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Ben Dillon is co-founder, Chairman, and CEO of Backplane. Previously he was Vice President of Business Development at Macromedia, Inc. During his five-year tenure at Macromedia, Mr. Dillon created and ran their first business development group responsible for Internet products. There he managed key cross-product strategies as well as company-wide strategic partnerships. Prior to this, he was Director of Product Marketing for Flash, one of Macromedia's most profitable and rapidly growing product lines. Prior to Macromedia, Mr. Dillon was an employee of Berkeley Systems, Inc. Mr. Dillon earned a BA in English from the University of California at Berkeley.

Matt Dillon is co-founder and CTO of Backplane. Previously he was a co-founder and the Chief Technical Officer of Best Internet Communications, a leading Internet Service Provider for small businesses. Mr. Dillon was with Best for five years until its acquisition by Verio. Prior to Best, Mr. Dillon spent ten years working for Sandel-Avery engineering, creating hardware/software telemetry solutions for public utility districts. In his spare time, he contributes to the free operating system community, primarily by enhancing the FreeBSD VM and NFS subsystems. Mr. Dillon earned a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley.

Vasilis Mouratoff is a co-founder of Backplane. Mr. Mouratoff was previously the founder of Cameron-Lion Securities, LLC, a boutique merchant bank focused on business strategy, strategic private placements, and M&A advisory for high-growth technology companies in the Internet sector. Prior to this, Mr. Mouratoff was a Managing Director of Furman Selz, LLC, a division of INGBarings, as well as in-house counsel to Sequus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Mr. Mouratoff earned a BA in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley and a law degree from the University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law.

Jim Hyman is Vice President of Business Development at Backplane. Mr. Hyman was previously Vice President of Business Development for DigitalVentures, a venture capital firm in San Francisco specializing in finance-related Internet ventures. Prior to DigitalVentures Mr. Hyman was Director of International Business Development at IBM. His business development efforts included the financial planning, contractual structure and operational flow of the partnerships. Prior to IBM, Mr. Hyman served as Director of Sales Operations for Whistle Communications. Mr. Hyman received his B.A. from The University of Pennsylvania and his M.B.A. from The University of Southern California.

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