Management

Brian Bender, Partner and President

Prior to Founding JetHead in 2003, Mr. Bender was the founder and president of PropHead Development, Inc. in 1994. PropHead was acquired in 2000 by AOL/Time Warner. PropHead developed STB Software for Hughes Network Systems for their successful DIRECTV STB. PropHead also developed components for SONY, Hitachi, and other major OEM DIRECTV STB.

Mr. Bender holds degrees in Computer Science from The University of California, Riverside and was Alumni of year for the Bourns School of Engineering at UCR in 2008.

Prior to PropHead, Mr. Bender developed Earl Weaver Baseball for the PC for Electronic Arts. This products was the flagship product for Electronic Art sports division for years.

John Stebbins, Partner and Chief Technical Officer
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Ben Payne, Partner

Ben Payne has been working with Embedded Systems for his entire career. Starting out as software developer and architect, he played key roles in the development of the first DIRECTV Advanced Program Guide settop box, and one of the first DIRECTV HD receivers. Later working with AOL and TimeWarner Cable’s MystroTV, he developed middleware and several applications for primarily Cisco settop boxes. In 2003 he founded JetHead with the role to head up the engineering team. He started with a team of 5 engineers and has grown that team to over 50. In that time he has transitioned from writing code to managing the teams. He is a forward looking leader, with his eye on building quality software with a quick time to market.

Mike Gilmore, VP and GM

San Diego native with twenty years of embedded software development and management experience; the last 15 years of work experience managing end-to-end embedded software development (firmware, drivers, application and test tools) in the digital satellite set-top-box space, primarily for AT&T DIRECTV and those who develop solutions for AT&T DIRECTV.

John Roosendaal, VP and GM (AT&T Business Unit)

Since 1996, John has worked in engineering, marketing, and management roles related to the development and deployment of video, RF, and networking hardware and software solutions for set-top-boxes, cable modems, mobile phones and video surveillance products. John received his BSEE from UC San Diego and his MBA from CSU-San Marcos.