David B. Wright, Managing PartnerWright Post

David B. Wright is a well-known Silicon Valley Executive who has served as President, CEO and Chairman of Legato Systems, acquired by EMC for $1.3 billion in 2003. Mr. Wright was Executive Vice President, Office of the CEO, Strategic Alliances and Global Accounts at EMC. Mr. Wright also served as CEO of ClearEdge Power as well as CEO and Chairman, and CEO and Chairman of Verari Systems.

Prior to joining Legato, Mr. Wright had a 13 year career with Amdahl Corporation where he had served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Before joining Amdahl, Mr. Wright spent 11 years with IBM serving in a variety of management positions.

 Mr. Wright also serves on the board of directors at Verisk Analytics Inc. He formerly served on the boards of Active Identity, Aspect Communication, AMCC, Boole and Babbage, GeekNet, and the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. Mr. Wright graduated from Xavier University with a BS in physics and a minor in mathematics. 

Dan Gatti, Managing Partner


Dan Gatti has been involved in technology for over 40 years and serves as Executive Director of Health Cloud Solutions and Executive Director of the Big Data IoT Forum. Mr. Gatti is also Chairman of Data Center Rebates, a unique company that combines energy rebates and technology refresh to significantly lower operating expense.

Mr. Gatti was President and CEO of OnSite Systems selling wireless backhaul solutions, located in Santa Clara, CA. Prior to OnSite, Mr. Gatti was President and CEO of BigBangwidth selling network solutions. Mr. Gatti was President and CEO of MAYAN Networks, providing optical switches to the service provider market.

Mr. Gatti was the Vice President and General Manager of 3Com’s Network Service Provider Division, responsible for Internetworking products and solutions for the telecommunications industry. 3Com acquired Primary Access, a successful venture company in Remote Access products, where Mr. Gatti was Vice President of Worldwide Sales.

Previous positions include President of Aptec Computer Systems providing high performance solutions, Vice President of Marketing at Amdahl and Vice President Product Management at GTE. He also held sales and marketing management positions at IBM’s Data Processing business for 15 years.

Mr. Gatti has a BA from Fairfield University and completed the executive MBA program at the Harvard Advanced Business School.

Ali Jenab, PartnerAli

Ali Jenab, an industry veteran with more than 30 years of experience, was the CEO of Zetta, currently Chairman of Zetta, a venture backed enterprise cloud backup and DRaaS company with a SaaS revenue model. Zetta provides a complete 3-in-one backup, disaster recovery and archiving solution for small and midsize enterprises.

Prior was the CEO and president of SourceForge/VA Linux (LUUX) a public company, and played a key role in transforming the company from a Linux hardware server company into a software, services and media company that included SourceForge.

Mr. Jenab also spent 17 years at Amdahl Corporation, rising to group president of Amdahl’s Technology Division. Previous roles at Amdahl included VP of Strategic Business, VP of Worldwide Marketing and VP of Systems Marketing where he was responsible for S/390, Unix and NT server and storage products.

Mr Jenab has a BSEE from University of Pacific and completed the Executive Marketing Management Program at Stanford University GSB.


Dave Anderson, PartnerAnderson Post

Dave Anderson has been in Executive roles with numerous over the past 40+ years. For the first 27 years of his career, Dave was at Amdahl Corporation, a very successful startup and later a division of Fujitsu. He served as the CTO and SVP of all product groups. Dave developed the redirection of Amdahl’s business strategy, transforming it from a mainframe organization to a software and services  focused operation.

Dave has been CEO/key executive/strategy consultant in a variety of technology companies across many computing, software, and energy businesses including Gridiron, Verari, Sendmail, CLearEdge Power and others.

Dave has experience with all phases of company operations with focus on:

  • Product/Solution definition and development for hardware, software and energy systems.
  • Business model definition for infrastructure and enterprise products.
  • Customer value proposition and how to create satisfied customer relationships.

Currently, Dave is focused in energy, “Big Data” analytics and social application markets.

Dave holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree in electrical engineering and computer science from Stanford University.

Dan Luch, Partner Dan Luch Post

Dan Luch has over 20 years of experience with early stage technology companies. Dan is currently the founder and CEO of Stratys, Inc. a privately held company building a platform that computationally analyzes geospatial data to identify changes in the physical world. The company’s initial focus is on providing residential property insurers with unique information to allow them to make better underwriting and risk management decisions.

Prior to Stratys, Dan was the co-founder and CEO of Solannex, which built and licensed an extensive intellectual property portfolio for this film photovoltaics. Dan also co-founded and served as CEO of Ertek which developed unique antenna technology for RFID tags. Also, Lucel which developed a specialty plastic for the electronics market.

Dan is currently an advisor to multiple early stage companies including Wrkr, which has developed a software platform that allows employers to scale their workforce on-demand. Also, Flixbay, which has developed a unique video extraction technology. And, WealthKit, which is building a cloud based wealth management platform. Dan is a graduate of the University of Rochester with a BA in Political Science and received an MBA from the William E. Simon Business School with concentration in Finance and Entrepreneurship.


Kevin McGrath,  Technical Partnerkevin_mcgrath[1]

Kevin McGrath is focused on all aspects of Mobile, Cloud and Big Data applications. Depending on the application, there are numerous considerations for market penetration and how to implement the most cost effective and energy efficient solutions.

Previously, Mr. McGrath  was Vice President of Complex Systems for Verari Technologies with over 30 years of experience in leading engineering organizations focused on creating innovative products for information technology markets.

Prior to joining Verari Technologies, Mr. McGrath held various management positions at EMC and Legato Systems including Vice President of Engineering for High Availability products as well as roles in Business Development and Product Management. Before joining Legato, Mr. McGrath held the position of Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at BMC Software where he led in the formation of the Storage Products business unit and led the development of the architecture strategy and product strategy for storage management software solutions.

Previous to BMC Software, Mr. McGrath held executive positions in Engineering and Marketing organizations at Amdahl Corporation during an 18 year tenure. During this period, the company grew from $100 Million in revenue to $3 Billion, where Mr. McGrath held positions that were instrumental to creating this success, including Vice President of Systems Architecture.

Mr. McGrath graduated from the University of Pittsburg where he studied Engineering and Computer Science.

Neal Starling,  Energy Industry AdvisorNeil Starling Post

Neal Starling is the CEO of  Enveniam. Mr. Starling has more than 25 years of leadership experience in the power, electronics and lighting business. Prior to joining Enveniam, Mr. Starling was Executive Vice President of ClearEdge Power, a privately held company that delivers clean independent energy through distributed fuel cell technology. Mr. Starling managed the Electrical Distribution Channel for TE Connectivity, a $12 billion global company in the energy, consumer electronics, healthcare, automotive, aerospace and communications industries. Mr. Starling has also held senior sales, marketing and general management roles for Emerson, Edison International and Entergy.

Mr. Starling is a graduate of Troy University with a BS in Business Administration and Marketing, and the Executive programs at University of Michigan and Wharton Management, Washington University, St Louis Business School.

Harlan Matles, MD  Healthcare Industry AdvisorHarlen Matles Post 2

Harlan Matles is an Internal Medicine physician and owner of MD2 Menlo Park. MD2 physicians are universally known as the finest in their field and are considered game-changers. Whereas most physicians struggle to manage thousands of patients, MD2 chooses to dedicate their practices to just 50 families, providing extraordinary and truly personal care.

Harlan is a physician advisor to Fantex, a company that is building a next generation, non correlative strategy focused on the business of sports .

Harlan is also an advisor to WellnessFX™, a breakthrough web-based service that empowers individuals to understand and improve their health in a personalized and engaging way, with direct access to advanced biomarkers to measure your blood draw.

Harlan obtained his Bachelors of Science degree from the University Washington and received his Medical Doctorate degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Matles completed his post-doctoral internship and residency training at Stanford University Hospital and Clinics.

 George Symons, Industry PartnerGeorge-Sysmons-106x160

George Symons brings over 20 years of IT infrastructure experience and most recently was CEO of Gridstore, a hyper-converged infrastructure purpose-built for Microsoft workloads. Mr. Symons previously served as Chief Strategy Officer at Nexsan, a leader in hybrid, data archiving and SAN storage,  resulting in its acquisition by Imation. Prior to Nexan, Mr. Symon was COO of Xiotech, CEO of EvoStor, CEO of Yosemite Technologies and CTO of EMC Information Management. Mr. Symon was CTO and VP of Development and Product Management at Legato.

Mr. Symon also held senior positions at FullTime Software, Software Research, PROCASE Corporation and Sun Microsystems.

Mr. Symon has BS in Computer Science and Management from UCSD and an MBA from UCLA.