April 3, 2005

I’m Alec Saunders, Vice President of Developer Relations for Research In Motion, the co-founder and former CEO of VoIP startup iotum Corporation, and the author of Saunderslog.com. I started writing to help other entrepreneurs and business people learn about the Voice over IP space, and to pass along some of the product management and marketing knowledge I’ve accumulated over my career.

Early in my career I worked for a bunch of Canadian start-ups in the Kitchener-Waterloo area, which, one by one, went under.  In 1992 I went to work for Microsoft, and in 1994 I moved to Microsoft headquarters in Redmond Washington.  Amongst other things I helped to launch Windows 95, launched the first two versions of Internet Explorer, the Universal Plug and Play initiative, and Microsoft’s push into home networks.  I learned a lot about how software businesses work and why the businesses I had been involved with earlier failed.

I left Microsoft in November of 2000, and returned to Canada.    Since my return, I’ve been VP of Marketing for QNX Software in Kanata, sat on the board of Fusetalk, and been VP of marketing at Versatel Networks.   In the fall of 2003 I started Iotum Corporation with a close friend, where I remain a board member and advisor today. In June 2011, I set out to find my next big adventure in the technology industry, and landed at RIM as VP of Developer Relations, where my job today is to win the hearts and minds of mobile developers and help them to make killer applications for RIM’s handset and tablet products.  You can  find out more about me from my LinkedIn profile.

Although this is primarily a technology and business blog, it’s also my personal blog.  From time to time, amongst the regular posts, you’ll find a little bit of humor or photos that I’ve taken. Periodically I refer to my family or friends, and sometimes you even see my vacation photos. Some people have told me to stay focused and on topic.  This is my soapbox.  You don’t have to read it, and I won’t be hurt if you don’t…  or better yet, if you get your own soapbox and outdo me.

Enjoy, and feel free to send me mail at alecs@exmsft.com.


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MSG July 26, 2010 at 4:50 pm

Alec, Clearly Microsoft needs you. Offer the company a package deal. You'll come to Microsoft as CEO and they'll buy out Calliflower; conditional, of course, on your choosing the location from which you will run the company. Love Dad


Valteri April 24, 2012 at 8:06 am


I came across your VoIP blog and thought of asking you as a VoIP expert monitoring the market, have you heard of AQuA used in VoIP call quality testing and monitoring? I would be pleased to provide more info for your blog on this.



Andrew August 27, 2012 at 10:12 am

Hello Alec, I was wondering about your insight into the new IPTV market and see what you'd think would be the best way to expand business. The company I work for deals with VOIP installations, MAC, low voltage cabling and right now we work with a lot of VOIP companies. However we are trying to get into the IPTV market as well so I'm wondering if a veteran like you can give a little insight to the ip business world.


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