Richard Smullen

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Enterprise Mobility, Digital Experience
Richard is the CEO and founder of Pypestream, a secure mobile messaging platform that uses real-time chat to transform the way brands and businesses connect with customers, automating customer service and allowing for in-message payments.Borne from his desire as a consumer to have a more robust, real-time and efficient way to interact and transact with the businesses, brands and organizations in his life, he describes Pypestream as the natural evolution of call centers, email and dedicated apps. Before Pypestream, Richard co-founded Genesis Media, an online video and attention measurement platform for editorial based publishers.

In 2005, Richard founded SouthWinston LLC, now a New York-based, global private equity and VC fund that incubates and develops businesses in media, technology and entertainment. He still sits on the board of SouthWinston and overseas the investments in Join'em, RealConnex, Dhomain, Rok, Inc, Buildmax, DataSphere Technologies and Genesis Media LLC. An active member of the YPO Metro New York chapter, Richard is an avid golfer and nature conservationist. 

Richard launched his business career during his university years, when he founded ("What’s on in South Africa"), South Africa’s first Internet entertainment and information portal. After two years, he built the start-up into the country’s leading infotainment portal and then sold it to World Online in 2001. In 2009 whilst building woiSA, Richard and his father started DataSphere Technologies, an IT company specializing in digital identity management. When the NASDAQ listed digital security firm ActivIdentity Inc. acquired DataSphere in 2002, Richard became COO of the newly formed ActivIdentity Africa Ltd.

Richard moved to New York City in February 2009 to pursue his passion for technology and early stage business development. In the years since his moving, he has been involved in a number of early stage businesses as well as developed a deep Rolodex of relationships that help accelerate his various business ventures.

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