CEO and Founder
Thomas Isakovich is CEO and founder of Nimbus Data, overseeing product strategy and development, sales, marketing, and manufacturing operations. Thomas founded Nimbus Data to build the next great storage systems company by combining smart software with non-volatile memory technology, offering superior data delivery, protection, and operating efficiency. Prior to Nimbus Data, Thomas was CEO and founder of TrueSAN Networks, where he raised over $34 million and led the development of storage virtualization and multi-vendor SAN management software. At Oracle spin-off Network Computer (also known as Liberate Technologies), Thomas oversaw product marketing for the company’s line of thin-client workstations and server software. At IBM’s Almaden Research Center, Thomas developed new technologies for simplifying and enhancing human-computer interaction. A frequent speaker on technology and entrepreneurship at universities and industry events, Thomas earned a B.A. with Honors in political science from Stanford University.
Investor and Advisor (Former General Manager, IBM Storage Systems Division)
Ed Zschau was a Visiting Lecturer with rank of Professor at Princeton University in Electrical Engineering and in the Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education from 2000-2013, where he is currently a Senior Research Specialist and Lecturer. From 1997-2000, he was Professor of Management at the Harvard Business School and a Visiting Professor at Princeton. He was the founder and CEO of System Industries, a computer products company, from 1968 through 1981. In 1982, Ed was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and represented the Silicon Valley area in Congress while serving on the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House for two terms ending in 1986. In 1987, Ed became a General Partner of Brentwood Associates, a Los Angeles-based venture capital firm, and in 1988 he was elected Chairman and CEO of Censtor Corp., a company which had been founded by Brentwood to develop advanced magnetic recording components for disk drives. He left Censtor in April 1993 to serve as General Manager of the $6.5 billion IBM Storage Systems Division until July 1995. During the 1960's Ed was for five years an Assistant Professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, teaching courses in computer systems, management science, and business policy. In 1967-68, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Harvard Business School where he taught the required first year MBA course in managerial economics. Ed has an A.B. degree (cum laude) in Philosophy from Princeton University, M.B.A., M.S. (statistics), and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University, and a Doctor of Laws degree (Honoris Causa) from the University of San Francisco. Currently, Ed is the Founding Chairman, Emeritus of the TECH Museum in San Jose, California, and is a Senior Fellow of the California Council on Science and Technology.
Investor and Advisor (Former Corporate VP, HP UNIX Server and PC Business Units)
Dick Watts has a successful track record as a senior manager at both large and small technology companies. He recently served as CEO of Pragmax Software, a provider of product lifecycle management tools, and president and CEO of Scale Eight, a storage service provider. Previously he was CEO of ConvergeNet, a storage networking company that he led from the early stages through its acquisition in 1999 by Dell for over $300 million. Prior to joining ConvergeNet, Mr. Watts was a corporate vice president at HP where he ran a series of multi-billion dollar revenue business units, including the PC group and the UNIX systems line. His last position at HP was head of worldwide sales and distribution. Mr. Watts obtained a BSc with honors from Imperial College in London, England and also attended the Stanford Executive Program. He is also a past Trustee of St. Luke’s Hospital Foundation in San Francisco and the San Jose Museum of Art.