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Data Discovery and Visual Analytics through Treemaps

The Hive Group specializes in data discovery and visual analytics, developing advanced treemap interfaces for operational and financial analysis.  Customers include major manufacturers, financial services organizations, logistics companies, retailers, natural resources companies, military branches, and many government agencies.

The company’s interfaces are used to analyze performance, manage assets, identify anomalies and trends, assess risk and compliance issues, and more.

Honeycomb, the company’s patented treemap software and flagship offering, has been commercially available for over twelve years.  Sample Honeycomb applications are found at www.hivegroup.com/gallery/.

The Hive Group also offers HiveOnDemand, the world’s first cloud offering dedicated exclusively to treemapping.  HiveOnDemand is found at www.hiveondemand.com.

The Hive Group is privately held with headquarters in Richardson, Texas.  For more information, contact +1 972 808 0400 or info@hivegroup.com.

Management Team

Jim Bartoo
Chief Executive Officer

Jim has more than 20 years of experience in the software and information technology industries.  Prior to joining The Hive Group, Jim was Director of Business Development at Business Objects (acquired by SAP) (www.businessobjects.com), responsible for the company's extranet line of business.  Before Business Objects, he was a Managing Principal at Oracle Corporation (www.oracle.com) within the Change Management consulting practice.  Prior to Oracle, he worked as a management consultant at EDS (acquired by HP) (www.eds.com).  Jim holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Cornell University and a Master of Business Administration from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell.


Melissa Colantuoni
Director, Finance & Administration

Melissa has over 13 years of experience in IT consulting, system integration, software development, and insurance.  She was Accounting Controller at Sapers & Wallack (www.sapers-wallack.com) before joining The Hive Group.  Prior to Sapers & Wallack, Melissa was the Senior Accountant at Nervewire, Inc. (acquired by Wipro Ltd.) (www.wipro.com).  She is responsible for accounting, planning, benefits, and real estate activities.  Melissa holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance from Northeastern University and a Master of Business Administration from Suffolk University.


John Finkelstein
Director, Engineering

John has over 12 years of experience in software design and engineering.  He served as a pioneering member of the original Honeycomb development team.  Later, John joined the mobile technology company 4INFO (www.4info.com), architecting solutions for mobile devices.  He rejoined The Hive Group in 2013 to lead the Company’s operational treemap initiatives across all device platforms and products.  John holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Stanford University.


Dan Struebel
Director, Strategic Accounts

Dan has worked in a variety of operations positions within the company.  He was promoted to Director, Strategic Accounts in July 2010, reflecting his extensive involvement with deployments for Hive’s most noteworthy customers.  Dan works with customers to strategically align Hive’s visual environments with the business processes of the enterprise.  His work spans both private and public sector organizations.  Dan holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Clarkson University.


Board of Directors

H. William Jesse, Jr.

Since 1986 Bill has been an investor in and advisor to growth oriented product and service companies.  He has worked with such firms as WIRED Ventures (www.wired.com), Design Within Reach (www.dwr.com), Specialized Bicycle Components (www.specialized.com), and Peet’s Coffee & Tea (www.peets.com).  Bill has served on over 20 boards in the last 35 years.  In addition to serving as Chairman of The Hive Group, Bill is presently Chairman of The Wine Group, the second largest U.S. wine business, and Chairman of Serena & Lily (www.serenaandlily.com), a fast growing home furnishings company.  Prior to 1986 Bill had extensive operating management experience including CEO of two cruise lines and responsibility for an extensive collection of marketing and distribution businesses operating in Africa, Asia & Europe.

Bill is a graduate of Lehigh University and the Harvard Business School.   He is the author of several case studies that have been taught at Harvard and other leading business schools.

He is Chair of the Coral Reef Alliance, a non-profit that develops and implements sustainable solutions to reverse coral reef damage and maintain healthy reef ecosystems.  CORAL operates in Mexico, Central America and the Pacific.


Tony Jewitt
Tony has more than 20 years of experience in marketing, sales and business development within the information technology industry.  Tony is presently Vice President of Big Data Solutions at Avalon Consulting (www.avalonconsult.com).  Prior to Avalon, Tony served as CEO of The Hive Group.  Before The Hive Group, Tony was Senior Vice President of Marketing at InStranet (acquired by Salesforce.com) (www.salesforce.com) where he oversaw all areas of product strategy, corporate and product positioning, and managed all corporate-level marketing functions, including product marketing, corporate communications, market intelligence, and InStranet's customer advisory board.  Prior to InStranet, Tony was Group Vice President of Extranet Business Development at Business Objects (www.businessobjects.com) where he led the company's pioneering work in extranets and e-business.  Before joining Business Objects, he served as Director of Business Development for Oracle Corporation's Education Division (www.oracle.com) and worked as a consultant and systems engineer at EDS (www.eds.com).  Tony holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.


Joseph P. Urso
Joe Urso has served as CEO and Chairman of the Board at Aerus (formerly Electrolux USA) since 1998, when Aerus was acquired by Engles Urso Follmer Capital Corporation (EUCC).  Joe has served as President and CEO of EUCC since its establishment in 1994.  Joe sits on a number of boards of directors, including Tristar Enterprises, and Evercom, Inc.  Prior to the formation of EUCC, Mr. Urso was a founding partner of Stutzman & Bromberg, P.C., where he practiced law from 1984.


Pierluigi Zappacosta
Pierluigi Zappacosta is Chairman of Digital Persona (www.digitalpersona.com), a fingerprint identity solutions company.  In 1981, Mr. Zappacosta co-founded Logitech (www.logitech.com).  From 1981 to 1998 he held a variety of managing roles, including president and CEO.  Mr. Zappacosta attended the University of Rome, Italy (“Laurea” in Electrical Engineering) and Stanford University (M.S. in Computer Science).


Jim Bartoo, CEO
See above.


Board of Advisors

Pär Arvidsson
Pär Arvidsson is currently founder and Managing Director of Snowshoe Capital, LLC, a principal investor in and advisor to emerging growth companies.  Previously, Pär was a co-founder and Managing Director of GameChange, LLC, an early-stage venture capital fund created in partnership with Accenture and SOFTBANK Venture Capital.  In addition to overseeing a portfolio of companies, Pär was actively investing in the areas of enterprise software and services, Internet infrastructure solutions, web services, and security services.


Yo Delmar
Yo Delmar joined The Hive Group as interim CEO in April, 2002.  She has over 25 years experience in the information technology industry and has served as an executive of technology companies for over 15 years.  During that time, Yo has been responsible for running operations for organizations ranging from 30 to 300 professionals, at the regional, national, and international level, in the US, Canada, and the United Kingdom.  Over the past three years, she has held roles of COO and Vice President in technology start-ups, leading them through the critical first growth stages.


Timothy S.H. Ome
Timothy Ome is currently a partner with Profile Venture Partners, specializing in early stage software companies with applications in the financial services industry.  Mr. Ome's career spans over 20 years in which he has held senior positions in investment banking, management consulting, and venture capital.  Tim initially spent over 15 years on Wall Street with Lehman Brothers as a Senior VP and with BancAmerica Securities as a Managing Director.  He was also a Managing Director with Arthur Andersen's Corporate Finance Technology Group in Silicon Valley.  He has been involved with technology start-ups as well as electronic firms in the US and Asia.


Ben Shneiderman
Ben Shneiderman developed the treemap concept in 1991 and has participated in developing several implementations.  He is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science, Founding Director (1983-2000) of the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory, and Member of the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies and the Institute for Systems Research, all at the University of Maryland at College Park.

Dr. Shneiderman is the author of "Designing the User Interface: Strategies for Effective Human-Computer Interaction" (fourth edition April 2004).  He co-authored "Readings in Information Visualization: Using Vision to Think" with Stu Card and Jock Mackinlay, and "The Craft of Information Visualization: Readings and Reflections" with Ben Bederson.  Ben's vision of the future is presented in his October 2002 book "Leonardo's Laptop: Human Needs and the New Computing Technologies."