Management Team

Pervez Choudhry - CEO

Pervez joined StackIQ as Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board in July 2016. He brings over twenty-five years of experience in product management, business development and enterprise technology sales with a successful track record of combining business and technology knowledge to build high growth business-to-business venture-backed start-ups. Prior to joining StackIQ, Pervez served as Vice President of North America at Puppet Labs from 2013 to 2015 where he built major accounts from the ground up. Previously, he held multiple roles at Splunk from 2006 to 2013 where he worked closely with the founders and executive management in establishing best practices for high growth in enterprise markets. Earlier in his career, Pervez held various roles at Composite Software (acquired by Cisco), WebLogic/BEA (acquired by Oracle), Sybase (acquired by SAP), Versant (acquired by Actian Corporation) and IBM. Pervez received a MSc from Columbia University in New York and a BSc from Marist College in New York.

Tim McIntire - COO/CTO & Co-Founder

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.

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

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.

Mason Katz - Chief Architect & Co-Founder

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.

Garima Thockchom - VP of Marketing

Garima Thockchom is the VP of Marketing at StackIQ where she is responsible for product marketing, outbound marketing and demand generation. Garima has extensive experience in the enterprise infrastructure space with stints at Gale Technologies, VMware and Sun Microsystems. She has also held advisory roles at several startups such as RackWare, Xangati and Sureline Systems. She was VP marketing at Gale Technologies, a lab automation software provider that she helped position as a private cloud software provider. Gale was acquired by Dell in 2012. Prior to that she started the solutions marketing function at VMware in 2006. She came to VMware from Sun where she spent 11 years, first as a software engineer, then as a product manager for the Sun Cluster suite of products, and eventually as the head of product management for the N1 and HA suite of products in the Solaris organization. Garima has a BS in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering and an MS in Computer Engineering from Bangalore University, India.

Board of Directors

Tim McIntire – Chairman of the Board

See above for bio.

Pervez Choudhry

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Joe Markee

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.

Brian Mesic

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.

Sherman Chu

Sherman Chu is a Managing Partner and co-founder of Grayhawk Capital. Prior to co-founding Grayhawk in 1999, Mr. Chu was a Partner at the predecessor firm of Cornerstone Equity Partners. He began his venture capital career with Banc One Capital Partners as Associate and later Assistant Vice President. Mr. Chu has served on the boards of 12 privately held companies. A sample of prior successful investments includes: New Century Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: NEW), ESS (acquired by IHS), QCSI (acquired by Trizetto), and ITax Group (acquired by First Advantage). Mr. Chu holds a Master of Business Administration from Texas A&M University and a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the University of Arizona.

Steve Tomlin

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.

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