Dale Russell
Dale Russell

Chief Technical Officer, Talksum, Inc.

Dale has over 20 years of front-line applied engineering and operations management expertise. Having managed large-scale infrastructures and service delivery for major names such AOL and Salesforce.com, he has an in-depth knowledge of the enterprise technology landscape. Dale has most recently been focused on large-scale data management and filtering technologies for Aggregate Knowledge and SurfControl, and his vision for the next era of computer science innovation is at the heart of Talksum’s big data solutions.


System Engineer, The Whitlock Group
Dale started his career in broadcasting in the early 90s as an engineer for The Whitlock Group (TWG), which is one of the largest broadcasting consulting and engineering firms in the United States. While at TWG, notable projects included the Goddard Space Center, the State of Virginia Economic Development Partnership, James Madison University, and the University of Virginia. Dale led TWG through the migration from NTSC to HDTV.

Manager of IT, Lightspeed Semiconductor
Dale then moved to San Jose, California, where he worked at Lightspeed Semiconductor (LSC) as the operations team leader. During his tenure at LSC, he was responsible for reducing the turn-around time of the verification process form 120 to 40 hours, including all VHDL test suites while reducing operating costs by moving to commodity-based servers and MOSIX job queuing.

Manager of IT, Aura Communications
In 1999, Dale moved to the Boston to work for Aura Communications, a near-field semiconductor developer. The technology was then sold to Phillips/SONY.

Consultant, Broadcast & HDTV Migration
After the sale, Dale took two years off working as a private consultant in broadcasting and HDTV migrations, based out of Richmond, Virginia.

Technical Manager, America Online (AOL), Streaming Media
In 2002, Dale joined AOL to head up the video and SHOUTcast division within AOL Streaming Media. While there, Dale was responsible for maintaining 99.9999% uptimes, with a $400 million budget reduced to approximately $40 million annually. The mass reduction in operating costs were reduced by moving to common standards and solutions rather than focusing on redundant efforts that were occurring inside, as well as outside, of AOL.

Director of Applied Engineering, East Coast Operations, Salesforce.com
In 2004, Dale was recruited into Salesforce.com to manage their East Coast Operations team. He was responsible for architecture, scale, 99.9999% uptimes, and http://trust.salesforce.com. After the successful Salesforce.com deployment and uptimes stability had been achieved, Dale went back to his passion of hardware start-up companies.

Director of Applied Research, SurfControl, Inc.
Post Salesforce.com, Dale and Brian Knox, together, designed the SurfControl Risk Filter (RF), which was a secure gateway and email-filtering system that used a combination of distributed algorithms for fast processing of threats. The duo maintained a real-time threat database as an alternative to the daily email threat list, which had been popularized by Websense. It was this technology that led Websense to acquire SurfControl.

Director of Operations, Aggregate Knowledge, Inc.
After his successful stint at SurfControl, Dale moved on to Aggregate Knowledge (AK), a leading data management company that offers advertisers and agencies an exact science to pinpoint where to reach their highest performing customers on a single platform. At AK, he and Brian came together again to pioneer a new process for analyzing tens of billion of advertising impressions daily in real time before the storage layer.

Chief Technical Officer, Talksum, Inc.
After AK, Dale once again followed his passion and met Alex Varshavsky, cofounder and CEO of Talksum. Dale joined Talksum, which is now a leader in high-speed data processing and management solutions whose mission is to develop new ways of processing, routing, and managing Big Data.