AMY GILE

CEO & Co-Founder

Amy began her career in media and entertainment nationally and internationally. After spending time in front of the…

Amy began her career in media and entertainment nationally and internationally. After spending time in front of the camera as an actor and then as a Producer she identified a need in the industry for a better solution for production and for the artist. The demands of rendering, animation, and visual effects required a sophisticated approach to computing. An approach that she knew one person, Srinidhi, was uniquely qualified to help with. From that point on she dedicated herself to building the highest performance compact supercomputers on the market for media and entertainment. Today, those same needs she identified for Hollywood are needed across several industries.

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DR. SRINIDHI VARADARAJAN

Co-Founder & Systems Architect

Srinidhi was the architect of System X at Virginia Tech’s Advanced Research Computing facility (one of the…

Srinidhi was the architect of System X at Virginia Tech’s Advanced Research Computing facility (one of the world’s fastest and least expensive supercomputers in 2003). In 2004, he was named to the MIT Technology Review TR100 as one of the top 100 innovators in the world under the age of 35. In 2005, HPCWire named him as one of the top researchers in the field of supercomputing. He has over 15 years of experience in architecting and building advanced high-performance computing environments, scalable file systems, and storage subsystems in successful startup companies and academia. Prior to Silverdraft, Srinidhi was one of the founders and the CTO of AppAssure (sold to Dell 2012), the Director of the Center for High-End Computing Systems, and an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Virginia Tech. Srinidhi has authored over forty peer-reviewed publications and owns eight patents. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Electronics And Communication Engineering from NIT Warangal and received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the State University of New York, Stony Brook in 2000.

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JANENE ELLEFSON

VP Sales and Marketing

Janene’s passion for technology was sparked very early on. She spent a good portion of her career…

Janene’s passion for technology was sparked very early on. She spent a good portion of her career at Micron Technology focused on various strategic marketing and business roles driving non volatile memory technology that includes NOR Flash, NAND Flash and PCIe SSDs. She has expertise around planning and leading marketing and business strategies, go to market plans, product promotion, partner engagement, sales enablement, and team leadership. Janene was also part of the Micron Women’s Leadership Network, and participated in Micron’s Patent and IP mentorship program. She also served on the Board of Directors for NVMexpress™ for 6 years as well as served as marketing co-chair and treasurer for NVMexpress. Janene holds a Bachelors of Science in Business and Marketing.

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ERIK SMITH

CTO

Erik’s first computer was a Commodore 64, which of course he pulled apart to understand exactly how…

Erik’s first computer was a Commodore 64, which of course he pulled apart to understand exactly how it worked. Performing diagnostics and components level repairs on computers for friends first, then as a business, sparked a life long love and curiosity for computers and solving hard computing problems. In 2000 he designed a 50 node cluster, database server, and lab automation system for a bay area biotech company, pushing the boundaries of drug discovery. He has continued to push innovation and invention for Silverdraft since 2010 and is the focal point in applying high performance computing solutions to the challenges of our customers.

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STEVE BANNERMAN

VP Sales

Steve has successfully launched new businesses and over 50 new products into a range of markets that include…

Steve has successfully launched new businesses and over 50 new products into a range of markets that include media & entertainment, consumer, enterprise and telecom. He founded Caststream, a successful streaming media company, which was acquired by Tarantella, and subsequently by Sun Microsystems. As a 11 year veteran at Apple Steve launched Apple’s QuickTime TV Network, the world’s first content delivery network optimized for streaming video among a variety of other accomplishments. He led the company’s transition to a subscription-based online software model at Assimilate and launched the company’s first integrated global sales and market effort at GenArts. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management from Georgia Tech.

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HARDIE TANKERSLEY

VP of Services and VR

Hardie is a creative innovator and builder of products at the intersection of entertainment and technology. He is…

Hardie is a creative innovator and builder of products at the intersection of entertainment and technology. He is obsessed with creating the next big thing. At Silverdraft he leads the Solutions and VR practice working with our customers to find new ways to apply visualization to storytelling to design and production. Previously as the Senior Vice President of Innovation at Fox TV he led the creation of digital experiences for the biggest TV shows such as American IdolGlee, and The Simpsons. He created the digital versions of the network, built the first TV social media marketing systems, and the FOX NOW streaming apps for mobile and connected devices. Hardie and his team developed the first-ever Emmy-winning virtual reality experience for Sleepy Hollow. He started creating online and interactive entertainment by building a local BBS on a 300 baud modem on an Apple II back in 1979. In the intervening years he has led the development of many innovative technology products including the first internet products for Apple, the first backstage webcast of the Grammy Awards, the Moxi cable media center DVR, the online video portal for Real Networks, and Yahoo! TV and Movies destinations. Hardie holds a B.A. from University of Notre Dame.
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ELIZABETH BARON

VP Immersive Solutions

She has been the driving force in the development and deployment of global, collaborative immersive paradigms for industrial…

She has been the driving force in the development and deployment of global, collaborative immersive paradigms for industrial design and engineering. She focuses on the use of disruptive technology solutions to solve workflow and visualization challenges with enterprise partners to apply creative and elegant immersive solutions that connect knowledge with experience for cross-functional teams.

Formerly, Elizabeth was a Technical Specialist in Immersive Realities at Ford Motor Company. She is the principal inventor of the Ford immersive Vehicle Environment (FiVE) process and technology, an immersive environment with high realism in experience, providing contextual data and real time global immersion for multiple disciplines across Ford. She then expanded FiVE to combine the physical and virtual worlds, creating location-based actionable immersive storytelling in Design Studios.

Elizabeth became the first Virtual Reality Technical Specialist at Ford, a position she asked to create so she could grow the technology within the Company. Elizabeth was awarded the highest individual technical award in Ford Motor Company, the Dr. Haren Gandhi Research and Innovation Award, honoring her career in immersive visualization and her technical leadership.

Elizabeth began her 30+ year career at Ford in 1988 working as a software developer for Ford’s product design software, later specializing in visualization and solid modeling software. She conducted research within Ford on the best use of VR tools for product design, development and engineering, and on accuracy of immersive assessments, and more. She has several patents related to immersive environments. Elizabeth and her work were highlighted by Ford in their nationwide ‘Drive One.’ TV ad campaign.

She received her BS in Industrial Technology and Computer Science from Eastern Michigan University. She is also a qualified Six Sigma Academy Black Belt. She is a member of ACM SIGGRAPH, serving on their Strategy Team, the Society of Automotive Engineers, planning ARVR-related symposiums, an XR Ignite Mentor, a member of the Ford Retired Engineering Executives (FREE), and adjunct lecturer at Kansas University Center for Design Research, a  board member of Camp Talahi Retreat and Nature Center, and an Elder at Bethel United Church of Christ.

 

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Advisory Board

RICHARD EDLUND

Advisory Board

Academy Award winner Richard Edlund celebrates over 37 years in visual effects. From Star Wars to 2010, Raiders…

Academy Award winner Richard Edlund celebrates over 37 years in visual effects. From Star Wars to 2010, Raiders of the Lost Ark to Charlie Wilsons War, Richard has shown his wide ranging talent, and made an impact not only on the industry, but on all of our lives through the stories he has helped tell.

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