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Desktone, Inc. was founded in 2006 by Eric Pulier and based in Lexington Massachusetts. Desktone provided the very first virtual desktop hosting platform. This was the integration of all the elements to create a PC desktop into one fully automated self- service platform.This was the creation of desktops as a service. It simplified the large-scale implementation and management of PC operation. Creating a virtual desktop infrastructure in this way reduced costs and provided greater protection for sensitive information. It provided leverage of business resources and increased business agility.
Desktone was an early implementation of cloud services. The platform allowed information technology companies to deploy Windows desktops along with Windows applications. This could occur from public or private cloud services. End-users could access Windows apps from multiple devices which included PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones. The Desktone platform supported many different desktop operating systems which included Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 as well as Linux.The company has received multiple funding rounds including $17 million in July 2007 a $5.9 million round in March 2010 and a final-round of $1.6 million in December 2011. The total equity funding of the company reached $26.25 million dollars.
With all of its success Desktone was acquired by VMware in 2013. Desktone’s platforms were now fully integrated with VMware’s vCloud, Horizon View and vSphere products. The basis of the acquisition was that Desktone was running for many years on a large scale and that they had a very good reputation for helping their clients get operational quickly.The current VMware product name for Desktone is VMware horizon DaaS Platform. It now operates through a network of over 11,000 VMware service provider partners and is still an industry leader in desktop as service providers.About Eric Pulier he has been instrumental for the development of outsourcing virtual desktop infrastructure. He is recognized as one of the leaders in computer technology. He has founded multiple companies as a successful entrepreneur with startups that include Media Platform, US Interactive and ServiceMesh. Eric is also an accomplished author and public speaker.
Keith Mann is an NYC entrepreneur, but what sets him apart is that he is a philanthropist who is dedicated to seeing the next generation succeed. As a college graduate himself, he has the desire for high school graduates to attend college, especially business school, so the NYC and America stay great. He and his wife Keely Mann have joined with Uncommon Schools to do just that.
Uncommon School system is a charter school for students from low-income homes. The first school was opened in Brooklyn over a decade ago and is designed to equip the students to be ready for college when they graduate. The Uncommon Schools system has expanded, and is now in Massachusettes and New Jersey as well as New York.
The Manns have been active in this growth, and they have made contributions to support the school. In 2013, they donated $10,000 towards the new school in Brooklyn, and when that was completed, they united with other businessmen from DSP and donated $20,000 for testing that is required by the state.
They didn’t stop there, though. This year they created a college scholarship fund for Uncommon Schools’ graduating students and encouraged other entrepreneurs in the city to do the same. The student who wins each year will receive the $5,000 to use towards their college fees.
Founder and CEO
NYC is home for Keith Mann. He graduated from college and began Dynamic Executive Search as managing CEO in 2000. In 2002, he founded the Alternative Investment Practice within DES. Mr. Mann soon realized that there were not adequate services for hedge fund and private equity firms, and in 2009, he started Dynamics Search Partners or DSP to fill the need.
DSP is a premier executive search firm designed and focused on alternative investments agencies, and it quickly rose to the top of the executive search industry. In 2016, DSP annually handles over 200 client placements, and the DSP database has the reputation of being the most extensive in the country.
Keith Mann is an entrepreneur and a philanthropist that is making a positive difference in NYC.
Entrepreneurial people usually are passionate about their businesses. Their high level of motivation, caring, and commitment also transcends their success in the world of business and becomes part of their philosophy of living. One area where successful people are usually eager to get involved is in philanthropy. Personal achievement seems to create a desire to give back and help others, to share with those less fortunate or the world in general.
Jason Hope, an entrepreneur from Scottsdale, Arizona, is a perfect example of the businessman who is willing to reach into his wallet to help worthy causes. Two of Jason’s passions are education and health. For example, in the summer of 2010, Mr. Hope became involved with the International Foundation for Education and Self Help’s (IFESH). He became an IFESH Ambassador and worked to support education, health, and good governance throughout Africa.
In addition to becoming an IFESH ambassador Jason also regularly donates to the Arizona-based foundation and he has traveled to Africa as part of a group of volunteer educators. The goal is to help African nations eradicate poverty, disease, and inequality. Mr. Hope shares IFESH’s belief that education is the foundation upon which nations can build economic, social, and health reform. Literacy leads to knowledge and knowledge leads to reform success.
IFESH is not the only organization Jason Hope donates to. He also has a close relationship with the SENS Foundation. SENS is an organization that studies rejuvenation biotechnology. Their goal is to develop methods of preventing debilitating diseases caused by the process of aging. SENS believes by preventing the damage done by aging will stop things like Alzheimer’s or heart disease before they occur. Preventing these horrible illnesses will allow people to enjoy a better quality of life for much longer.
Jason Hope is an Arizona native. His family lived in Tempe. His college days included; first, earning a degree in finance from Arizona State University and going on to receive and MBA from the W.P. Carey School of Business. Jason is a true renascence man because business and philanthropy are only two of his interests. He is also a well-known and respected futurist and believes enthusiastically that technology like the Internet of Things will change the world in a positive way.