Jim Cook brings more than 35 years of technology evaluation, design, and implementation experience to Do Diligence Partners, Inc.
In more than 20 years working with Do Diligence® he has conducted more than 200 technology investment evaluations, focusing on comprehensive assessments of the architecture and design of complex systems developed on all major platforms, using all major programming languages and many minor ones, and addressing a huge diversity of domains .
Jim was responsible for creating the Technology Due Diligence Methodology that today guides our architecture and design analyses and for developing some of the original tools used to support our comparative metrics analyses. He is also the author of the Do Diligence® software security assessment methodology.
Richard Zulch has been immersed in the computer industry for over 40 years, with deep experience in software and hardware, and a broad background in the business of technology.
Richard has been responsible for technology and products used by millions of people over the course of more than 100 product releases. He understands the issues involved with creating innovation, encapsulating it in a product, getting it out the door, finding and delighting customers, obtaining revenue, building the business, and doing it all again better, faster, and more efficiently than the competition.
Richard Zulch has performed more than 100 comprehensive architecture and design analyses for Do Diligence Partners in the 20 years he has been associated with the company. In addition, he has designed and developed numerous sophisticated tools that are critical to DDP providing the high quality comparative metrics and essential contributor analyses we are known for.
Jacquelyn Jackson is a seasoned software industry technologist and leader with over 30 years of software program management, design, development, delivery, and IT operations experience in companies ranging in size from startups to global enterprises in a broad range of markets including healthcare, insurance, security, customer service, and engineering sciences.
As a certified Program Management Professional (PMP) and certified SCRUM Master (CSM), Jacquelyn has extensive experience in software development lifecycle (SDLC), IT compliance, transition management, process improvement, risk management, and business operations.
She has held senior positions at GEICO, DTIS (subsidiary of DAON), and several IT consulting firms, with development and oversight for portfolios ranging from $2M to $75M+.
During the first 25+ years of his career, Tom McKittrick built, supported, promoted, and managed delivery of commercial software products used by Corporations of all sizes, including many in the Fortune 500.
Over the past 25+ years, he has focused that rich experience helping investors and corporations make smarter investment decisions, and working with them to help those investments succeed.
As founder and President of Do Diligence® Partners, Inc., he leads and participates directly in engagements for the Corporate, Equity Investor, and Venture Capital communities. McKittrick has conducted technology due diligence reviews of hundreds of software companies valued from $2M to more than $2B.
Tom Hamilton. Tom Hamilton has worked in the technology space for over 30 years developing mission critical hardware and software products and leading product delivery teams ranging from a handful of engineers in start-ups to more than 500 in mature commercial software organizations. His teams have delivered products and services used by application providers as well as millions of enterprise users.
Tom’s hands-on engineering accomplishments include development of automated missile component test software, kernel drivers and firmware; and defining and developing a telecommunications-based managed services architecture and a carrier grade fault-tolerant MSSP platform. Tom has been responsible for the R&D, QA and program management functions, and for establishing and managing the processes, practices, and procedures necessary to create high quality products and services. He has also been involved in and led numerous technology due diligence projects from both the acquiring and acquired sides of M&A transactions.
Tom has conducted comprehensive architecture and design analyses on security, cloud appliance, email filtering, and other complex commercial software packages for Do Diligence Partners since 2020.
Chuck Francis died at the age of 84 on Saturday, April 8, 2023. Chuck was a co-founder of Do Diligence® Partners in 1996 and continued to be a leader of the business until 2003 when he founded Granite Bridge Advisors, an IT Consultancy focusing on IT operations due diligence. Chuck and Tom McKittrick, the other co-founder, had worked together since the late 1980s when Tom reported to Chuck at Morino Associates, Inc. It was during this time that Chuck and Tom developed the close bond that was to last until Chuck’s death.
Chuck was a renaissance man with interests in technology, painting, writing, working with Inner City black communities and young jail inmates, on Massachusetts legislation to assist the dying, and in his Unitarian Church. His skills at due diligence were unparalleled given his broad and deep experience and his passion for quality in all things technology-related. A former colleague described him as “incredibly likable, insightful, creative and of great character”, and that, in a few words, sums up Chuck as a human being.
Do Diligence® would never have come about if it were not for Chuck Francis teaming with Tom and guiding the early development of what has become a vibrant Consultancy. He will be sorely missed as a colleague, mentor, and great friend.