Steve Butler – Chief Executive Officer, Terascala
Prior to joining Terascala, Steve was CEO of ManageSoft, which was acquired by Flexera Software. He has been a high technology CEO for the past 15 years including publicly traded Segue Software (acquired by Borland). His history includes a track record of creating rapid profitable growth by building multi-level channels and includes strong international experience – global channels, offshore development and support. Additionally, he has considerable M&A and funding experience including international M&A. Steve holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer engineering.
Christopher W. Dick
Walter has helped build and finance successful New England-based technology companies for over twenty-eight years, including twenty at Ascent Venture Partners. Walter is a founding partner of Ascent Venture Partners, which is a Boston based venture firm that has invested in over 100 portfolio companies. Walter represented Ascent on the investments made in eCopy (acquired by Nuance), Sensitech (acquired by United Technologies), Phoenix Controls (acquired by Honeywell), Harvard Bioscience (Nasdaq HBIO), Nova Analytics (acquired by ITT), Nova Technologies (acquired by IDEX), Performance Polymers (acquired by Ellis & Everard), TACC International (acquired by Illinois Toolworks) and Tidalwire (acquired by Network Engines). Prior to joining Ascent, Walter spent twelve years in a variety of executive positions in numerous subsidiaries of UST Corp. including President of its Venture Capital and Corporate Finance Subsidiaries. Walter represents Ascent on several private company Boards, including Terascala.
Edgar Masri is currently president and chief executive officer of Qualtré, Inc., a Marlborough, MA startup, funded by Matrix Partners and Pilot House and focused on commercializing the next generation of motion sensors.
Prior to Qualtré, Mr. Masri was President and Chief Executive Officer of 3Com Corporation, a leading global data networking company. During his tenure, he negotiated, led the acquisition of, and chaired the board of H3C, the joint venture between 3Com and Huawei. He also brought 3Com to record revenue and gross margins and six consecutive quarters of profitability (non-GAAP) from the point 3Com started consolidating H3C results. Mr Masri recommended and managed the go-private transaction with Bain Capital.
Edgar Masri joined Matrix Partners, a leading venture capital firm in 2000. He led the investment in and served on the board of a number of semiconductor and telecommunication equipment startups, including Sandburst (acquired by Broadcom Corporation), Redline Communications (TSX/AIM: RDL), and Camiant (acquired by Tekelec). Prior to Matrix, Masri was president of 3Com Ventures and senior vice president of 3Com’s corporate business development. Before that, Masri was senior vice president and general manager of 3Com’s Network Systems Business Unit and had worldwide responsibility for the development, manufacturing and marketing of 3Com’s range of industry-leading enterprise and carrier systems products.
Dr. Jim Rothnie has over thirty years of experience in the computer industry. Recently, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at EMC, the world’s largest supplier of data storage hardware and software. Prior to that, he served at Data General Corporation as Vice President of Software Development.
Dr. Rothnie was also Executive Vice President of Kendall Square Research, where he led the development of large-scale parallel computers and related software. He began his career at Computer Corporation of America, where he eventually rose to President and COO.
During his career, he has also served on the boards of several public and private companies as well as several non-profit organizations including the MIT Corporation Visiting Committee for the Libraries, and the Sheldon Township Economic Development Committee.
Dr. Rothnie holds a B.S. and Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mike Wall is an independent business consultant with extensive experience in developing and managing high technology businesses. From 2002 through 2007, he was the general manager of Intel Corporation’s Storage Group, based in Chandler, Arizona, where he was responsible for managing the P&L and all aspects of product and business development for Intel’s $500M storage business. From 1994 through 1996, Mike was the general manager of Intel’s Supercomputer Systems Division. His division led the introduction of Intel’s x86 architecture into the high performance computing market with massively parallel systems. Prior to joining the Intel Corporation in 1992, Mike was an area general manager at Cray Research, responsible for North American Operations. He also held several marketing management positions at IBM in New York City. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Arizona Sports Foundation. Mike earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and completed his Masters of Management Sciences, Harriman College for Urban and Policy Sciences, at SUNY Stony Brook.