Peter Herz, CEO
Peter Herz is a versatile executive with a successful track record building high-tech companies. Mr. Herz is a Partner with Whiteboard Management, a Silicon Valley management company that provides executive management and consulting services to startups and businesses executing through a transition. As a consultant, Mr. Herz has advised startup companies including IO Turbine and GridStore in marketing, strategy and corporate development. Previously, he served as interim President of the biological simulation company Entelos, leading the company through an organization-wide restructuring. Prior to Entelos, he was a serial entrepreneur and founding CEO of 3ware, a revolutionary data storage company that brought enterprise class storage to a new generation of large-scale data businesses such as Google, Avid, and CERN. 3ware was acquired by AMCC for $150M.
Prior to co-founding 3ware, Mr. Herz ran North American Consulting for Synopsys, enabling Fortune 500 technology companies to transition to a new methodology for product design – doubling the business in 18 months – and managed customer engineering for Siemens Semiconductor’s (now Infineon Technologies AG) North American embedded control business for data storage with design wins at Seagate and Western Digital. Mr. Herz has broad international experience including a startup in Munich, Germany and managing sales and partnerships in both Europe and Asia.
Mr. Herz also serves as a member of the board of directors of IPextreme, Inc., a semiconductor intellectual property company, and Kendall Investments, a private equity fund-of-funds company.
Mr. Herz holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University and A-levels from Eastbourne College, Sussex, United Kingdom.
Joe David, CFO, COO
Joe has 16 years of experience in accounting and compliance comprised of experience in fundraising, IPO’s, divestitures, and M&A in both startup and multinational company environments. Joe spent 8 years in public accounting at Deloitte and KPMG and has since been Internal Audit Director at Verisign and Financial Services Partner at both KroneDavid and Personic Solutions. Joe’s specialty is in building financial and operational teams with dynamic backgrounds and with emphasis and focus on leadership during the various stages of a company’s growth.
Craig Harper, CTO, CIO
Craig Harper has more than 25 years of experience as a visionary, entrepreneur and manager. Prior to co-founding Apisphere in 2006, a company that developed a highly scalable cloud based location smart messaging platform for mobile devices, which was bought by Airity for 2x the investment, he held positions as President/CTO at Lilien Systems were he was responsible for growing company revenues 375% over four years to 64M. As a member of the founding executive team at Avasta, now Navisite, Inc (NAVI). Craig Harper, CTO, was tasked with inventing Prasma – Avasta’s flagship, application management platform and architecting Avasta’s secure, active active self healing network and Data Center. While at Avasta, Craig was named one of the Top 50 IT Executives at xSPs InfoWorld magazine. Craig has completed the Channel Elite MBA Program at Babson College and a Master in IT Management with B.S. in Computer Science and Quantitative Economics and Decision Science from UCSD.
Jeff Raice, VP Marketing & Sales
Jeff is an entrepreneurial executive with 30 years of successful sales and marketing leadership in emerging technology companies. Prior to joining irisnote, he was a founder and EVP Marketing and Business Development at Packet Design, Inc., where he led product strategy from prototype through commercialization and revenue growth phase, while building strategic partnerships with leading networking and management companies. Jeff was also VP Worldwide Sales at Precept Software, a video networking company which was acquired by Cisco Systems, and VP Marketing at NCD from initial product shipments through a successful IPO. Jeff held a variety of sales and marketing management positions at Sun Microsystems, Daisy Systems and HP.
Sam Edwards, VP Customer Service
Over 25 years of management and technical expertise in the software industry, encompassing all phases of product development, working with both startup and large multinational companies. Principal designer and writer of pfs:Write, the #1 selling word processor 5 years running. Author of Object-Oriented Software (Addison Wesley, 1990). R&D Division Manager, Hewlett-Packard (France). More recently introduced Agile development methods to engineering and product management at Commission Junction (ValueClick). For five years he was Ship’s Captain aboard a 53′ catamaran in the South Pacific, responsible for hiring and managing crew, navigation, communications, provisioning, and systems maintenance.
Chris Stone, Vice President Engineering
Chris has held numerous senior engineering positions at some of the most successful and cutting edge Internet and Cloud companies. Chris started his career at Ask Jeeves, later ask.com, where he was the 11th employee and the senior site engineer responsible for much of the early search technology. He was Chief Architect at GoFish, an early Social Video sharing website, and Cloud Architect for Apisphere’s LocationSmart platform dealing in scalability and search. Chris has been developing his unique skills in Search, Large Data management and scalable cloud services since 1999.
Wolfgang Rumpf, PhD., Sr. Director of Product
Wolfgang is involved at some level in almost every aspect of the product – design, development, deployment, end-user training, and support. He has a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from The Ohio State University, and has been working in the scientific software industry since 2000. He holds an adjunct faculty position at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC), where he teaches graduate-level introductory bioinformatics.