Paul Ford is a serial entrepreneur, technology evangelist, innovator, strategist, and startup/VC advisor with two decades of experience in startups, IaaS and SaaS organizations. As Vice President of Product and Marketing at SendGrid, Paul drives the company's overall product strategy, developer relations program and marketing efforts. Prior to SendGrid, Paul served in Corporate Development at Rackspace, and most recently as the Vice President of Ecosystem Development at SoftLayer Technologies - culminating in IBM's $2Bn acquisition of the company. While there, he created and managed strategic programs including SoftLayer's Catalyst Startup Program. Paul thrives on continually "giving first" via mentorship at Techstars, 500 Startups, Tech WildCatters, SeedCamp and Wayra accelerators. He is also one of five “Entrepreneurs in Residence” of the USA, supporting the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy's efforts to grow the economy and create more American jobs via high growth startups. (#givefirst).