Kevin Fink


My passion is using modern technology to solve business problems and create business opportunities. I love to see my work make a difference (not necessarily change the world, but make someone's day a little bit easier or more fulfilling).

I am seeking a leadership position in which my skills in hands-on motivation and guidance of technologists, researchers, and developers will produce cutting-edge yet practical results. My technical skills combined with my business experience and focus make me a strong contributor on a management team.


SVP Engineering

Rightside 2014-Present

  • I run a distributed (currently five states) engineering team at Rightside. In addition to running the world's second-largest registrar platform, we are a significant player in the new top-level domains (TLDs) (e.g. .news, .reviews, .democrat, .ninja, etc) currently being made available. Our registry platform hosts many of these new TLDs (over 200, more than any other platform) and our registrar platform offers registrations of nearly all of them.

  • My team is responsible for corporate services (e.g. business intelligence), shared services (e.g. domain recommendations and lead generation), and aftermarket products (e.g. domain monetization). I am also heavily involved in intellectual property protection (including patent development), overall engineering leadership, and frequently serve as a consultant and advisor for executive-level business development efforts.

SVP Engineering

Demand Media 2007-2014

  • I ran several distributed engineering groups focusing on building highly scalable content delivery, content merchandising, SEO, and revenue optimization platforms that support our media properties. Our mission was to add significant value by building systems that apply algorithmic, data-driven approaches to optimize the hundreds of millions of visits a day to the sites offering our multi-million item content library. I worked closely with virtually every business unit in the company to ensure that my teams not only supported their needs but also proactively drove projects to enhance their businesses.

  • Helped build the business from early-on through IPO and beyond. Moved to Rightside when we spun it off in August of 2014.

CTO / SVP Engineering, Inc 2002-2006

  • Built world-class Engineering organization from six to 56 employees supporting multiple business lines and a highly available family of websites. Instituted rigorous development methodologies and systems, including Quality Assurance, Build, and Release processes and Development, QA, Staging, and Production tiers.

  • Built and maintained family of residential directory assistance search websites used by 10s of millions of users every month. Sites included,, and powered the residential directory assistance portions of numerous third party sites, including MSN,, and, among many others.

  • Built e-commerce and email blind relay system from ground up, including large back-end database of email addresses, extensive security and privacy controls, and integration with third-party billing system.

Director of Engineering/Architecture

DataChannel / Netegrity, Inc. 2001-2002

  • Led team that redesigned the architecture of the company’s flagship enterprise portal software for the October 2002 release, improving stability, supportability, and extensibility.

  • Designed next generation of enterprise portal software, scheduled for release in March 2003.

  • Worked with current and potential customers directly and through Professional Services and Product Management to define product requirements.

  • Worked with Engineering staff and development partners to design technical specifications.

  • Facilitated integration of engineering staff into larger organization after acquisition of DataChannel by Netegrity.

  • Worked with acquiring company to formulate and build new product suite based on integration of existing products. First version of suite was released on-schedule in March 2002.

  • Member of architecture review board.

Chief Technology Officer

N2H2, Inc. 1996-2001

  • Co-founder and original technologist of Internet start-up that grew to 400+ employees and a dominant share of its market.

  • Invented and implemented first server-based Internet filtering system, current versions of which are now providing filtering for over 50% of the US education market.

  • Designed and led implementation of the N2H2 Network, a world-wide network of several thousand centrally controlled and administered filtering servers.

  • Led team of technologists through a wide array of technology explorations leading to products and services currently offered by N2H2, including:

  • N2H2’s proprietary in-memory database for extremely fast lookups of website categorization information.

  • N2H2’s Birddog Filtering Database, the central database, process flow, and artificial intelligence agents used to provide N2H2’s industry-leading website categorization systems.

  • Searchopolis, N2H2’s award-winning educational portal and break-through filtered search engine, in partnership with Inktomi and MetaMetrics.

  • BessMail, a web-based filtered email system designed for large school districts.

  • Active participant in N2H2’s (NTWO) successful $65 million IPO in July of 1999. Wrote the technology portions of the S-1 and presented N2H2’s technology to underwriters and potential investors.

  • Provided a unifying architectural vision and strategic direction for the company's technology.

  • Oversaw intellectual property issues, including both analysis of competitive patents and technology consulting for the creation of company patents.

  • Speaker on Internet filtering issues at various conferences, including ISPCON and ISPF.

  • Testified on Internet filtering issues to the COPA Commission, a congressionally appointed panel mandated by the Children’s Online Protection Act.

  • Developed and supported technology partnerships with large clients and partners, including Microsoft, Novell (now Volera), Inktomi, Alteon WebSystems (now part of Nortel), Nissho Electronics, British Telecom, Education Networks of America, and the United States Small Business Administration, among others.

  • Provided engineering resources for sales efforts to Fortune 500, government, and other large potential clients.


University of Washington. Seattle, Washington. Doctoral Student, Electrical Engineering Department.

University of Washington. Seattle, Washington. Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, March 1994. Thesis: Computer Simulation of Pressure Fields Generated by Acoustic Lens Beamformers

Harvey Mudd College. Claremont, California. Bachelor of Science in Engineering, May 1992. Graduated with High Distinction and Honors in Engineering.


"Bad Data Handbook" (Chapter Two). O'Reilly. November 2012.

"Measuring hydrodynamic pressure during forced vibration testing of concrete dams", Dam Engineering, Vol II, Issue 4, pp. 337-355.


Perl scripting and programming, with special interests in data analysis, modular software architecture, and database-driven websites. Database design and architecture, with hands-on experience with Oracle, MySQL, and PostgreSQL. High-availability website design, architecture, implementation, and operation. Experience using XML, XSLT, CSS, HTML, AJAX, and a plethora of other techologies to solve business problems.