Return Path’s Josh Baer: Austin’s Community Leader of the Year

Posted by Matt Blumberg 

Congratulations to Return Path’s Joshua Baer, named Austin’s Community Leader of the Year by the Entrepreneur Foundation of Central Texas. If you know Josh (and if you’ve so much as passed through the email or Austin technology community, you do) you’ll have a hard time coming up with anyone more deserving of this title. He’s a sought-after advisor to startups and young companies, the creative energy behind the workspace/incubator Capital Factory, and a passionate ambassador working to connect local entrepreneurs to capital, talent, and each other. Earlier this month CNN highlighted Josh’s work to promote Austin’s tech-friendly business environment, coordinating a competition during SXSW for a $100,000 relocation package – to move a startup to Austin.

Josh’s community leadership has had a ripple effect—especially in the email ecosystem—that has virtually circled the globe. As a visionary force behind the Inbox Love conference and an evangelist for email’s new wave of innovation, his ideas are connecting people in new ways and making email smarter, safer, and better for marketers, mailbox providers, and consumers. Josh is helping to keep Return Path ahead of these trends and in the center of the email universe.

So it’s a true pleasure to celebrate Josh’s community leadership, from both a global perspective and a local one. The waves of his influence are far reaching, but their source can always be traced back to Austin.

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About Matt Blumberg

Matt Blumberg founded Return Path in 1999 because he believed the world needed email to work better. Matt is passionate about enhancing the online relationship between email subscribers and marketers so that both sides of the equation benefit. It is with great pride that he has watched this initial creation grow to a company of more than 400 employees with the market leading brand, innovative products, and the email industry’s most renowned experts. Before Return Path, Matt ran marketing, product management, and the internet group for MovieFone, Inc. (later acquired by AOL). Prior to that he served as an associate with private equity firm General Atlantic Partners and was a consultant with Mercer Management Consulting. He holds a B.A. from Princeton University. You can learn much more about Matt by reading his email marketing and entrepreneurship blog Only Once – one of the first CEO blogs on the Internet. Last year he wrote a book, Startup CEO: A Field Guide to Scaling Up Your Business.

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