At MetalSoft, we believe that complete, end-to-end hardware automation is the key to modernizing your data center and unlocking the true benefits of the cloud and beyond.
Reliable, Robust, Proven
MetalSoft was created by operators for operators. With more than two decades of hardware automation expertise under our belts, we have developed the most complete, end-to-end datacenter and hardware automation platform in the market.
Telco-grade reliability, scalability, and security
Adopted by major systems OEMs and telcos
Continued innovations with 400+ features and benefits
Our leadership team has spent the last 25 years in the IT infrastructure space. Along with our other team members, we have worked together for many years, including operating one of the largest hosting companies in the world.
Founder and CEO
One thing is certain, nothing is impossible forever.
Lucas is the Founder and CEO of MetalSoft. He is a serial entrepreneur who has previously founded Hostway Corporation, Affinity Global, and Bigstep Cloud. He currently also serves as the chairman of Affinity and Bigstep. He has led Hostway to a successful exit in 2013. Prior to founding Hostway, Lucas was a computer scientist at Argonne National Laboratory where he conducted pioneering research in the emerging field of automatic differentiation.
He has authored or co-authored more than a dozen published academic papers and has received several patents. Lucas holds a PhD in computer science from Colorado State University and a BA in physics from the University of Chicago.
John is a seasoned executive with over 25 years of hands-on experience operating global Internet technology companies. It all started in 1995 when he founded one of the nation's first ISPs and immediately recognized how the Internet was going to transform the business world.
Since then he has spent his career driving innovation within the data center at leading companies like Aplus, Hostway, Codero, and Bigstep.
VP of Product Management
Alex Bordei has been developing hosting & cloud products and services for over twelve years. He was a key member in the development of MetalSoft platform, which was first deployed at Bigstep Cloud in 2014.
He is passionate about HPC & computing performance in general having executed many studies and benchmarks on networking latency performance, NoSQL scaling, Hadoop and Spark scaling, and more.
He also has experience building AI & Big Data processing solutions such as Lentiq and the Bigstep Data Platform. He holds a master's degree in computer science & industrial automation from the Polytechnic University of Bucharest.
VP of Solution Engineering
Mike Robski has more than 25 years of experience in software design and development. During his career, Mike has led the design, development and implementation of end-to-end OSS/BSS software including CRM, order handling, billing, subscription lifecycle management and business intelligence. Mike has extensive experience in business process analysis and mapping using the best standards. Prior to joining MetalSoft, Mike was VP of Research and Development at Codero where he led the
development and implementation of the OSS/BSS software used to run the company’s operations. He also held the positions of VP of Research and Development at Hostway, Software Development Manager at Fidelity Information Services and Director of Engineering at Rodopi Software. Mike has a master’s degree from Tula State University in Russia. He is also a Certified Salesforce Application Architect, Certified Scrum Master and is a member of MENSA.
VP of Product Marketing
Trent Blakely is an experienced product leader with over a decade of experience in the data center, networking, and cloud industries. He has a proven track record of success in developing and marketing innovative products that balance the needs of customers and the business. In his previous role as VP of Product Management and Product Marketing at Unitas Global, Trent established the PM and PMM functions, while leading a portfolio of eight products. He also played a key role in the company's acquisition by PacketFabric.
Prior to that, Trent was a Senior Product Manager at Equinix, where he worked on Equinix Metal, in addition to maturing the Channel Partner Program for SDN, NFV, and other digital products. He also held product management roles at Sungard Availability Services and Level 3 Communications. Trent is a Cum Laude graduate of the University of DeVry with a degree in Technical Management with Concentration in Operations. He is also a third level certified Product Manager by the Pragmatic Institute. He also started a podcast about product management with friends, and loves doing hackathons, and reading non-fiction.
Board of Directors and Advisory Board
The relationships I’ve been able to build are really the most important part of the business.
Chris is the managing partner of CJM Ventures, a growth equity and private equity investment firm founded in 2011 focused on companies located near Chicago and London. He also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business where he teaches the Private Equity / Venture Capital Lab. Previously, Chris served as a managing director at Madison Dearborn Partners and co-headed their basic industries practice. McGowan is an active angel investor and currently serves as Chairman of the Limited Partner Advisory Committee for Hyde Park Venture Partners Fund I (and a member of
Fund II and Fund III’s Boards), on the Board of Directors of Hyde Park Angels, and as Chairman of the Advisory Board for Valley Growth Ventures. He is also a board member of 8th Light, Boise Cascade (Chairman of Audit Committee, NYSE: BCC), Cedar Capital, CompanyFirst, Ingenica Solutions, Innovare, Just Hot Tubs, Kinzie Capital, Leadership Lyceum, OPTO International, and Psycle London (observer). He also serves as President of the Friends of Walter Payton College Prep and the SHSAA board of trustees for Stuyvesant High School.
Brian has worked in the securities / investment management industry for over twenty-five years, including as the Chief Investment Officer for a family investment office based in Chicago. He is also one of the founders of Half Acre Beer Company, one of Chicago’s premier craft brewers.
He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in commerce from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree from Kellogg Graduate School of Management, and is a CFA Charterholder.
Charles is a Managing Director at DNS Capital. Before joining DNS Capital in 2017, Charles spent ten years in the private equity practice of MSD Capital, most recently as a Managing Director. While there, Charles was responsible for leading investments across a broad range of industries, including healthcare, financial services, business services, and energy.
His previous experience includes working for Warburg Pincus and Thoma Cressey Equity Partners. Charles received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and his B.A. in Economics from Harvard College.
Tao is CEO of Supernova Companies, LLC, which provides the industry leading automated securities-based lending software and services. Tao was formerly Chief Operating Officer and Chief Technology Officer of Morningstar, Inc., and was one of the company’s first 20 employees. While Tao was COO, Morningstar’s revenue grew from $70 million in 2000 to $550 million in 2010.
Before he was COO, Tao spent three years as president of Morningstar’s International Division; he and his team launched operations in 18 different countries through startups, joint ventures, and acquisitions. Tao holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, a master’s degree in computer science from Marquette University, and a B.S. in computer science from Hunan University (China).
Kirk is the CEO of OVERWATCH Mission Critical, a strategic consultancy comprised of military veterans with deep expertise in mission-critical operations and management. He is also a Co-Founder of DCAC (Data Center / Anti Conference). With more than two decades of proven Mission Critical expertise in developing and leading data center and infrastructure companies across the US, Offel’s industry career began in 1995 when he volunteered for the US Navy Nuclear Fast Attack Submarine service (USS Memphis, SSN-691).
His professional experience includes time at Medtronic, Active Power, Eaton, Hewlett-Packard’s Technology Services Consulting practice (EYP), CyrusOne Data Centers, NOVA Mission Critical and Aligned Energy.
Jay is a SaaS and telecommunications veteran with executive and financial experience at both public and private companies. He is currently the Chief Financial Officer of The Jellyvision Lab, a benefits guidance SaaS company. Previously, he served as Chief Financial Officer of DialogTech, a marketing analytics company that enables companies to optimize their inbound phone calls. Jay served as Chief Financial Officer and subsequently as Chief Executive Officer at ForeSee Results until its acquisition.
Prior to ForeSee, Jay worked in physical / logical data hosting at ByteGrid Holdings, LLC, CoreLink Data Centers and Hostway. Previously he served as a consultant to various start-up and venture capital-backed software companies and in executive and financial positions for various companies.
Jay serves on the Board of Directors of PCTel (nasdaq: PCTI) and Contec Ltd. Mr. Sinder holds a BS degree from the University of Michigan and a MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.