Besides being Almaz Capital Advisor Duane Northcut serves as CTO at Esperanto Technologies, Almaz portfolio company. Duane Northcutt was VP Technology and Co-Founder of DriveScale, where he hired the engineering team and led the development of the first two generations of products that provided mobile storage for scale-out systems and container-based applications.
Prior to this, Duane was responsible for setting corporate technical direction as Chief Technical Officer for several public technology companies. He was an SVP and the CTO of the Connected Home Division of Technicolor (where he led the initiative that has become the AllSeen IoT standard), the CTO and SVP at Trident Microsystems, the CTO and VP at Silicon Image (from 2001 to 2010, where he developed the Steelvine storage product family).
Duane was a Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems from 1990 to 2001, where he conceived and led the development of the SunRay desktop (Sun’s largest selling) product, and was twice awarded the Sun President’s Award for his technical contributions to the company.
Duane began his career as a member of the Research Faculty in Carnegie Mellon’s School of Computer Science, where he developed the Alpha real-time operating system and the Archons multiprocessor test bed.
Duane holds over thirty issued US patents (with multiple foreign filings and other applications pending issue), is the author of a research monograph on real-time distributed operating systems, and has (co-)authored over a dozen articles and technical reports on time-critical computing, distributed systems, multimedia, and thin client technology.
Duane received both an MSEE and a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University.
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Our advisors and extended team members share that commitment. They were specifically invited to join us, because they have played key operational roles in building businesses from the start-up phase to dominant market positions. Their role is to assist the Almaz investment team, and our entrepreneurs, with key industry contacts and strategic advice.
Duane Northcutt was VP Technology and Co-Founder of DriveScale, where he hired the engineering team and led the development of the first two generations of products that provided mobile storage for scale-out systems and container-based applications.
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Prior to Google, Ed served as a NASA Astronaut for 12 years. He flew the Space Shuttle twice, the Russian Soyuz, and a 6 month tour on the International Space Station.