NS: Technology heavyweights join SheepDog’s board of directors

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Jonathan Rosenberg is incoming Chair and is joined by Jevon MacDonald.

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[HALIFAX, NS] – SheepDog Inc has appointed Jonathan “Jothy” Rosenberg PhD., and Jevon MacDonald to its Board of Directors.

Rosenberg has a PhD in computer science from Duke University where he stayed on as assistant professor for five years post-PhD. He caught the entrepreneurial bug and left Duke to found a supercomputer startup in California. Then he did a five year stint at a large software company called Borland while in California. Borland shipped him off to Boston, which he fell in love with and where he has remained for 15 years.

In those years he has gone on to found and/or run eight startups, two of which had exits of more than $100M. During this time he also wrote three technical books: How Debuggers Work, Securing Web Services and, most recently, The Cloud at Your Service. But his real pride and joy is his book called Who Says I Can't that recounts how he used extreme sports to recover from two bouts with cancer and an amputation as a teenager when he was told he had zero chance of survival.

Having helped lead several successful IT organizations, Rosenberg brings an incredible wealth of knowledge to SheepDog.

“Experience, networks and innovation combined with proven perserverance are the key attributes Jothy will lend to the board," says Julia Rivard, SheepDog’s CEO. "Jothy is going to be a terrific director, we’re excited and honored he has chosen SheepDog as his next private sector board to serve.”

Joining Rosenberg is MacDonald, an entrepreneur, investor, advisor and tireless promoter of Canadian startups. He was most recently the Entrepreneur in Residence at Innovacorp, the Nova Scotia venture capital fund and high performance incubation organization.

Prior to his experience at Innovacorp, he was a partner at Dachis Group, a social business software and services firm backed by a $50 million commitment from Austin Ventures. While with Dachis, MacDonald participated in developing the company from four to more than 150 employees, four acquisitions and significant revenue growth in North America and internationally. He is also the co-founder of Startupnorth.ca, a community of Canadian technology startups, where he comments regularly on the Canadian venture landscape.

Both MacDonald and Rosenberg bring a great passion for technology and innovation that lend well to SheepDog’s strength in software development as the company drives a focus on new applications to market.

“SheepDog has done an incredible job in growing a team that, in the frontier of IT called cloud computing, is the very best in the world,” says incoming Chair Rosenberg. “I have been particularly impressed with the company’s commitment to the open source movement and developer culture that has fostered the growth of such a successful team in Halifax and I hope to help increase their visibility throughout North America.”

SheepDog grew out of the successful web development company Norex.com and has seen several products brought to market including the Dashboard CMS tool in 2009 and later gTrax, Password reset and Miley all intergrated with the suite of Google Apps.

More recently, SheepDog has established successful relationships with development partners including Dalhousie University and Xobni to work on new technologies for the market. In 2008, SheepDog became Google’s premier Enterprise Partner for the implementation of Google Apps.

Organizations: Duke University, Securing Web Services, Dachis Group Austin Ventures Dalhousie University Google Enterprise Partner

Geographic location: California, HALIFAX, Nova Scotia Boston North America

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