Founder at SignalRank Corp and SVP at InFarm
Palo Alto, California, USA
Keith has 4 decades innovating in digital technology, as a founder, and in a CTO or CEO role. Keith is a technical person but is led by a product mentality and a people-first, technology second, point of view.
In the 1980s Keith pioneered the use of computer networks and databases to power the transformation of organizations like Warner Brothers Music and Mobil Oil. Clerkswell, the company Keith founded is still operating in the UK.
In the 1990s Keith was founder and CTO of Europe's first Internet Service Provider for consumers - EasyNet which IPO'd 15 months after formation.
Between the late 1990s and early 2000’s Keith built RealNames as founder and CEO.
We invented paid keywords on the Internet. Partnering with Google for “I’m Feeling Lucky” and Microsoft in their Internet Explorer browser. Our keyword system became the internet’s primary navigation system in many countries through partnerships with the Chinese Government, the Japanese domain name system, and 20 other nations all of whom needed to use non-latin characters for Internet Navigation.
In 2001 VeriSign used our technology to launch the first multilingual domain name capability on the Internet.
RealNames and Easynet were both valued at over $1 billion by investors during the late 1990s
Keith has helped to raise over $1 billion in his career and returned many times that to investors.
In that time Keith has worked with Governments, including China, Japan, UK and the US Government, Investors, boards, partners, customers; advertisers and their agencies, bankers and others. Keith has served on many boards, both public and private, as a member or as Chairman. Keith has managed small teams of 2 or 3 and larger teams of hundreds.
Keith has always focused on the point at which change is happening.
Now Keith is thrilled to wake up every day and be involved in what comes next.