Alexander GounaresCEO, Polyverse Corporation
Alex Gounares is the founder and CEO of Polyverse Corp., a cybersecurity company focused on protecting software from cyberattacks using moving-target defense technologies. Previously, Alex led Concurix Corp., a maker of Node.js profiling tools. These tools were acquired by Strongloop, an IBM company.
Prior to Concurix, Alex served as AOL's chief technology officer. In this role, he led all aspects of AOL's technology strategy, platform development, and external technology partnerships. He was responsible for all of AOL's global engineering, IT, and operations functions. In addition, he served as a member of the company's Global Executive Operating Committee.
Alex joined AOL from Microsoft, where he was corporate vice president and chief technology officer for the company's Online Services division. During his tenure at Microsoft, Alex led significant strategic and technical operations for some of the company's most important projects, including Microsoft's global advertising platform, Bing search, MSN, and Microsoft Virtual Earth. Alex also served for three years as technology advisor to Microsoft chairman and founder Bill Gates, as well as corporate vice president of Corporate Strategy in Microsoft's finance department.
Prior to joining Microsoft in 1993, Alex worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He has founded four startups and is also an inventor on more than 200 US patents issued or pending. Alex holds a bachelor's degree cum laude in Computer Science from Princeton University.