About JetStream Software

Leadership Team

Tom Critser

Co-Founder & CEO

Tom Critser has more than 20 years of experience growing and launching software companies. Previously Tom was GM of Cloud Data Center Solutions at SanDisk. Tom was a member of the founding team of FlashSoft Software which was acquired by SanDisk in 2012. As the VP of Sales and Business Development at FlashSoft he led the strategic relationships with VMware, Dell, EMC and SanDisk. Prior to FlashSoft Tom was VP of World Wide Sales and Business Development at RNA Networks, the Memory Virtualization Software company, that was acquired by Dell. Prior to RNA Networks Tom was the VP of World Wide Sales and Business Development at Infravio, the SOA management software company, that was acquired by Software AG. Tom graduated from Oregon State University with a BS degree in Business, a BS degree in International Business, and where he was a Pac-10 All-Academic Team member.

Rich Petersen

Co-Founder & President

Rich has more than 20 years of experience in enterprise technology. Previously, Rich was VP of Marketing for FlashSoft when the company was acquired by SanDisk in 2012. Rich was previously Vice President Marketing at LogicBlaze, a provider of open source middleware and SOA solutions, later acquired by IONA Technologies. Rich has also served as director of technology analysis at SK Telecom Americas, with a focus on innovations in mobile solutions. As vice president of product marketing at Infravio, Rich helped launch the pioneering developer of Web Services management solutions, later acquired by WebMethods. Rich was also a startup executive with Interwoven, an early leader in Web content management, where he built the company’s original marketing team from the ground up and led the company’s marketing effort from the first product launch to the time of the company’s initial public offering. Rich also worked at Insignia Solutions, where he led product management and distribution for Asia-Pacific and Latin America. Rich earned his MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California and BA in linguistics from Michigan State University.

Serge Shats

Co-Founder & CTO

Serge Shats, PhD, has more than 25 years experience in system software development, storage virtualization and data protection. Previously, Serge joined SanDisk when the company acquired FlashSoft, where Serge was chief technology officer. Serge has more than 25 years’ software design and development experience storage management, virtualization and data protection. Serge was lead architect in Virsto Software that was acquired by VMware. Serge was CTO at Baccel where he was responsible for the company’s technical strategy including continuous data protection, on-disk backup and IO acceleration. Serge worked for seven years at VERITAS, developing enterprise-class SAN appliances, distributed software, fault tolerant systems and data protection solutions in the role of technical lead. Serge also worked at Quantum, designing technologies for hard drive performance acceleration and hard drive behavior simulation. Serge earned his PhD in Computer Science from Institute of Informatics Problems at the Russian Academy of Science, Moscow, Russia.

Tom Matson

Vice President of Worldwide Sales

Tom has more than 20 years of experience in technology sales and product management across both large and startup companies. Starting in 2012, Tom was Director of Software Solution Sales for SanDisk, including the FlashSoft product line, where he closed multiple OEM and Fortune 100 deals. Prior to that, he led business development efforts for software startups in the memory virtualization and mobile web services areas. Tom started his career with Intel, holding various sales and product management positions, including Director of Software Strategic Planning and Director of Marketing for Enterprise Platforms and Services. Tom earned his MBA (MSIA) and BS in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University.

Sripathi Kodi

General Manager, JetStream Software India Pvt. Ltd.

Sripathi specializes in leading highly talented Engineering teams and building industry-leading products in the areas of Linux kernel, Storage, Virtualization and Cloud. Prior to joining JetStream, Sripathi was Senior Engineering Manager at Western Digital, where he was responsible for development of FlashSoft software. Prior to that, he had a long stint at IBM, where he led teams that developed various components of KVM Virtualization stack, Little Endian Linux distribution for POWER, Enterprise Real-Time Linux distribution, IBM’s Java Virtual Machine and so on. He also worked with customers to identify gaps in KVM virtualization ecosystem. Sripathi earned his M.S degree in Software Systems from BITS Pilani and B.E in Electronics and Communication from University of Mysore.