Al made his first "life-pivot" in 1998 when he moved from the Detroit auto industry (electrical engineer + developer) to being the 2nd employee and equity owner at a San Diego startup (doing whatever it took). That company was later acquired and this growth process taught him the business side of the world, where he now spends his time as the VP of Data and Analytics at He's founded two companies, sold one, raised money from both VCs and angels, been involved in startups since 1999, is a graduate of both Techstars and the Founder Institute, and plays volleyball as frequently as possible! Previously Al was the CEO and Cofounder of Email Copilot before selling the company to both Return Path and Seismic (that's a story to be shared over a beer or two!)