Over a 30 year career, Phillip has worked at numerous fast-growing technology companies as a founder, investor, executive,technologist, and now, CEO of Message Systems. In recent years Phillip has served as chairman of EnterpriseDB, a leading open source database company; chairman of RollStream, a SaaS supply chain collaboration company (acquired by GXS); and as co-founder and executive chairman of VisualCV.com, an online multimedia resume website (acquired by Talemetry). Previously, Phillip was Chairman and CEO of webMethods, Inc., a leading vendor of business integration software, which he co-founded in 1996 with a software product developed in his basement. Under his leadership, the company pioneered web services and XML-based software integration technologies, demonstrated the strongest revenue growth ($1M to over $200M) of any US software company in the period 1998 through 2002, and achieved the most successful software IPO to date in February of 2000. webMethods was acquired by Software AG in 2007 for $550M. Awards Phillip has received include KPMG Entrepreneur of the Year, Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Washingtonian Magazine "Titan of Technology", and CRN "Top 25 Executive”. Phillip holds a degree in Computer Science from the University of Melbourne (Australia), and lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and two sons.

Posts by Phillip:

Celebrating a High-Growth Year and Looking Ahead to 2018

Reflecting on another high-growth year at SparkPost and looking forward to exciting accomplishments, partnerships and even more growth in the year ahead.

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SparkPost Customers in the Fortune Future 50

We are proud to note that more than a third of the software and SaaS companies listed in Fortune’s Future 50 list are SparkPost customers.

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SparkPost’s Updated Service Plans

SparkPost’s CEO reviews our updated service plans. All paid plans now include full-service support, and we launched a new free developer account option.

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SparkPost CEO Review of an Awesome 2016… and an Even Better 2017

SparkPost’s CEO reviews customer and business growth for the SparkPost email delivery service in 2016. It’s been a great year. 2017 might be even better.

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Why We’re Careful to Take Account Suspension Seriously

Our CEO explains why we take an abundance of caution when it comes to preventing email abuse—and the care we take when it results in account suspension.

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Why SparkPost Is the Fastest-Growing Email Delivery Service

SparkPost’s CEO reflects on why we’ve become the preferred choice for developers—and the fastest-growing email delivery service on the market.

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SparkPost: Best Email Platform Celebrates One Year

SparkPost is one year old. CEO Phillip Merrick reflects and says thank you to the developers and global brands who make SparkPost the best email platform.

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I Am All In. Here’s My Promise to Developers

SparkPost CEO Phillip Merrick is all in. He’s making a commitment to developers looking for a Mandrill alternative and a promise about SparkPost pricing.

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Looking back on an amazing, transformative year for SparkPost

A look back on SparkPost's accomplishments and milestones from 2015 including acquisitions, new customers and exciting partnerships.

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