In the last five years, Carl has received four new patents and had three new grandbabies, but it is clearly the grandbabies that are the most important to him. He’s no longer our only grandfather, but he’s still the only one of us with a passel of patents, which we don’t even pretend to understand, and we do follow his grandbabies on social media. He likes to think he’s perceived as a tough-guy executive and technologist, but it’s a hard role to play when we watch Finn, Adeline, and Portia turn him into a pushover Poppie.
Carl is a (former) marathoner, an avid hiker (having done twenty Fourteeners and been to Kilimanjaro), a SCUBA diver, and a technical rock climber. And that’s saying something. He has also been on every continent, including on mainland Antarctica, to over seventy countries, swum in every ocean in the world, including the Baltic, the Black Sea, and both the Arctic and Antarctic Oceans (where it was 29 degrees Fahrenheit—can you say shrinkage?). We tell you these not to boast about Carl, but to point out one irrefutable truth that he mentions all the time in defense of his activities: They’re a lot safer than his day job.
Carl has been in the venture capital business for 23 years — thirteen at Pelion and the rest at Novell and AT&T. And during that time he has served on the boards of three public and more than twenty private companies. Carl has served in senior executive positions at IBM (where he was Lab Director of the Engineering and Scientific Processor Products Laboratory at Kingston, NY), Control Data Corporation (where he was President of CDC’s supercomputer subsidiary, ETA Systems), SUN Microsystems (where he ran SUN’s PC Networking Division), and AT&T (where he was President of the Consumer Products Division).
Carl is a member of the DriveScale Board of Directors.
Connie Sheng is the founding managing partner of Nautilus Venture Partners, a Silicon Valley venture capital fund focusing on early stage investments in mobile and IoT areas.
Connie is also a member of Silicon Valley China Angel and CFO of Silicon Valley Association of Industrial Innovations. Connie currently sits on several boards including DriveScale.
Previously, Connie was the managing director of Global Investment at Foxconn. Connie has also worked in HP Computing, Inkjet imaging and Printing, and Enterprise System business units for over 7 years.
Connie is a member of the DriveScale Board of Directors.
Scott was chairman of the board of directors of Sun Microsystems, a company he co-founded in 1982.
From 1984 to 2006, McNealy served as chief executive officer and chairman at Sun, steering the Company to constant innovation in open, network computing.
In his 22 years at the helm, McNealy grew Sun from a Silicon Valley start-up to a leading provider of network computing infrastructure with 37,900 employees worldwide, all while positioning the Company as the model of corporate integrity.
In 1986, he took Sun public, creating one of the most notable publicly traded technology companies.
Since leaving Sun after Oracle bought it, McNealy co-founded Wayin, a Denver-based digital marketing company, and has served as Chairman and has been CEO since 2015.
He also serves of the board of www.Curriki.org and the advisory board of the San Jose Sharks.
Before co-founding Cloudera in 2008, Amr (@awadallah) was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Accel Partners. Prior to joining Accel he served as Vice President of Product Intelligence Engineering at Yahoo!, and ran one of the very first organizations to use Hadoop for data analysis and business intelligence. Amr joined Yahoo after they acquired his first startup, VivaSmart, in July of 2000. Amr holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from Cairo University, Egypt, and a Doctorate in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.
Whitfield Diffie is known, along with Stanford electrical engineering professor Martin Hellman, for introducing a radically new method of managing cryptographic keys, called public-key cryptography, together with a particular technique that is known as the Diffie–Hellman key exchange, that opened the door to the development of new classes of encryption algorithms. Diffie and Hellman were awarded the 2015 Turing Award for their work and contributions to the field of cryptology. Diffie previously served as Chief Security Officer at Sun Microsystems and as VP of Information Security at The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, a non-profit responsible for the global coordination of the Internet’s unique identifiers and its stable operation. He is currently an independent security consultant, an affiliate of Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation, and visiting professor at Royal Hollow College of the University of London.
Ameet Patel is a seasoned & noted advisor/investor in early stage and high growth technology companies looking to disrupt and revolutionize enterprise computing markets and business models.
He is currently a senior advisor to TPG Growth. He was a CTO at JPMC, Managing Executive of LabMorgan, and SVP & Chief Architect of Chase’s consumer business. He was also an EIR/Venture Partner at Meritech Capital.
Ingrid is a technologist at heart. With a degree in Math and concentration in Computer Science from SJSU, she was a software developer earlier in her career. She was persuaded to try her hand at marketing, and now combines her creativity and analytics background to drive modern marketing forward. Her 25+ year marketing career includes heading up marketing at Sun Microsystems, leading Innovation and Technology Marketing at SAP, and CMO roles with Plantronics, Silver Spring Networks, and most recently, the Big Data leader, Hortonworks. Her passion to blend art and science has helped energize these companies’ brands and drive demand for the business with modern marketing practices.
Phil co-founded Bell Micro in 1987, a major distribution and applications specialist in computer and storage technologies. At Bell Micro, he served in numerous executive leadership positions including Executive Vice President of Worldwide Marketing. Phil retired from Bell Micro in 2010, when the company was sold to Avnet, Inc., a large global technology company.
Prior to founding Bell Micro, Phil spent his early career in electrical engineering and applications engineering roles at General Motors and Texas Instruments.
Phil is currently a management consultant for high tech start-ups focused on channel development.
Cunitz brings more than 30 years of sales and marketing experience in enterprise software, including four years as President of Hortonworks. In addition to advising several emerging software companies, Cunitz previously helped three companies – Hortonworks, Vitria and Viasoft – go public, and guided two companies – SpringSource and Savvion – through successful acquisitions. Cunitz will advise DriveScale on best practices for growing and managing the company’s go-to-market operations, which include sales, marketing, services, channels and operations.
Timothy G. Smith is an accomplished systems and network expert with a unique mix of technical, operations, and executive experience.
In his role as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Global Technical Infrastructure & Operations, Tim oversees all aspects of the company’s production service delivery infrastructure, including six data centers on three continents, internal and external networks, servers, storage, and data platforms and systems – all while serving on the company’s Technical Leadership Team and managing Corporate IT across the company’s 26 global offices. As an early employee and the first Vice President hired at AppNexus, Tim helped the company scale from a small startup to a leading ad tech company. Tim began his technology career as a civilian co-op student with the Navy and, later, was a co-op student and then civilian career employee at the Army’s Ballistic Research Lab. He subsequently worked at a number of technology companies, including Sun Microsystems, UUNET Technologies, Wayport and Vonage. Additionally, Tim has worked as a consultant in technology operations, information security, information technology governance, risk management, compliance (IT GRC) and venture capital due diligence. Tim is a member of Arista Networks global advisory board as well as an advisor to DriveScale a composable infrastructure company that helps AppNexus disaggregate storage from servers.
Tim lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife and dogs and is an avid skydiver and aspiring farmer.
Tim is currently a customer advisor with DriveScale.