Corporate Overview

StackIQ offers a comprehensive software suite that automates the deployment, provisioning, and management of Big Infrastructure. With StackIQ’s software, you can spin up fully configured big data clusters, quickly and consistently — from bare-metal up to the applications layer — and manage them efficiently. Our software’s modular architecture allows customers to integrate nearly any application with the StackIQ software stack.

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Executive Team

Joe Markee / Executive Chairman of the Board

Joe Markee brings extensive experience in early stage company formation, capital raising, corporate management, and public and private corporate governance. Joe’s startup experience encompasses Primary Access as a founder and senior manager, Copper Mountain Networks as founding CEO, CTO and Chairman, and Figure 8 Wireless as CEO. Joe is currently a Managing Director at Express Ventures and serves on the boards of Biomatrica, Genalyte, Certona, Maintenance Net, EBand Communications, Rockoco and Filmetrics. A BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Davis as well as 15 years of product development experience provide Joe with the experience to quickly evaluate technology opportunities. As CEO, Joe took Figure 8 Wireless from its initial business plan and fund raising in January of 2004 to the sale of the company to Chipcon ASA of Norway in March or 2005. Texas Instruments subsequently purchased Chipcon in January of 2006 for $200M. Figure 8 developed ad hoc mesh networking software for wireless device networking using the Zigbee standard. Prior to Figure 8, Joe was co-founder and founding CEO of Copper Mountain Networks (founded 1995). Copper Mountain produced subscriber access (DSL) and broadband remote access server solutions for facilities-based carrier networks. As Chairman and CTO, Joe helped take the company public in May 1999. Annual revenues at the time were approximately $100M and the market capitalization of the company was in excess of $1B before the market correction in late 2000. From 1988 to 1995, Joe was co-founder at Primary Access, a remote access server company which was sold to 3Com Corporation in 1994 for $170M. In addition to initial product development, Joe held senior management positions as VP Operations and VP Quality and Support. Joe was also a founder and served as President of the San Diego Telecommunications Council (recently renamed CommNexus). He has been honored with awards for his contributions to San Diego’s high-tech business community, including Master Entrepreneur.

Tim McIntire / CEO, Co-Founder, Board Member

Tim McIntire co-founded StackIQ to bring the cluster computing sector’s thriving open source community into the enterprise. His vision led to StackIQ’s development of the commercial version of Rocks, which dramatically reduces the time and cost of setting up and managing clusters through intelligent multi-server software automation. This work resulted in partnerships with Amazon, HP, Dell, Intel (and others), which has enabled StackIQ to bootstrap through its first four years. McIntire’s previous work includes leading the development team at the Digital Image Analysis Lab at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. His research, which was primarily funded as part of NASA’s Direct Broadcast program, has been published in various IEEE and Elsevier Journals on topics ranging from remote sensing using neural networks to parallel image processing using HPC Clusters. He also has contributed to or been featured in IBM developerWorks, HPCwire, Bio IT World, Apple Developer Connection and the computational science magazine, enVision. McIntire received a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of California, San Diego.

Mason Katz / Co-Founder, CTO

Mason Katz is the Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of StackIQ. Prior to joining StackIQ, he co-founded the open-source Rocks Clusters Group at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) located on the campus of the University of California at San Diego (UCSD). He has 20 years of experience in distributed and networked systems. His first job was as an 8-bit embedded software engineer, where he integrated first generation GPS units into a national grid of weather sensors. It was here that he discovered his passion for creating highly automated, maintainable, and supportable systems. He then took his embedded experience into the OS kernel arena and spent several years developing research-oriented network protocol stacks (x-kernel and IPSec) for Linux. For the last half of his career his primary focus has been on the design of software to manage commodity Linux clusters. As a co-founder of the Rocks Cluster Group, he helped position Rocks as the de facto standard in Linux cluster management.

Greg Bruno / Ph.D., Co-Founder, VP of Engineering

Greg Bruno is the Vice President of Engineering and co-founder of StackIQ. Prior to joining StackIQ, he co-founded the open-source Rocks Cluster Group at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) located on the campus of the University of California at San Diego (UCSD). He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from UCSD where he researched parallel file systems. Prior to the Rocks Cluster Group, he worked for 10 years at Teradata Systems where he developed cluster management software for the systems that supported the world’s largest databases. He spent the last 10 years helping to architect, design and implement the Rocks Cluster Distribution, an open-source software stack that enables domain-specific users to build and manage their own clusters.

Tom Melzl / VP of Sales

Tom leads all sales functions at StackIQ. With over 15 years of sales and sales management experience in the high tech industry, Tom has a track record of building successful field organizations and delivering strong revenue results within highly competitive markets. Prior to joining StackIQ, he served as a Regional Vice President of Sales at InQuira, where he helped deliver 300% growth in the 3 years leading to the company’s acquisition by Oracle. Prior to InQuira, Tom held senior level sales positions with organizations including Exodus Communications, AT&T and Ameritech. Tom holds a Bachelor’s degree from Miami University.

John Oh / VP of Marketing

John is responsible for planning and executing StackIQ’s marketing efforts to drive business growth, product demand, and brand awareness. He brings to the company nearly two decades of experience across multiple infrastructure domains – from networking to identity management to security and virtualization. John comes to StackIQ from F5 Networks where he served as VP of Worldwide Marketing with responsibility to drive leadership and adoption for all of its product lines. Previously, he served in senior roles at both publicly-held and venture backed companies including Citrix Systems, NetScaler (acquired by Citrix), FireEye (IPO), Infineta Systems (acquired by Riverbed), Radiance (acquired by Comcast) and Oblix (acquired by Oracle). He lives in San Diego with his wife and daughter.

Board of Directors
Brian Mesic / Board Member

Brian Mesic is a General Partner at Anthem Venture Partners. Anthem makes seed and Series A investments in California-based companies and is based in Los Angeles. Prior to Anthem, Brian was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey and Company. Brian received a BA in Economics and a BS in Biology from Occidental College and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Since joining Anthem in 2000, Brian has led successful investments in pioneering companies such as Android (acquired by Google), RF Magic (acquired by Entropic), Planet ATE (acquired by Intersil), and Entropic (ENTR). Brian currently sits on the board of directors of Blurb, CoCoDot, Meez, Truecar, and Viewdle.

Steve Tomlin / Board Member

Steve Tomlin has been an entrepreneur, senior executive and investor in the wireless technology, biotechnology and Internet industries for over 20 years. He joined Avalon Ventures in 2001 to lead Avalon’s wireless technology investment activities. Mr. Tomlin is a co-founder and Chairman of chumby industries, a Director of E-Band Communications Corporation and a board observer at Ortiva Wireless and Vocera Communications. From 1994 to 1998, he was a co-founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of PersonaLogic, Inc., a Web-based e-commerce navigation company that was acquired by AOL in November 1998. He earned his M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration and graduated cum laude with a B.A. in American Studies from Yale University. Mr. Tomlin is active and well known in San Diego’s high technology and telecommunications community. He was Chairman of the San Diego Telecom Council’s CEO Roundtable and a member of the Board of Directors of CommNexus and is a member of the San Diego Venture Group

Michael Murphy / Board Member

Michael (Mike) Murphy served as Chief Executive Officer of InQuira, Inc. from 2001 until Oracle acquired the company in September 2011. Mike led the company in delivering a comprehensive Knowledge management solution that delivered a multi-channel customer support solution across industries. Customers included industry leaders like Apple, Intuit, Hartford, eBay and Bank of America. Prior to InQuira Inc., he served as a Sr. VP at Cambridge Technology Partners, where he ran the Western Region and later, he oversaw its sales, marketing, alliances and partner programs. Prior to his tenure at Cambridge Technology Partners, he spent 13 years with Hewlett Packard. He has over 30 years of technology management and sales experience. He has been a Director at Ironridge, the leading solar panel mounting System Company, since 2008. Mr. Murphy holds a B.A. in Management from Loyola Marymount University.


Anthem Venture Partners

Anthem Venture Partners is a Santa Monica based venture fund that invests in early-stage technology companies. Anthem is usually the first institutional investor in new ventures, and the firm’s partners work hand-in-hand with passionate entrepreneurs to build great companies. Anthem is distinguished by its tenacity, by the accessibility of its partners, and by a work ethic that matches that of its best entrepreneurs.

Avalon Ventures

Avalon Ventures is a San Diego-based venture capital fund investing in seed and early-stage companies in life sciences, wireless communications, and Web 3.0 digital media since 1983 and through eight Avalon Ventures funds. The collective market capitalization of Avalon Ventures portfolio companies (most founded by Avalon partners) currently exceeds $11 billion.

Advisory Board

Dhruba Borthakur

Dhruba Borthakur is a software engineer at Facebook and has been one of the lead contributors for the Hadoop Distributed File System. He has been associated with Hadoop since its inception while working for Yahoo. He is instrumental in scaling Facebook’s Hadoop cluster to multiples of petabytes. Dhruba also contributes actively to the Apache HBase project. Earlier, he was a Senior Lead Engineer at Veritas Software (since acquired by Symantec) and was responsible for the development of the Veritas SanPointDirect Storage System. Prior to Veritas, he was the Chief Architect at, an e-commerce startup based in Sunnyvale. Before that, he was a Senior Engineer at IBM-Transarc Labs where he contributed to the development of Andrew File System (AFS), a part of IBM’s e-commerce initiative, WebSphere. Dhruba has an M. S. in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a B. S. in Computer Science BITS, Pilani, India. He has 20 issued patents. He is the co-author of multiple academic papers in respected conferences like SIGMOD, NSDI and EuroSys.

Robert H. (Bo) Ewald

Bo Ewald has over 25 years experience in the computing industry, as a user, engineer, customer and executive with several of the leading companies in the field. Most recently he was the CEO of Silicon Graphics, Inc. (SGI) and prior to that was the Chairman and CEO of Linux Networx, one of the early privately held companies focused on clustered Linux supercomputing. Previously, he served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Silicon Graphics, and president and chief operating officer of Cray Research, Inc. Bo began his management career at Los Alamos National Laboratory as the head of its Computing and Communications Division. Early in his technical career he worked on pioneering computer graphics applications and software development projects on the first Cray system ever built. He was also CEO of Scale Eight, Inc, a high performance network clustered storage company; CEO of e-Stamp, the first Internet postage company which he took public; and president of Ceridian’s Human Resource Solutions business. He is involved in various industry organizations and was appointed to the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee from 1997 to 2001. He has served on the Boards of several companies including Silicon Graphics, Cray Research and Ceridian (formerly Control Data Corporation). He earned degrees in engineering from the University of Colorado and the University of Nevada.

Kevin Kessel / VP of Investor Relations, Flextronics

Kevin Kessel is the Vice President of Investor Relations for Flextronics, a leading global technology supply chain and manufacturing company with sales of approximately $30 billion focused on delivering complete design, engineering and manufacturing services to the data networking, telecom, industrial, automotive, clean-tech, medical, enterprise computing and storage, and mobile communications industries. Previously Kevin was a Senior Equity Research Analyst and Vice President for JPMorgan and Bear Stearns, where he covered the Technology Supply Chain for nearly a decade and was ranked as part of the Institutional tnvestor’s All-America Research Team numerous times. His views on companies were quoted by Barrons, Forbes, The New York Times, Reuters,, Associated Press, and Businessweek among others. Kevin graduated summa cum laude from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a degree in Business Economics and an emphasis in Accounting.

Vijay Pande / PhD, Pande Group, Stanford University

Prof. Pande’s current research centers on the development and application of novel grid computing simulation techniques to address problems in chemical biology. In particular, he has pioneered novel distributed computing methodology to break fundamental barriers in the simulation of kinetics and thermodynamics of proteins and nucleic acids. Under his leadership as the Founder and Director, the Folding@Home project ( has become the most powerful computer cluster in the world with over 5 petaflops of sustained performance. His current research also includes novel simulation methods for high accuracy drug binding affinity calculations, protein misfolding, and related diseases such as Alzheimer’s Disease.

Philip Papadopoulos / PhD, Principal Investigator, Rocks Group, UCSD/SDSC

Dr. Papadopoulos received his PhD in 1993 from UC Santa Barbara in Electrical Engineering. He spent 5 years at Oak Ridge National Laboratory as part of the the Parallel Virtual Machine (PVM) development team. He is currently the Program Director of Grid and Cluster Computing at the San Diego Supercomputer Center. Dr. Papadopoulos is deeply involved in key research projects at UCSD including the Biomedical Informatics Research Network (BIRN), The National Biomedical Computation Resource(NBCR), the Pacific Rim Applications and Grid Middlware Assembly (PRAGMA) and the Community Cyberinfrastructure for Advanced Marine Microbial Ecology Research and Analysis (CAMERA). He is also well known for leading the development of the open source Rocks Cluster toolkit, which has an installed base of thousands of clusters. His research interests revolve around distributed and clustered systems and how they can be used more effectively in an expanding bandwidth-rich environment. Dr. Papadopoulos is the Principal Investigator for NSF Grant – SDCI: NMI: Improvement: The Rocks Cluster Toolkit and Extensions to Build User-Defined Cyberenvironments (OCI-0721623) and Quartzite MRI: Development of Quartzite, a Campus-wide, Terabit-Class Field-Programmable Hybrid Switching Instrument for Comparative Studies (CNS-0421555).

Jeffrey K. Belk

Jeffrey is Managing Partner of Bright Light Management, and is Venture Partner to OurCrowd, a leading global Accredited Investor Crowdfunding platform. Since January 2008, Jeffrey has served as Managing Director of ICT168 Capital, LLC, focused on developing and guiding global growth opportunities in the information and communication technology space. Prior to founding ICT168 Capital, Jeffrey spent nearly 14 years with QUALCOMM Incorporated where he held various positions including Senior Vice President, Global Marketing. He also serves on the boards of Peregrine Semiconductor (NASDAQ: PSMI), InterDigital, Inc. (NASDAQ: IDCC), the Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance, and the UCSD Alumni Association. Jeffrey received a B.A. from the University of California, San Diego and an M.B.A. from the University of California, Irvine.