The TidalScale Team

Executive Team

Gary Smerdon

Gary Smerdon

President & CEO

Gary is an accomplished executive with a proven track record of being a difference maker -- identifying opportunities and driving the successful business execution. As the EVP & Chief Strategy Officer of Fusion-io, Gary led the development of the company strategy and drove the $1.3 billion dollar acquisition of Fusion-io by SanDisk. Gary was SVP and GM of the Accelerated Solutions Division at LSI, an internal startup he founded and led to over $100M in two years. Gary has been a visionary throughout his career having been directly involved with the first high-speed personal computer and conceived and executed on the breakthrough concept of networking as standard feature in PCs. Gary holds three patents and is a graduate of Duke University with a BSEE.
Ike Nassi

Ike Nassi


Dr. Ike Nassi is the founder of TidalScale. His distinguished career includes success in large companies, start-ups, and academia. Ike was the EVP and Chief Scientist at SAP when the category of in-memory databases was established. Ike helped start three companies: Encore Computer, a pioneer in symmetric multiprocessors; InfoGear Technology, which developed Internet appliances and services; and Firetide, a wireless mesh networking company. Ike was the Senior VP and head of software development at Apple Computer and also held executive positions at Cisco and DEC. Ike continues to be an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at UC Santa Cruz, and a founding trustee at the Computer History Museum. Ike holds multiple patents and is a graduate of Stony Brook University where he holds a BS and masters in Mathematics, as well as a PhD in computer science.

Michael Berman

Chief Engineer

Michael is the Chief Engineer at TidalScale building the team that has developed the core technology around Software-Defined Servers.  Prior to TidalScale, Michael was CTO at Catbird Networks, where he was responsible for the design and requirements for vSecurity, Catbird's ground-breaking virtualization and cloud security product. 

Michael was previously a principal at IS–DATA, LLC an elite enterprise security design and computer forensic investigation professional services company. He performed hundreds of computer forensic investigations, designed enterprise security solutions and lead security assessments. Michael served in numerous roles for his service customers: ISO 27001 compliance manager, Chief Security Officer and Incident Response Manager.

Robert Minnear

Robert Minnear

VP of Engineering

Robert Minnear has worked in leadership roles for innovation
companies for 20+ years. Technology companies including Ipsilon
Networks, Cacheflow, Tall Maple Systems, and SwiftStack. Bobby was also an executive at Internap, in charge of its OpenStack cloud
deployment. He was a founder of Springbank Networks and Maldivica, where he was responsible for overall system architecture, implementation and security of the cloud storage connector, its interface to an object store via OpenStack CloudFiles interface and robust Python system modules. At SwiftStack, Bobby continued his development advancing the state of the art in open source storage software and systems.

Dave Ferretti

VP Worldwide Sales

As vice president global sales, Dave is responsible for aggressively growing worldwide revenue and expanding our customer base. Dave’s career spans memory-, storage- and compute-intensive markets addressing big data solutions. Prior to joining TidalScale, Dave held the top sales leadership roles at disruptive datacenter technology startups including Diablo Technologies, Skyera (acquired by Western Digital), (acquired by ArcServe), StoredIQ (acquired by IBM), Evault (acquired by Seagate) and Xerox’s enterprise software group. Dave holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Computer Information Systems from the Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado at Boulder.
Dave Reed

David Reed

Chief Scientist

Dr. David P. Reed has made a career of designing advanced systems before others realized it was even possible. As part of the original Internet protocol design team, David's architectural contributions included the UDP protocol design, the “slash” in TCP/IP, and formulation of the End-to-End Argument as its primary protocol design principle. As VP and Chief Scientist at Lotus Development Corporation, David led many product breakthroughs, including cracking the 640K barrier in Lotus 1-2-3, establishing a new paradigm of in-memory analysis and simulation. He was an HP Fellow at HP, and a SVP at SAP Research. David has consulted widely on technology strategy to industry and the US government.  David holds many patents and has four degrees from MIT in EE and CS including his PhD.