The Team With
The Right Expertise
Chief Executive Officer, Co-founder
John W. Walker
John is the CEO and co-founder of Cypher. He is an experienced executive with expertise in business strategy, rapid scale-up projects, and delivery of complex technology platforms and products. John has been directly responsible for the successful launch and mass-market scale out of dozens of successful technology based products.
Prior to Cypher, John was a founding employee and Chief Operating Officer at solid-state storage leader, Fusion-io (NYSE:FIO) helping to raise over $100M in venture funding. Under John's leadership, Fusion-io grew to $400M in annual revenue and secured marquee clients such as Facebook, Apple, Dell, IBM, Cisco, and HP.
Prior to Fusion-io, John helped create and grow two other Utah based ventures; VPI Engineering and Code Corporation.
John attended Utah State University, studying mechanical & aerospace engineering and business administration, with an emphasis on production management.
As head of strategy, John brings more than 27 years experience and a proven history in marketing and product management in technology businesses ranging from Fortune 500 to tech startups.
Most recently, he was vice president of marketing for Verve Living Systems, a division of MASCO. There he was responsible for launching energy saving wireless controls for commercial, residential and hospitality applications.
Prior to that, John served as SVP of marketing at Cymphonix Corporation, a start-up focused on an innovative secure Web gateway product where he created and executed plans to drive revenue from $6M in 2009 to $10M in 2010. Before Cymphonix, John held leadership positions at Control4, Paradigm Medical, 3Com, USR, Ericsson, Inc. and General Electric.
John holds a BA in economics from Harvard University and an MBA from Duke University.
Dr. Erik Sherwood
Erik is an applied mathematician with expertise in dynamical systems, computational neuroscience, scientific computing, algorithm design, statistics, and machine learning. Prior to joining Cypher, he worked in academia and held teaching, research, and faculty positions in the mathematics departments of Cornell University, Boston University, and, most recently, the University of Utah.
In the course of his academic career, Erik developed computational tools widely used in the computational dynamical systems and computational neuroscience communities. He has over 20 years of computer programming experience and is fluent in C, C++, Python, and Matlab and conversant in half a dozen other languages.
Erik studied at Princeton, the University of Bremen (Germany), Cambridge University, and Cornell University. He earned an AB with honors in mathematics and certificates in applied mathematics, computer science, and German from Princeton University, and MS and PhD degrees in applied mathematics from Cornell University.
Dr. Jan Erkelens
Jan is an experimental physicist with more than 15 years research experience. He is a versatile and creative researcher, with a strong background in signal processing. He has successfully applied his skills to a variety of subjects, including coding, enhancement and automatic recognition of speech signals, analysis of atmospheric signals, and electron microscopy image processing.
He holds a PhD degree from Delft University, The Netherlands, and has more than 40 publications in high quality journals and conferences.
Dr. Cory Jones
Cory is an electrical engineer with a background in machine learning. Cory has deep familiarity with C, CUDA, Python, and Matlab. In addition to his dissertation, he has authored numerous journal and conference articles.
Cory graduated from Brigham Young University with a BS in electrical engineering. He continued his studies at UCLA where he earned his MS in electrical engineering with an emphasis in image processing. His Ph.D. was received from the University of Utah with work in image processing, machine learning, and visualization techniques.
As vice president of product, Fred has extensive background in both development and business having operated in both areas over his 25 year career over a wide range of companies.
Prior to Cypher, Fred was vice president of product management for Cymphonix, a venture-backed start-up specializing in Internet Management appliances that give organizations control over applications, web traffic and Internet-based threats. Before Cymphonix, Fred held several product management and development positions at Starbridge Systems, Control4, Paradigm Medical, 3Com, USR, and Ericsson.
Fred earned a BSEE from Marquette University and joint MSEE/MBA degrees from the University of Illinois.
Prior to Cypher, Carl was at Goldman-Sachs where he developed high-performance applications for automated trading of equities, futures, and options in global financial markets. He has also held leadership and technical positions at Solera, Raytheon Oakley Systems, Blue Coat Systems and Axent Technologies which was acquired by Symantec.
Carl earned a BS in physics from Bucknell University. He also trained at Harvard University in computer science.
Earl is an audio DSP engineer with over 20 years of experience in algorithm design, firmware implementation and product development. He is skilled in Matlab, C and C++ as well as several DSP environments and has a track record of designing and implementing signal processing algorithms for a wide range of embedded and host-based platforms.
Prior to Cypher, Earl was principal audio engineer at STMicroelectronics where he was responsible for their broadcast audio post-processing architecture. He designed numerous audio effects algorithms and led a team that developed an advanced loudspeaker compensation system, resulting in several design wins. Before STMicro, Earl held various DSP and audio engineering roles specializing in DSP and audio products at Creative, Aureal and Atari. In addition he is founder of The Sound Guy, a firm specializing in audio effects plug-ins and consumer-facing applications for a range of platforms.
He holds a BSEE from Duke University. He holds six patents and has three more pending. His signal processing articles have been cited over 100 times.