Chairperson, Open19 Foundation

Zachary Smith

Zac started his first business at the age of 10 mowing lawns with his brother. For the past 20 years, he has been focused on using software to build automated infrastructure platforms, helping to grow Voxel, a Linux-based hosting platform sold to Internap in 2011, into one of the early leading cloud hosting companies.

In 2014, he co-founded Packet to empower technology-enabled Enterprises with automated bare metal infrastructure no matter where it was, what it was or who owned it.  Backed by SoftBank, Dell Technologies, Third Point and Battery Ventures, the business became the leader in bare metal compute automation and was acquired by Equinix in March 2020.  Zac now serves as Managing Director at Equinix, leading the strategy, product and go to market for Equinix Metal, it’s bare metal compute and edge services platform.

Zac lives in Manhattan with his wife and two children.  He graduated from the Julliard School in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Performance.