CEO & Co-founder
Justin Lake is an owner and principal at Skyllful, formerly Venado Technologies. A lifelong mobile tech enthusiast, Justin is dedicated to leveraging modern technologies to improve the effectiveness of organizations with highly mobile workforces.
Before Venado, he held roles in companies such as wireless carriers, mobile device manufacturers, mobile managed service providers, and software development teams. And while those experiences drive much of Justin's counsel with his clients, the real fuel is bringing creativity to every new challenge. Working with his own ideas and leveraging his extensive network of industry professionals, Justin and his team bring value to the digital transformations of the most exciting companies in the world.
COO & Co-founder
Ralph Hubregsen founded Venado Technologies in 2009, which became Skyllful in 2020, when he saw the need for a different approach to delivering scalable, production-worthy software applications for large enterprises. In Venado’s first few years, Ralph’s passion and vision were embraced by several US defense and intelligence agencies, including the Army, which awarded Venado a multi-year software project. In subsequent years, Ralph focused the approach in the private sector, where Venado established its reputation for implementing high-quality technology solutions hyper-focused on outcomes that deliver clear business value. The company is known for its strategic consulting services and made-to-spec software solutions for organizations with large first-line field workforces.
Before Venado, Ralph built and sold two technology companies, was involved in two venture-backed software startups, and was Chief Operating Officer of DecisionPoint Systems, a publicly traded mobile software provider and systems integrator serving the retail industry and other Fortune 500 companies.
Ralph holds a bachelor’s degree from Saint Michael’s College and earned his MBA at the University of Denver. On weekends, you’ll find Ralph golfing with family and friends – which, by happenstance, reinforces the belief that the path to perfection in golf, like software, is a never-ending journey.
Vice President, Product Strategy & Marketing
Eugene Signorini is a recognized strategist, consultant, and thought leader with over 20 years of experience in disruptive digital and mobile technologies. His expertise in digital strategy and transformative mobile solutions has a long history of helping businesses understand how mobile and emerging technologies transform customer, partner, and employee experiences.
Gene has held senior positions as a strategic advisor and industry analyst. As Vice President of Mobile Insights at Mobiquity, Gene worked with enterprise clients on strategic mobility engagements to implement comprehensive digital solutions that transformed their businesses. He also led Mobiquity's thought leadership activities, including the Wireless Innovation Council.
As Senior Vice President and Head of Research at Yankee Group, Gene led the global analyst team and was responsible for the firm's advisory services, data products, research agenda, and content delivery strategy. His expertise as an industry analyst spanned mobile and wireless technologies, and he founded Yankee Group's first enterprise mobility research practice in 2002. Signorini was also practice lead for IoT at Enterprise Strategy Group, an IT analyst, research, validation, and strategy company.
Early in his career, Gene worked in MCI WorldCom's wireless resale organization and Nationwide Cellular Service; during his tenure, he held key roles in operations, project management, and business development.
Gene earned an MBA from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College and a BA in Economics & English, also from Boston College.
Vice President, Digital Experience & Technology
Ben Bishop has spent the past 20+ years up and down the technology stack designing, architecting, and developing applications for web and mobile. After graduating from Purdue University with a degree in Computer Graphics Technology, he has been extremely fortunate to absorb skills from talented collaborators on a wide range of projects: educational CD-ROMS, interactive Flash apps selling anything from cat litter to Nike baseball caps, and Android/iOS applications for corporate America.
In 2018, he became Skyllful's Director of Digital Solutions after selling his 2nd business, Rendr, to Venado, which became known as Skyllful in 2020. He currently leads multiple teams across the globe expanding the Skyllful platform and creating custom applications for Venado’s customers. He relocated to Venado’s Plano, TX office in 2019 and is currently adjusting from St. Louis BBQ to Texas BBQ.
While he is a certified Scrum master, Ben is always willing to adapt his approach and ideas to best serve the customer. Ben has brought creativity and technical expertise to a wide variety of clients that range from Fortune 500 companies in finance, utilities, and technology to 5+ Silicon Valley startups. Wanting to improve the quality of software and the overall developer experience, Ben has shared these experiences at various Midwest tech conferences.
Don’t let his pretty UI designs and lack of hoodie fool you - he will go deep on the pros and cons of cloud-based microservice architectures in an Agile development world at the drop of a hat. Yes, that’s a warning.