With backgrounds in the U.S. Intelligence Community, our team understands the intricacies of hidden risk in today’s enterprise networks better than anyone.
Matt has 15 years of experience leading and developing advanced software products with a principal focus on capabilities supporting offensive and defensive cyber operations. Prior to starting Finite State, Matt spent most of his career at Battelle, the world’s largest private R&D company. Matt was the technical founder of Battelle’s Cyber Innovations Business Unit and served as its CTO for five years. In that role, Matt oversaw dozens of simultaneous intelligence and security programs, led business development efforts, managed the internal R&D portfolio, and served as product manager for several cutting-edge hardware and software products. Matt spearheaded numerous intelligence programs related to the security of embedded systems and has been a speaker on the subject at government conferences. Matt holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering from The Ohio State University.
Dave has been an innovator and pioneer in the launch and expansion of startups in both U.S. and international markets since 1999. Prior to Finite State, he led corporate development efforts at [Redacted], a VC-backed cybersecurity firm. Previously, Dave co-founded and was CEO of Kernel, a technology startup, which was sold in 2016 to NBC-Universal. Kernel became well known for distributing the movie THE INTERVIEW after Sony was hacked by North Korea. In his early career, Dave was an insider on Wall Street, K Street, and in Silicon Valley. His experience as an M&A and venture capital attorney, management consultant, professor, and serial entrepreneur has given him a unique perspective on law and business. Dave speaks Russian, German, and Portuguese, graduated with honors from William & Mary and NYU Law School, and has been licensed as a Series 65 investment advisor. He is admitted to the bar of the U.S. Supreme Court, various other Federal courts, the State of California, the State of New York, and Washington, DC. Born in Baltimore, Dave now lives in Santa Monica, California with his family.
Scott has 18 years of professional experience in the software engineering and cybersecurity fields. Scott is an experienced computer security researcher with a background in reverse engineering, vulnerability research, and exploit development. Scott has software engineering experience in embedded systems, mobile devices, high-performance computing, UI development, cross-platform software development, and device driver development. Most importantly he is a relentless problem solver who is always ready to take on new challenges. Scott has a BS in Computer Science and Engineering from Wright State University in Dayton Ohio.
Gian guides the vision and execution of the Finite State sales and channel strategy. He brings 18 years of diverse sales experience, having held roles in the areas of sales management, channel management, and pre-sales engineering throughout his career. Most recently, Gian worked at ZingBox where, as head of sales, he helped pioneer the adoption of IoT security in healthcare and other markets since 2016. Prior to that, he worked at Aerohive Networks where he spent seven years as an early employee in several sales roles contributing to and building the sales organization toward a successful IPO in 2014. Previously, he worked at PernixData which was acquired by Nutanix. In his spare time, Gian enjoys painting and spending time outdoors with his wife, daughter and two dogs.
Andrew is a seasoned software engineering leader with expertise that spans the areas of Security, Big Data, Cloud, and DevOps. He spent over a decade working within the U.S. Defense Department where he bootstrapped and evolved game-changing SIGINT collection, analysis, and command-and-control platforms, successfully integrated them into the larger ecosystem, and coalesced teams around them. He subsequently joined Bridgewater Associates where he variously overhauled and bootstrapped initiatives focused on security analytics and controls orchestration while simultaneously fostering a DevOps culture centered on AWS technologies. Earlier positions provided him a diversity of experience across academia, industry, and government. He holds a BSE in Computer Science from Tufts University as well as an MSE in Computer Science and an MS in Security Informatics from the Johns Hopkins University. He is as happy shaping platform-level architecture decisions as he is getting his hands dirty writing code, but also appreciates time off for good behavior to swim, ski, and rock climb.
Max is an experienced product development leader focused on helping startups scale. He brings a dozen years of engineering leadership in finance, telecommunications, and security software. Prior to joining FiniteState, Max was employee number 2 at MineralSoft, a YCombinator-backed startup that was acquired by DrillingInfo in 2019. Before that, he served as interim CTO and Director of Engineering at AllClear ID, helping the technology team modernize and respond to data breaches for companies such as Anthem, Home Depot, and Michaels. You can regularly find Max at the libraries and pools of Columbus suburb Upper Arlington with his wife and daughters.
Mandy is an experienced marketer and executive leader who enjoys leading teams, building strategy, executing programs and helping to grow revenue in B2B software/IT environments. Immediately prior to joining Finite State, Mandy spent almost five years at Red Hat largely focused on IT management, automation, and security and helped bring new vulnerability management and security products to market. In her career, Mandy has worked in various B2B-focused technology companies in marketing and leadership roles, though she describes herself as a “product marketer at heart.” Mandy has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from The Ohio State University.