Multi award winning and based in Bristol, YellowDog is one of the UK's hottest start-ups. It has gone from incorporation in January 2015 to having some of the world’s leading companies as customers.
YellowDog: creating a world where people do more, create more, discover more; unleashed from limited computing power.
Like all good stories, YellowDog’s narrative began in a coffee shop. Founder Gareth Williams was having a cuppa back in 2014 with a friend when they opened a discussion around whether the 64-bit processor in their iPhones could be put to use and monetised whilst they slept.
Fast forward 12 months, and the YellowDog Application was born: allowing users to securely harness the compute contributed by individuals and businesses around the world, who had nominated themselves to join YellowDog’s “Pack”.
As a backup, for those times when there wasn’t enough compute available from businesses and individuals, the YellowDog Platform was integrated with some of the world’s leading public cloud providers. It soon became apparent that these integrations, plus extending The Pack to ISO27001 datacentres across the world, meant that YellowDog could provide businesses with unparalleled access to huge amounts of compute.
So, here we are today with the YellowDog Platform being used for its first application: rendering; enabling studios and facilities across the world to render their images with multiple datacentres, at enormous scale, hitting impossible deadlines and receiving high-fives all round.
The dream is still there and Gareth and the team want to securely harness and monetise any device with a CPU or a GPU: from a phone to a console to a server to a workstation and make these millions of processing cores available for businesses all over the world.
Right now, they’re focussing on helping businesses release the power of their own underused compute and that in the cloud, by using the YellowDog Platform.
Through the YellowDog Platform, you too could have access to hundreds of thousands of cores across multiple datacentres, without any of the hassle of setting up with multiple providers and get your job finished on time at a fixed price.
It’s what we here at YellowDog call Limitless Compute.
Rendering: The First Application
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We’re enthusiastic, enjoying what we do and we want everyone we meet to enjoy it too.
Ever willing to please, we do whatever it takes.
We’re consistent in our approach to life, business, our products and our customers.
Our users’ and customers’ security is always front of mind.
We’re simple and straightforward, and never complicate things for the sake of it.
We like exploring new territories and sniffing out fresh possibilities
We’re easy to work with, easy to do business with, and our products are easy to use.
Meet the team
Aivaras will soon be a graduate from the Kaunas University of Technology in Software Engineering where his final year project is developing an application that reads a mathematical equation from a digital photo and automatically loads it into a smartphone and solves it for you. Genius!
Aivaras has also worked on Kake Make – the most popular game for small children in Lithuania.
Alan leads our development teams, keeping us ahead of the pack with the latest new features. He has dog years’ of experience taking world class R&D teams from concept to product. Prior to joining YellowDog he led Hewlett-Packard Laboratories’ Advanced Development organisation and Container research teams.
Alan is a father to 3 amazing, energetic, young boys. At times they have extra commitments like sports days, school plays, and inset days. He works around these commitments with flexible working to make sure he gets to everything, whether its taming YellowDog or the future generation!
He loves getting out in to the countryside and off the leash on bikes and in boats.
Alister has over 15 years experience in linux and network administration and is passionate about cloud tech and automation.
Having worked for names such as Blackberry, HP, Nokia Alister has seen and designed many implementations: big and small.
In his spare time he is the father to two young children. Alister has two dogs in his life: YellowDog and his beloved 'Staffy Jack cross.'
He loves the outdoors, water, wheels, and geeking."
Andrius likes nothing more than fiddling around in YellowDog’s backend. He’s written all our algorithms for cloud management and automated operations. He’s in his final year of his Applied Mathematics and Computer Science Degree at the Kaunas University of Technology.
Music, jogging and reading are his hobbies outside work and study. The impressive thing is he does it all at once.
Ben has been programming since the age of nine. He has worked professionally in software for nearly twenty years and specifically as a software architect for the last ten. Ben has designed systems for a wide range of industries including defence, education, and financial services. He has specialised in distributed and parallel processing solution designs.
When he's not having fun with as many computers as possible, Ben spends time annoying his wife with his home experimentation in smart environments. He also enjoys training with his wider karate family. Osu!
Callum is a sales and marketing pup with pedigree experience across multinationals, government and startups in the UK, Spain and India.
An economics with politics graduate from Aberystwyth University, he spent a year at the world leading aircraft manufacturer Airbus, within the UK Government Affairs Department, as part of his degree, along with a scholarship at the Advisory Firm Arkay & Arkay, in New Delhi, India.
On graduation he moved to Barcelona, Spain, to manage the summer sales process for the ESADE Business School’s Executive MBA Programme, before joining the inflight entertainment startup, Immfly, to drive the companies international expansion,
manging airline accounts and content licencing deals within EMEA.
At YellowDog, Callum helps p-awesome 3D studios and artists in the UK and around the world, use our game-changing technology.
You can email Callum on email@example.com or phone +44 (0) 330 223 2499.
Gareth hounds the YellowDog kennel, spearheading the vision to build a world where people do more, create more, discover more; unleashed from limited computing power.
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 Samaritans Listening Volunteer. He also likes ale and talking to anyone (usually together).
You can email Gareth on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone +44 (0) 330 223 2499.
Iris is one of our Render Wranglers, and is a 2014 alumni of DAVE-school in Orlando, Florida in Digital Animation and Visual Effects.
Since childhood, Iris has always been curious and creative in equal measures, developing from keeping her out of trouble, to a hobby, and now finally to a profession. Iris sees Animating and Modelling as a natural extension of her creativity, and whilst Render Wrangling was not something she expected to be doing, she loves the meeting of her creative and technical skills every day. Solving issues and making scenes work is incredibly rewarding, and she loves getting to use her full 3D generalist skillset.
To help Iris manage a healthy balance between her work and young family, she works one day a week from home. Being at home allows her to fill up on cuddles in her break to then perform even better when she is in the office.
In her spare time, Iris likes to bake and partake in some gaming.
Jack joined YellowDog in the Autumn of 2015 as Sales Executive, having had several years experience in both retail and software sales. He has helped to grow YellowDog's faithful following of customers and became Marketing Executive in January 2018.
Jack is a new dad and splits his time working between the office and home. He loves to be around the team when there is a crunch on to get things done and likes to be at home with his headphones plugged in when he’s writing wonderful content.
In a quiet moment, he can be found enjoying a small glass of whiskey whilst nursing his baby son off to sleep.
You can email Jack on email@example.com or phone +44 (0) 330 223 2499.
Jamie has worked in Financial Services for the past 13 years, moving into Fintech in the last 5 years. Holding senior roles in marketing, strategy and proposition, he has a passion for working with brands who challenge the market and deliver greater value to their customers. Jamie is responsible for leading YellowDog’s move into Financial Services, using his experience and YellowDog’s technology to solve some of the most complex problems faced by industry today.
Jamie lives just North of Bristol with his wife and two children and can regularly be found on one of his (many) bikes or on the golf course.
You can email Jamie on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone +44 7722 184444.
Justas has over 10 years’ experience of Enterprise Software Development.
He loves driving software development from idea to production with fully aligned development processes (Agile, Team, Continuous delivery, Infrastructure, QA).
He holds a Masters in Computer Science and lives in Kaunas with his wife and two small children.
Justas is responsible for the development of the YellowDog Application. If that’s not enough, he lectures in Software Project Management at Kaunas University of Technology and is also half way through his PhD where he’s looking at how machine learning can recognise human emotions.
He has always loved computer graphics so working on YellowDog is like a dream come true!
An IT Alumni of Plymouth University, Marcus brings over 30 years experience and passion for good customer service. Having worked in the Public, Private and more recently spending the past 10 years in the 3rd Sector for the Citizens Advice where he ended up as their Technical Architect he knows what customers want and how to make it happen.
A chartered member of the British Computer Society; Marcus has CISMP, AWS Architecture and PRINCE2 qualifications (Security, Cloud & Project Management), so you can be assured that your work is in good hands.
When not deep in the bowels of a computer Marcus has a love of pinball, anime, real ale, cats and of course dogs!
You can email Marcus on email@example.com or phone +44 (0) 330 223 2499.
Michelle studied Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff having held a number of administration positions including at Wincanton, the University of Bristol, and at a children’s nursery.
Michelle looks after YellowDog’s books, and when she’s not wrestling with Xero and Excel, she spends her time running, crocheting, raising her children and putting up with Gareth as she’s his long-suffering wife. Poor Michelle.
Niall has over 20 years’ experience working in the Financial Services and Fintech industries and comes to YellowDog as Product Manager for our Financial Services offering.
In addition to Fintech Product Management, Niall has developed and managed teams in Development, Client and Professional Services and has led pre-sales Capital Markets engagements and solution implementations in Europe, North America and Australasia. Busy boy!
Prior to his FinTech career, Niall was a Cash Manager for Investment Funds and a Bank Official. He has a Business Studies degree from Dublin City University.
When he's not staring at the Product, Niall likes to read and ride his bike - though not at the same time.
You can email Niall on firstname.lastname@example.org
Richard has 25 years experience in IT: from assembly language on MS-DOSv2 through to containers on hyper-visors via Cisco and IBM on the way. He provides automated service deployment onto cloud infrastructures.
Richard has a passion for RDF distributed systems and contributing to various open source projects. When not playing with a swarm of Pi's, he balances renovating a house with competing in Ultra Trail Marathon running events.
He lives north of Bristol on a common surrounded by cows for 6 months of the year with his wife and young daughter.
Sam joined the YellowDog sales team in July 2017; he looks after new customer and inbound enquiries. Sam is always on the hunt for more studios that could be helped out by YellowDog rendering.
Sam has a degree in Creative Product design from Bristol UWE. Since graduating, Sam has worked in sales and recruitment: matching creative talent to a range of markets and reputable design and manufacture companies such as Dyson.
Sam lives in Bristol and loves climbing on the gorge in Clifton Down unless it is raining, in which case, he will stay inside and game the day away!
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.
Stuart is a qualified Chartered Accountant specialising in fast growing and entrepreneurial businesses.
Since 2017 he has worked with ambitious growth businesses putting them in control of their numbers to help them realise the true potential of their business. His roles have always extended beyond finance to include strategic, commercial, operational, marketing and compliance matters.
Stuart qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in Bristol in 2000 and has spent the last 15+ years working in various Senior Finance and Marketing roles in Financial Services and Telecommunication. He also has an MBA from Bath University.
Outside of work Stuart's two daughters manage to keep him busy but he tries to squeeze in the odd game of football and sprint triathlon in a vein attempt to keep fit!
Tautyvdas will soon be finishing his Masters Degree in Software Engineering from the Kaunas University of Technology. Whilst he’s working very hard on his final year project, he’s more proud of the work that he did on his under-grad degree. There he developed a system for managing a container freight terminal. Heavy lifting indeed!
In his spare time, Tautyvdas loves spending time at the gym, with another type of heavy lifting.
Vikki has worked in the visual effects, animation, and image processing technology industry for over 20 years. She started out at Parallax who developed Matador and the first node based compositor Illusion. She has a proven track record across global markets. She has worked at The Foundry where she joined them in their infancy and remained with them for 11 years building a channel and heading up the sales team. She was then asked to join Solid Angle as Head of Global Sales for Arnold.
When Vikki isn’t busy visiting studios and talking all things rendering, she loves nothing more than to retreat to her cottage in the South of England to tend to her menagerie of animals.
You can email Vikki on email@example.com
Vytautas loves nothing more than crazy hair cuts. When he’s not at the barbers, he’s in charge of Quality Assurance for YellowDog. He has four years’ experience in QA roles in a range of leading software companies in Lithuania.
He loves tinkering with hardware and has a dream to develop a prototype robot to work for him.
In the team, he’s renowned for knowing which bar and night club to head to in the evening. Him and Simon get on well.
YellowDog is proud to be supported by SETsquared. The SETsquared Partnership is the Global #1 University Incubator – an 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.