Solid Data has a seasoned management team that has focused on high-speed storage products throughout their careers. The members of the engineering team have worked together for over 15 years.
Steve Topper - Chief Executive Officer
Steve is a customer focused seasoned entrepreneur and technology executive with 30 years of proven P&L, strategic & tactical planning and partnerships, sales, marketing, product development and multi-national operations experience across diverse technologies, product solutions and market channels. Steve joined Solid Data Systems as Chief Executive Officer in July 2009.Prior to joining Solid Data, Steve provided technical and market diligence to venture capital firms and client-based advisory to companies seeking to build sustainable businesses, including equity and debt financings, strategic planning, go-to-market strategies, channel programs, partnership creation, and global sales, marketing and operational management guidance.
Previously, Steve served as Chief Executive Officer, President and Board Member of Cerebra, Inc., a venture capital funded enterprise software developer and recognized semantic technology leader, acquired by webMethods, Inc. (NASDAQ: WEBM), subsequently acquired by Software AG. Earlier, Steve was a Managing Director at Katalyst, a mid-market investment banking firm providing business advisory and operational guidance to technology clients, an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at ECentury Capital Partners, an early stage venture capital firm, and previously was Chief Executive Officer of several venture capital funded companies including Platypus Technology, a developer of solid state systems targeting highly transactional and under performing enterprise applications; Zagros Networks, a fabless semiconductor company developing Multi-protocol, Quality of Service (QoS) application delivery systems for packet switched networks; and Innovision, a developer of digital picture processors and embedded software solutions for Digital TV and Set-top Box (STB) applications.As an entrepreneur, Steve founded two start-ups – G2 Networks, a Fibre Channel-based Storage Area Network (SAN) solutions company, where his vision created the technology, market and product road maps, and led the company through three successful rounds of venture capital funding; and Practice Management Computer Systems, a turnkey systems provider of in-office records management, archiving, and billing solutions for medical practices. Steve also helped launch three Ethernet-based networking companies and, prior to entering the computer industry, spent four years at Warner Communications, Inc. in marketing and merchandising roles.
Steve received a BA in Business Administration from New York University.
Wade Tuma - Founder and VP of Engineering
A technical visionary in the solid-state storage industry, Wade founded Solid Data Systems, and was the driving force behind what has become the leading high-performance memory-based storage solution in the industry. Prior to Solid Data Systems, Wade was the founder and CEO of Compower Corporation, a power converter company which he grew from zero to $12 million in sales in just over two years and successfully sold to Computer Products, Inc. Wade has over three decades of experience, including significant work in very high-speed digital logic, RF, video, and color generation systems for National Semiconductor, Atari, and Apple. He holds key patents in solid-state technology, as well as video generation, power conversion systems, and radio-frequency modulations. He received a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Cleveland State University.
Tom Griggs - Chief Financial Officer
Tom joined Solid Data Systems in January 2005 with over 30 years experience as a financial executive. As an investment banker, he provided financing of over $11 billion while a partner at Kidder Peabody; acted as Chief Executive Officer of a startup health services company company; and as Chief Financial Officer of the largest independently owned food service provider in Northern California. Tom holds a BS degree in economics from Duke University, an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and an MS from Stanford University School of Medicine.
Mark Hayashida - Vice President of Systems Architecture
Mark heads the Professional Services Organization, integral to the company's strategic initiative to bring greater awareness and knowledge of SSD architectures and benefits to enterprise and data center infrastructure, and oversees all architecture and pre-sales service, responsible for insuring effective customer architecture, implementation, and deployment. His computer industry experience includes Technologist and related positions for online companies, where he was responsible for creating and executing strategic architectural direction and deployment. Mark earned a BS in Business Administration with an emphasis in Computer Information Systems from California State University, East Bay.