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Soprano Founder Recognised in Prestigious EY Entrepreneur Awards

Soprano Design EY entrepreneur award


We’re really proud of our founder Richard Favero who has been named as a regional winner (Eastern Region) in the prestigious national EY Entrepreneur of The Year program.

The EY Entrepreneur of The Year is global and recognises, in each participating country, the spirit and contribution of individuals who see things beyond the horizon, before anyone else does, to help shape the future.

Richard has always had his eye on the future of technology, in a mobile world, to find ways people can communicate with each other better.

Wind the clock back 10 years and Richard led a team that innovated and introduced the ‘one time password’ into Australia. Today this is a mainstay of banking and for many other consumer interactions.

Safety and security in mobile communications remain central to Richard’s thinking. Richard has spearheaded Soprano’s efforts to build world class secure enterprise messaging solutions that provide tangible ways for businesses to be more productive. The whole team here is excited to be playing a part in this technology revolution.

It’s a great story of passion and perseverance (as you can see, we’re thrilled for Richard) and we wish him the best as one of five Australian innovators now being considered for the top national award.

About Matt Thompson

Matt joined Soprano in 2013 to create and lead Soprano’s global product management and marketing efforts across all regions, including Asia, Australia, Europe, LATAM and the US. He helps shape and execute Soprano’s product strategy both globally and with individual regions and MNO partners. He oversees Soprano’s carrier revenue acceleration model, which includes direct involvement in new product launch activities, carrier-branded industry websites, B2B digital marketing campaigns, and ongoing product marketing.

Matt brings more than 10 years of diverse leadership experience in the mobile messaging industry, with significant global product management success launching products for US mobile operators. His domain expertise in the wireless industry spans the enterprise mobile messaging landscape to include network-based wireless messaging and voice services as well as global wireless M2M (machine-to-machine) and the Internet of Things.

Prior joining Soprano he spent 8 years in B2B product management and product marketing with AT&T, Clearwire, and Nuance Communications. Matt has also founded and run two successful small businesses, and he holds an MBA from the Terry College of Business, University of Georgia and a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Colorado. He lives and works in Seattle, Washington.