to RIFT.io, Tony was a Co-Founder and VP of Engineering at Starent Networks, where he led the team responsible for building Starent’s mobile gateway products. After Cisco’s acquisition of Starent in 2009, Tony served as the VP of Engineering for Cisco’s mobile technology group.

Prior to Starent Networks, Tony held technology management roles at several communications equipment companies including Wellfleet Communications and 3Com.

Matt Harper

Chief Technology Officer & fouNder

Matt has architected and led the construction of numerous sophisticated communications systems in his career. Matt leads the RIFT.io development organization, where he is responsible for the delivery and evolution of the company’s platform, RIFT.ware.

Prior to RIFT.io, Matt was the System Architect for Affirmed Networks. Prior to Affirmed, Matt was the System Architect at Starent Networks for 10 years. Prior to Starent, Matt was an Architect and Project Leader for the USR/3Com Total Control multi-access system.

Matt holds over 25 patents, covering hardware and software communications systems.

Scott Bryce

Scott Bryce

Chief Financial Officer

Scott brings more than 25 years of financial and operational experience to his role as CFO at RIFT.io. Prior to joining RIFT.io, Scott was CFO at BNI Video, a provider of software solutions for video service providers which was sold to Cisco Systems in 2011.

Prior to BNI Video, Scott was CFO at Cartiza, Inc., a 4G wireless equipment provider. Prior to Cartiza, Scott was VP of Finance for Broadbus Technologies, Inc., a video-on-demand server company, which was sold to Motorola in 2006.

Scott began his career with KPMG LLP and is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in MA.

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Noel Charath

VP, Services Delivery

Noel has nearly 20 years of support and service delivery experience with enterprise and carrier customers. At RIFT.io, Noel is responsible for services delivery of the RIFT.ware open source and commercial product portfolio, including professional services.

Prior to RIFT.io, Noel served as the Director of Services of Starent Networks where he managed customer support and professional services globally. With the acquisition of Starent by Cisco, Noel expanded his responsibilities to direct services delivery for North American carrier customers.

Prior to Cisco and Starent Networks, Noel held various roles spanning network engineering, product management, and systems engineering at successful firms such as US Robotics, 3COM and CommWorks.

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Leonard Schwartz

Senior Vice President, Engineering

Leonard has over 25 years of experience designing and developing networking and data communications products for carrier and enterprise customers. Leonard leads the RIFT.io engineering team.

Prior to joining RIFT.io, Leonard served as VP of Software Development at Starent Networks from the company’s founding in 2000 through Cisco Systems’ acquisition in 2010. Following the acquisition he served as Senior Director of Software Development for the Mobility Information Technology Group at Cisco Systems where he led the software development team that successfully designed, developed, and deployed two different carrier class platforms for 3G & 4G Internet data services.

Leonard has held various technical leadership roles at Xedia, Alcatel-Lucent, Lightstream, and 3Com. Leonard holds a BS in Computer Science from Northeastern University and BS in Civil Engineering from Belarus Polytechnic Institute.

Vincent Spinelli

Vincent Spinelli

Senior Vice President, Global Sales & Marketing

Vin leads the customer experience at RIFT.io with responsibility for go-to-market strategy and delivery of RIFT.ware to enterprise and service provider markets. Prior to RIFT.io, Vin served as Managing Director, Mobile Solutions Group at Juniper Networks where he led sales, marketing, channel, business development, and services and support for the mobile market. Vin also held senior management roles at Starent Networks, which he helped grow from a point product company to a high growth solutions company and guiding the company to a successful acquisition by Cisco.

Prior to Starent Network Vin served as Chief Architect for Mobility at Cisco where he organized and led mobile sales operations. Vin holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from California State University at Long Beach and is a military veteran having served in the U.S. Navy.