Meet the Team
JAMES H. CLARK, FOUNDER
Jim Clark is the founder of CommandScapeTM, a fully integrated cybersecure operating and control system for commercial buildings and larger homes. Jim is a prolific entrepreneur and founder of Netscape, Silicon Graphics, WebMD, MyCFO & Shutterfly.
In 1982, Clark, along with others, formed Silicon Graphics, which later acquired MIPS, Inc. Silicon Graphics soon became the world leader in the production of Hollywood movie visual effects and 3-D imaging. Clark and Marc Andreessen founded Netscape in 1994. The founding of Netscape was a pivotal point that helped launch the Internet IPO boom on Wall Street during the mid to late 1990s. Clark later founded Healtheon, with the idea of streamlining the insurance hassles and paperwork associated with the healthcare industry. Clark later merged Healtheon with WebMD. In 1999, Clark founded Shutterfly, Inc., an Internet company providing digital photo printing services. Clark went on to launch myCFO, a company formed to help wealthy individuals manage their fortunes. myCFO was sold to Harris Bank in late 2002 and now the successor operates as Harris myCFO.
Clark earned both his B.S. and M.S. in Physics from the University of New Orleans, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Utah. Clark served as an Assistant Professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz and then as an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University.
THOMAS JERMOLUK (TJ), INVESTOR, BOARD MEMBER
Thomas Jermoluk (TJ) is a key investor and sits on the board of CommandScapeTM. TJ’s focus is leading strategic partnerships and business development initiatives. He’s also the Founder and Managing Partner for Helix Ventures. TJ served as President at Silicon Graphics with Jim Clark from 1986-1996. TJ then founded At Home Network, for which he served as Chairman and CEO until 2000 and created the broadband cable modem for Internet business. During this time, TJ sat on the board of many of Jim Clark’s ventures like Shutterfly, WebMD and MyCFO.
From 2000-2005, TJ acted as General Partner for Kleiner Perkins where he founded, funded and served on the board of nine companies in the technology sector and was directly involved with three portfolios of 40+ companies. From 2005-2009, TJ founded and was CEO for Hyperion Development, in which he funded, developed and constructed a variety of retail, commercial and residential condo towers. TJ holds a B.S. and M.S. from Virginia Tech.
MARCUS MÜLLER, VICE PRESIDENT, HARDWARE ENGINEERING
Marcus Müller is the Vice-President of Hardware Engineering for Commandscape. He is responsible for all design, development and production of innovative CommandScape hardware and firmware.
Prior to Commandscape, Marcus held several leadership roles in IT Network Consulting, Enterprise Software Development, and Sales of IT products. Over the past 25 years Marcus lead teams for several companies including AT&T, and numerous German based software engineering firms.
In 2005, Marcus started a successful company, IRTrans. IRTrans is the leader in providing IP based remote control solutions for Home, Industry and Broadcasting serving the top 10 broadcasting companies in the US and worldwide.
ANDY CROSS, VICE PRESIDENT OF NATIONAL SALES
Andy Cross is the Vice President of National Sales for CommandScapeTM. Previously, he served as President and CEO at Jacaro Services Corporation, a business development firm that helps customers define security and business productivity needs, configure the right applications and facilitate a single platform to streamline operations.
Andy has led several companies in the past, including acting as President of YouGov America and CEO & Founder of Clear Horizons, a high-end insight firm that served clients like Motorola, Match.com, Johnson & Johnson and others. Clear Horizons was a spin off from Rosetta Marketing Strategies, where Andy served as SVP of Technology from 1999-2003.
Andy’s past business ventures include President & CEO at Franklin Electronic Publishers and Executive VP Sales & Marketing at Nabisco Foods Group. Andy holds an MBA from The Wharton School and a BA from Colgate University.
STEVE AYALA, VICE PRESIDENT OF TECHNOLOGY AND ENGINEERING
Steve Ayala is the Vice President of Technology and Engineering at CommandScape. He’s responsible for defining and executing the strategic direction of Technology, IT, Engineering, Quality Assurance, Project Management and Product Development. Steve fosters security, quality and innovation in the on-going development and delivery of the CommandScape Suite to ensure customers are receiving best-in-class building management functionality.
Steve has expertise in developing enterprise technology, architecture and operations in the human capital management and financial supply chain spaces for Fortune 500 companies and International organizations. He led several companies through successful M&A by creating high company valuation due to the creation of highly productive and well-built technology solutions and organizations. Steve is an expert in Agile/Lean Development frameworks and is a Certified ScrumMaster, giving him the ability to focus on users' needs while simultaneously improving development processes.
Steve has over 20 years in the technology and software industry ranging from programming to R&D to leadership. Steve holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Coastal Carolina University and completed executive education courses at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Aalto University in Helsinki.
MICHAEL CLARK, SENIOR DIRECTOR, SOFTWARE ENGINEERING
Michael Clark is a Senior Director of Software Engineering at CommandScape. He’s responsible for defining, designing and implementing all aspects of a CommandScape software system.
Michael has expertise in full-stack software development at all levels from microservices to scalable API services. He has worked in many industries, ranging from computer graphics, web design and industrial monitoring systems.
Michael leads teams of developers to implement large-scale software systems. He mentors new hires and helps navigate teams around technological challenges. Prior to working at CommandScape, Michael was an early silicon graphics engineer, a Senior Software Engineer at the University of Utah, PartNet, Inc. and the developer and author of the Discover Science website. In addition to this, he has lead a wealth of side-projects that call for his expertise, including developing a telemetry reporting system for a large private yacht, and founding The Clark Foundation, a non-profit involved with informal science education and science literacy. Michael was also Chief Technology Officer and co-founder at Nous Décor, Inc.
Michael has over 35 years of experience in software design and implementation. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics and a Master's degree in Computer Science from, the University of Utah.