Sputnik Team

David LaDuke, Co-Founder and CEO

Dave has a successful 20-year track record in high-technology marketing, business development, and management. As co-founder and VP of Marketing of Linuxcare, Inc. Dave defined the company’s business model, strategy, and service offerings, and built the company’s brand to stand for leadership in open-source services for the enterprise. Previously, Dave provided high-technology strategy consulting for Apple Computer, Netscape, Oracle and Toshiba. Before that, he held senior marketing positions at Apple Computer and NeXT, Inc. Dave earned a B.A. and M.F.A. from Columbia University, and an M.B.A. from the Tuck Graduate School of Business at Dartmouth College.

Kathy Giori, Advisor

Kathy Giori was most recently Director of System Integration and Test at SkyPilot Network, Inc. leading the integration, implementation and testing of a proprietary broadband wireless network for residential customers. Prior to SkyPilot, Kathy was President, CEO and co-founder of WorkSpot, Inc. WorkSpot built custom wireless Palm applications for companies such as eBay, Barnes&Noble.com, AT&T teleconferencing, OmniSky, and others. Kathy's responsibilities included fundraising, business development and sales, management of software development, and in the early days, writing code. Before WorkSpot, Kathy was a Senior Engineering Manager at Etak, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Corp, leading the rollout of their real-time traffic information system, a partnership with Metro Networks. Prior to Etak, Kathy worked at SRI International as a Senior Research Engineer in the areas of RF communications and electromagnetics. Kathy holds a MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and a BS in EE from the University of Minnesota.

Dana Pluck, Controller

Dana is responsible for Sputnik's finance and HR operations. Dana is an experienced financial professional with a 12-year track record of achievement working with startups and established businesses. Dana offers comprehensive and practical knowledge of business finance from operational, compliance, tax, and reporting perspectives.


K&L Gates represents capital markets participants and leading global corporations, growth and middle-market companies, and entrepreneurs in every major industry group. K&L Gates practice is at once regional, national and international in scope, cutting edge, complex, and dynamic.

Smithline Jha LLP represents public and venture-financed companies in their strategic technology transactions such as alliance, OEM, reseller, outsourcing, development and sales deals. As a boutique firm in which every attorney has both in-house and top law firm experience, we are experts in helping companies get their deals done in a practical manner while at the same time protecting their core intellectual property assets, avoiding accounting problems and preserving their liquidity options.