As Senior Director at Microsoft Ventures, Alec is responsible for building connections with startup communities globally, through partnerships with local investors and startup organizations. Prior to Microsoft, Alec held multiple roles at BlackBerry and BlackBerry subsidiary QNX, including Vice President Developer Relations and Ecosystem Development, and Vice President QNX Cloud. Before joining BlackBerry Alec co-founded Iotum, an award-winning communications startup and one of three companies where Alec has been a founder in his career; served as vice president of marketing at Versatel Networks; and headed up the product management efforts for several key initiatives at Microsoft, including the launch of Internet Explorer in 1995.
Alec was an early adopter of social media as a branding, awareness, and SEO strategy. His award-winning blog (2002-present) has been recognized on most of the Top 10/Top 100 lists for telecommunications and VoIP blogs.