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Peter Thompson, co-founder, and CEO of LucidLink is a passionate and experienced leader and business builder. Thompson has over 30 years of experience in driving business expansion, key programs, and partnerships across regions such as APAC and the Americas mostly in the storage and file system market.
With over 14 years at DataCore Software, most recently as VP of Emerging and Developing Markets, Thompson drove DataCore’s expansion into China working with key industry partners, technology alliances and global teams to develop programs and business focused on emerging markets. Thompson also held the role of Managing Director, APAC responsible for the bottom-line of all Asia operations. He also was President and Representative Director of DataCore Japan, acquiring the majority of ownership and running it as a standalone entity as a beachhead of marquis customers in Japan.
Thompson studied Japanese, history, and economics at Kansai Gaidai and has a BA in International Management, Psychology, Japanese, from Gustavus Adolphus College, is a graduate of Stanford University Business School’s MSx program, with a focus on entrepreneurial finance, design thinking, and the soft skills required to build and lead world-class, high performing teams.
Co-Founder and CTOlinkedin.com/in/gdochev/
George Dochev, co-founder and CTO of LucidLink, is a storage and file system expert with extensive experience in bringing emerging technologies to market. Dochev has over 20 years of success leading the development of complex virtualization products for the storage industry. He specializes in research and development in the fields of high-performance distributed systems, storage infrastructure software, and cloud technologies.
Dochev was co-founder and principal member of the engineering team at DataCore Software for nearly 17 years. While at Datacore, Dochev helped transform that company from a start-up into a global leader in software-defined storage. Underscoring Dochev’s impact as an entrepreneur is the fact that DataCore Software now powers the data centers of 10,000+ large enterprises around the world.
Dochev holds a degree in Mathematics from Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski in Bulgaria, and an MS in Computer Science from the University of National and World Economy, in Sofia, Bulgaria.
During his tenure at DataCore, Dochev’s team was often challenged when accessing large data files from distributed, remote locations. Dochev understood this issue challenged other industries as well, so he used his expertise to develop a solution. Dochev quickly realized this solution had the promise to replace traditional forms of data storage and file services. So, in 2016, along with Peter Thompson (CEO), they co-founded LucidLink, aiming to disrupt the enterprise file-sharing industry.
With cloud services and object storage growing exponentially, it became clear to the founders that applying old technology to a new paradigm was broken, and to truly benefit from cloud object storage, a new system had to be built from scratch.
LucidLink transforms the cloud into local storage. Our system allows users to stream data directly from the cloud, eliminating the need to download or synchronize. LucidLink is a file system specifically built for modern cloud-computing environments.
With LucidLink, any application, process, or workflow can benefit from low costs and elastic storage. LucidLink is at the forefront in the evolution of cloud services and storage, headquartered in San Mateo, CA.
Mark B. Templeton is a technology entrepreneur, mentor, investor, and former CEO of Digital Ocean. DigitalOcean has become the second-largest and fastest-growing cloud computing platform in the world.
Before Digital Ocean, Mark was the CEO of Citrix Systems, Inc. Mark joined Citrix in 1995 as vice president of marketing before the company’s initial public offering. He was appointed president in 1998 and chief executive officer in 2001. Under his leadership, Citrix transformed from a $15 million, one-product, one-segment, single path-to-market organization to a global powerhouse with annual revenues of $2.59 billion in 2012. Today, Citrix solutions and products enable mobile workstyles for millions of people every day. Citrix services more than 260,000 organizations with over 10,000 business partners in 100 countries.
Mark has received numerous leadership awards, including the AeA Abacus Award for Outstanding High-Tech Executive, “Businessperson of the Year” (EVIE Award), and the Excalibur Award. He was also included on Glassdoor’s 2013 list of “50 Highest Rated CEOs.”
Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts in product design from North Carolina State University, College of Design, and an MBA from the University of Virginia, Darden School of Business.
Umesh Maheshwari is a scientist, technologist, and futurist and a Fellow in Hybrid IT at Hewlett Packard Enterprise.
Umesh was the CTO and co-founder of Nimble Storage and in 2008 he became the Chief Scientist. Hewlett Packard Enterprise acquired Nimble Storage in 2017.
Before founding Nimble Storage, Umesh was a technical director at Data Domain, where he was responsible for the core areas of deduplication and clustering. As an early engineer at Data Domain, Umesh built significant parts of the Data Domain file system and replication protocol.
Previously, Umesh was at Zambeel, a maker of scalable file servers, where he was responsible for clusterizing the metadata service and for automating the cluster network configuration. Before Zambeel, Umesh spent time at digital rights management pioneer InterTrust where he built a patented tamper-resistant database system.
Umesh holds a Ph.D. in computer science from MIT, where he researched storage management in distributed transactional systems. He also holds a BTech in computer science from IIT Delhi, where he received the President’s Gold Medal as the top graduating student.
Varun Mehta is a technology entrepreneur, strategic business leader, and current vice president of product strategy at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Inc.
Before joining Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Varun was a co-founder and the CEO at Nimble Storage, Inc., which was purchased by Hewlett Packard Enterprise in March 2017. While at Nimble, Varun led the company through its first three rounds of funding and a record rate of customer acquisitions. Prior to Nimble, Varun was vice president of engineering at PeakStream Inc., a startup that was acquired by Google. Varun also served as vice president of engineering and was the twelfth employee at Data Domain, where his team brought the company’s first products to market, selling over 800 units in the first two years of shipping. Varun has also held senior management positions at NetApp, FastForward Networks, Panasas, and Sun Microsystems.
Varun earned a Master of Science in electrical engineering from Rice University and a Master in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.
Peter Ziebelman is a seasoned venture capitalist with over 25 years of experience.
Peter co-founded Palo Alto Venture Partners in 1996, after starting the US Information Technology Operations of the UK venture capital firm, Thompson Clive Partners in 1988. He has served on the boards of early-stage companies that ultimately became public companies, including AvantGo (AVGO), Persistence (PRSW), and Vicinity (VCNT). He has also served on the boards of dozens of privately held high technology companies across a range of sectors from cloud based computing (DemandForce) and calendaring (When.com) to online car insurance (Esurance) and security (PostX). Peter is also an independent director to a select number of privately-held companies and was named to AlwaysOn’s Venture Capital 100 – the top 100 VC’s – in 2012.
Peter is on the Stanford Graduate School of Business MSx Advisory Board, on the advisory board of the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford, and formerly on the executive board of the Pacific Skyline Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He is a past president of the Yale Club of Silicon Valley.
Peter received a Bachelor of Science in combined sciences (with honors and distinction in the major) from Yale University in 1978 and a Master of Science in management from the Stanford GSB in 1987.