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Boris Portman

Entrepreneur • Advisor Austin, Texas Area, US

Advisor, Siminars and Founder and CEO, SalsaMobi. Carnegie Mellon grad. Carnegie Mellon grad.

Advisor, Siminars and Founder and CEO, SalsaMobi. Carnegie Mellon grad. Carnegie Mellon grad.

19 vouches

Primary Skillsets

  • Business Development
I have an idea I'm commited to

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Business Development

Involved In


Agile Austin
Descuento Libre
Descuento Libre
Agile Austin




Advisor Siminars July 2013 - present
Founder and CEO SalsaMobi March 2007 - present
Coach Dreamit Accelerator January 2013 - March 2013
CEO BlinkSend December 2012 - March 2013
Founder and CEO Descuento Libre May 2010 - July 2012
Managing Director Growth Acceleration Partners May 2009 - May 2010
Recruiting Partner TechTalent International May 2007 - May 2009
Co-Founder, Program Chair Agile Austin October 2007 - August 2008
VP, Development PeopleAdmin July 2005 - May 2007
VP, Engineering and Professional Services Catalis, Inc. December 2002 - May 2005
Director of Product Development Partnerware March 2002 - October 2002
Director of Product Development BroadVision October 1996 - May 2001
Software Engineer Intel Corporation May 1995 - August 1995


Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering, Business 1994 - 1996

Interested In

Markets of Interest
  • • Enterprise Software
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Mobile
  • • Cloud Services
  • • Recruiting

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Linux • E-Commerce • M&a • Entrepreneurship • Mobile Applications

Key Accomplishments

Not completed yet

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Olga Pechnenko
They're my friends  •  CEO & Founder, Revenue Hire and Co-founder & CEO, Fluture Enterprises.
Boris is driven and passionate about what he does. He is very friendly and always there if you need his help. He has great ideas and has bee ... n part of many ventures. He has a very good name for himself in Austin entrepreneurial community. He is creative and doesn't give up.
Alex Andrawes
They're my friends  •  Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, Pervino, Inc.. Previously Managing Director, The University of Texas at Austin grad.
he's been part of fast growing start ups. he's fast, honest and dependible
Johan Borge
They're my friends  •  Founder - CEO, PitchDeals and CEO, TheTechMap, Inc. The University of Texas at Austin grad.
He is an outstanding leader with a strong common sense driven management style. He can and will roll up his sleeves when the situation deman ... ds it and hold back so each team can work through projects and learn through the process.
Manny Ruiz
They're my friends  •  Chairman/Founder, Hispanicize Wire and Chairman/Founder, Hispanicize.
Boris is a hard-working and smart professional who is also driven to succeed. I believe his strength is in tech start ups.
Mike Vosters
We worked together  •  Senior Technical Product Manager, DietBetter. Previously Product Manager, Mixify.
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John Ludlow
We worked together  •  Marketing Strategist, JP Marketing Consultants. Previously Chief Marketing Officer, Snoball.
I have done three or four business deals with Boris. And each one he very carefully weighs the pros and cons of each deal, how will be arran ... ged in the timeframe, and the finances behind it. I feel that he has a great ability to look at things from a 360° view. He's also very dedicated at seeing the projects through. Continue to work with Boris not only for his intellect, but also his loyalty and dedication to his partners.
Eric Simone
We worked together  •  Venture Partner, Corsa Ventures and Founder/CEO, ClearBlade. Purdue grad.
He IS a great Entrepreneur as founder of SalsaMobi. He and his team have worked with my company's ClearBlade Platform product and is one of ... my goto partners for building enterprise mobile apps.
Trung Nguyen, PT
We worked together  •  Co-Founder/Chief Wellness Officer, FitChimp. Previously Physical Therapist, Central Texas Pediatric Orthopaedics.
His company build our fitness app, and he's been very involved from the beginning along with very supportive of our vision and mission.
Jeremy Pollock
We worked together  •  Director, Product Management, Mashery. Previously Director, Product Marketing, MyBuys.
I worked with Boris at a start-up in Austin, pre-Internet boom. As a company, we had lots of challenges, both business and technical. Boris ... proved invaluable, helping the company on both fronts. The time was relatively early in our careers for both of us and I look back on that time as a near perfect example of the start-up experience: great people working hard to pull off the impossible.
John Pavlov
We worked together at Broadvision  •  Director of Technology Services, Collaborative Consulting and Advisor, Collaborative Consulting. Boston grad.
He is a great entrepreneur - the right blend of tenaciousness and flexibility (able to pivot).
Hector Torres
We worked together  •  Chairman and CEO, Onko Solutions, LLC and Advisory Board Member, Reagle Technologies.
He's very dedicated and passionate. He's very professional and smart.
Neeraj Bansal
We worked together  •  CoFounder and President, Siminars and Executive Producer, Twisted Light Productions. Carnegie Mellon grad. Carnegie Mellon grad.
passionate and dedicated and focused
Steve Golab
We worked together  •  Founder and Community Steward, GoLab Austin Coworkspace and Co-founder and CEO, FG SQUARED. The University of Texas at Austin grad.
Boris brings chief techical experience and skills, a giant network of developers, and proven passion for for inspiring greater connection be ... tween his employees, partners, and the wider community through his generosity and action.
Juan Gonzalez
We worked together  •  CFO & Advisor to Executive Team, The New Office, Inc. (TNO) and Director and Advisor to Executive Team, Payments Over Mobile Solutions LLC.
His drive and energy are exceptional!
Paul Bedell
They're my friends  •  CEO, Binocular and Founder & Chief Marketing Officer, Korbella.
I first met Boris when he was CEO and Founder of Descuento Libre and was immediately impressed: he is extremely bright, analytical, and focu ... sed on building teams that will create value for investors. Boris has an exceptionally strong foundation in engineering and a detailed grasp of the workings of technology companies. At the same time, he easily sees the "bigger picture" and is able to identify important trends and business opportunities, and to create actionable plans to seize those opportunities. Boris is articulate, persuasive, and authentic: it is a genuine pleasure to interact with him, a fact known to all those within his extensive network. Boris is people-oriented, technically strong, and business-focused, exactly the kind of person I'd want to work with to build something meaningful and successful. I hope to have that opportunity one day.
Michael Torres
We worked together  •  CEO, GreenWorld Restoration. Previously EVP Business Development & Founder, CSIdentity Corporation.
Boris is intelligent, has the necessary drive and passion with an ability and willingness to learn from others along the way.
Dito Guerra
We worked together  •  President, CEO, Founder, Electrivant, LLC. Previously Sales Manager Texas State Government, Vmware, Inc.. The University of Texas at Austin grad
Because creating and bringing new technologies to market is part of his DNA. There are very few people I have met in my years of experience ... in start-ups who bring the technical expertise to the table along with a great personality, market undestanding, ability to work with and motivate groups and drive to put it all together. I worked with Boris when he was the CTO of a software company I ran sales for. He soon became a great friend as well. I have immense respect for his intelligence, his view of "whats next" and his ability to get things done.
Kevin Castello
Founder, Best Fit Capital and Adjunct Faculty, Baylor University EMBA.
Edward Gordon
Ranch Steward, Tech Ranch Austin and Founder, BPositive (working title).
Boris is a shrewd, proactive individual.

Paul Bedell
They're my friends  •  CEO, Binocular and Founder & Chief Marketing Officer, Korbella.
Paul has phenomenal experience as a CEO, CMO, C-level executive for fortune 500 companies, as a founder of his on companies, as an advisor t ... o other startups, and as an investor evaluating many other startups. Given his unique breadth of experience in all sides of entrepreneurship, coupled with his wisdom, communication, and drive, he knows how to make business successful. Given his background, his humble and approachable demeanor and ability to ask the right questions and offer help where needed is truly amazing. At the end of the day, though, he is practical in focusing on business models that customers value and generate positive revenue. His functional expertise in sales and marketing while understanding business from all perspectives makes him a great entrepreneur as well as a partner for other great entrepreneurs. I would enjoy the opportunity to work with and co-found a great company with Paul myself, so certainly would vouch for others to do so with Paul as well.

Johan Borge
They're my friends  •  Founder - CEO, PitchDeals and CEO, TheTechMap, Inc. The University of Texas at Austin grad.
Johan is a recognized leader in the entrepreneurial community in Austin. He leads a great organization for entrepreneurs - The TechMap for ... founders and co-founders in Austin, that brings the best and the brightest together. He is truly a class act and is a quite resourceful entrepreneur himself.

Katya Constantine
We worked together  •  I am a seasoned online multi-channel marketer and the CEO of DigiShopGirl Media. Marketing mentor for ERA and a frequent blogger/speaker.
Katya has amazing experience with online marketing from the largest eCommerce sites in the world to startups. She is knowledgeable, resourc ... eful, and dedicated. I would recommend her as an advisor to others without hesitation, particularly in areas related to digital marketing.