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Work History

Pluschkell Family

Sep 1991Present


I have a wonderful wife and four beautiful children.  My oldest Tommy graduated with honors this year from Cal-Poly and was a the Big West Scholar athlete of the year.  He was also a scholarship baseball player  and 3 year starter on their baseball team.  He currently works at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories as a Mechanical Engineer in their DTAG division.  My daughter Allison is the final year at The University of San Diego and is majoring in Marketing.  She received a 4 year Presidential Scholarship from USD.  My son Bradley is on scholarship at UCDavis for baseball and studying Mechanical Engineering.  He is a sophomore and started as a freshman.  My youngest child Jillian will be attending Cal Poly next fall on a softball scholarship and following in her mother's footsteps studying education.


Jan 2016Present

Founder and CEO

Kandy is the platform for embedding real time communications for carriers, network service providers, software vendors, enterprises, and developers. Adding voice, video, messaging, presence, and collaboration to your application is easy with Kandy. Quickly build new applications, or enhance existing ones, with real-time communications that deliver a more human, engaging and context-based experience. Kandy provides a complete suite of REST APIs, JavaScript libraries and iOS and Android SDKs built on the leading carrier-grade secure network to speed the deployment of Web and mobile applications. We've loaded our nearly 20 years of RTC experience into tutorials, documentation and even sample code so that you can bypass development of functions such as SIP Trunking, PSTN connectivity, WebRTC, SMS and more -- giving you all the power of RTC faster and simpler.


Mar 2014Present

Founder of Kandy - CSO GENBAND

Kandy was created to help companies embed communications right into the software applications that are part of their workflow and how they do business – with the same communication options and convenience that mobile devices provide for their customers and employees in their person lives. With Kandy, communication becomes more immediate and contextual resulting in better business outcomes. Kandy is a communications Platform as a Service (PaaS) that quickly enhances software applications with real time communications to deliver a more human and context-based experience. Kandy's cloud-based features enable companies to seamlessly embed voice, video, rich messaging, presence, co-browsing, and screen sharing into Web and mobile applications – creating a more engaging experience for customers and boosting collaboration and productivity with employees.


Jan 2007Aug 2013

Founder & CEO Spigit

Spigit software is the global leader in Innovation Management used by over 83% of the F100.  Raised over 40M led by Warburg Pincus and built the first ever purposeful social software enabled with crowd-sourcing.  Spigit makes idea and innovation management software that connects your community of employees, customers and business partners to increase productivity and drive innovation. Spigit combines enterprise collaboration and social tools, game theory, idea management and prediction markets, with automatic idea graduation, user reputation, and currency management systems. All community interactions are quantified using Spigit's proprietary algorithms which filter out the noise and let you find the best ideas, content and people, to focus on what matters most. After building a new category SAAS business and merged with Mindjet in the Fall of 2013.


Nov 2003Sep 2006


Brought in by the board to create an exit plan.  Within three weeks was asked to lead the transition and replace the CEO.  Successfully sold the PCQuote business to eSignal and sold our technology to 5 of the top 6 global exchanges.  Created a plan to move Hyperfeed from the public markets and merge with Exegy.  At the time of the deal Exegy demanded greater equity and the shareholders decided to put place the company into receivership.  A life changing experience in understanding turnarounds and the need to move quickly and without any hesitation on the things you can actually control.

Global Crossing

Aug 2000Oct 2002

President Broadband

One of 7 presidents I was responsible for 650M quote for global broadband.  Built a large partner ecosystem which sold services that required bandwidth.  I left GX after my employment agreement was fulfilled.

Global Center

Feb 1999Aug 2000

EVP Sales, Product & Marketing

Took the revenue from 90M to over 205M and sold to Exodus for 6.7B  Worked for the CEO of bot Global Crossing and Global Center Leo Hindrey.

IXnet (MXNET sold to INXET)

Jul 1997Jun 1999


After selling MXNet to IXnet I ran strategy and helped take the company public and shortly after going public sold to Global Crossing for 3.9B.


Jan 1996Jun 1997

Founder & CEO MXNet

MXNet was the first financial market extranet.  We delivered 30+ content sources from the cloud (yes 1996) including Reuters, Telerate, Bloomberg, Cantor, etc by connecting a single IP router at the customer premise.  SL&K funded my first startup.  company was doing so well we had multiple offers withing the first 18 months including one by Reuters.

Rumson Capital management

Oct 1994Dec 1995


Worked for the two partners overseeing trading systems for over 2B in management.  This is where my inspiration came to start my first company MXNet and RCM was my first customer.

Thomson Reuters

Sep 1992Sep 1994

CTO Trading Room Systems

Was responsible for the engineering and implementation of Trading Room Systems for Reuters reporting to the Eastern Region CEO.  Prior to being CTO I was a systems engineer with Reuters since college and was relocated several times - Chicago, Dallas, CT and Boston.


University of Dallas

Sep 1989May 1990

Management Information Systems

Began my MBA (night school) and was transferred mid way through to CT with Reuters and did not complete.

Eastern Il University

Aug 1985May 1987

BS Information Technology

Transferred to EIU Junior Year

North park university

Sep 1984May 1985


Took Enginering Course Work and played Collegiate Baseball


World Communications

Nov 20152015

World Communications Innovation Award Kandy

May 20152015

2015 CNBC Disruptor 50 - Kandy

In the third annual Disruptor 50 list, CNBC features private companies in 16 industries—from aerospace to financial services to cybersecurity to retail—whose innovations are revolutionizing the business landscape. These forward-thinking upstarts have identified unexploited niches in the marketplace that have the potential to become billion-dollar businesses, and they rushed to fill them. In the process, they are creating new ecosystems for their products and services. Unseating corporate giants is no easy feat. But we ranked those venture capital–backed companies doing the best job. Already it's hard to think of the world without them

INC 5000

Jan 20132013

TOP Alumni Companies - Spigit



America's Fastest Growing Companies - Spigit

Spigit was #67 from the INC. 500

CIO review

May 20152012

10 Most Promising Companies in the US - Spigit

Babe Ruth World Series

Jun 2009Aug 2011

Managed and Won Back to Back World Series Championships in 2010 & 2011

Went to the final game in 2009 and lost by one run - the only team to compete in back to back to back world series championship games (Salt lake City, UT - Loudon, VA - Jamestown, NY

Networks Product Guide

Dec 20102010

CEO of the Year - Spigit

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