building connected communities
The founders of Twyxter started with the desire to help people live more collaborative and sustainable lives. Along the way, we identified some common needs and activities that could bring people together in a rewarding way that also encouraging sustainability and social responsibility. These concepts ultimately morphed into the current private online community platform designed to help corporations increase employee engagement and loyalty.
Tom Ward, Founder and CEO
Tom is a veteran startup leader with operating experience in a variety of new technologies, including internet, clean tech, consumer electronics/interactive TV and mobile communications. Before immersing himself in the world of high tech, Tom earned his marketing stripes in positions at Gillette, Superior Brands and retailer Bread & Circus Whole Foods Market. Tom has operating experience building teams, leading technical product design and engineering groups, launching and selling in new products and services, developing distribution channels in new markets, setting up operations and raising capital. Tom is a named inventor on five U.S. and eight foreign patents for interactive TV designs.
Tom received his MBA at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and a BA in Economics at Middlebury College. Tom has been an active member of his community as a current member of the Weston Climate Group Leadership Team, Weston Community Green Team Advisory Board, and past Board Member of Land’s Sake Farm. He completed the 2011 Boston Marathon raising over $20,000 for cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and currently volunteers time to the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge.
In addition to his community activities, Tom’s personal interests include running, cycling, hiking, and supporting his children’s athletic and musical passions.
Jay Mixter, Founder and COO
Jay is an experienced entrepreneur with a penchant for building new and innovative businesses. His operating experience includes founder and senior management roles at tech startups (Emo Labs, Iconomy, InfoPlus, Spinnaker Software) as well new product and market development positions at Pacific Bell, Procter & Gamble and PepsiCo. Over the course of his career, Jay has been involved in the development and launch of nearly 100 new products and services. His experience in high technology spans internet services, ecommerce, consumer software, enterprise software, CRM, and information services.
Prior to co-founding Twyxter, Jay was the founder and managing director of Astrolabe Partners, a consultancy dedicated to assisting entrepreneurial and corporate ventures in the commercialization of new products and technologies. Over the past 10 years, he has also been active as an advisor and mentor to startups through the Kindle Mentor Program at BU, MassChallenge, the Clean Tech Open, Boston World Partnerships and the MIT 100K Competition. Jay received his MBA at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and a BA in Economics at Tufts University.
When he is not working on new business ventures, his personal interests include hiking, kayaking, sailing, flyfishing and playing in his band.
Glen Dudek, VP of Engineering
Glen is an engineering leader with experience building and leading small and large software development teams in both startups and established companies. Glen was most recently SVP of Consumer Electronics Product Development at Rovi where he was responsible for an international development team delivering software shipped in millions of internet-connected television and set-top box devices.
Glen is an engineering leader who has built and led software development teams in both startups and established companies. With expertise in data-driven software solutions, he has played a leading role in the development and operational scale up of both consumer-facing and business applications. Prior to joining Twyxter, Glen was SVP of Product Development at Rovi Corporation with responsibility for an international development team. Rovi’s extensive databases and interactive guide enable consumers to access and enjoy digital content through cable and satellite service providers (130M+ viewers) and devices from leading consumer electronics brands (210M+ units).
Prior to joining Rovi with the acquisition of Gemstar-TV Guide, Glen was responsible for the design and development of the core data delivery system now used by Rovi to deliver TV listings and other data to internet-connected televisions, set-top boxes and other devices. His earlier software engineering and leadership experience includes the development of operating systems, object-oriented databases, videoconferencing networks, and parallel data processing systems. Glen received his BA, Magna cum Laude, from Harvard University and has served on the board of directors of National Datacast, Inc.
Glen's personal interests include sea kayaking, boat building, skiing, golfing, and home brewing.
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