Board of Directors
Co-Founder & Board Member
Stu co-founded Gorilla Logic in 2002, after serving as founding VP of the Sun Java Center, Sun Microsystems’ global Java professional services organization. As VP of Equity Trading Systems Technology at PaineWebber (now UBS), he led the firm’s trading floor into the digital era. While living in NYC, Stu also fronted the 80s techno band, Strategic Dance Initiative (fans are still hoping for a comeback tour).
A self-professed geek with more than 30 years of programming experience, Stu has hired literally hundreds of talented developers who are passionate about using technology to help customers transform their businesses. He occasionally slings code, and loves mixing it up with Gorilla Logic’s customers and engineers (“really smart people doing cool things”).
An “alt-indie guy” who founded a music startup in the late 80s, Stu constantly cycles through new tunes while creating countless playlists. You can usually find him with his axe at Gorilla Logic’s monthly Boulder Geek Jam, or riding his bike at Flagstaff Mountain.
Co-Founder & Board Member
Ed has been delivering software systems for an undisclosed number of years. Before co-founding Gorilla Logic, he was Director of eBusiness Consulting at Sun Microsystems.
Back in the day, he was also on Wall Street exec’ing and tech’ing at Lehman Brothers and Moody’s Investors Services.
After taking seven semesters of physics, Ed graduated from Princeton University with a degree in music. Realizing that musicians do really cool and glamorous stuff but don’t always get paid a lot, Ed landed a “real job” at a law firm where he built a system in Cobol to schedule the firm’s paralegals. Ed’s officemate (also a musician) introduced him to Stu, which led to the formation of Strategic Dance Initiative – and ultimately Gorilla Logic.
Ed often writes and records music at Gorilla Logic’s jam studio. He refuses to compile an ultimate playlist (“too many choices”) but admits, “The Digital Vibrators would definitely be represented.”
Ed lives in New York, so don’t try anything funny…
As Managing Partner of Sverica Capital, Frank collaborates with Gorilla Logic leadership to drive growth and innovation while further establishing their position as a market leader. A twenty-year veteran of both private equity and M&A firms, he has a proven track record of leveraging companies’ key strengths while positioning them for long-term success.
“When you have a successful company like Gorilla Logic that is experiencing hyper growth, it attracts your attention and interest,” Frank notes. “When you factor in their inspiring culture and outstanding team of people, you really want to find a way to be a part of their forward journey.”
A multi-generational Alabamian (Roll Tide!) Frank relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2000. While he spends the bulk of his off hours enjoying time with his wife and two children, Frank also squeezes in time to run, hike, ski, sail, and play tennis whenever he can. Like all Gorillas, Frank is a huge music fan with a few of The Grateful Dead bootlegged tracks in heavy rotation.
Michael Dougherty serves as a strategic partner to Gorilla Logic’s management team, providing financial and operational guidance as the company continues to expand its international footprint. As Vice President of Sverica Capital, he focuses on sourcing and evaluating new investment opportunities, transaction execution, and portfolio company support.
“Gorilla Logic has experienced tremendous, consistent growth which landed them on our radar,” says Michael. “Meeting with the Gorillas and experiencing the company’s unique, customer-centric culture really solidified our interest in becoming an active, collaborative partner with them.”
Michael relocated to San Francisco after serving as an analyst with Deutsche Bank’s Financial Institutions Group in New York. He spends his off hours golfing, shooting hoops, and watching football (we hope he develops an allegiance to the CU Buffaloes and Denver Broncos!). Italy is his favorite vacation spot where he takes in the country’s ancient history, relaxes in the countryside and coastal areas, and enjoys copious amounts of pasta and gelato.
As Principal of Gold Aspen Consulting, Rich travels between Boulder, Milwaukee, and Paris—racking up frequent flier miles while coaching companies on how to reach their full potential.
“Whenever I look at companies to invest in, I ask myself three questions,” says Rich. “One, can I provide something of value? Two, can I learn something that I don’t already know? And finally, will I enjoy working with the team?”
With Gorilla Logic, Rich easily checked all three boxes, citing its culture, growth potential, and unwavering commitment to helping customers scale their abilities and become market leaders.
“Culture is a big driver within Gorilla Logic,” Rich observes. “Each Gorilla displays a personal devotion to providing the best possible experience to their customers. Their technical expertise, combined with their comradery and sense of community often empowers customers to take on new challenges.”
Based in Boulder, Richard enjoys “the usual Colorado activities” including skiing, biking, and hiking (he’s climbed 28 fourteeners so far). Frequent travel provides Richard and his family the opportunity to experience new cultures, understand how people interact, and do really cool things like visit the Great Wall of China and hike the Grand Canyon from top to bottom. Since Richard plays bass guitar at his church, he has an open invitation to join our Gorilla jam sessions!
John Castleman is a strategic advisor to Gorilla Logic’s management team, drawing on his deep experience leading companies through successful growth initiatives. John loves building businesses, and his track record is impressive, including former CEO of Mobiquity, a global digital consulting firm for leading banking, healthcare, and consumer brands, former CEO of Alliance Global Services, and leadership roles at several technology services and venture capital firms, including Elemica, Safeguard, and Internet Capital Group (Actua).
For John, working with Gorilla Logic offers an ideal opportunity to combine his passion for business with his love for sharing his insights and perspective.
“My focus is helping the board and the management team think through the options for differentiating further and elevating the company,” John reports. “I bring experiences that can help companies scale and grow faster.”
John lives with his family outside of Philadelphia, PA. He enjoys playing golf, skiing, and traveling, including family bike trips to Spain and Canada.