Tom Coull
President and Chief Executive Officer

Tom Coull joined Penguin Computing in December 2008 with 22 years of CEO and GM experience at startup and mid-stage public and private technology companies. At Penguin, Coull has been responsible for engineering, product development, services, support and the growth of Penguin’s HPC Cloud business. A seasoned general manager with broad high-performance computing expertise and a successful background in bringing innovative products to market, Coull will guide the company’s strategy as it continues to grow revenues and capture market share.

Ron Heinz

Ron is a founding managing director of Signal Peak Ventures and has extensive experience as an operating Executive. Prior to Signal Peak, Ron was a managing director at Canopy Ventures and previously serving as the CEO of Phobos Corporation (acquired by SonicWall NASDAQ:SNWL) and Helius Corporation (acquired by Hughes Network Systems), as well as a Senior Vice President at Novell, Inc where he spent 12 years.

With over three decades in the information technology market, Ron spends significant time working with portfolio companies in driving commercialization efforts. He holds a B.S. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute, an MBA from American University and completed post graduate studies in Public Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Scott Potter

Scott is the founding managing director of San Francisco Equity Partners (SFEP), a private equity firm that invests in expansion stage companies. Scott was also managing director of LMS Capital, the private equity arm of London Merchant Securities plc, the parent organization of SFEP. Before joining London Merchant Securities, Scott was senior vice president of field operations at Inktomi Corporation and president and chief executive officer of Quiver, Inc. before it was acquired by Inktomi in August of 2002. Prior to that, Scott was executive vice president at World Res. Scott’s technology career began as an attorney for Silicon Valley law firm Venture Law Group. Scott holds a BA from the UC Berkeley and a JD Degree from UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law. He is also on the board of directors for Method Products, MCF Corporation, Modviz, and Rave Motion Pictures.

Sam Spadafora

Sam is Chairman of both, a revolutionary textbook rental company, and TuVox, an innovator in contact center solutions. In the past he served as Chairman and CEO of Chordiant Software and has more than 30 years of high-technology management experience and a proven track record in successfully developing early-stage companies. Before joining Chordiant, Sam was Sun Microsystems Vice President of Worldwide Field Operations for the microelectronics business. He was responsible for customer and OEM relationships, field sales and marketing, customer engineering and service in support of the SPARC, Java processor and Java embedded consumer product lines. During that time, he led the growth of a worldwide customer base and increased industry acceptance of SPARC and Java-based technologies and revenues. Sam also served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Field Operations for the Santa Cruz Operation. He was also previously a key executive for Altos Computer Systems where he was Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, and Memorex where he was Vice President of U.S. sales operations. Sam holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Eastern Michigan University.

David Mannix

David Mannix is a Vice President at San Francisco Equity Partners, focusing on investments in the consumer products, consumer services and business services industries. David works closely with SFEP’s portfolio companies and serves on the board of directors of The Guild and Zoom Eyeworks. Prior to joining SFEP, David was a Principal at The BearFund, a private equity pledge fund focused on investing in small California-based businesses. At The BearFund, David was responsible for sourcing and evaluating investment opportunities in the consumer products, business services and manufacturing industries. David also provided independent consulting services to the portfolio companies of several private equity funds in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Brandon Tidwell

Brandon is a founding managing director at Signal Peak Ventures and has an extensive background working with early-stage technology companies. Prior to Signal Peak, Brandon was a managing director at Canopy Ventures. Brandon has counseled numerous entrepreneurs throughout the company building process. Having invested in and advised numerous companies on the path from start-up to successful exit, Brandon brings a broad base of start-up experience to bear on behalf of Signal Peak’s portfolio companies. Prior to Signal Peak and Canopy, Brandon practiced law in Silicon Valley. He has a B.S. and Master’s degree in accounting from Brigham Young University and a JD from Columbia University.