Joseph Thompson is our Chief Financial Officer. Prior to the Merger, he served as a financial consultant to HashWatt since December 2019, through QFT Analytics LLC, a consulting firm that provides quantitative financial and business modeling and outside controller services, which he co-founded in 2013. From June 2021 to December 2021, he also consulted with Intelligent Analytics Corp. where he advised on marketing, product-market fit, and related matters.
Mr. Thompson served as Chief Technology Officer of Safetonet Limited, a cyber-safety business focused on protecting children from online harms, from 2021 to 2022, joining the company upon its acquisition of Content Watch Holdings, Inc. He served as Chief Executive Officer, and prior to that Chief Technology Officer, of Content Watch Holdings, Inc., a SaaS company that marketed Net Nanny™ parental control software, from 2017 to 2021. Mr. Thompson was Director of Research for Jacobi Capital Management, where he developed quantitative investment strategies, from 2013 to 2016. Prior to that, he was a venture partner at Alara Capital and co-founded its hedge fund and activist investing practice.
Mr. Thompson co-founded and served as Chief Technology Officer of Circadiant Systems (acquired by JDS Uniphase Corporation in 2008), a venture capital-backed test and measurement company that designed and manufactured instrumentation for optical communication. He also served as a Member of Technical Staff at Lucent Technologies, where he designed analog RF optoelectronic components for high speed optical communication, and as a researcher with the University of Maryland.
Mr. Thompson has been the Chairman of the Board of Giga-tronics, Incorporated, a public company focused on subsystems and test systems used for military defense applications and electronic warfare, since 2016 and a board member since 2011. He is a member of the Audit and Nominating and Governance Committees of Giga-tronics and served as its Acting Chief Executive Officer from August 2016 until June 2017.
Mr. Thompson graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Physics from University of North Carolina at Charlotte and holds a Ph.D. in Particle Physics from Stony Brook University. He graduated as a Palmer Scholar with an M.B.A. in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.