The Moor Insights & Strategy team has extensive real-world executive experience in strategy, product management, product and channel marketing, P&L management, technology and market research. We have held executive-level positions in high-tech companies like yours. We are familiar with the problems you face, but we also have the problem-solving ability of industry veterans. We know how to implement. Our advantage is the ability to identify the problems to be solved, anticipate the obstacles to solving them, create strategies to overcome the obstacles and execute with precision to help companies reach their goals.


Patrick Moorhead, Founder, President & Principal Analyst

Patrick founded the firm based on in his real-world world technology experiences with the understanding of what he wasn’t getting from analysts and consultants. Five years later, Patrick is consistently ranked in the top echelon of all technology industry analysts in terms of “power” (via ARInsights) and is consistently top ranked in “press citations” (via Apollo Research). Moorhead is a contributor for both Forbes and CIO. He a broad-based analyst covering a wide variety of topics including the software-defined datacenter and the Internet of Things (IoT), and Patrick is a deep expert in client computing and semiconductors. He has 25 years of experience including 15 years of executive experience at high tech companies leading strategy, product management, product marketing, and corporate marketing, including three industry board appointments.

You can find Patrick’s full biography here.

Rhett Dillingham, Senior Analyst, Cloud Services

With 17+ years of experience in enterprise hardware, software, and cloud products and services, Rhett has a passion for delivering market-leading technology products and services. In his product leadership roles at Rackspace and AWS, he helped shape the change in consumption of technology via innovative cloud services. At Moor Insights, he is helping clients make the most of the opportunity this disruption presents with his focus on infrastructure and platform services across public, private, and hybrid cloud. Most recently, Rhett was Vice President of Product Management at Rackspace on OpenStack Public Cloud then Private Cloud. Rhett earned his MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University.

You can find Rhett’s full biography here.

Karl Freund, Senior Analyst, Machine Learning & HPC

Karl Freund has spent his career transforming cool technologies into thriving businesses through creative and effective Go-To-Market karl-freundstrategies. Recently, as the General Manager of AMD’s HPC business, he became fascinated by the potential of Deep Learning in Artificial Intelligence to improve our lives and businesses. Now at Moor Insights, he helps clients realize the potential of Deep Learning and HPC. Karl holds a bachelors degree from Texas A&M University in Applied Mathematics, and a Masters of Computer Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

You can find Karl’s full biography here.

Matt Kimball, Senior Analyst, Servers

Over the last 25 years, Matt has developed an expertise across the product life cycle – from gathering product requirements to creating messaging to developing and executing “go-to-market” strategies as well as real-world IT experience.  Matt began his career in professional services engineering and transitioned into product management and product marketing roles for some of the largest companies in the high tech market including Xerox, Seagate, and AMD. Most recently, Matt has worked at AMD as a Senior Product Marketing Manager.  In this role, he was responsible for product message creation and testing, branding and all facets of go to market. Matt served as an IT director responsible for datacenter consolidation, data warehousing, web infrastructure, and data integration.

Matt’s full biography is here.

Steve McDowell, Senior Analyst, Storage

Steve McDowell is a technologist with over 25 years of deep industry experience in a variety of strategy, engineering, and strategic marketing roles, all with the unifying theme of delivering storage and systems technologies into the enterprise market. Steve most recently led the ground-up development of a hyperconverged storage/compute product at Nimble Storage (an HPE company), where he had also led the storage protocol and fibre channel engineering teams. He has engineered solutions for storage replication, NAS, and storage virtualization with companies such as NCR, Fujitsu-Softek, and Network Engines. Steve also spent eight years at AMD in corporate strategy and strategic marketing roles, where he focused heavily on emerging technologies, helping OEM partners deliver a wide range of innovative solutions to the enterprise market.

Steve’s full biography here

Neal Robison, Senior Analyst In-Residence, Game Content and Services

Neal Robison has spent over 25 years in the game industry, first as a developer at Apple, as a VP at Sega of America and Vivendi Universal, and most recently oversaw developer relations at AMD and ARM. Now, as part of the Moor Insights team, he brings the unique perspective of a veteran with a wide range of industry experience in launching console platforms, VR/AR, game publishing and marketing, game development on mobile, PC and console, and graphics software.

With his experience on both the technical and marketing sides of the video game industry, Neal has a unique ability to translate complicated technology and its value to general consumers and press. He has been utilized as a trusted voice to speak on behalf of the companies he’s worked for and has appeared in Time, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Wired, CNN and numerous online outlets.

Neal’s full biography here

Anshel Sag, Associate Analyst, Mobility & VR

Anshel is Moor Insights & Strategy’s in-house millennial and conducts hands-on competitive performance analyses. He was co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Bright Side of News, a top technology news and review website. As an IT industry journalist, he has written Anshel Sag Bust Blurredmany semiconductor analyses and helped customers and vendors understand which technologies matter. His strengths involve the ability not only to identify new technology trends but also to understand how companies in the IT industry can use them. Anshel is positioned well to explain why certain trends occur from the consumer perspective as well as describe the technical details behind them. His prior experience in the IT industry includes working in roles ranging from electronics prototyping to graphics cards and motherboards.

Anshel’s full biography is here.

Will Townsend, Senior Analyst, Carriers and Enterprise Networking

Will is a senior analyst focused on telecommunications infrastructure, carrier services, and enterprise networking.  He has spent his diverse career in product management, product and channel marketing, business development, sales and strategic alliances managing wireless programs with AT&T and Telus.  A risk-taking executive that has built businesses and participated in several start-ups, Will brings over 25 years of experience from technology leaders Dell, Compaq, and Hewlett-Packard among others to Moor Insights & Strategy. Will earned a BA in Economics from The University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from Texas State University.

Will’s full biography is here.

Mark Vena, Senior Analyst, Smart Home, Home Automation, Security & Console Gaming

Mark Vena is a proven strategic technology executive with more than 25 years in the high-tech space with many well-known companies such as Compaq, Dell, Alienware, Synaptics, Segway, Sling Media and Neato Robotics.  He has led and managed numerous highly popular consumer technology brands in the PC, gaming, consumer electronics and “smart home” space.  Mark’s rich consumer product management and product marketing background gives him a unique and real world “end to end” understanding of the challenges that companies face with developing innovative products and services for consumers. Mark graduated Cum Laude from Boston College in 1984 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and grew up in New Jersey.  He currently resides in San Jose, California.

Mark’s full biography here.

Christopher R. Wilder, Senior Analyst, IoT

Chris is a senior analyst focused on the Internet of Things.  Chris was CEO and Chairman at Industrial IoT firm Tiga Energy Services and brings with him a wealth of real-world insights and experience. Chris knows the analyst game well as he spent 12 years as a partner and Executive VP at The Knowledge Capital Group, an analysis, and consultancy for analyst relations professionals. Chris also held roles at HPE, Smart Technologies, and the U.S. Navy. Chris is a Forbes and TechTarget contributor and is the author of the best-selling book, Influencing the Influencers.

Chris’s full biography is here.


Dan Pickens, Business Director

Dan Pickens is Business Director for Moor Insights & Strategy’s datacenter business and is responsible for operations and customer relations. Dan has over 25 years’ experience in marketing Dan Pickens vgoodcommunications, media relations, analyst relations, positioning, and messaging. Prior to joining MI&S, Dan created and ran his own marketing and communications consultancy. He spent 12 years with AMD, the last three as senior product marketing manager for commercial PC and server processors. Prior to that, he created, and for six years managed the global industry analyst relations program. Initially, at AMD, Pickens spent two years creating and executing national and international public relations programs for the desktop and notebook businesses.

Dan’s full biography is here.


Laurence Chu, MD, FACS, Contributing Physician

Laurence Chu, MD is an Otolaryngologist-Head & Neck Surgeon. He has been in medical practice for over two decades with an interest in medical research and technology application toward healthcare.  Headshot (2)He has been tinkering with technology since his days in college and still has his original Macintosh Computer and  Newton tablet. He completed his medical training through the Six Year BA/MD program at Boston University and was honorably discharged from the United States Air Force.

You can find Laurence’s full biography here.