Bios


Sean Doherty, CEO & Co-Founder

I started WURL with David Martinez and my son (Sean) to help viewers connect with the world’s best online video from any appli­cation running on mobile, TV and computers. The function­ality and archi­tecture of the WURL platform were influ­enced by many of the products & companies I previ­ously helped create.

In the late 80’s I founded Tradenet, where we invented instant messaging. In 1992, I founded Team Software where we developed a real-time group-messaging product for the Internet.  After we sold Team in 1995, I became the founding COO of the @Home Network where I was lucky enough to be part of a brilliant team that created the world’s largest residential broadband network and one of the most successful IPOs of its gener­ation.

During the tech market downturn of 2002, I founded Odyssey Telecorp.  Odyssey acquired and operated a group of telecom services companies that most investors had shunned. In 2006, we sold Odyssey’s wholesale fiber business to Level3 Communications.  From this high-risk endeavor, my partners and I generated a 200x (!) return on our investment.  We continue to own and operate one of the largest wireless attachment networks in the southeast U.S. — serving all of the major wireless service providers.

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David Martinez, Head of Engineering & Co-Founder

I am an early adopter, a technol­ogist and a self-professed geek. I have worked in both coding and management at organi­za­tions as diverse as Katmango, Food​.com and Bank of America.

As VP of Engineering at Wurl, I ensure that we continue to deliver a unique, satis­fying experience to our customers and partners.  During the last few years, we’ve created a unique API, a revolu­tionary video ranking algorithm, and an amazing set of automated systems to convert the chaotic world of online video discovery into a high-quality, reliable experience. We have a big vision for Wurl that keeps me and my team endlessly (happily) busy.


Joe Stockwell, Head of Corporate Development

I joined Wurl in 2012 to help handle the company’s accel­er­ating customer growth — leading the charge to bring new customers onto our API-based platform. Along with Sean and Rich Saffir, I’ve been a partner at Odyssey Management (ody​.com) for +10 years. At Odyssey, we’ve worked together to create and operate a number of successful tech businesses including Progress Telecom, Tower Cloud and PT Access Networks. Before Odyssey, I ran Corporate Development for Exodus Communications and later became the CEO of the reorga­nized Exodus as it sold the majority of its assets to Cable & Wireless. Before that, I was the Director of Corporate Development at Apple.

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Rich Saffir, General Counsel

At Wurl, I keep the company’s activ­ities organized with respect to new customers, investors, employees and partners. Having worked with Sean and Joe Stockwell on numerous ventures during the past +10 years at Odyssey (ody​.com), I know the flood of activity they can create! I’ve acted as the General Counsel to the various companies that Odyssey has founded/operated, e.g. Progress Telecom, EPIK Communications, Tower Cloud, and PT Wireless. I’ve also served as lead counsel for these and other Odyssey-related companies in numerous venture financings and M&A trans­ac­tions.


ADVISORS

Sean Doherty, Jr.

Sean co-founded Wurl while an under­graduate at Boston College.  He crafted the company’s product & marketing strategy – especially the archi­tecture, design and market testing of new capabil­ities of our programming service.  He also helped create Wurl’s ranking algorithm, “ChannelsRank.”  He now provides Wurl with invaluable insights into the trends and innova­tions of technology and media companies involved in broadband video delivery.

Sean graduated from Boston College in 2013.


Corey Ferengul

Corey is the CEO of Undertone, a leader in digital adver­tising specif­i­cally focused on high impact ads for large brands.  Previously, Corey was the EVP of Product Management and Strategy for Rovi Corporation where he had senior oversight respon­si­bility for corporate and product strategy, product marketing and partner­ships.


Will Hearst

William R. Hearst III became a director of The Hearst Corporation in 1979 and was elected Chairman in 2013.  In 2003, Hearst was named President of The Hearst Foundation.  Today, he remains an active director with both The Hearst Corporation and The Hearst Foundation, in addition to sitting on the boards of ForaTV, Carnegie Institution of Washington, and the San Francisco Film Society.

In 1995 Hearst joined the venture capital firm of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, as a managing partner.  From 2006 he has continued his work with KPCB as an affil­iated partner. From 1984 until 1995, Will Hearst was editor and publisher of the San Francisco Examiner.  He is a 1972 graduate of Harvard University, holding an AB degree in Mathematics.


Charlie Jablonski

Charlie has a successful track record leading startups through periods of expansive growth, including serving as CEO of OnLive, CEO of Myrio and COO of Geocast. Charlie also serves as an adviser to venture capital and private equity funds.

Charlie’s career also includes 16 years with the National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC), where he served as head of engineering and technology. He was awarded six Emmys for his work on NBC’s coverage of the Olympics, is a fellow and former president of SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers) and Chair Emeritus of the Engineering Awards Committee for the National Academy of Televisions Arts and Sciences. Charlie serves on several boards, including ForaTV, as well as the advisory board for the School of Engineering for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


Susan St. Ledger

Susan has served as the Chief Revenue Officer of Splunk (Nasdaq: SPLK) since 2016. Prior to joining Splunk, she served as Chief Revenue Officer, Marketing Cloud at sales​force​.com from 2012 to 2016. In 2012, Susan was President, Buddy Media, a social media marketing platform that was acquired by sales​force​.com. Previously, she served in a variety of senior sales management roles at sales​force​.com and Sun Microsystems. Susan holds a B.S. degree from the University of Scranton.


Charles Warren

In 2012, Charles joined Salesforce​.com as the SVP of Product Design. Previously at Google, Charles built the Google+ (i.e. Social) user experience organi­zation from a startup to 50+ UX designers, visual designers, and UX researchers.  He led the UX team from the product strategy through launch, to over 100 million users today.