The Team

Executive Team


Josh Alexander

Co-Founder & CEO

It’s always ironic when the guy in charge of strategic vision wears glasses. Josh is Toopher’s business juggernaut. With a deep and extensive background in investments, strategy, corporate finance, and enough tech know-how to be dangerous, Josh manages Toopher’s business development. Josh’s experience includes Adjunct Professor of Finance at the McCombs School of Business (UT Austin), Sr. Advisor at Durbin Bennett Peterson, CFO of Lucas Petroleum, and Consultant at Tucker Alan. Josh earned an MBA in Finance and Strategic Management with honors from the Wharton School, a BA in the Plan II Honors Program with special and high honors and a BBA in Finance with honors from The University of Texas at Austin, and a Professional Certification in Computer Science from Stanford University.


Evan Grim

Founder & CTO

Evan is Toopher’s evil genius. Born of necessity, love, and a healthy dose of good ‘ol paranoia, Evan birthed Toopher as his personal solution to defend his sensitive data online. But who better to write the next-generation security solution than a Software-Engineering PhD candidate with nearly a decade of experience in the security and network industry? Evan gained this experience as a Research Engineer at the Southwest Research Institute.

Evan is working on a PhD in Software Engineering in the Mobile and Pervasive Computing Lab at The University of Texas at Austin.


Dave Dunham

CFO

Dave is Toopher’s Warren Buffet, Alan Greenspan, and Kyle Bass (we threw that last one in there ‘cuz Dave’s not quite an octogenarian). Seriously, Dave is Toopher’s wicked smart and connected financial guru. Dave has a deep background in corporate finance risk management as Corporate VP of Trading and Corporate Planning at Unit Corporation, Manager of Structured Products at Williams Energy, and Analyst of Mergers, Acquisitions, and Strategic Planning at Leggett & Platt. Dave earned an MBA in Finance (Palmer Scholar = better than Josh) from the Wharton School, an MS in Finance from the University of Tulsa, and a BS in the Medical Education and Psychology Honors Programs from Northwestern University.


Brian Philpott

General Counsel

Brian is Toopher’s legal sharp-shooter. He is a shareholder with Koppel Patrick Heybl & Philpott, whose practice focuses on patent prosecution and litigation, trademark and copyright matters, and general international intellectual property issues. His technological expertise is in optoelectronic systems, lasers, light emitting diode applications, and semiconductor fabrication. Mr. Philpott earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Oklahoma State University in 2002. After graduating, he went to work in the Ultrafast Terahertz Optoelectronic Laboratory as a research assistant under Dr. Alan Cheville. In the Fall of 2002, he matriculated to the Pepperdine University School of Law where he received his JD in 2005. Brian is also an Adjunct Professor of Law of Pepperdine University.


Mark Perry

Vice President of Business Development

Mark has an established track record of driving sales in both technical products and services in intensely competitive B2B markets. Mark also has more than 20 years of progressive management, driving rapid growth, profitability, and operational performance in world-class information technology, professional services, global consulting, and international software companies.

Through a combination of ever-evolving technical, sales, and business development expertise, Mark has continued to make a strong and enduring contribution to each challenge he has accepted.   Mark has served in capacities that include: VP Globalscape, EVP Fujitsu America, Global VP Symantec, Partner KPLG LLP.


Drew Shafer

Head of Engineering

Drew’s passion for writing code stems from an adolescent revelation that he was terrible at sports.  Before joining Toopher he worked for a major semiconductor manufacturer where he specialized in annoying the IT department.  Drew’s wife calls him “Drewgle” for his uncanny ability to summon impressively specific (but seldom useful) facts on obscure topics.  He feigns annoyance at the nickname, though it is plain to observers that he is pleased by it.  His hobbies include flying remote-controlled aircraft and balding with dignity.


Pam O’Neal

Vice President of Marketing

Technology Marketing executive working with early-stage startups to $1 billion+ high-growth businesses (cloud, security, mobile, networking, enterprise software, social, SaaS and sports/gaming). Known for building world-class teams, launching high growth startups, and lightening-fast execution of award-winning campaigns that drive business results.

Her work has been profiled in books on digital marketing including Digital Body Language and The B2B Social Media Marketing Book. Published author and blogger for BreakingPoint Center for Application and Threat Intelligence, Network Performance Daily/Service Assurance Daily, Threat Post, and The B2B Lead. Pam also launched www.breakingpointlabs.comwww.networkperformancedaily.com, and www.theb2blead.com blogs to industry acclaim.

Recently led global marketing and communications for Ixia (Nasdaq: XXIA) following the company’s acquisition of BreakingPoint Systems. Today, she advises high growth technology companies including Rackspace, Khorus, Toopher, and BuzzStream.


Roman Gonzalez

Marketing Director

Roman thinks life is about three things: creativity, adventure, and meaningful relationships. His core skill is the ability to build ideas and communities from scratch. Around that comes six years of expertise in commercial video/graphic production, brand identity, and social media engagement for business– in sum, anything that has to do with how end users experience your idea. Before jumping onto Toopher in a role that can only accurately be described as “Everything Marketing”,  he was a grassroots Community Organizer in Columbus, OH for the 2012 Presidential Re-Election Campaign. Ever a believer in the uniqueness of the Austin tech scene, he has worked for Tech Ranch Austin, Core Media, ReQwip, HostGator, and frequents tech meetup events.

Roman graduated from Brown University with a BA in Philosophy, emphasis on brain studies. He co-runs the local Brown alumni group, the Ivy Plus Young Alumni group, and his current reading is as follows: The Elements of User Experience by Jesse James Garrett, Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, and Steppenwolf by Herman Hesse.

 

Board of Directors


Josh Alexander

Co-Founder & CEO

It’s always ironic when the guy in charge of strategic vision wears glasses. Josh is Toopher’s business juggernaut. With a deep and extensive background in investments, strategy, corporate finance, and enough tech know-how to be dangerous, Josh manages Toopher’s business development. Josh’s experience includes Adjunct Professor of Finance at the McCombs School of Business (UT Austin), Sr. Advisor at Durbin Bennett Peterson, CFO of Lucas Petroleum, and Consultant at Tucker Alan. Josh earned an MBA in Finance and Strategic Management with honors from the Wharton School, a BA in the Plan II Honors Program with special and high honors and a BBA in Finance with honors from The University of Texas at Austin, and a Professional Certification in Computer Science from Stanford University.


William P. Crowell

Venture Partner & Security Consultant

William P. Crowell is a Partner at Alsop-Louie Partners in San Francisco, a venture capital firm specializing in portfolio companies that serve as the foundation of the emerging Internet ecostructure. He is also an Independent Consultant specializing in Information Technology, Security and Intelligence Systems. He is a director at SafeNet, Inc., encryption, data protection and authentication solutions, Air Patrol, wireless network security, NetAuthority, device authentication; SAP NS2. a subsidiary of SAP, and Six3 Systems Holdings, LLC, a defense contractor in Washington, DC. He is Chairman of the Board of Centripetal, a startup in the rule-based packet gateway and filter area and Chairman of Fixmo, mobile device risk management and security for smartphones and tablets;. Until its acquisition by Cisco in June 2007, he was Chairman of Broadware Technologies, a video surveillance software company. He was also a director at ArcSight, Inc. (ARST), which was acquired by HP in October 2010 and Narus, Inc. which was acquired by Boeing in July 2010.

Crowell served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Santa Clara, California-based Cylink Corporation, a public company and leading provider of e-business security solutions from November 1998 to February 2003, when Cylink was acquired by SafeNet, Inc.

Crowell came to Cylink from the National Security Agency, where he held a series of senior positions in operations, analysis, strategic planning, research and development, and finance until he left NSA in 1989 to be vice president at Atlantic Aerospace Electronics Corporation, leading business development in space technology, signal processing and intelligence systems. He returned to NSA in mid-1990 as Executive Director and then served as Deputy Director of Operations from 1991 to 1994 running its core signals intelligence mission. In February 1994 he was appointed Deputy Director of NSA and served in that post until his retirement in September 1997. In April 1999, Crowell was appointed to the President’s Export Council (PEC), which advised the administration on trade and export policy and chaired its subcommittee on Encryption Export Policy.

After 9/11 he served on the Markle Foundation Task Force on National Security in the Information Age, which published three landmark studies on Homeland Security and information sharing. He has also served on numerous panels to investigate and improve military command and control, intelligence and security systems. In August 2007 he was named Chairman of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Senior Advisory Group.

Crowell is an expert on network and information security issues. In December 2008 Security Magazine selected him as one of the 25 most influential people in the security industry. In May 2007 he co-authored the book, “Physical and Logical Security Convergence,” published by Elsevier. He has been quoted in many trade and business publications including the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, USA Today, Information Week, Network World, Computer World, Federal Computer Week, CIO Magazine and the San Jose Mercury News. Crowell has also appeared on CBS MarketWatch, CNET News, CNBC, and The Charlie Rose Show. He was the technical advisor to the TV series, “Threat Matrix” during its run on ABC in the 2003 season.

 

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