TeleSign

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About TeleSign

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Mobile Identity

We use Mobile Identity to help businesses know more about their users, confirm that their users are who they say they are, and communicate important messages.

One of the biggest challenges for digital businesses is protecting a trusted user and preserving the ecosystem from fraud and hacks. We created Mobile Identity to give digital businesses the ability to connect a unique identity to every account. With our Mobile Identity products, you can do both  — preserve your ecosystem by detecting a suspicious user before account creation, and prevent account compromise for your trusted user base.

Born from Business Need

TeleSign was created to save a digital commerce company from overwhelming fraud. With so much uncertainty about who was behind each account, they needed to find a way to verify users anywhere in the world without introducing unnecessary friction or delays. Using a customer’s phone number was the best way to authenticate a global user base, and TeleSign was created to serve this need.

We started with phone-based authentication services, and as we anticipated changes in hacker behavior we introduced our line of data products. These products reveal important fraud indicators based on a user’s phone number.

Every product we deliver is driven by our fundamental belief in the power of Mobile Identity to make the Internet a safer place

Battle-Tested by the Best

Our customers are demanding, and rightfully so, their expectations are high, but the drive and passion to exceed those expectations is core to our culture.

We’ve invested in the architecture, the people, the global operator relationships, and the processes to ensure the premium quality of our authentication products. Leveraging our insight into the volume of traffic and the data behind those transactions, we’ve developed an impressive ability to predict fraud, based on phone attributes, data and patterns in behavior and traffic.

The largest global companies consistently choose us for the expertise of our people, the quality of our solutions, and the uniqueness of our products.

Leadership Team

Leadership Team

Steve Jillings

Steve JillingsChief Executive Officer

Steve Jillings — serial entrepreneur, epicurean, travel adventurer — has a successful track record of growing start-ups and growth stage companies to highly profitable ventures, creating employee and shareholder value. As an experienced executive, Jillings is recognized for building strong leadership teams, fast-tracking company growth, and creating products and services that provide true differentiation.

Matt Hardy

Matt HardyChief Financial Officer

Matt Hardy — finance guru, proud Cavalier King Charles Spaniel owner, handyman master — has a successful record of working with small tech companies, raising profits and guiding them to acquisition. He brings over 15 years of industry experience working in both the finance and technology sectors. Hardy is recognized in the field for building company’s market capital while substantially increasing shareholder value.

Charles McColgan

Charles McColganChief Technology Officer

Charles McColgan — software hero, tech wonk, general over-achiever — McColgan spearheads the technical development, operations, and long-term vision of TeleSign. He brings 20 years of industry experience including 10 years of experience creating and operating SAAS solutions used by thousands of enterprises in the security and messaging space.

Forrest Hobbs

Forrest HobbsVice President, Sales

Forrest Hobbs — global sales driver, outdoor enthusiast, proud father — has led cloud software sales teams worldwide and achieved successful results through shared vision, teamwork, diligence in execution and customer focused innovation. Hobbs brings fifteen years of Sales, Marketing and Business Development experience to TeleSign, the last ten focused on building direct and partner sales organizations for cloud security and productivity software businesses.

Terry Somers

Terry SomersVice President, Network Operations

Terry Somers — wanna be golf pro, dog person, Da Bears fan — brings more than three decades of experience managing worldwide networks for industry-leading technology enterprises, Somers is no stranger to the demands of supporting mission-critical enterprise application services. In his role at TeleSign, Somers oversees all network operations and is responsible for providing clients with a reliable and consistent experience by keeping the systems running smoothly and efficiently around the clock.

Max Powers

Max PowersVice President, Client Services

Max Powers — avid kickboxer, proud bulldog enthusiast, and client maven — brings decades of knowledge and expertise leading Client Services for international technology companies. Directing TeleSign’s Client Services Team, Powers brings her extensive background and experience to the management team where she is developing the strategic objectives required to ensure outstanding service for TeleSign’s growing client and partner roster.

Darren Berkovitz

Darren BerkovitzCo-founder and Vice President

Darren Berkovitz — cinema enthusiast, high-tech junkie, and laugh practitioner — has an instinct for identifying great ideas and the business savvy to turn them into profitable companies. As a co-founder and Vice President of Business Development, Darren identifies and develops strategic partnerships and accounts, executes company wide strategy, and evangelizes TeleSign within the industry. He also oversees TeleSign's intellectual property strategy and secured a granted Patent for PhoneID (Patent No. 7,945,034) with several other pending patents.

Stacy Stubblefield

Stacy StubblefieldCo-founder and Vice President, Product Strategy

Stacy Stubblefield — globetrotting technologist, internet criminal profiler, ultimate fraudster denier — builds on two decades of experience conceiving and building internet companies. Stubblefield drives TeleSign's product strategy and identifies opportunities for innovation.

Ryan Disraeli

Ryan DisraeliVice President, Fraud Services

Ryan Disraeli — idea architect, grill master, sports fanatic — brings an entrepreneurial savvy to his role of directing the marketing and client services organizations. Disraeli draws on his experience in technical business management, professional services program deployment, as well as marketing and launching new products in the Internet security and telephony industries.

Craig Whitney

Craig WhitneyVice President, EMEA

Craig Whitney — keen golfer, gadget addict, long-time suffering NY Mets fan — is a veteran of the IT industry in Europe. With his extensive experience, Whitney has a reputation for building successful technology companies in the EMEA region.

Client Testimonials

Client Testimonials

Evernote

Evernote

“Protecting user data is a critical component of Evernote’s business. When we decided to deploy two-step verification, we knew that it would be beneficial to our users, but only if they could easily activate the functionality. TeleSigns’ solutions provided Evernote a combination of robust infrastructure, tools and guidance to help us keep user’s data safe and the user experience intuitive.”

Philip Constantinou, Evernote's VP of Products
Evernote

Session M

Session M

“TeleSign’s PhoneID Standard product allowed us to identify and allow only Mobile and Prepaid Mobile phone types to participate in our mobile app M points promotional campaign while TeleSign’s SMS two-factor authentication solution reduced our undesirable orders by 55%.”

Bill Farrell, Senior Product Manager
Session M

Kount

Kount

“And thanks for making a clean, well-documented REST API, with a working Python SDK on github!  That was a big help in my research and learning efforts.”

Chris J. Galli, Development Lead, Kount
Kount

Name.com

Name.com

“TeleSign’s Telephone Verification proved to be extremely effective because fraudsters are reluctant to provide a traceable piece of information.”

Paul Carter, Vice President of Operations, Name.com
Name.com

Dwolla

Dwolla

“Dwolla’s innovations push the envelope of what’s expected, so it’s great to have a tech vendor that’s able to do the same.”

Charise Flynn, COO, Dwolla
Dwolla

oDesk

oDesk

“Working with TeleSign has been extremely smooth.  The integration of phone verification was simple and their sales and client services teams are very responsive and professional.”

Ravi Bhatt, Director of Trust and Safety, oDesk
oDesk

Jimdo

Jimdo

“Jimdo launched a big project in Mexico with a special promotion offer. The value of the offer is high and customers can start for free, so we had to make sure that it’s fraud protected and that registrations per person are limited. TeleSign’s phone and text message verification solved this problem for us without making the process too complicated for our customers.”

Matthias Henze, Co-founder, Jimdo
Jimdo

Engage:BDR

Engage:BDR

“TeleSign’s verification solutions have allowed us to implement strong security measures without negatively affecting user experience and sales.”

Nick Lynch, VP Platforms, engage:BDR
Engage:BDR

SMS PASSCODE

SMS PASSCODE

“For a mission-critical application like ours, TeleSign’s proven technology, ease of integration, and focus on reliable authentication services was an ideal match.”

Lars Barthold Nielsen, Vice President Commercial Operations, SMS PASSCODE
SMS PASSCODE

Eagle Web Assets

Eagle Web Assets

“We’re are very impressed with the service. Your API is very well documented, and everything “just worked” without any problems. After dealing with so many companies that offer sub-par APIs and services this is a very welcomed relief!”

Mike Everhart, Engineer, Eagle Web Assets Inc.
Eagle Web Assets

Host1Plus.com

Host1Plus.com

“Using TeleSign’s PhoneID with Telephone Verification, we saw a 99% reduction in chargebacks, reduced our manual review cost by 80%, which resulted in an over $70,000 saving since implementing TeleSign solutions 3 months ago.”

Vincentas Grinius, Support Executive, Host1Plus.com
Host1Plus.com

Swagbucks

Swagbucks

“TeleSign’s Phone Verification and PhoneID have been instrumental in significantly reducing users from defrauding our website. TeleSign’s industry expertise has been incredibly helpful with determining our fraud strategy.”

Scott Dudelson, COO, Swagbucks
Swagbucks

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