Meet the People Who Make Telegraph Hill Software
Founder & CEO
David Brian Ward’s career spans 35 years of experience as an entrepreneur and executive leader of software innovation at firms large and small. Mr. Ward founded Telegraph Hill in 2010 to provide leading edge technical management consulting and onsite software development teams to fast-growing firms in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The more virtual our social relationships, the more overwhelmingly important onsite physical presence is. That’s why face to face teams are a core principle of an agile methodology.
John Lorance brings 20+ years of hands-on software and data system development experience, providing technical and executive-level management leadership to multiple early stage startups. As Telegraph Hill’s VP of Engineering he leads development of Telegraph’s Interim CTO practice, delivering critical engineering management support and agile coaching to startups and organizations undergoing digital transformation. He is a particular expert in leading global development teams, with successful outcomes as a result of effective team communication and inclusive stakeholder input.
Engineering best practices must be combined with communication excellence in order to achieve successful outcomes which deliver impactful solutions and make for a successful team.
VP of Software Development
Phil Lockwood is an experienced software manager who remains hands-on with all of today’s critical open source software technologies. A highly capable manager of talent with several Director of Engineering positions to his credit, Phil has a long history in the design and implementation of high-volume, mission critical systems at venture-backed firms. He also enjoys moon-lighting as a multi-media artist and musician.
I love building high-volume, scalable systems and leading teams to do so. It is the ultimate in job satisfaction when it all works smoothly the first time – as they always do!
VP Data Engineering
Marion Denny supports Telegraph Hill’s Interim Executive Leadership practice as VP Data Engineering.
Marion has over twenty years of data-intensive web application development experience in both small and global enterprise businesses. He is adept at translating business needs into focused engineering productivity.
Marion has been the technical founder of several startups over the past decade.
VP Business Development
Robert Boyd, has thirty years experience in software systems and consulting. Robert leads Telegraph Hill Software’s business development effort.
Robert is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and U. C. Berkeley’s Haas School of Business
Practice Director Big Data Consulting
David Urry is an award winning data scientist. With a 30 year history of excellence in data science. By mastering the use of streams, micro-services, and data transformation David has delivered exceptionally well performing systems setting the standard of a 250 million record a day system data delivery to under 30 seconds (a roughly 600 time improvement from typical systems this size).
David has built several high performance server systems at the SUN CORBA group his team did some of the first multi-tier systems as well as some of the first commercially viable Java apps. In 2009 he built a 10MM DAU system handling 3/4 billion transactions a day on a 19 server cloud based system. Since then, he has continued to push the envelope on server development with medical record and biotech servers.
He has been a technical lead of teams as large as 3,000 engineers. He has as CTO or VP of Engineering on 4 occasions built teams from one person (himself) to teams of 20 or more. In 1997 he was the second engineer and technical lead at Extensity which IPOed in 2002 as one of a small handful of IPOs that year and continued to sell in excess of $7 Billion over the next 10 years.
Senior Software Engineer
Scott brings decades of experience in large scale distributed systems, administration, integration, software architecture and design. Scott is also well versed in data storage, machine learning, character recognition, and BI. Scott has worked primarily in financial services and received his degree from Cal Poly SLO.
Roger Bush is a technologist, entrepreneur and a Bay Area native. Most recently he was VP of Engineering for UrbanSitter where he built the engineering and operations teams from the ground up and created a stable, scalable platform for the company’s web and mobile applications. Roger also had a long, distinguished career at Yahoo working on a variety of products.
Senior Software Engineer
Bob has a BA, Mathematics, UC Berkeley before beginning a 25 year career working on real-time systems and kernel-level software for microprocessors. Bob then moved on to document image analysis, hand-print segmentation, character recognition, machine learning and natural language processing.
In a career spanning 20+ years of technology leadership, Richard has served in diverse roles ranging from VP of engineering of a startup to CTO of a publicly-traded company. Most recently, in six years at LendingClub he grew an agile software development organization from 10 to over 400 contributors while delivering a platform that transformed the credit marketplace.
Richard has also delivered fintech, B2B, and B2C solutions that included legacy re-architecting, moving to services, and migration to the cloud. Technologies experience range from a cloud-based call center, one of the first CRM products, and other on-prem, SaaS and web service solutions.
Tahl has cultivated a diverse career in technology ranging from CTO of a Fortune 500 company (Providian Financial) to founder, CTO and hands-on developer for IoT healthcare startup Lifestate.io.
As a Managing Director of a consulting practice at Cisco, Tahl delivered results across nine counties and multiple industries including financial services, healthcare, energy, federal clients and others. His deep expertise includes Enterprise Architecture (VP at Visa), IT governance and resourcing, organizational change management and technical strategies, having delivered, for example, information security strategies to three Fortune 500 companies.
His expertise and passion includes advising on emerging technologies including IoT, low-code, and, affective computing.
I selected Telegraph Hill for their proven success in Development, Engineering, Operations, and Program Management. They possessed a plentiful and highly experienced team of mature professionals all under one roof. They were genuinely interested in the success of my project and were able to counsel me along the way. Their level of commitment extended beyond normal work hours.