Jeff Bonforte Joins Xobni as CEO

Jeff Bonforte
Matt and I have hired a new CEO to help us build Xobni. As those close to Xobni know, we were not actively looking for a CEO. Nevertheless, when we met Jeff Bonforte several months ago we said We’ve got to get this guy on our team. We knew he had the chops to help us make Xobni into a lasting and valuable company.

Jeff was most recently the VP of Yahoo Messenger where he beat out AOL IM and took the #1 spot in the US. He increased Messenger revenue by 7x. Jeff understands both messaging and consumer desktop software. This experience is invaluable to Xobni.

Jeff also founded and ran during the late 90’s. It was the leading online storage company of its time. Jeff understands startups: building teams, building the business, and building products that people use every day.

So you can see why we are so excited about Jeff joining Xobni! Today is a big day. Today we make another step towards reaching tens of millions of users. Today we make another step towards bringing email happiness to the world.

We have huge challenges ahead of us and great accomplishments behind us. We wouldn’t want to have it any other way.

Techcrunch coverage here

6 Responses to “Jeff Bonforte Joins Xobni as CEO”

  1. 1 Joe Lazarus February 15, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    Nice hire… congrats! Looking forward to seeing what the future holds for Xobni.

  2. 2 Mahesh CR February 16, 2008 at 3:19 am


    I am happy with Xobni even as it is today! Lots more can be done but please don’t dilute the user experience that is already there today!

  3. 3 Jonathan May 5, 2008 at 8:05 pm

    Hello Vinod? How ya doin? Listen, got myself a great business plan, check out: — get it? Spells “crap” backwards..Yeah, so listen, I need $25 mils to make this a go — can you spare some change? Really? wow thanks man you KCOR duude !


  4. 4 Larry Bergin May 21, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    My favorite Jeff Bonforte story is when he ran for class president at Torrey Pines High School in San Diego, circa 1989. His campaign was borrowed from a popular clothing line founded by Torrey Pines graduates called Limpies. The company logo resembled the male anatomy at rest, and Jeff changed it to, let’s say, point a bit more north. His campaign slogan was, “Get Excited About Bonforte”.

    It was true genius. School officials didn’t realize the hidden message for days. Hysterical.

    Hello, Jeff.


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