Our Team

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Jake Sigal

Ceo

A proud graduate of Ohio University, Jake invented the original USB turntable at Numark before he went to work on satellite radio products at Delphi. He founded his first startup, Livio, in 2008 and spent five years developing Internet radios and a language that lets mobile apps and hardware systems communicate. Ford bought Livio in 2013 and Jake founded Tome to explore the Internet of Things tech space.
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SKILLS
TECH

BUSINESS

MOUNTAIN BIKING

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Massimo Baldini

President

Massimo spent 15 years working in brand management and product development for Whirlpool, Kenmore, Delphi, 3M and Procter & Gamble before he joined Jake at Livio in 2008. His experience was essential to the startup’s growth to become established software innovators, and he brought that same skillset to Tome as its co-founder and president.
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SKILLS
Business/Ops

Product/Brand MKT

Bouncing in 1st row at weird music events

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Phil Danne

Sr. Director of Engineering

Writing code and making music are the things that drive Phil, who went from punching a clock to doing something he loved when he joined Livio in 2011. He later left for Tome where he leads a team of engineers soaring to new heights and infinite possibilities.
SKILLS
Making Music

Distance Running


Bouncing in 1st row at weird music events

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Tom Hoag

Sr. Advisor, Strategy

Tom spent 20 years at Sun Microsystems, where he co-founded the Java Factory, before he started developing iPhone apps on his own. He later led the development team for mobile and cloud-based software at Valassis before he joined Tome’s team in 2014.
SKILLS

Purveyor of Advanced Magic


Regularly learns & plays new sports


Connoisseur of all things Pi[e]

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Angela Fessler

Director, Safety Team

Angela got a degree in computer science from Arizona State University and led a software engineering team in the “Valley of the Sun” before returning to her native Michigan to raise a family and join Tome.  She's happy engineering solutions that improve health, support mobility and bring people together.
SKILLS

Leaf Sommelier


Latte Art


Mountain Biking

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Nick Dedenbach

Manager - Automotive AOSP Team

Nick studied computer engineering at Michigan, joined the workforce and quickly learned that the big-company tech thing wasn’t for him. He sought migration to a startup and landed at Tome doing iOS and Android development for ambitious Internet of Things projects.
SKILLS
LEARNING NEW TECHNOLOGIES

GEOCACHING

SPEAKING VOLUME

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Shreejesh Patel

Product Manager

Shreejesh studied a mix of electrical, mechanical and software engineering at the University of Ontario along a course that would eventually lead him to Tome. He graduated with a degree in software engineering in 2014 and worked for a few other companies before he was hired by Down to Ride as a product owner. As a product manager for Tome, Shree said he loves working on the technology of the future and continually pushing its limits. As if those limits aren’t enough, he also drives high-speed go-karts in competitive races in the Toronto area.
SKILLS
Everything Tech

Soccer Fanatic

Binge Watching

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Mike Bush

Software Engineering Manager

Mike grew up tinkering home electronics, taking things apart just to fix them and building his own “smart devices” before they became real-world products. A 2015 graduate of Lawrence Tech with degrees in both computer science and engineering, he worked at a startup and spent a few years at an auto supplier before he signed on to lead Tome’s engineering team. You’ll find Mike packing a minimal amount of tech when he’s away from work — camping, hunting and fishing in the great outdoors.
SKILLS
Embedded C

Archery

Agile Methodology

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Dave Mitchell

Software Engineering Manager

Dave started creating web pages in sixth grade. By high school, he was building PCs for money. He continued writing software for fun in college and after graduating from Michigan Tech with a degree in Management Information Systems, he found a career doing what he loves. Dave said the opportunity to join Tome, where he leads a smaller team with more autonomy, was too good to pass up. When he’s not at work, you’ll find him playing disc golf or tackling home improvement projects. 

SKILLS

Technical Communication


Do more with less


Disc golf


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Alexa Uljaj

Software Engineering Manager

Alexa majored in electrical and computer engineering at Oakland University before she went to work as a software developer for Ford Motor Co. Her career path led to the University of Michigan-Dearborn for an MBA, and then to Tome, where she manages a portfolio of projects that are constantly changing, evolving and pushing tech boundaries. That’s part of what she likes about life at a smaller, more agile company that moves fast.
SKILLS
Speed Reading

Actual Reading Speed

Personal Online Shopper

Maher Rabah-Nasr

Maher Rabah-Nasr

Software Project Manager

Maher studied software engineering and game design at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. After graduation, he set out to amass work experience by day, while teaching night and weekend classes as an adjunct professor at several colleges. Joining the laser-focused team at Tome offered Maher a chance to deploy his project management skills. He spends any free time designing Android and iOS games for his own company, and is eyeing a career down the road as a full-time professor with real-world experience.
SKILLS
Space Travel

Hunting Bigfoot

Sarcasm

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Mark Furland

Sr. Software Engineer

Mark grew up with computer games: playing, modding and eventually hosting. The experience sent him down a path of  exploration into tech’s nitty-gritty and advanced details. He studied computers at the University of Vermont, and later at Michigan Tech. The Hacker Fellows program channeled him toward Tome, where he currently works on the Advanced Projects Team. Off the clock, he enjoys sci-fi and mountain biking.
SKILLS
Perl

Mad Science

Embedded-ish C

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Praveen Ramesh Sai

Sr. Software Engineer

Praveen hails from South India and got his start in the world of software development at Freshworks after he earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science and engineering. He got his master’s at Western Michigan University and was picked by Tome to work on multiple Android and web app development projects. When he’s not tackling emerging tech challenges, Praveen enjoys playing cricket, travel and watching movies.
SKILLS
Sachinist

Filter-Caffeineaholic

Binge watching F.R.I.E.N.D.S

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Rich Rarey

Sr. Software Engineer

Rich got his start in tech working in radio. He joined NPR as a sound engineer after Ohio University, explored broadcast systems and automation, and eventually entered the lab with a small team researching broadcast technology. Fortune dealt him a fresh start and new research challenges at Tome. A private pilot, Rich lives outside Washington, DC and loves traveling to the faraway places he once visited by shortwave radio.
SKILLS
Johnson & Johnson soft' landings

Good coffee ambassador

Quoting Reader's Digest

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Ben Willshire

Sr. Software Engineer

Ben fell in love with computers in high school and eventually became the lead programmer on the robotics team. He later left the family nest to study computer science at the University of Michigan. Ben knew that he wanted to work in software development when he graduated but wasn’t sure where until he found Tome and was inspired by the forward-thinking vibe.
SKILLS
Wearing Plaid

Enjoy Playing Video Games

Being Good At Those Video Games

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Jeanne Beau

Software Engineer

Jeanne grew up in metro Detroit, studied computer engineering at Oakland University and was an embedded systems researcher prior to coming to Tome. She’s now part of a team of software engineers dedicated to making breakthrough innovations that matter. Her work on Tome projects combines her interests in various connected device technologies and allows her to explore new and exciting spaces while solving interesting problems.
SKILLS
Being a night owl

Occasional cliff diving

Singing between D2 and G5

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Eric Horlocker

Software Engineer

When Eric was young, his aunt had him around computers a lot. He began his journey toward a tech career by modifying video game consoles. He studied computer science at Wayne State University and hired into Tome after graduation, where he began working on Android and iOS development for automotive projects. With so much to learn, Tome’s rhythm appeals to Eric, who didn’t want to settle into a humdrum, monotonous career existence. Working on cars, playing indie rock drums and guitar, and producing electronic music keep him busy outside of work.

SKILLS

Coffee Elitism


Binging Video Games


Bouncing in 1st Row at Weird Music Events


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Jeremiah James

Software Engineer

Jeremiah studied piano performance after high school, before his chosen career path took a turn away from music and into the world of home automation. His work doing pre-Internet-of-Things integrations for high-end residential customers long before Google or Alexa, gave him the hands-on experience as a generalist that will serve him well as an engineer at Tome. When his hands aren’t on the bleeding edge tech tools now at his disposal, they’re often on the piano, where Franz Schubert’s Impromptus continue to inspire Jeremiah’s creativity.

SKILLS

Chocolate taste testing


Tickling the ivories


Waking up before 8:00


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Tony Lawrence

Software Engineer

Tony got into computer programming to make games but music is what drives him now. He interned at Livio and later left for the Tome nest, where his ability to take tech from zero to something real with the quickness makes him a valuable team player.
SKILLS
Musical Elitism

Voting

Fighting the Power

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Joe Maples

Software Engineer

Joe became his family’s computer pro out of necessity while he was still in grade school and never really stopped learning about them. Tapped to join Tome as a software engineer co-op while studying computer science and cybersecurity at Kettering University, he described working on the company’s mobility and automotive projects as “like jumping on a train into the future.” When he’s not thinking about ways to make technology more secure, Joe enjoys growing hydroponic peppers and cooking herbs.
SKILLS
Cracking Phone Screens

Advanced Googling

Native Android Development

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Orlando Murrell

Software Engineer

Orlando was 16 when programming sparked his interest, and he taught himself to do it in Java. He spent the next five years as a hobbyist programmer before he started working on personal projects with Kotlin. After graduating from the University of Michigan-Dearborn, Orlando used the work he’d done as a springboard to a job as an Android developer and software engineer at Tome. In his past life, he was a competitive gamer and managed to win an Evo medal.
SKILLS
Android Development

Mythology Trivia

Making People Mad at Video Games

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Harsh Shah

Software Engineer

Harsh spent 14 months working as a software engineer in Mumbai before he moved his career to the other side of the world, where he joined Tome’s team exploring Android and web development. A graduate of Northeastern University, where he majored in information systems, you’ll find him watching soccer matches, UFC bouts or Tennis in his free time, when he’s not flipping things he finds on Marketplace.
SKILLS
Web Developer

Sports Aficionado

Drag Racing

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C8H10N4O2

Director of Motivation

A stalwart of the Tome team, C8H10N4O2 provides additional support to fuel our bits of creativity and brainstorming. Seen at all hours of the day, in meetings, and by the side of several workstations, C8H10N4O2 is an indispensable part of the Tome crew.
SKILLS
Tastemaker

Energy Elixir

Viscosity

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Tome Owl

Inspirational Firebrand

Blessed with intuition and wise beyond his years, Tome makes decisions based on solid foundations. As a spirit guide, he continually is on the cutting edge, exploring the unknown and leading the charge into exciting areas of innovation.
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Wisdom

Hooting Ability

Night Vision

Careers At Tome

Tome Jobs Barn

We’re looking for more than hired hands at Tome. If you excel when you tinker, invent and innovate and are a bird of a different feather in search of a different kind of workplace, come join us on our journey. There will be hard work, but it’ll be coolest job you’ll ever have.

For our current openings:

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Hacker Fellows

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Tome is proud to be part of the Hacker Fellows program. Through the fellowship program, Tome has been able to provide exciting tech opportunities for talented coders in the Detroit-area. We offer a hands-on experience on innovative projects in the internet-of-things space with a specialized focus on enterprise mobility: mobility software and connected office.

Hacker Fellows and Alumni at Tome:
Nick Dedenbach
Mark Furland
Peter Shutt
Andrew Steffes
Mike Swierenga
Ben Willshire