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Leadership

Executive Team

Co-founder and CEO

Jason Oberg, Ph.D.

Dr. Jason Oberg is Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Tortuga Logic, where he is responsible for overseeing the company’s technology and strategic positioning. Dr. Oberg works closely with the Tortuga Logic team to facilitate capital, partnerships and revenue on all products and services. As a leading expert in hardware security, Dr. Oberg brings years of intellectual property and unique technologies to the company. His work has been cited over 700 times and he holds six issued and pending patents. He received his B.S. in Computer Engineering from UC Santa Barbara and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from UC San Diego.

VP of Engineering

Andrew Dauman

Andrew Dauman is Vice President of Engineering at Tortuga Logic, and is responsible for all product development. Prior to joining Tortuga Logic, Mr. Dauman was Vice President of Engineering at Synopsys, where he oversaw development of FPGA products, including the Synplify family of FPGA synthesis tools and the HAPS FPGA-based prototyping systems. Previously, Mr. Dauman served as Vice President of Engineering for Synplicity, Inc., and has held a variety of positions in both semi-custom processor design and software development for radar systems and logic synthesis. Mr. Dauman holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Boston University.

Board of Directors

Director

John East

John East served as CEO of Actel Corporation for 22 years until his retirement in 2010, when the company was acquired by Microsemi Corporation. Previously, he was senior vice president of AMD, where he oversaw the Logic Products Group. Mr. East has held various engineering, marketing and management positions at Raytheon Semiconductor and Fairchild Semiconductor, and was a board member at Adaptec, Zehntel, MCC and Single Chip Systems. He is currently on the board of directors at Alacritech, a private company involved in the data storage market, Atrenta, a supplier of design tools to the IC designer community and Pericom, a supplier of serial connectivity enabling integrated circuits. Mr. East holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an M.B.A. from UC Berkeley.

Director

Justin Butler

Justin Butler is a partner at Eclipse Ventures and serves on the Board of Directors at Tortuga Logic. Prior to joining the investment team at Eclipse, Justin built and led the commercial operations at Misfit, a digital health company acquired by the Fossil Group for more than $250 million. Before Misfit, Justin managed the commercialization efforts in the food, fuels and chemical spaces at Synthetic Genomics (SGI), a leading synthetic biology company. At SGI, Justin’s efforts led to first-in-class technology development, licensing and commercialization deals with ADM and other Fortune 100 food and chemical companies. Justin received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from UC Santa Barbara and his M.B.A. from MIT Sloan. Justin is an avid cyclist and triathlete, and serves on the advisory board of CycleKids, a nonprofit focused on strengthening the physical and emotional health of children.

Co-founder and CEO

Jason Oberg, Ph.D.

Dr. Jason Oberg is Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Tortuga Logic, where he is responsible for overseeing the company’s technology and strategic positioning. Dr. Oberg works closely with the Tortuga Logic team to facilitate capital, partnerships and revenue on all products and services. As a leading expert in hardware security, Dr. Oberg brings years of intellectual property and unique technologies to the company. His work has been cited over 700 times and he holds six issued and pending patents. He received his B.S. in Computer Engineering from UC Santa Barbara and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from UC San Diego.

Advisory Board 

Tony Scott

Tony Scott is CEO of the TonyScottGroup, a Washington, D.C. and Silicon Valley based consulting and advisory firm. In February 2015, Mr. Scott was appointed by President Barack Obama as the third Federal chief information officer for the U.S. Government, where he oversaw an $85 billion budget for IT infrastructure and spending. In addition, he was responsible for developing the Cybersecurity Spring and Implementation Plan (CSIP), a program that strengthened the security of Federal IT networks and data. Prior to his role in the Government, Mr. Scott served as CIO and senior vice president of VMware, and is the former CIO of Microsoft Corporation and The Walt Disney Company. He holds a bachelor’s in Management Information Systems from University of San Francisco and a juris doctorate from Santa Clara University.

Anand Chandrasekher

Anand Chandrasekher is a seasoned global, technology and management executive with a track record for delivering innovation. He is an expert on China and is recognized as a visionary with the ability to create and exploit disruptions in the marketplace. During his 24-year tenure at Intel Corporation, Chandrasekher held a variety of roles including head of Intel’s mobile business, server and workstation business, global sales organization and global marketing. Most recently, he was president of Qualcomm Datacenter Technologies Inc. and vice chairman of Huaxintong Semiconductor Inc. (China). Chandrasekher is known for his pioneering efforts on the Intel Centrino™ and Atom™ platforms which helped usher in the modern era of mobility, and for his work on Intel Xeon™ and Qualcomm’s Centriq™ ARM servers. Chandrasekher presently serves on the board of Avalanche Technology Inc. and is a strategic advisor to UPmem, S.A. (processor-in-memory company), Tortuga Logic (hardware based trusted computing company) and Dimensional Mechanics (machine learning automation company).

Chandrasekher received his bachelor’s in Computer Science from Cornell University, his Master’s in Operations Research from Cornell University and his MBA from Cornell University Johnson Graduate School of Management. Chandrasekher is a board member on Cornell’s College of Computing and Information Sciences, a member of Cornell’s Trustee Council and a charter member at The Indus Entrepreneurs. Chandrasekher was CRN’s “Innovator of the year” in 2004 for the Intel Centrino™ platform and was one of the “Top 25 CMO’s” in 2014 by Forbes. He is cited in Steve Hamm’s book “The Race for Perfect” and in Judy Estrin’s book “Closing the Innovation Gap”. Chandrasekher has also been a visiting lecturer at the Berkeley Haas School of Business.

Experts

Co-founder

Jonathan Valamehr, Ph.D.

Dr. Jonathan Valamehr is a seasoned hardware security researcher who has worked both in academic and industrial positions. Dr. Valamehr is currently a Principal Engineer at Intel in the Intel Product Assurance and Security (IPAS) group. Before joining Intel, Dr. Valamehr co-founded Tortuga Logic and served as an executive leader from the company’s inception through to venture funding and customer acquisition. Dr. Valamehr holds B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering all from UC Santa Barbara.

Co-founder

Ryan Kastner, Ph.D.

Dr. Ryan Kastner has over 10 years of experience in the realm of hardware security. Most notably, he has served as principal investigator on numerous hardware security related government and industrial grants totaling over $300 million. Among them include the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps award, which focuses on commercializing technology from academia. Currently, Dr. Kastner is a professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at UC San Diego, where he focuses on computer system design with an emphasis on critical and real-time applications. Dr. Kastner holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from UCLA and received an M.S. in engineering and B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering from Northwestern University.

Co-founder

Tim Sherwood, Ph.D.

For over a decade, Dr. Tim Sherwood’s hardware security expertise has spanned both industry and academia. Since 2003, he has been a professor in the department of Computer Science at UC Santa Barbara, where he leads an award-winning, government funded research lab focused on the development of novel computer architecture for security, monitoring and control. Dr. Sherwood was the recipient of the 2009 Northrop Grumman Teaching Excellence Award, the National Science Foundation Career Award and the ACM SIGARCH Maurice Wilkes Award. He graduated from UC Davis in 1998 with a B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering and holds an M.S. and Ph.D. from UC San Diego (2003).