RingCentral CEO Vlad Shmunis

We are thrilled to announce that our chief executive officer, Vlad Shmunis, will be speaking this week at an event organized by the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE).

The panel discussion in which Vlad is participating, “Creative Destruction: The Role of Entrepreneurial Risk-Taking in Business Creation,” is part of an NFTE event that will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 6:00 pm PST.

Joining Vlad on the panel are NFTE founder Steve Mariotti and Parlay Labs CEO Shay Sinha. The moderator for the discussion will be John Chisholm, the founder and CEO of CustomerSat and Decisive Technology.

Vlad is uniquely qualified to discuss the link between unconventional thinking and successful entrepreneurship. In the 1990s, he launched his first company, Ring Zero Systems, which sold millions of copies of its desktop communications software before being acquired by Motorola. Vlad later bought Ring Zero back from Motorola, in partnership with a handful of venture capital firms, to form the nucleus of what would become RingCentral.

Today, nine years after its founding, RingCentral is the nation’s largest cloud-based phone company, with more than 300,000 business customers. RingCentral’s product line makes it possible for businesses to make and receive calls – and manage their phone systems – from any location and any device.

RingCentral is eager to help further the mission of the NFTE, which was launched in 1987 to help disadvantaged young people discover the power of entrepreneurship through education and mentoring. The nonprofit organization now has a presence in 18 states and nine countries and has worked with hundreds of thousands of students since its founding.

Click here to read the press release announcing Vlad’s participation in the NFTE event at Yahoo! Finance.