Paul is the Founder & CEO of MetaCert.
He is a world-renowned advocate and creator of Internet and mobile standards. His work with the World Wide Consortium (W3C), where standards such as HTML and The Semantic Web have been created, is well documented and referenced by publishers and governments around the world.
Paul is one of the seven original founders of the W3C Mobile Web Initiative and was a member of the Steering Council for the first year while also representing Segala as a member of the W3C Advisory Council. Paul is the co-creator of the W3C’s first incubator project which later became the industry standard for labeling content known as POWDER, replacing the old standard called PICS, which is still in use by the Microsoft Internet Explorer filter, Content Advisor and Apple parental controls.
Paul is leading MetaCert to become the first company worldwide to provide mobile app security using the world’s most advanced threat intelligence system. Paul’s experience in web categorization and mobile web dates back to 2005 when virtually nobody believed in a mobile web.
It is Paul’s unique insight to mobile and Internet trends along with his technical expertise in this fields, that enables MetaCert to become the world authority in cybersecurity to help protect people from malicious links such as URLs and IP addresses.
In 2003, Paul founded Segala, a specialist in mobile testing and the first test house to become an associate member of the GSM Association. He bootstrapped the company to $2M in revenue in its first year.
Paul co-founded Shanti Microfinance in 2009 and has since visited many of the loan recipients in India. He advises the board on overall strategy, visiting partners on the ground and identifying technology partners in order to increase accessibility. The Board includes John Hummer from the VC firm Hummer Winblad.
Paul was amongst the first to join AOL as a startup in Europe during the mid 90′s and built his first website in 1996. As the company’s first Technical Accounts Manager and International Beta Coordinator for the UK & Sweden, Paul was responsible for the test management of all new products and technologies – including AIM, Internet Radio, Online games and 56k modem speed.
From 2006-2008 Paul served as Chair of the British Interactive Media Association (BIMA) – the longest established and most respected Industry association to represent the UK Digital Industry. During his time as an Advisor to the British Council between 2007 – 2009, Paul advised senior management on its Digital Pioneer programme with Hong Kong and its Creative Entrepreneur programme with India.
Paul is a Green Card holder after qualifying for an O-1 visa. According to the US Citizens and Immigration Services “the beneficiary must demonstrate extraordinary ability by sustained national or international acclaim and must be coming temporarily to the United States to continue work in the area of extraordinary ability.
Extraordinary ability in the fields of science, education, business or athletics means a level of expertise indicating that the person is one of the small percentage who has risen to the very top of the field of endeavor.”
When he was 29, Paul became an investor and 50% equity partner in a Dublin-based (Ireland) Michelin Star Indian restaurant called Jaipur.