Almost every company today is either driven by software, or is being driven to software.

All manner of companies are challenged to scale their software development teams rapidly to exploit new technologies. Software developers face the challenge of complexity, talent acquisition and people issues, while still delivering on scope, with a limited schedule.

This means staffing project teams quickly using all available means. In today's "app culture," the agile methodology for software development has been stripped to its essence: the smallest, colocated team of right-skilled engineers that deliver the highest quality software at the lowest cost in the shortest period of time.
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David Ward

Consultant David Ward

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About David

David founded Telegraph Hill Software, a software development and technical management consultancy in 2010 after a career as a software engineer, executive, management consultant & entrepreneur.

About Telegraph Hill Software
  • Telegraph Hill offers business critical professional services including: 
  • The Telegraph Hill team cyber security skills and credentials include:
    • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
    • Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK)
    • GIAC Penetration Tester (GPEN)
    • SABSA Chartered Security Architect
    • GIAC Security Essentials Certification (GSEC)
    • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
    For more information about our VCISO product offering:
More About David
  • David has worked with multiple Fortune 100 firms.  Led product development at Hyperion/Oracle.  CEO for venture capital-backed startup.  Consults and mentors founders and startups. 
  • David's expertise extends to enterprise systems, AI/machine learning, analytics, cloud, DevOps, mobile applications and big data.


Founder & CEO • Telegraph Hill Software
May, 2011 — Present
  • Provide software development and technical management consulting services to growing SaaS businesses and corporate IT. 
  • Now offering remote Virtual Chief Information Security Officer services to startups and small/medium enterprises.
  • Expertise in AI/machine learning, data analytics, cloud DevOps, mobile applications.
  • Clients include Visa, Bank of the West, Blue Shield of California, ServiceNow, LendingClub, Advanced Microgrid Solutions, Eargo, and Biome Analytics.
Principal Consultant • Haddon Hill Group
Feb, 2006 — Apr, 2010
  • Executive IT management and product development consulting.
  • Expertise spanned all critical IT technologies over their entire life cycle, from proof of concept through operational maturity. 
  • Clients were typically large enterprises (global 100 – Visa, Bank of America, Blue Cross, Blue Shield) that depend on IT to deliver core products and services.
President • BeNotified Software
Nov, 2002 — Mar, 2004
  • Provided general operations management, business development and strategic direction for this presence-management software innovator.
President • Thinklink
Jan, 1999 — Jan, 2001
  • Provided executive leadership for this VC-backed VoIP and web services innovator which was acquired by Microsoft.
Vice President • Hyperion Solutions
Feb, 1996 — Dec, 1998
  • Managed product development and product management for Hyperion's Essbase OLAP database products.
Vice President • Arbor Software
1996 — 1998
  • Managed product development for Arbor's OLAP database products.
Senior Technology Consultant • TRW
Feb, 1995 — Jan, 1996
  • Provided technology and business process consulting to the financial services industry.
Vice President • Teknekron
Sep, 1991 — Jan, 1995
  • Responsible for product development, service delivery, support and maintenance for two imaging software technology startups.
Development Manager • TRW Financial Systems
1988 — 1991
  • Responsible for large-scale transaction and document systems and consulting for the international financial services industry.
Director of System Software Development • Fortune Systems
Jun, 1984 — Feb, 1987
  • Responsible for Unix operating system products, communications applications, peripheral devices.
Project Leader • GE/GXS
1980 — 1984
  • Developed PC-to-mainframe communications applications.


University of California, Berkeley
BA, English, 1979


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Has served in advisory capacity to various startups:
  • Kensington Language Systems – NLP as a service
  • Merchbar – Event ecommerce
  • Biome – Health care quality analytics
  • Lithive – Self-publishing into social networks
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