Leadership

A paratrooper, an accountant, and a comedy writer. A senior intelligence official, a plumber, and an event thrower. A security expert, a website founder, and a TV producer. And that's just the beginning.

 

Michael Madon
CEO

Michael is a recognized expert in the field of cybersecurity. He has testified before Congress on the global cyber threat and served on the boards of public communications and cyber security companies. Before founding Ataata, Michael was an early member of RedOwl, a regulatory surveillance and information security software company where he established, designed and implemented the company’s business development strategy. Previously, Michael served as a Deputy Assistant Secretary, Intelligence Community Integration, at the US Treasury Department where he developed strategies to help the department identify and mitigate cyber risks and vulnerabilities within both the department and financial sector. In recognition of his service, Michael received the Intelligence Community’s highest award. Michael also served as an active duty officer in the U.S. Army and is a recipient of the Bronze Star. Michael holds a M.B.A. from Wharton, a Masters in Security Policy from Columbia, and a B.A.from Cornell.

Michael is a recognized expert in the field of cybersecurity. He has testified before Congress on the global cyber threat and served on the boards of public communications and cyber security companies.

Before founding Ataata, Michael was an early member of RedOwl, a regulatory surveillance and information security software company where he established, designed and implemented the company’s business development strategy.

Previously, Michael served as a Deputy Assistant Secretary, Intelligence Community Integration, at the US Treasury Department where he developed strategies to help the department identify and mitigate cyber risks and vulnerabilities within both the department and financial sector.

In recognition of his service, Michael received the Intelligence Community’s highest award. Michael also served as an active duty officer in the U.S. Army and is a recipient of the Bronze Star.

Michael holds a M.B.A. from Wharton, a Masters in Security Policy from Columbia, and a B.A.from Cornell.

 

Tim Jackson
COO

Tim is a seasoned veteran at driving growth objectives and developing innovative technology platforms to monitor workplace effectiveness.  As the VP for Finance at Schramm, Inc., he led efforts to align strategic priorities with operational objectives, successfully meeting long-term capital requirements for a 100 year old global supplier to the hydraulic drill industry. Previously, Tim was the CEO and Co-Founder of Betafy, Inc., a revenue positive, big data collection platform, which re-imagined ways to monetize the online survey market. Before founding Betafy, Tim was COO for Engine Distributors, Inc., where he developed a unique, web-enabled process to streamline cash budgeting, cost analysis and inventory management. Tim also served as Director of Business Performance at Gamesa, Inc., where he designed, developed, and implemented a financial performance software platform resulting in a 50% drop in logistics and indirect costs for an energy company with $1B in sales. Tim loves web design and application and is familiar with PHP, Visual Basic, C, C++. He holds a M.B.A. from Wharton with a major in finance, and is a CPA in New Jersey.  

Tim is a seasoned veteran at driving growth objectives and developing innovative technology platforms to monitor workplace effectiveness. 

As the VP for Finance at Schramm, Inc., he led efforts to align strategic priorities with operational objectives, successfully meeting long-term capital requirements for a 100 year old global supplier to the hydraulic drill industry.

Previously, Tim was the CEO and Co-Founder of Betafy, Inc., a revenue positive, big data collection platform, which re-imagined ways to monetize the online survey market.

Before founding Betafy, Tim was COO for Engine Distributors, Inc., where he developed a unique, web-enabled process to streamline cash budgeting, cost analysis and inventory management.

Tim also served as Director of Business Performance at Gamesa, Inc., where he designed, developed, and implemented a financial performance software platform resulting in a 50% drop in logistics and indirect costs for an energy company with $1B in sales.

Tim loves web design and application and is familiar with PHP, Visual Basic, C, C++.

He holds a M.B.A. from Wharton with a major in finance, and is a CPA in New Jersey.

 

 

JANN YOGMAN
Chief Creative Officer

 

Atul Verma
CTO

Jann is a seasoned writer, producer and content marketing specialist, who has created original content for clients in a variety of industries.  During his career in television, Jann held positions with "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" and "The Dana Carvey Show."  He also spent 10 years working for Lottery Hill Entertainment, Michael J. Fox’s New York-based production company.     While working with Michael, Jann served as Production Associate on “Spin City,” Director of Development for new projects, speechwriter for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research and Michael’s researcher/writer’s assistant on The New York Times bestseller, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future.” Michael was also an Executive Producer on Jann’s sitcom pilot, “The Pack,” about a single dad raising three daughters in Green Bay, Wisconsin.        Jann is also a veteran event producer.  After hosting legendary New Year’s Eve events in New York City for a decade, Jann founded New Year's Nation, the company that pioneered the concept of producing a multi-city, technologically linked event on the biggest night of the year.  On New Year’s Eve 2010, more than 10,000 guests attended NYN parties across the country while another 100,000 viewers tuned in to the broadcast from home.     Jann has a BA in Psychology from Cornell University.  He was named Event Marketer/Communicator of the Year by PR News in 2010. 

Jann is a seasoned writer, producer and content marketing specialist, who has created original content for clients in a variety of industries.  During his career in television, Jann held positions with "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" and "The Dana Carvey Show."  He also spent 10 years working for Lottery Hill Entertainment, Michael J. Fox’s New York-based production company.  

 

While working with Michael, Jann served as Production Associate on “Spin City,” Director of Development for new projects, speechwriter for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research and Michael’s researcher/writer’s assistant on The New York Times bestseller, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future.” Michael was also an Executive Producer on Jann’s sitcom pilot, “The Pack,” about a single dad raising three daughters in Green Bay, Wisconsin.     

 

Jann is also a veteran event producer.  After hosting legendary New Year’s Eve events in New York City for a decade, Jann founded New Year's Nation, the company that pioneered the concept of producing a multi-city, technologically linked event on the biggest night of the year.  On New Year’s Eve 2010, more than 10,000 guests attended NYN parties across the country while another 100,000 viewers tuned in to the broadcast from home.  

 

Jann has a BA in Psychology from Cornell University.  He was named Event Marketer/Communicator of the Year by PR News in 2010. 

 
With over twenty years of product design and development experience in the High Tech industry, Atul is adept at looking at the big picture and piecing together the right technology components in order to drive business value. Utilizing a strong foundation in technical leadership, management and strategic planning, Atul has led development efforts spanning large scale infrastructure systems to hand held portables. Before joining Ataata, Atul was a Senior Director at Hughes where he was responsible for managing customer programs and solutions for large scale Mobile Satellite Systems.    Previously, Atul was at Texas Instruments where he managed the Multicore product line for video infrastructure and conferencing segments. He also managed engineering teams and led software development efforts across a number of business verticals, including IP Phones, Industrial Automation, Wireless Base Stations and Automotive Safety. Atul has extensive background in telecom and embedded platforms, open source development, web/cloud based technologies, system architecture, software engineering and agile processes. With a quest for learning, Atul keeps himself up to date with emerging market trends and technologies. He loves technology and prefers to be a hands-on leader.  Atul holds a M.B.A. from Smith School of Business, a Masters in Computer Science from VCU, and a B.Tech in Computer Science from IIT-BHU in India.

With over twenty years of product design and development experience in the High Tech industry, Atul is adept at looking at the big picture and piecing together the right technology components in order to drive business value. Utilizing a strong foundation in technical leadership, management and strategic planning, Atul has led development efforts spanning large scale infrastructure systems to hand held portables.

Before joining Ataata, Atul was a Senior Director at Hughes where he was responsible for managing customer programs and solutions for large scale Mobile Satellite Systems.   

Previously, Atul was at Texas Instruments where he managed the Multicore product line for video infrastructure and conferencing segments. He also managed engineering teams and led software development efforts across a number of business verticals, including IP Phones, Industrial Automation, Wireless Base Stations and Automotive Safety.

Atul has extensive background in telecom and embedded platforms, open source development, web/cloud based technologies, system architecture, software engineering and agile processes.

With a quest for learning, Atul keeps himself up to date with emerging market trends and technologies. He loves technology and prefers to be a hands-on leader. 

Atul holds a M.B.A. from Smith School of Business, a Masters in Computer Science from VCU, and a B.Tech in Computer Science from IIT-BHU in India.

 

Board of Directors

ADAM
FLETCHER

 

MICHAEL MADON

 

RANDY ALTSCHULER

CISO, The Blackstone Group

Member of the Board of Advisors, Cylance, Inc.

Founding Board Member, Security Advisor Alliance

VP, International Security, Equifax

B.S., Cornell

 

CEO, Ataata

VP, BD, RedOwl, Inc., a rapid-growth security-focused software company

Deputy Assistant Secretary, the US Treasury Department, recipient of US Intelligence Community’s highest award

Military Intelligence Army Officer, recipient of the Bronze Star.

M.B.A., Wharton;  Masters in Security Policy, Columbia; B.A., Cornell.

 

CEO, Xometry; Advanced Manufacturing Company

Co-Founder and Chairman of CloudBlue

Associate, Blackstone

M.B.A., Harvard Business School

B.A., Princeton

 

BOARD OF ADVISORS

Jeri
buchholz

Gustave Lipman

        Tim         Murphy

 Dr. SAMANTHA RAVICH

Assistant Administrator for Human Capital Management and Chief Human Capital Officer, NASA

Associate Director, HR Operations and Policy, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commision

Human Capital Officer, Office of Inspector General.

BA, Psychology at Gustavus Adolphus College

Fmr COO, Guardsmark, LLC.

Senior Executive VP, Group Executive, Guardsmark, LLC.

BSE, University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School.

President, Thompson Reuters Special Services 

Tim Murphy was the FBI’s special agent in charge of the Cincinnati field office, the bureau’s chief financial officer, chief operating officer and most recently the Deputy Director of the FBI until he retired in 2011

Murphy joined the FBI in 1988 as a special agent after he graduated from college and later held operational roles in counterterrorism, intelligence, cyber and organized crime.

He is member of the Police Executive Research Forum, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Department of State Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC), Deputy Co-Chairman of the FBI/DHS Domestic Security Alliance Council, the FBI Agents Association, and the FBI National Academy Associates.

He also served as a vice president at MacAndrews and Forbes Inc.

Advisor to The Chertoff Group and Freedom Capital Investment Management

Member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).

Ph.D. in Policy Analysis from RAND Graduate School

BSE/MCP, Wharton; University of Pennsylvania

 

HOW WE GOT HERE

LIKE MANY GREAT BUSINESSES, ATAATA WAS BORN OUT OF A SIMPLE QUESTION. 

 

After sitting through another bout of security awareness training for their jobs, Michael and Tim wondered:

 
 

They realized that security awareness training didn't have to be miserable. Employees were causing security mistakes, not because they didn't know any better, but because they didn't care!  Current solutions were trying to change what people know. Instead, companies needed a solution that understood how people think to change what people do. 

 

ATAATA WAS BORN!