Alpin helps you find and manage all of your cloud software.
Customers use Alpin to discover SaaS (software as a service) applications, from well-known vendors like Salesforce and Zendesk, to tens of thousands of niche applications.
Once you know what you have, you can use Alpin to optimize costs, improve security and compliance, and automate workflows. No more running around with spreadsheets that are a pain to keep up to date, and which never provide the whole picture.
Alpin works with what you already have.
For example, CASBs (cloud access security brokers), firewalls, proxy servers, DNS gateways, and other central network systems each take a different angle on discovery and security. Alpin can collect information from these systems, and present that information — and much more, from itself and from other sources — in a significantly more usable fashion.
Similarly, some SaaS admin policy tools go very deep into particular applications, while Alpin gives you critical functionality across many applications. Therefore, Alpin can replace multiple tools, or work in concert with them, giving you a platform that is extremely powerful and extremely easy to use.
Julien Denaes | Co-Founder & CEO
Julien oversees all company strategy and business activities, bringing a strong history of entrepreneurship to the Company. Prior to Alpin, Julien served as a Global Entrepreneur in Residence at CU Boulder, where he:
Provided guidance to over 500 students; coached over 100 startups; served as a speaker panelist and judge on dozens of expert panels; and co-led programs throughout the Boulder-Denver region (and earlier, in New York City and Montréal). He guided Alpin’s successful acceptance into several highly-selective startup accelerators, including The Founder Institute (one of 12 companies chosen out of 750 applicants), FounderLab (by winning first place out of the 12 Founder Institute companies), Startup Next and Techstars (one of 11 companies chosen out of 2,000), improving the company and its ability to deliver value to customers at each stage.
Julien is a cloud security expert and an accomplished mobile-app and front-end developer, creating systems that have withstood extensive penetration testing efforts by Alpin’s customers.
Before co-founding Alpin, he led teams designing new systems for large global clients including Nestlé, Richemont (owner of luxury brands such as Cartier, Montblanc, Van Cleef & Arpels and many more), Nespresso, the United Nations, and others. While at Cambridge Technology Partners, he was the relationship owner with Richemont, and while at Itecor, he rescued and fortified a troubled relationship with Nestlé. Previously, he was at SAP and, while still in school, started his own business as a webmaster and IT consultant.
Benjamin Soulier | Co-Founder
Benjamin has built much of Alpin, applying his exceptional knowledge of cloud application development, distributed scaling, and identity management, to create a solid and scalable foundation for the platform.
Ben is a veteran leader of global engineering teams. Prior to co-founding Alpin, he served at Cambridge Technology Partners in Geneva, building systems for global organizations such as the United Nations and HSBC. Previously, he was an ECM expert at Japan Tobacco International, where he built a complete social platform – from nothing.
At Nestlé, Ben re-designed the architecture of an internal mobile platform that communicates with millions of connected devices. Prior to these positions, he was a web application development expert for companies in the finance, maritime shipping, food, and automotive industries. Benjamin is well-versed in dozens of development languages, environments, protocols and tools. He earned the very rare Microsoft Azure MVP designation based on his outstanding contributions to the design and implementation of Azure in a series of intricate and demanding large-scale deployments.
Mark Evans | Co-Founder
At Alpin, Mark focuses on revenue generation and championing the customer, as well as product, strategy and administration.
Mark is an angel investor in 14 companies (including several SaaS startups) and 2 funds, serves on the board of a B2B SaaS company, and has mentored many startups across an array of industries and business models.
Prior to Alpin, he was co-founder and CEO of a SaaS marketing technology company which served small to medium businesses. He also co-founded a marketing agency where he helped hundreds of clients add customers and grow revenues. Previously, he was General Manager of a publicly traded company (Goto.com/Overture, sold to Yahoo! for a bit under $2 billion), with a $163 million P&L for the largest business unit. Earlier, he was a consultant at McKinsey, and has an MBA from Wharton.
Board And Advisors
David Campbell | Board Member
David is COO at ZCash, a privacy-protecting, digital currency built on strong science. Previously, he was CISO at SendGrid, leading the company through highly complex security and IT challenges on its high-growth path to a successful public offering. He is a veteran and visionary in the field of cyber security, with two decades of experience leading security operations and companie. David has provided security assessment and business-focused remediation assistance to organizations ranging from startups to public companies. A highly technical entrepreneur, he developed one of the first effective DDOS mitigation services in 2001, and he won The Wall Street Journal’s Data Privacy and Transparency Hackathon in 2012. Previously, he co-founded JumpCloud, Electric Alchemy and MobileScope. He also served at ABN AMRO, Washington Mutual, and the United States Antarctic Program.
Denise Franklin | Board Member
Denise created an extremely productive self-serve channel as VP Revenue at SendGrid. Under her leadership, the email services company grew to more than $40 million in revenue in four years. She serves on the Board of Directors and Advisory Board for several growing firms, and acts as a mentor to startups in Techstars, MergeLane, Founder Institute and Galvanize. As a startup exec, mentor and board member, she helps companies dramatically accelerate growth. Previously, she held senior marketing roles at Logitech, Google, DoubleClick and MessageMedia.
Judson Valeski | Board Member
Jud is General Manager at Honey, a large and rapidly-growing consumer software company that automates deal and product discovery. He brings profound expertise in building scalable systems, and scalable business practices, to the companies he works with. He has more than 20 years’ worth of experience in tech, including time as CEO and CTO of Gnip (acquired by Twitter) and nearly five years at AOL, where he negotiated the Mozilla spin-out. Prior to AOL, he was at Internet pioneer Netscape, following engineering roles at OneBox, IBM and Microsoft. Prior to Honey, he was Chief Technology Officer of Techstars. He has played a central role in the public release of consumer software products used by tens of millions of people worldwide.
Bruno Morency | Advisor
Bruno is Managing Director of Techstars Montreal AI. His background is in engineering, but he loves bringing tech products to market and selling them as much as he loves building them. He applies that passion by mentoring tech startups with strategic advice, and sometimes by diving deep into coding production systems. Previously, he was Head of Operations at Poka Inc., a social platform that focuses on efficient training, knowledge retention and real-time troubleshooting in the manufacturing world. He founded Context.IO (acquired by Return Path in 2012), an API that makes it easy and fast for developers to integrate email data in their applications.
Eric Daugherty | Advisor & Board Observer
Eric is COO at POSSIBLE Mobile. He has almost twenty years of experience developing web and mobile applications, and leading the companies that build them. From his years working for small firms all the way up to large public companies like BEA Systems, Eric knows the ins and outs of all types of professional service firms and their enterprise customers and clients. Previously, Eric was instrumental in the growth and development of Geneca, a consultancy focused on delivering enterprise development services to Fortune 1000 companies, which quintupled in size during a four-year period. He has served as architect, developer and consultant at firms including Gorilla Logic, BroadHop, Capable Networks, ADEXS, Bauhaus Technologies and Crowe Creek.
Jenny Fielding | Advisor
Jenny is Managing Director of Techstars, where she leads both the Fintech and Internet of Things accelerators in New York City. Prior to joining Techstars, Jenny headed up corporate venture and digital innovation at BBC Worldwide, where she founded BBC Labs, a corporate Accelerator for early stage digital media tech companies, made strategic investments and led business development deals. She has also started several companies, most notably Switch-Mobile, a mobile VoIP company that was acquired in 2008. She began her career as a lawyer with Wieden & Kennedy, and was a banker with JP Morgan.
Rami Essaid | Advisor
Rami is Co-Founder & Chief Product and Strategy Officer of Distil Networks, where he was previously CEO. He is a serial entrepreneur with almost 15 years of experience in telecommunications, network security and cloud infrastructure management. Rami started his first company in childhood selling shoe-shine kits door-to-door, and has been building companies ever since. Prior to Distil, he advised enterprise clients on cloud infrastructure and security at Neustar's IIS group. Previously, he founded ChitChat communications, a mobile communications company, which he later sold. As a member of the inaugural class of Techstars, Rami believes in giving back to the community and actively participates as an advisor and mentor to enterprise-focused companies around the world, helping them embrace the cloud to scale their businesses and brands.
Sergio Escobar | Advisor
Sergio is a Super Angel investor across the United States and Canada, leading corporate funds as well as individual investments in a portfolio of companies. Sergio has +15 years of experience as a multiple times tech entrepreneur with startups in Aerospace, eCommerce, Manufacturing, AgTech and Financial Technologies. Over the last 8 years, he has been deeply involved in the international entrepreneurial scene (incubators and accelerators) through his involvement in Founder Institute, Techstars Startup Programs, McGill X-1, Startup Chile, Startup Peru, Startup Bootcamp FinTech London, MsB Tunisia, Flat6Labs Tunisia, Kuwait National Fund, World Bank 'Tech Entrepreneurship Program for Innovation in the Caribbean', Krypto Labs in the Middle East and Creative Destruction Lab in Artificial Intelligence. He has been pioneering the Canadian investment scene by launching one of Canada's very first super angel funds.
|2019-05-07||Business Den||New angel fund wants to invest only in Colorado|
|2019-01-25||Colorado=Security Podcast||Alpin co-founders Ben Soulier and Mark Evans interviewed by Alex Wood of the Colorado=Secuirty podcast.|
|2018-12-11||BetaKit.com||BCF Ventures reaches $12 million in commitments for its ‘Super Angel’ fund|
|2018-12-11||InformAffaires||BCF Ventures double la taille potentielle de son fonds à 12 M$ et présente son portefeuille|
|2018-10-09||TheArk.ch||Silicon Valais : Les inscriptions sont ouvertes !|
|2018-07-26||ITAM Review||SaaS Optimisation Market Guide - Alpin has more discovery methods than other providers.|
|2017-12-27||BizWest||Boulder-based tech startup Alpin launches, raises $1M|
|2017-12-13||ChannelE2E||Funding – IT Monitoring: Alpin, a Boulder, Colorado-based provider of SaaS monitoring and management tools for IT administrators, has raised $1 million in funding.|
|2017-12-12||CyberWire||Alpin Launches SaaS Subscription Management Platform that Illuminates Shadow IT and Provides Total Visibility, Cost Control and Security|
|2017-12-12||Venture Canvas||Alpin Launches with $1M Funding|
|2017-12-12||TechRockies||Alpin Launches With $1M In Funding|
|2017-12-12||InnovatioNews||Alpin launches to help IT admins discover shadow IT|
|2017-12-12||Venture Capital Access Online||Alpin Launches SaaS Subscription Management Platform that Illuminates Shadow IT and Provides Total Visibility, Cost Control and Security|
|2017-12-12||Fortune||Alpin, a Boulder, Colo.-based provider of SaaS monitoring and management tools for IT administrators, raised $1 million in funding|
|2017-12-11||FinSMEs||Alpin Raises $1M in Funding|
|2017-12-11||PE Hub||Alpin nabs $1 mln in Rockies Venture Club-led round|
|2017-12-11||SiliconANGLE||Alpin’s new cloud platform aims to solve ‘shadow IT’ problem|
|2017-12-11||TechStartups||Boulder, Colorado-based startup Alpin’s new cloud platform aims to solve “shadow IT” problem|
|2017-12-11||VC News Daily||Alpin Launches with $1M Funding|
|2017-12-11||American Entrepreneurship Today||Alpin Launches SaaS Subscription Management Platform that Illuminates Shadow IT and Provides Total Visibility, Cost Control and Security|