Dance with the Devil for the toughest visualization jobs. Unshackle creatives with our Demons. Custom configuration means unfettered creativity.
As diverse as the creatives we serve, our team includes an actor/producer, computer scientists, business technologists, a banker and 75+ years of tech and business experience. It’s certainly not our first Dance with the Devil.
Amy GileCEO & 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.
DR. SRINIDHI VARADARAJANCo-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.
Tim has 20 years of technology experience driving key initiatives in Microsoft’s Windows product management group, a…
Tim has 20 years of technology experience driving key initiatives in Microsoft’s Windows product management group, a variety of roles in Intel’s finance group, and as an executive leader at startups. Most recently, as COO of Cozi, Tim built the #1 Family Organization app in the world with more than 16 million members. While there he launched the online advertising business, papered 20+ revenue bearing distribution agreements, and established a multi-million dollar consumer subscription business from the ground up. Cozi was sold to Time Inc in June 2014. Tim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Santa Clara University and received his MBA from Foster School of Business at the University of Washington as a Beta Gamma Sigma graduate.
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.
Scott took on the CFO role at Silverdraft after spending twenty-five years in Capital Markets and Structured…
Scott took on the CFO role at Silverdraft after spending twenty-five years in Capital Markets and Structured Finance with Morgan Stanley. He began his career there in New York after graduating from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with his MBA. In 1996, Scott moved to London where he was promoted to Managing Director in 1997.
STEVE BANNERMANVP Sales & Marketing
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.
HARDIE TANKERSLEYDirector VR
Hardie is an experienced innovator with 28 years building products at the intersection of entertainment and technology. At…
Hardie is an experienced innovator with 28 years building products at the intersection of entertainment and technology. At Silverdraft he is at the forefront of developing high-quality commercial-grade VR applications for design, marketing, and storytelling. Previously as the Senior Vice President of Innovation at Fox he created digital experiences for broadcast TV shows such as American Idol, Glee, The Simpsons, New Girl, and 24. This includes 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 managed the development of many digital entertainment 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! Entertainment.
RICHARD EDLUNDAdvisory 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.