About Us

Gideon Agar

Hani El-Sakkout
Chief Development Officer

Vassilis Liatsos
Engineering Director & Systems Architect

Peter Hauser
Managing Director

Michael Khouw
President and Chief Strategist of Optimize Advisors

Andrew DeFeo
Business Development Director

Anthony Licari
Engineering Director (Applications)

Shengyou Zeng
Quality Assurance Manager


Gideon Agar

Founder, CEO

Gideon has worked in the tech industry since 1988. In addition to management positions at Oracle and Cisco, he has held President/CEO positions at four companies and served in an executive director capacity on the boards of seven others. From 2007-2010 Gideon was a managing director at Patriarch Partners, a multi-billion dollar private equity fund. Gideon’s business experience encompasses a broad range of markets, geographies and company size, and touches all phases of the technology company cycle: startup, recruit management teams, develop and implement new technologies and markets, raise funds, acquire/invest, day-to-day operations (including turnarounds), and exit. Gideon has bachelor degrees in both Computer Science and English Literature from Brown University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Linda Petrone
Gerry Mintz
Ed Vartughian

Linda Petrone

Linda’s career includes fourteen years at Goldman Sachs as a Managing Director in the Equity Derivatives Group. During her tenure at GS, her responsibilities included trading stock options, selling derivatives to a wide variety of institutional clients and managing the derivative sales team for North America. In addition, she built and led a derivative strategy team that leveraged equity research to generate and publish trading ideas for the institutional client base.

In 2004, Linda joined UBS as a Managing Director, co-managing the Prime Brokerage Sales effort within the Prime Services Group. There she cultivated relationships, initiated new business and led the accounts of several of the firm’s most important hedge fund clients.

After her departure from UBS in 2008, she joined SAC Capital as a Derivative Strategist to work with the Long/Short Portfolio Managers. She identified opportunities in the options markets and executed trades on behalf of the various portfolios. She departed from SAC in June 2012 to launch her career as an executive recruiter.

Now the Founding Partner of Sage Search Advisors, Linda brings her deep industry knowledge and experience as a line producer, hiring manager, business builder and investment professional to the search process. She is uniquely qualified to partner with clients to help identify, assess and recruit top talent.

Linda graduated with an MBA in finance from Columbia University and as Phi Beta Kappa, with a BA in Economics from Emory University. She serves on the Board of Trustees at King, a school located in Stamford, CT. She resides in Greenwich, CT with her husband and two children.