Who We Are
Founder & CEO
Since founding Praesidium, Seth has been focused on assembling inquisitive teams of people who will relentlessly push the vision of Praesidium from concept to reality. He works closely with each of the teams to keep the product development and partnerships in harmony with the company’s overarching mission.
Seth has been an entrepreneur his entire life. While studying to become a doctor in college, he interrupted his studies to start his first business. And, over the last 13 years, he has traveled the world speaking publicly to entrepreneurs on topics ranging from entrepreneurism, business risk, technology, networking and building successful teams and businesses. Seth has been featured at John C. Maxwell events and has been a TedX speaker.
Seth has 4 children (3 boys and a girl) who are all heavily into sports. He spends his free time traveling and enjoying watching his kids compete in their respective sports.
Doug’s responsibilities include everything from operational excellence to contract manufacturing oversight, supply chain optimization and strategic partnership and relationship management.
Over the last 15 years, Doug has held numerous C-Suite roles with various companies - large and small, public and private. Earlier in his career, he was a strategic management consultant to Fortune 500 clients, culminating with practice leadership roles at PwC and Deloitte Consulting. Whether managing consulting teams or companies, his results have had a common theme - explosive growth and sustained profitability, regardless of the macro-economic climate.
Doug and his wife Mary are successful empty-nesters, with kids and grandkids spread throughout the US. When not immersed in the sprint around all things Praesidium, Doug can be found in or on the mountains of Northern Utah - skiing, biking, hiking or golfing.
Paul is responsible for Praesidium’s financial and managerial reporting, accounting, taxes, payroll, and human resources.
As a licensed CPA, Paul has held a myriad of management and oversight roles within finance and accounting for the last 10+ years with various public and private companies. His responsibilities have included federal & state compliance, tax controversy, and tax accounting (Statutory & GAAP). He began his career in public accounting with PwC and has held management positions with companies in the financial services and insurance industries. Throughout his career, Paul has been focused on building, maintaining and enhancing corporate value, protecting corporate assets, and complying with financial regulatory requirements.
Paul and his wife Janell have four children and enjoy spending family time together playing sports, watching movies, and traveling to new places.
Dr. Gian Franco (aka Giangi) Sacco is Praesidium’s Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer. His main responsibilities are to oversee all the technical aspects of our technology spanning from hardware to software and to push the limit of our technology to explore new groundbreaking applications.
Giangi holds a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D in theoretical physics and he worked for over 15 years at the NASA center Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). At JPL he was intimately involved in architecting and developing cloud-based Science Data Systems (SDS) and processing and analysis tools for Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) and Atmospheric Radar. For the past 10 years he worked on several applications that apply Deep Learning to Radar imagery from detecting land deformation to identifying icebergs.
Giangi and his domestic partner Sharon are both nature lovers and when not occupied by their demanding jobs they love to hike in the Los Angeles mountains and when possible, explore the beautiful natural wonders that our country has to offer. Giangi is an avid sport practitioner and he also enjoys mountain biking, karate and other activities.
Derek's responsibilities include managing everything related to the company’s internal technology infrastructure. He ensures that the applications used will scale appropriately with the devices in circulation. He also provides a safe and secure environment for our external client and digital partner interactions.
Derek has a Master of Business Administration from California Coast University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida. He is also a Network Security Expert, a Storage Area Network expert, and is Cisco Certified. Over the last 15 years, Derek has interacted with various companies - large and small as a Virtual CIO. He has developed a robust portfolio of success stories in the planning, designing, building, and managing complex technology infrastructures. Derek has been able to help companies grow without thinking about the technology component, allowing companies to focus on what they do best. He helped one company go from garage to over $180,000,000 while keeping costs low and uptime high (100%) during their hyper-growth. Derek’s vision is to make technology simple, manageable, and affordable.
Derek enjoys an excellent outdoor adventure, hiking, biking, paddleboarding, kayaking, and snorkeling. He has swum, snorkeled, and kayaked in 18 of the 21 magnitude 1 springs in the state of Florida. Derek has climbed the three highest peaks in the continental United States. He has also hiked to Everest Base Camp in Nepal. He led a group up Kilimanjaro in Africa on his second summit of that mountain.
Kelli is responsible for the day-to-day operations of our development efforts with our B2B partners. Further, she oversees our Contract Manufacturing partners and manages our supply chain and critical component procurement.
Over the last 11+ years, Kelli has assumed increasingly complex and accountable roles related to managing operational logistics and client relationships in the Software Development and Consumer Packaged Goods industries. After completing her undergraduate studies in Rhode Island, Kelli’s initial dive into a corporate role was with a Fortune 50 company in their Human Resources and Corporate Recruiting department. Inherently restless, Kelli quickly moved on to earlier-stage, extremely fast-paced companies in demanding roles that brought different challenges every day of the week. All those experiences positioned her for the operational role she has at Praesidium.
In Kelli’s "spare" time, she and her husband like to travel and scuba dive. She also loves to hike with her two pups, Bear and Clark.
Constantinos Daskalakis is a Greek theoretical computer scientist. He is a professor at MIT's Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department and a member of the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. He was awarded the Rolf Nevanlinna Prize and the Grace Murray Hopper Award in 2018.
Constantinos Daskalakis was awarded the 2008 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award for advancing our understanding of behavior in complex networks of interacting individuals, such as those enabled and created by the Internet. His dissertation on the computational complexity of Nash Equilibria provides a novel, algorithmic perspective on game theory and the concept of the Nash equilibrium. For this work Daskalakis was also awarded the 2008 Kalai Prize for outstanding articles at the interface of computer science and game theory, along with Christos Papadimitriou and Paul W. Goldberg.
In 2018, Daskalakis was awarded the Nevanlinna Prize for "transforming our understanding of the computational complexity of fundamental problems in markets, auctions, equilibria and other economic structures". He also received the Simons Foundation Investigator award in Theoretical Computer Science, an award designed for "outstanding scientists in their most productive years," who are "providing leadership to the field".
Sleep Health Strategist
Nate’s responsibilities include application of the core BioFi technology to improve sleep health across the lifespan from individual, population, and systems based perspectives.
Nate is currently an active sleep clinician, researcher, and teacher at the University of Washington (UW) School of Medicine where he is Professor and Vice Chair of Faculty Affairs for the Department of Neurology. He holds certifications with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with a Sleep Medicine subspecialty and the American Board of Sleep Medicine. He is a former President of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the American Board of Sleep Medicine.
Over the course of his career, Nate has held multiple research grants to study sleep disturbances and published extensively for medical and lay audiences. He has led the development of guideline and consensus documents regarding monitoring and managing sleep disturbances. His research has investigated genetic aspects of sleep duration and metabolic disease, mental health, and inflammation. His current investigations include the relationship between sleep-disordered breathing and cancer risk, the impact of artificial intelligence and consumer sleep technology on human sleep and sleep medicine, and increasing access to sleep care for Native American populations. He is a passionate advocate for sleep health, with efforts focused on promoting healthy school start times, abolishment of daylight saving time, and transportation safety. His sleep advocacy and media work has touched millions of lives.
They say you should do what you love, and Nate loves to sleep! When not sleeping or thinking about sleep, Nate is generally transporting or watching his three children play baseball, basketball, football, swimming, or perform musically. Nate and his family love to travel, and Nate enjoys snowboarding, backpacking in Olympic National Park, swimming, fishing and tending to his aquarium.