As a company, our objective is to develop a new generation of context aware mobile applications that leverage the combination of always-on internet access, location-based services, and social media to give our users the ability to truly explore the world around them.

Opportunity  [Top]

Today, we use our mobile phones to text friends, tweet our thoughts, check-in to places, and update our status in order to keep others informed of our every activity as part of our virtual social network. But in the process, we often ignore the people, places and things that are physically around us. Ironically, the people around us -- those who are at the same place at the same time, possibly sharing the same experience -- represent what could be a very real, interesting, and dynamic social network.

We believe that there is an opportunity to use technology to put local society back into social networking. In fact, if opportunity is defined as a convergence of the right people at the right place at the right time, then Soksemo represents a very real opportunity. The goal of Soksemo is to enable a new form of social exploration whereby users can discover and interact with other nearby people, places and things, while at the same time maintaining personal privacy through a variety of security controls.

Principals  [Top]

Kevin Brophy (CTO) and Michael Maggio (CEO) are Stonehill College classmates who have worked both together and separately at various companies in the software, networking, and telecommunications industries for over two decades.

Michael Maggio Michael received his Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Maryland and over the past two decades has managed all aspects of the business of start-ups to publicly traded companies, raising over $30M in venture funding, completed a successful IPO, and managed both buy and sell sides of mergers and acquisitions, including the most recent sale of Newbury Networks to Belden Corp. As a CEO and GM over the past twelve years, Michael builds fiercely loyal teams, world-class companies and deep partnerships dedicated to success
Kevin Brophy Kevin received his Master's degree in Computer Science from Brown University and has over 20 years experience working in Research & Development organizations. Most recently, Kevin served as a Principal Investigator at Verizon Laboratories where he managed and promoted Verizon's next-generation services, including presenting to the Board of Directors, chief executives, strategic partners and Wall Street investors. Kevin was twice recognized with the company's highest technical achievement award.