MindQuilt is an Austin, TX based developer of next-generation knowledge/learning management tools.

MindQuilt was founded by a team of search, database, and security experts as an internal project for global telecommunications giant, Vodafone. The MindQuilt team elected to spin the company out as a stand-alone enterprise and relocated to Austin, TX in mid-2010. Today, hundreds of companies around the world rely on the MindQuilt platform as a tool for generating increased productivity through better knowledge and learning management.

MindQuilt’s management team is comprised of former Vodafone, Yahoo, and Intel executives with deep domain expertise in enterprise search and database management. We are privately held and backed by an industry-leading advisory board from such notables as Oracle, Dell, Goldman Sachs, IBM, and AT&T.


Larry Upton – Co-Founder & CEO
Larry heads up MindQuilt’s executive planning, fund-raising, and strategic partnership development efforts. A serial entrepreneur, Larry has managed channel development efforts for two successful start-ups: Dantz Development (now EMC Insignia) and MessageOne (now Dell EMS). Larry is a fitness enthusiast, drinks cheap table wine, and pays a lot of college tuition.

Dan Damian – Co-Founder & CTO
Dan co-founded MindQuilt in 2010 while heading up software usability and interface design at Vodafone Prototypes and Concepts group. Having cut his engineering teeth at Level 7 Software, Dan now leads MindQuilt’s product development efforts and is responsible for system architecture, UI/UX design, and engineering management. Dan is an avid cyclist and the proud new father of a future Tour de France winner.

Frank Tate – Co-Founder & CSO
Frank leads MindQuilt’s mid and long-term business strategy. A former music industry executive and owner/ founder in multiple businesses, including Super Franks Fun Adventure (launched on a dare from his beautiful wife). Frank drives business model innovation for MindQuilt. He loves his family, mountain biking, going to Maui, and watching the amazing Oakland A’s.

Jason Fink – Vice President, Operations
Jason leads MindQuilt’s “go to market” programs and is responsible for website/collateral development, product documentation, and social media. Prior to MindQuilt, Jason founded and successfully exited a previous start-up. Despite his financial background, Jason actually has fun with CrossFit training and long fall afternoons watching Wisconsin Badgers and Green Bay Packers games.

Sy Lormier – Vice President, Customer Care
Sy is responsible for all of MindQuilt’s customer enablement and platform deployment. He has an extensive experience in software/hardware product deployment and support and graduated from the University of Henri Point Care, Nancy, with an MA in Computer Science. Sy is a 2nd Dan black belt in Shotokan Karate, a Brown Belt in Jiu-Jitsu and an amateur in Muay Thai. He enjoys cooking, good wine, and bad French films in his spare time.