Meet the Team

Hi. We’re the team at Skipjaq, and this is our page. Scroll on down to see what we all look like (sort of), what we do for the company, and which office we work from when we’re not taking up space in a coffee shop somewhere.

Want to know more about what Skipjaq does? Then you’ll need to start from the beginning. We’re a pretty diverse bunch here at Skipjaq - we speak - and code - in a lot of languages; we’re into books, films, television shows, social sports, board games, tech wizardry of all kinds, GIFs, pubs, and international travel.

What do we all have in common? We’re all searching for the answer to that eternally vexed question: what shall we have for lunch? Interested in swelling our ranks? Then this is what you need.

  • Rob Harrop
    Chief Executive Officer
    Rob is most well known as a co-founder of SpringSource, the software company behind the wildly-successful Spring Framework. At SpringSource he was a core contributor to the Spring Framework and led the team that built dm Server (now Eclipse Virgo).

    Prior to SpringSource, Rob was (at the age of 19) co-founder and CTO at Cake Solutions, a boutique consultancy in Manchester, UK.

    A respected author, speaker and teacher, Rob writes and talks frequently about large-scale systems, cloud architecture and functional programming. His published works include the highly-popular Spring Framework reference "Pro Spring".
  • Mark Watson
    Co-founder & EVP
    Mark is a serial entrepreneur with experience of both the technology and business aspects of running a startup.

    In 2000, having worked in development, support and sales leadership roles at IBM and Tivoli Systems, he co-founded Volantis Systems, the early pioneer of mobile Internet content delivery platforms, where he served both as CTO and CEO, until the company’s acquisition in 2011. In 2012 he took up the role of VP Engineering at Causata Inc., an innovative platform providing automated customer insights based on machine-learning and Big Data. Causata was, in turn, acquired in 2013.

    The following year, Mark decided to use some of the lessons learned in performance management and capacity planning for that platform to build out a new company, as co-founder of Skipjaq.

    Mark has a degree in Politics from the University of Nottingham.
  • Colin Myer
    Marketing Lead
    Colin is an experienced consumer and b2b technology PR person who leapt at the chance to take up a wider marketing role upon joining SKIPJAQ. His influence on the company’s messaging, ethos, tone, and look and feel may be seen across SKIPJAQ’s output - from its website to its social media feeds to its product and beyond.

    Prior to joining SKIPJAQ Colin was a stalwart at Diffusion PR where he rose through the ranks, starting as an Associate Campaign Executive and finishing as a senior Campaign Director. He was one of Diffusion’s first hires and remains the longest serving employee to start at the company as a graduate.

    Colin led several notable campaigns for Diffusion, including one for mobile network testing company Global Wireless Solutions, which was a Finalist for the PR Week Awards 2015 (B2B Campaign category), and one for 3D printing company CEL, which won Best Technology Campaign at the PRCA Awards 2015, and a Certificate of Excellence from the EMEA 2015 In2 SABRE Awards.
  • Doug Borland
    VP - Support
    Doug is VP of Support at SKIPJAQ and has extensive experience in leading geographically-distributed customer support organisations. At SKIPJAQ Doug is responsible for ensuring that each and every customer attains maximum value from the platform and that along the way the experience is an enjoyable one! A key aspect to this is ensuring that we are listening closely to what our customers have to say.

    Doug's 20 years of experience includes stints in Software Engineering, Technology Management, Support, and Operations roles. Previously he ran Global Support for Mobility Products at Pega Systems, and was VP of Global Support at Volantis Systems.