Bill Miller joined X-IO as Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer in 2015. He has led a transformation of the company that has included new product lines, streamlining operations, achieving sustainable profitability, and raising new investment capital that strengthened the company’s balance sheet. Bill has been a venture investor, entrepreneur, sales executive, and engineer during a career that now spans 35 years. He founded and also serves as Managing Partner of PV Ventures, a seed stage venture capital fund (www.pvventuresllc.com). In 1997 Bill co-founded and served as Chief Technology Officer of StorageNetworks, an early innovator in cloud storage as a service. StorageNetworks raised more than $100 Million of venture capital and completed an IPO in 2000 reaching a peak market capitalization of more than $16 Billion.
Prior to StorageNetworks, Bill was a successful enterprise sales executive for data storage systems company Andataco. He co-founded solid state disk company CERAM and co-founded nonvolatile Ferroelectric RAM start-up Krysalis which was acquired by National Semiconductor. Bill began his career as a semiconductor process engineer at Philips Signetics. Bill is a 1982 graduate of the University of Illinois where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. He holds 12 U.S. patents covering inventions in integrated circuit fabrication, integrated circuit memory design, and data storage systems design.
CTO & SVP Engineering
David Gustavsson is instrumental in aligning the engineering, technical marketing, manufacturing and support functions within X-IO. Formerly Vice President of Engineering at X-IO, Mr. Gustavsson has been tasked with leading the company’s new strategy that will underpin the growing virtualization and SDS opportunity for X-IO’s Intelligent Storage Element (ISE) technology.
Mr. Gustavsson has been a part of the ISE development group since 2003, coming to the company through the Advanced Storage Architecture group, acquired from Seagate Technology in November 2007. Prior to that, he worked for four years at Seagate in a variety of engineering managerial roles, leading efforts to stabilize code, develop and deliver firmware and design the ISE unit. Before that, he worked as an engineer and project lead for EMC and Autodiagnos AB in Sweden.
Mr. Gustavsson holds a Master of Science degree in computer science from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from the University of Dalarna in Sweden.
Richard (Richie) Lary is corporate fellow at X-IO, and joined the company in December 2009.
Mr. Lary has been in the computer industry for 40 years. He began his career as a software engineer at Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC), building operating systems and compilers for the PDP-8 and PDP-11 computers. In 1975, he served as a member of the core team that defined the VAX computer architecture, and later the implementation team for the first VAX computer. After joining DEC’s Storage Business Unit in 1978, Mr. Lary was a key architect of the Digital Storage Architecture and a key implementer of several of the hardware and firmware components of the associated product family. He became DEC’s Storage Architect in 1990, Storage Technical Director in 1994, and Compaq Computer Corporation’s Storage Technical Director in 1998, where he was responsible for technical oversight of the entire corporate storage architecture and product line. Prior to joining X-IO, he had been an independent consultant in the storage industry and a technical advisor to several emerging storage companies since 2000.
Mr. Lary holds 32 patents for his work in processor and storage system architecture and design, and was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Server I/O Conference in January 2000. He also frequently speaks at industry events.
Mr. Lary holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the Polytechnic Institute of New York University.
VP North American Sales
Mark has 31 years of experience in technology industry sales and marketing and leads the North American sales team for X-IO. Mark was most recently Regional Sales Director for Varonis – an enterprise file services company. Additionally, Mark spent 19+ years with EMC as a District Sales Manager selling in multiple industry sectors and geographies and also spent 10+ years at IBM where he held various positions including Marketing Manager. Mark holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from the State University of New York at Cortland and an MBA with concentration in Finance and Marketing from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Mark resides with his family in Castle Rock, Colorado.
Ellen has 30+ years of experience leading sales and marketing teams in channel development and demand generation and currently leads global marketing for X-IO Technologies. Additionally, Ellen is a principal in the consulting firm BizDev2Win and was previously VP, Strategic Alliances & Business Development and VP, Sales & Marketing for STORServer. Prior to STORServer, Ellen held VP, Marketing and General Manager Positions at NeoCore Inc., Eastman Software, Wang Laboratories, Optika, and Burroughs Corporation. Ellen holds a BS in Management & Marketing from Babson College.
Bill Alexander is an experienced financial executive with extensive experience helping high-tech companies grow. Bill has served as both CFO and CIO of several successful venture capital backed and start-up software companies. He recently served as an executive at Configuresoft Inc., where he helped the company grow quickly leading to a successful acquisition by EMC Corp. Earlier in his career he served as a founder and the CFO of The Software Edge Inc., a software development tools vendor, where he guided the company from inception to a successful acquisition by Intersolv, Inc. Prior to his more recent start-up experience, he served at Hewlett-Packard in a variety of financial management positions and has also worked for Microsoft Corporation. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Stanford University and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.
VP Human Resources
A seasoned business leader with over 25 years of proven success developing and leading high performing organizations and teams. He specializes in entrepreneurial start-up, turn-around, and privately held companies in hyper-competitive environments where speed, innovation, and the ability to outsmart larger competitors are essential – WHERE THE BEST TEAM WINS! John Leads X-IO’s Human Resources function and has experience leading at tech start-up’s Qwest Cyber. Solutions, @Link Networks, and Qwest Communications as well as he helped CPG companies Orange Glo International (Oxi Clean Brand) and the Iams Company grow exponentially – eventually selling for record EBITDA multiples. John holds a BA in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh.
VP Global Sales Operations
Tim has over 25 years of experience in Operations & Sales Leadership – most recently with Grant Dental Technology as VP, Operations. Tim leads the Global Sales Operations efforts for X-IO. Additionally Tim has held Operations and Sales positions with Cyalume Technologies, Combat Training Solutions Inc., Colorado Homeland Defense Alliance, and Eli Lilly. Tim began his career as a Pilot, Aviation Safety & Operations Officer in the US Navy. He holds a BA in Finance from Villanova University and an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University.
Steve brings over 25 years of experience in the Europe, Middle East and Africa marketplace in sales and management roles. After a long spell running the UK sales business for EDS, he has worked in a succession of software technology start-ups before heading up Northern Europe for SGI . Immediately prior to X-IO, Steve was with back up provider Sepaton , growing the EMEA business over 300% before being bought by HDS. Steve has a BSc in Production Engineering and lives with his family on the Suffolk coast in the UK.
Board Of Directors
Founder and Managing Partner, Miller Investment Management
Bill is responsible for the overall investment strategy of both the venture and hedge funds. He is an active board member in a majority of the venture portfolio companies, where he leverages his experiences as an entrepreneur and investor to help companies make strategic decisions and grow their business.
Bill co-founded StorageNetworks, a cloud data storage company, in 1997. The company grew to $125 million in revenues and completed an IPO in 2000, reaching a peak market cap of $16 billion. Bill has invested in 25 start-up companies over the past 15 years with 10 successful exits. Bill’s career also includes experience in the semiconductor industry and data storage sales. He has a BS in Chemistry from the University of Illinois.
Director – General Partner, Oak Investment Partners
Edward F. Glassmeyer is a founding General Partner of Oak Investment Partners. Mr. Glassmeyer was with Citicorp Venture Capital from 1968 to 1970, followed by The Sprout Capital Group where he was Managing Partner from 1971 to 1974. Ed led the first round venture financings in both Shugart Associates (1973) and Seagate Technology (1980). Shugart Associates was the first floppy disk company later sold to Xerox; Seagate was the first 5 1/4 hard disk company, and today is an industry-leading disk drive company. Mr. Glassmeyer has invested successfully in the IT and telecom industries over the last three decades, and continues to be an active investor in the data storage industry. He graduated from Princeton University in 1963, served as an officer in the Marine Corps from 1963 to 1966, and received his MBA with distinction from The Tuck School in 1968. Mr. Glassmeyer was a founding Director of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) in 1973, and is an Overseer of The Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
Chairman and CEO, Compass-EOS
Matt Bross is the Chairman and CEO of Compass which is the inventor of icPhotonics™ technology and has delivered the first commercial chip to chip icPhotonics™ solution that enables the transformation of the ICT industry globally. Matt served as the former Global Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Huawei, the CTO of British Telecom (BT) and CEO of BT Innovate where he lead the 21CN network transformation. Matt also served as CTO of Williams Communications. Matt has lead the technology innovation and investment strategies for the companies he has served across multiple technology and business domains including carrier, enterprise, devices, applications and services.
Matt was awarded a William Pitt Fellowship by Pembroke College at the University of Cambridge. In 2010, Matt was listed as one of the most powerful people in wireless by Fierce Wireless. Also, Interactive Week recognized Matt as one of the “Top 25 Unsung Heroes of the Net”. In recent years, Light Reading has recognized Matt as one of the Top 10 most influential people in Telecom.
Matt currently serves as a Board Member on X-IO Technologies, a next generation cloud storage platform, and serves as a Board Member of Sonus (Nasdaq: SONS), a provider of cloud based real time communications for the mobile internet. Matt is the Chairman of the Global Information Infrastructure Commission (GIIC) and is a member of the Board of Directors for the EastWest Institute (EWI).
Mike Wall is a hi-tech executive with a history of leading the introduction of new technologies that have changed the landscape of high performance computing, storage solutions, and healthcare. Mike was executive chairman of Amplidata before becoming its CEO in September 2012. Amplidata developed the world’s leading object storage software for large scale cloud deployments. Mike sold Amplidata to Western Digital in March 2015. Prior to Amplidata, Mike was president and CEO of storage innovator Atempo, which was sold to the Allen Systems Group in December 2011. As CEO of DICOM Grid, Mike turned around an angel funded healthcare IT company and raised over $15M in financing from several venture capital firms including Canaan Partners. Mike was the founding member of the management team that launched Intel’s storage business and, as general manager of their Storage Group; led the industry’s transition to systems designed with commodity microprocessors and chipsets, growing Intel’s storage business to over $500M annually. Prior to the storage business, Mike was General Manager of Intel’s Supercomputer Systems Division, where he led the introduction of Intel’s X86 architecture into the high performance computing market. These systems were the predecessors of enterprise servers and workstations deployed throughout the world today.
Before joining Intel Corporation, Mike was general manager at Cray Research, responsible for North American Operations. While his responsibilities included all market segments, he led the introduction of high performance computing into the world of high finance. He also held several marketing management positions at IBM in New York City.
Mike earned his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and completed his Masters of Management Sciences, Averill Harriman College for Urban and Policy Sciences, at SUNY Stony Brook.
Executive Affiliated Faculty
Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver
Dave has been an active member of the Daniels community for nearly a decade teaching in the EMBA program.
His 30 year career in technology spanned across Hitachi, Cisco and VMware. At Hitachi, Dave held various sales roles including the RVP of the Western Region. At Cisco, Dave held many roles, including: Vice President of WW Commercial Sales, where he drove the go to market for the $10B segment. Also, Vice President of Worldwide Distribution, where he was responsible for driving Cisco’s distribution strategy and execution, a cornerstone of Cisco’s go-to-market that served thousands of Cisco Channel Partners. His final role in high tech was as Senior Vice President at VMware responsible for the Global Partner Organization driving partnerships across partner types world wide.
Based in Denver, Dave served Governor Bill Owens as a Commissioner on the Governor’s Commission on Science and Technology. The Commission was responsible for assisting the Governor in leading Colorado’s technology vision for the 21st century. The work included driving up educational capability within Colorado, and rolling out technology initiatives to benefit the general public.
O’Callaghan was a Board Member for Colorado State University’s Industry Advisory Board to assist CSU in understanding the needs of industry in education. He has also has been a member of the Board of Directors for Volunteers of America in Denver assisting VOA to support the underprivileged in Colorado for over five years. He is currently an active Board Member of Adoption Dreams Come True in Fort Collins, Colorado.
O’Callaghan received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Bowling Green State University, and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Cincinnati.
He resides in Denver, Colorado with his wife, Colleen.