Tignis was founded by proven leaders of a $1.2B data center management software business

Founded by a former CTO and operational leaders of a successful Fortune 100 data center management software company, Tignis is building a product and service team ready to address the challenges of machine learning in hybrid computing environments. We’re proud of our track record of delivering end-to-end solutions and advanced capabilities that will truly make a difference to our customers.

Jon Herlocker

President and CEO

Jon is a deep technologist and experienced executive in both on-premises enterprise software and consumer SaaS businesses. In his prior leadership roles, he was Vice President and CTO of VMware’s Cloud Management Business Unit, which generated $1.2B/year for VMware. Other positions include CTO of Mozy, and CTO of EMC’s Cloud Services division. As a co-founder of Tignis, Jon is an experienced entrepreneur, having founded two other startup companies. He sold his last startup, Smart Desktop, to Pi Corporation in 2006. Jon is a former tenured professor of Computer Science at Oregon State University, and his highly-cited academic research work was awarded the prestigious 2010 ACM Software System Award for contributions to the field of recommendation systems. Jon holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota, and a B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science from Lewis and Clark College.

Matt McLaughlin

Chief Operating Officer, VP of Engineering

Matt is a seasoned execution-oriented leader with experience in SaaS and enterprise on-premises software. He has held substantial leadership roles in both large enterprises and startups. Before co-founding Tignis, Matt led global engineering teams for VMware as Director of Engineering. Matt brought VMware’s analytics product Log Insight from alpha stage to v4, and established the company’s Ops SaaS team. His earlier entrepreneurial roles include VP of Engineering at Digital Scirocco and CTO at Red Rover. He also founded Strands, a product recommendation technology company. Matt specializes in building strong company cultures and managing highly productive engineering teams that deliver high quality software products on time. Matt holds an M.S. and B.S. in Computer Science from Oregon State University, with a focus on Machine Learning.

Michael Tidwell

Vice President of Marketing and Business Development

Michael has 20 years of experience delivering connected device and IoT solutions into industrial, automotive and consumer electronics markets. He recently led marketing and business development at Sansa Security, an IoT security company, which was sold to Arm Holdings (which was later sold to SoftBank). Michael has held senior commercial and strategy roles at Arm, BSQUARE and Irdeto. In those roles, he was focused on growing revenue, building teams and executing strategic deals including partnerships and M&A. Michael earned an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech and a graduate degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington. He also holds 16 U.S. patents in the area of augmented reality displays.

Mark Huang

Principal Engineer

Mark is a highly experienced software engineer. He specializes in writing mission-critical software and designing, implementing and shipping new market-differentiating features. Before co-founding Tignis, Mark was a founding Principal Engineer at Datrium. Mark has also held software engineering roles at VMware, EMC, Data Domain and Broadcom, and a research position at Princeton University. Mark holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT.

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