About Us

A common vision with unique points of view

Meet the People Who Make Telegraph Hill Software

David Ward

David Ward

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

John Lorance

VP, Engineering

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.

Phil Lockwood

Phil Lockwood

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!

Marion Denny

Marion Denny

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.

Jessica Franco

Jessica Franco

Practice Director, Customer Engagement Technology

I have over 20 years of experience in Customer Experience platforms from legacy Telecom TDM PBX’s, VoIP, SIP, CTI-enabled, intelligent customer engagement platforms with various integrations to CRM, Workforce Optimization and Quality Management Systems.

Deployments of very large (10k+ agents), complex Omni-Channel platforms in the financial, credit card processing, and Insurance industries, delivering Voice Self and Assisted Services, Multi-Channel via Web-chat, Email, SMS, and Social media.

Innovative efforts including ChatBots for self-service, enabled by Virtual Personal Assistants and integrated AI/Machine learning technologies and Biometrics authentication. Application systems architecture and Program Management to deliver a solid foundation, both on-premise, cloud, and hybrid-cloud models.

David Urry

David Urry

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.

Scott Anderson

Scott Anderson

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

Roger Bush

Principal Engineer

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.

Bob Smith

Bob Smith

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.

Leonard Greenberg

Leonard Greenberg

Technical Product Management Practice Director

Lenny Greenberg is an experienced software executive, founder and consultant. In his 30+ years he has led new technology initiatives in start-ups, as well as established software companies.

As co-founder and CTO of Assistyx, he led the development of the first Assistive Communication App for non-verbal children and adults on the iPad, as well as other mobile platforms. As co-founder and CTO of Pathlore Software, Lenny led the product roadmap and development of the Pathlore Learning Management System, the Phoenix Learning Content Management System and served on many eLearning industry standards committees. He also led product management and development in other early stage companies: Petzila (IoT Pet Technology), NoiseFree (embedded noise reduction for voice applications), Sigma Imaging Systems (Enterprise Imaging Workflow), Document Automation Corp. (Litigation Support Systems) and Instinet (pioneering online trading).

At Accenture, Lenny was part of the Law Firm and Banking Practices specializing in system implementations.

Tahl Milburn

Tahl Milburn

Consulting CTO

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.

Technology Experts & Elite Engineers

Telegraph Hill Software is a catalyst that accelerates development.

Classic development methodologies, well-intended processes and reactionary recruitment tactics struggle, at best, to keep pace with the demands facing software development today. Innovative and disruptive methods are needed to rapidly build a development organization with good managers, good processes, and the best available talent.

For fast-moving organizations, Telegraph Hill Software will simplify, stabilize and accelerate your software development with our on-site, technology experts, and, elite engineering teams. These are teams and individuals who understand the requirements for successful business-critical and timely, quality software. We are your software catalysts.

We act as a catalyst for software productivity in our clients’ organizations.

David Ward

Founder & CEO, Telegraph Hill Software

Home is where the smart is.

A good portion of the world sees the San Francisco Bay Area as a hub of innovation and technology, and the center of the software universe. We call it home. Founded in 2010, Telegraph Hill has a proven ability to provide its clients with highly experienced, cost-effective, local software engineering talent; from interim CTOs, to Agile teams, to brilliant individuals. We’ve become an essential partner to numerous Bay Area companies. Fast-growers such as Lending Club and innovative startups like Advanced Microgrid Solutions, as well as corporate leaders such as Visa, Bank of the West and Fidelity National Information Systems.

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.

Nea Hanscomb

Founder, Appropo Software LLC

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