Profile

Aspera’s unwavering mission is to create the next-generation software technologies that move the world’s large data at maximum speed, regardless of file size, transfer distance and network conditions. With the unstoppable explosion of Big Data in a world where IT and networking infrastructures are more diverse and flexible than ever, Aspera focuses on supplying innovative data transfer solutions that help organizations operate and collaborate more effectively on a global scale.

At the root of Aspera’s success lies our innovative, patented, highly efficient bulk data transport technology: FASP™ (fast, adaptive, secure protocol). This technology is unique and core to all Aspera high-performance file transfer software. Consistently ranked first in every WAN transfer throughput benchmark it was ever evaluated in, FASP outperforms software and hardware WAN acceleration solutions alike.

Aspera serves all industries that need to move large volumes of data over wide area networks in practical time frames, such as enterprise IT, games and software development, engineering and electronics, government, legal & eDiscovery, financial services, life sciences, media & entertainment and oil & gas. A pioneer in the enablement of high-speed, data-intensive workflows throughout the enterprise, Aspera has unlocked the cloud for big data with high-performance digital transport, now available on demand.

Founded in 2004 and now part of IBM Software, Aspera is headquartered in Emeryville, California with satellite offices in the United Kingdom, France and Singapore. Aspera software can be purchased directly from us and through an expansive network of reselling partners worldwide. In addition to offering a complete portfolio of software products and a comprehensive SDK platform, Aspera provides engineering services to support the custom-tailored implementation of our solutions and transfer technology in all types of enterprises. We always welcome opportunities for strategic alliances and partnerships with cutting-edge companies large and small.

Our philosophy of innovation is fused into Aspera’s DNA, always top of mind with our team, and built into the core technology and software products that fuel the company’s consistent and rapid growth. The company’s co-founders, Michelle Munson and Serban Simu, selected the name Aspera to express the universal ideals or hope and aspiration through challenges. From the Latin roots "asper" meaning "rough" or "hard", and "spera" meaning "hope", and mottos like "ad astra per aspera" (to the stars through hard ways), Aspera describes our aspiration to create substantial core technologies that solve the difficult problems in network data delivery.

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Michelle Munson

President, CEO & Co-Founder
Michelle is co-inventor of Aspera's FASP™ transport technology and is responsible for overseeing the company's direction in collaboration with co-founder Serban Simu. Michelle was a software engineer in research and start-up companies including the IBM Almaden Research center before founding Aspera in 2004. She has dual B.Sc. degrees in Electrical Engineering and in Physics from Kansas State University and was a Goldwater Scholar for achievement in Science and Mathematics, and later a Fulbright Scholar at Cambridge University where she received a postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science. She was the 2006 KSU College of Engineering Alumni Fellow (the youngest recipient ever), and has received national achievement awards from Glamour Magazine and USA Today. Michelle is also a frequent speaker on technologies and trends around Big Data Transport, Cloud Infrastructure, and Mobile.

Serban Simu

Vice President of Engineering & Co-Founder
Serban is co-inventor of Aspera's FASP™ transport technology and is responsible for overseeing the company's software engineering, and sets the technology direction with co-founder Michelle Munson. Serban has a B.Sc. degree in Computer Science from the Universitatea Politechnica Bucuresti in Bucharest, Romania, and a Masters degree in Telecommunication Networks from Ecole Nationale Superieure des Telecommunications where he finished first in his class. He came to the United States to work for Cisco's Content Networking group, was a lead software engineer at Digital Fountain, and founded Aspera with Michelle Munson in 2004.

Cary Capece

Senior Vice President of Sales and Business Development
Cary is responsible for all sales and business development activities at Aspera. Cary is a successful executive and entrepreneur with 20+ years experience in the technology industry with extensive knowledge of the Media and Entertainment marketplace. With a rich background in management, sales, and business development, he has held senior management roles at Digital Origin (formerly Radius, Inc.), Mountain Gate (a Lockheed Martin Company), and FWB, Inc. where he led these companies to explosive growth and successful exit strategies.

Mike Flathers

Chief Technologist, Aspera Developer Platform
Mike Flathers has more than 20 years of software development experience. Throughout his career, Flathers focused on enabling third-party technology integrations by creating innovative software solutions and APIs. For the past 10 years, Flathers worked at Sorenson Media where he led the development of Sorenson VCast, one of the industry's first online video delivery platforms and Sorenson VRS, a leading video relay service empowering communication for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. Most recently, he was the chief technology officer for Sorenson Media where he directed research and engineering efforts and managed technology decisions and architecture. Prior to that, he spent 14 years at Novell after the company acquired Excelan where he was a lead developer for the LANWorkplace product, the first suite of TCP/IP utilities for DOS and Windows.

Richard Heitmann

Vice President of Marketing
Richard is responsible for Aspera's marketing activities driving global demand for Aspera's next generation transport technology and products. He brings over 15 years of experience in developing and marketing a broad set of enterprise solutions. He was most recently vice president of marketing at Atempo where he led marketing and product strategy. Previously he was vice president of product management and marketing at EVault an early pioneer in the area of online backup as a service which was acquired by Seagate, and has held senior leadership positions at Phoenix Technologies, WatchGuard Technologies and Onyx Software. Richard holds a BA in Mathematics and Economics from UCSB and an MBA from the University of Washington.

Steve Pollini

Vice President of Technology Solutions
Steve leads Aspera’s professional services team in the creation of customized solutions for high-speed data transport workflows. Prior to Aspera, he spent 5 years as CTO of Total Immersion Software after serving as CIO and SVP of Engineering and Operations at SiVault, a SaaS provider of biometrically secured financial and medical transactions. As VP of Engineering for Qiva, he led the local and offshore development teams and network operations group. While at UPS’ R&D and Information Systems groups he created an innovative SNMP-based L1-L7 management system and ran multiple large-scale developments teams for real-time, automated package handling and tracking systems, and prior to that, he was a Principal Engineer and manager at General DataComm where he led the design and development of high-speed data and voice networking products. Steve began his engineering career at MITS, Inc., the birthplace of the personal computer where he designed the Altair 680.

Aspera is an active member and proud sponsor of several high-profile industry organizations

AMWA

The Advanced Media Workflow Association (AMWA) is an open, community-driven forum focused on the creation of timely, innovative, business-driven specifications and technologies for networked media workflows.

Aspera is an associate member of the AMWA.

 

AFCEA

AFCEA International, established in 1946, is a non-profit organization serving its members by providing a forum for the ethical exchange of information, and dedicated to increasing knowledge through the exploration of issues relevant to its members in information technology, communications and electronics for the defense, homeland security and intelligence communities.

IABM

The IABM (International Association of Broadcast Manufacturers) is the authoritative voice of the broadcast and media technology supply industry worldwide. It seeks to further the interests of members through partnership and representation on a range of issues. Activities include Market Research & Intelligence Services, Representation & Mediation, Event Participation Services, Executive Networking Opportunities, Technical & Environmental Standards Reporting and Liaison. The IABM also operates Innovation Awards and Student programs which are designed to stimulate the development of our industry on an international basis.

Aspera is a corporate member of the IABM.

ILTA

ILTA (International Legal Technology Association) works to maximize the value of technology in support of the legal profession.  Ilta provides accurate and unbiased information about technology and the practice of law to its members through conferences, webinars, networking opportunities, white papers and surveys. 

 

MESA

MESA's mission is: to support service providers in building efficiencies in the creation, production and distribution of physical and digital media and entertainment; to foster end-to-end collaboration among entertainment service providers, their customers and trading partners; to promote its members and provide face-to-face meeting opportunities, and to provide tangible benefits to members including: market intelligence, research initiatives, industry advocacy and collaborative workgroups.

SMPTE

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) was founded in 1916 to advance theory and development in the motion imaging field. Today, SMPTE serves its members with the latest technology information and education on a rapidly changing industry. SMPTE also is an accredited and globally respected industry standards-setting body. As the leading technical society for the motion imaging industry, SMPTE is shaping the future of the constantly evolving content business.

Aspera is a bronze level, sustaining member of SMPTE.

SVG

The Sports Video Group (SVG) was formed in 2006 to support the professional community that relies on video, audio, and broadband technologies to produce and distribute sports content. Leagues, owners, teams, players, broadcasters, webcasters, and consumer technology providers have joined the SVG to learn from each other, turn vision into reality, implement new innovations, while sharing experiences that will lead to advancements in the sports production/distribution process and the overall consumer sports experience.

Aspera is a premier sponsor of the SVG.

Telecom Council of Silicon Valley

The Telecom Council of Silicon Valley connects companies and individuals involved in the region's Communications Technology industry with one another for business development, collaboration, and education. Using our network, tools, framework, and meetings to bring together the local telecom industry's critical mass of businesses, research, ideas, capital, and human expertise – the Council is a hub for telecom professionals.

 

USGIF

The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) is the only organization dedicated to promoting the geospatial intelligence tradecraft and building a stronger community of interest across industry, academia, government, professional organizations and individual stakeholders.

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Luke, our VP of Motivation and Insight, has been driving Aspera for over 56 dog years. Every day, in a dramatic act of leadership, he sleeps on the couch to demonstrate his trust and confidence in the quality of work his colleagues create. He can often be assumed to be thinking "I am proud of the way this team has recognized potential and fulfilled it to such an extent."

Luke can be reached at luke@asperasoft.com

“We consider Aspera to be an important business partner of ours. Not only does the technology have clear and demonstrable benefits but the company also listens to our feedback and has already incorporated changes based on our needs.” Jonathan Humphrey, IT Director at Codemasters