Alex Gounares is the founder and CEO of Polyverse Corporation, a cyber security company focused on protecting data center applications from large scale data breaches and disruption. Previously, Alex led Concurix Corporation, a maker of Node.js profiling tools. These tools were acquired by Strongloop Inc and integrated into the Strongloop Arc platform.
Prior to Concurix, Alex served as AOL's Chief Technology Officer. In this role, he led all aspects of AOL's technology strategy, platform development and external technology partnerships. He was responsible for all of AOL's global engineering, IT, and operations functions. In addition, he served as a member of the company's Global Executive Operating Committee.
Alex joined AOL from Microsoft, where he was Corporate Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for the company's Online Services Division. During his tenure at Microsoft, Gounares led significant strategic and technical operations for some of the company's most important projects including Microsoft's global advertising platform, Bing search, MSN and Microsoft Virtual Earth. Alex also served for three years as Technology Advisor to Microsoft Chairman and founder Bill Gates, as well as Corporate Vice President of Corporate Strategy in Microsoft's Finance Department.
Prior to joining Microsoft in 1993, Alex worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He has founded four startups and is also an inventor on more than 200 U.S. patents filed and pending. Alex holds a bachelor's degree cum laude in Computer Science from Princeton University.