Gareth Williams, Founder & Managing Director
Following an MEng in Information Systems Engineering from the University of Durham, Gareth cut his canines working in software and telecoms at companies including Orange, Experian QAS, FREEDOM4 and Arieso, where he was part of the Management Team that completed the successful sale of the company to JDSU in March 2013 for $85m.
One day he had a brilliant idea for using spare mobile capacity which, following a chat with someone in the animation department at the University of the West of England, gave birth to what is now YellowDog. When not coming up with brilliant ideas, he is a dad, a keen cyclist, an ardent reader, a trustee of charity Get Connected, a Samaritans Listening Volunteer. He also likes ale.
Simon Ponsford, Chief Technical Officer
To Simon, technology related business problems are like a juicy bone to get his teeth into. He has 16 years of experience in high growth start-up environments working in CIO, CTO and Technical Architect roles in the UK, Europe, Middle East and North America, with several cloud computing related patents to his name.
He is passionate about delivering ‘green’ technology and is best known for designing the world’s lowest powered Windows PC in 2008. He is also responsible for KumoWatt, the leading training programme for IT professionals interested in reducing the carbon impact of what they do.
Jack Davies, Sales Executive
Jack was reared with pedigree sales experience in Colorado where he ran his own sales franchise in a summer holiday during University. After a few years of branch and territory retail sales management, Jack joined AIM listed MedaPhor in 2014 where he tendered cloud based, virtual reality training platforms into the NHS. He also oversaw bespoke installations of hardware and software into healthcare providers in Europe and the Middle East.
Jack joined YellowDog in the Autumn of 2015 and brings his love of art and innovation into the office every day. He aims to spread the good word of YellowDog far and wide.
In a quiet moment, he can be found enjoying a small glass of whiskey with his grandfather.
YellowDog is very pleased to be working with Bluegfx in the UK.
Bluegfx is a leading technology company, supplying 3D, video, storage, workstation, render management, infrastructure, networking and cloud technologies to the media and entertainment industry.
They provide invaluable experience in render pipeline management and cloud integration, delivering technical innovation that encompasses training, R&D, services and support.
An Autodesk Gold Partner, and a Microsoft Certified Partner, they maintain a high level of certified knowledge.
National Tsing Hua University
YellowDog is delighted to partner with the Networking and Multimedia Systems Lab (NMSL) from National Tsing Hua University (NTHU), Hsinchu, Taiwan.
NTHU was established in Beijing in 1911, and was re-established in Taiwan in Since its relocation, NTHU has developed into a comprehensive research university and is consistently ranked among the premier universities in Asia.
NMSL is led by Dr. Cheng-Hsin Hsu with about 12 graduate and 6 undergraduate students. NMSL conducts research in the broad areas of multimedia networking and distributed systems.
Together, YellowDog and NMSL are chewing through the meaty problems of how to best render 3D animations using crowdsourced computer power and ensure the highest quality, speed and efficiency.
YellowDog is proud to be supported by SETsquared. The SETsquared Partnership is the enterprise collaboration between five leading research-intensive universities: Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey.
Established in 2003 and funded by the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF), the Partnership is a focus for enterprise activity and new business creation for the five university partners.
Whether it’s an entrepreneur with an idea or a very early stage, high-tech start-up company – SETsquared’s mission is to help turn an innovative spark into a thriving, commercial business.