Keynote Speakers

James Siminoff


James has always fostered an entrepreneurial spirit. While at Babson College he started a consumer electronics business called Gadgetronics. 

In 1998 he founded Your First Step International, Inc., a company that assisted entrepreneurs in bringing ideas from concept to fruition.

In 2000, the company transitioned its main focus to building a global wholesale Voice over IP network.

In 2002 James merged YFS into Nobel Ltd. which has became the largest online calling card companies in the US.  While at Nobel, James started NobelBiz which he still is a principal in today.

James left Nobel in 2006 to put his full effort into PhoneTag.  In 2005 James was inspired by the archaic nature of voicemail to found the world's first voicemail-to-text company, PhoneTag. James drew from his experience of starting successful companies to develop a system to transcribe voicemail messages into text.

In 2007 James received the Entrepreneur Award from Crain's Business New York in recognition for his accomplishments with PhoneTag.

In September of 2009 PhoneTag completed a transaction worth $17 million with Ditech Networks (nasdaq: DITC).  James currently holds the position of Chief Strategy Officer and is head of Ditech's Labs program.

James holds a Bachelor of Science in entrepreneurship from Babson College.


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