Nathaniel has been Mimecast's Chief Scientist since 2010. His duties focus on the future, including the evolution of Mimecast's long term vision and the development of our intellectual property strategy and assets.
He is best known as the co-creator of the Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (MIME) standard and the developer of several widely-used software systems, including the Andrew Message System and metamail. Before joining Mimecast, he was an IBM Distinguished Engineer. Previously he had served as a faculty member at the University of Michigan, Carnegie-Mellon University and Grinnell College. He holds three patents related to Internet payment systems, with other applications pending, and has consulted in numerous cases related to email and Internet payments.
He is also a serial entrepreneur. In 1994 he was one of the founders of First Virtual Holdings, recognized by the Smithsonian as the first internet payment system. He grew First Virtual to a 1996 IPO and 1998 acquisition. In 2000 he co-founded NetPOS.com, the first Internet-centric point of sale system. He is the author of three books and numerous technical articles, a past President and Board Member of Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility, and a former Board Member of the Institute for Global Communications and of Peace Action.