Meet the Team

Stu Frost

Chief Executive Officer 

Stu has 30 years’ experience in founding and leading successful data management and analytics startups. In the last eight years, he has created and incubated some of the leading companies in the IIoT market, including Maana (IIoT knowledge platform), OspreyData (oil and gas analytics), NarrativeWave (wind farm analytics), ThinkIQ (food traceability) and SWARM (AI agents for IIoT). During this time, he saw the market go from its very early gestation to the point where major industrial companies are starting to make significant, long term commitments to digitization. Through this unique experience, Stuart has developed deep knowledge of the market’s needs and how to successfully create and sell key technologies to meet those needs. 

After graduating from Nottingham University with a degree in Electronic and Computer Engineering, Stu founded SELECT Software Tools at age 26 and led the company, as CEO, through rapid growth and expansion, including a very successful NASDAQ IPO in 1996. He then founded DATAllegro in 2003 which was acquired by Microsoft in 2008 for $275m. As part of the acquisition, Stu joined Microsoft to lead the data warehousing group, which generated around $1bn in revenue. He left Microsoft in 2010, and started an incubator focused on creating industrial and healthcare IoT startups. 

Having successfully created some of the leading startups in the IIoT market and seeing that the world’s major industrial companies are starting to invest in digital twin and related technologies, he has now founded and taken the helm of a new company focused on this huge opportunity – Geminos.

Jerry Schuman

Chief Technology Officer

On the leading edge of technology for over 35 years, Jerry is a serial entrepreneur that has been part of numerous startups focused on developing innovative technologies and creative customer solutions. He has been a visionary and pioneer in systems architecture around the development of Internet-based enterprise applications across multiple industries since the inception of the Internet.

In 1993 he founded Flashpoint Systems, one of the first internet and intranet application development companies in the world. Flashpoint Systems was acquired in 1995 by a worldwide systems integrator where he served as Chief Technology Officer directing product research and development for over eight portfolio companies.

In 1998, Jerry co-founded VERSIFI, Inc. The company’s product was considered the world’s most visionary technology in the area of enterprise content management as proclaimed by Gartner Group. The company was acquired in 2000.

In 2008, he co-founded Perssonas, Inc. which was a social network-based hyper-aggregator with a focus on delivering branded, content-rich experiences for the entertainment industry and major brands worldwide while utilizing advanced machine learning and personalization to the end user and their trust network.

In 2014, he founded PingThings, Inc. a venture-backed software company that brings best-of-breed big-data software and data science techniques to the utility industry. They offer streaming analytics solutions for anomaly detection and event recognition on the power grid. Their venture investors to date include CometLabs and GE along with several smaller investors. PingThings is the only company to ever receive seed funding from GE Ventures and was recognized as a top 20 early stage startup at the Siemens New Venture Forum in 2014. PingThings is engaged with several utility clients and Department of Energy projects such as the recently announced $6.2M award from ARPA-E for the creation of, “A National infrastructure for Artificial Intelligence on the Grid”.

Julie Frost

Chief Marketing Officer 

Julie has 20 years of experience in marketing for international technology companies. Julie began her marketing career in KnowledgeWare Inc.’s German office being promoted to an international marketing role out of its Paris headquarters in 1993.  Returning to the US, she served as Marketing Manager and then Director for Germany-based startup R&O Inc. (repository technology) in Walnut Creek California.  When R&O relocated to the East Coast she decided to stay in California, taking the role of Marketing Manager for UK-based SELECT Software Tools, as the company began its launch into the US Market.  At SELECT, Julie was promoted to Director and then VP of Global Marketing, responsible for international marketing strategy and programs as well as investor and public relations.  She led all aspects of global marketing for the US, Europe, UK and Australian markets.  In 1996 she led the investor and public relations that helped the company complete its successful NASDAQ IPO.  After SELECT she started her own PR company (Bassett PR & Marketing) focused on helping small technology companies and startups with branding, positioning and public relations.

In 2003 she co-founded DATAllegro and served as VP of Marketing.  At DATAllegro she played a key role in establishing the company as a leading data warehouse appliance vendor. DATAllegro was acquired by Microsoft in 2008.  She was then hired by Microsoft as a Marketing Programs Manager.

Hubbert Smith

VP of Business Development

Hubbert has 30+ years of tech experience in Program Management, Product Management and Strategy. He has delivered 25 successful projects, holds 9 patents and is a published author of 3 books and 2 LinkedIn Learning courses. Earlier in his career, Hubbert was program manager for Unix Clustering, Filesystem and Data Replication enterprise software at NCR, with customers such as Delta Airlines and German Postal Service. Subsequently, at Intel he pioneered creation of Serial ATA for data centers. While at Intel, he wrote the original SATA use cases that drove numerous standardized capabilities, chaired the SATA Cable Connector working group and co-authored the Intel Press book on Serial ATA. Next at WDC, in 12 quarters he grew WD Enterprise HDD business worldwide from zero units per-quarter to 1,000,000 units per-quarter, while earning industry-best gross margins against bigger, better funded competitors.

Soon after, Hubbert developed Netapp’s big data solution business from the ground up. He defined the solution, program managed the R&D, led the generation of the solution collateral, wrote sales training, and served as company expert. Hubbert established key alliances with Cloudera, Hortonworks and MapR. He developed an additional strategic alliance with Cisco, resulting in a Cisco Validated Design sold through Cisco channels, with multiple patents granted. 

More recently, Hubbert served as Director of Strategy and Business Development for Samsung Datacenter SSD. He delivered 3 significant Samsung strategy projects: Data Center SSD Strategy, NVMe over Fabrics Strategy, and AI Strategy for Memory. He influenced multiple design wins, leading to ~$300M in sales, was granted a patent in the field of storage security, and has multiple additional patents applied for in the field of storage for edge operations.