Brian Byun, Khosla Ventures
Jay Chong, Samsung Ventures
Eric Wolford, Accel Partners
Marc Fleischmann, Datera
Nic Bellinger, Datera
Datera was founded by the authors and maintainers of the Linux I/O storage stack and is backed by Khosla Ventures, Samsung Ventures and Silicon Valley innovators Andy Bechtolsheim and Pradeep Sindhu.
Jens Axboe, Facebook
Martin Buhr, Google
Michael Dvorkin, Cisco UCS
Steve Kleiman, NetApp
Mike Perez, OpenStack Foundation
Carl Waldspurger, VMware
CEO & Founder
Marc brings to Datera 30 years of experience building successful businesses and companies in the IT industry. He is the Co-Founder of the Open Source Business Alliance (Europe’s largest non-profit open-source ecosystem hub), Co-Founder of the Open Cloud Initiative, and has been a board member and investor in a number of high-tech companies.
Before Datera, Marc built Pixelworks H/DTV business as GM and SVP Engineering. He helped build Transmeta as Sr. Director of Software and Low-Power Programs, which went public in November 2000. He started his career as an OS and Storage Architect at Hewlett-Packard Labs.
Marc holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in business and engineering from KIT, along with a number of software and CPU patents.
Founder & Chief Technology Officer
Nicholas brings to Datera more than 15 years of storage product and open source software experience. He has been a prolific contributor to Linux, including the entire Linux I/O SCSI storage subsystem, which has become an industry standard and is being used by numerous tier-1 cloud and storage companies.
Before Datera, Nicholas was the Chief iSCSI Architect at SBEi, Inc., a company that pioneered and sold software-defined storage software solutions to large storage system enterprises.
Chief Revenue Officer
Flavio brings over 25 years of executive management experience in the technology space. Flavio leads all revenue generating functions of the company including sales, marketing, alliances and strategic partnerships. Prior to Datera, Flavio was Chief Revenue Office at Panzura, a cloud storage company, CEO of Syncsort, a data integration and data protection company. During his tenure at Syncsort, Flavio led the spin out of the data protection business forming Catalogic Software. Prior to Syncsort, his career included an eight-year tenure at LSI as Executive Vice President and Co-General Manager of the Engenio Storage Group as well as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales, Marketing, and Customer Support for its storage systems division. Before joining LSI, Flavio was executive vice president and chief operating officer at Sutmyn Storage Corporation, a company that pioneered Virtual Tape technology in the Mainframe space, and held various senior management positions with Memorex Telex in the United States, the United Kingdom and Italy. Flavio earned a degree in Electronics from IX Istituto Tecnico in Milan, Italy. He also has completed the Stanford University AeA/Stanford Executive Institute program for the management of high technology companies.
Vice President, Engineering
Sharad brings to Datera more than 20 years of executive experience leading and delivering successful products in storage and distributed systems. Before joining Datera, Sharad was the VP of Engineering at Veritas Technologies/Symantec/Veritas Software where he started, led, and delivered solutions for Enterprise Class High Availability (Veritas Cluster Server) and Governance of Unstructured Data (Darta Insight). In addition, Sharad was responsible for the industry leading Veritas Storage Stack (FileSystem and Volume manager) that are used to for enterprise class database and analytic workloads and was responsible for starting new initiatives related to OpenStack and Containers.
Sharad has a Masters in CS from Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR and a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi.
Head of Product Management
Ashok is responsible for product direction and strategy at Datera. Prior to joining Datera, Ashok was a key part of the product team that brought Cisco UCS to market, and ran the UCS applications and cloud product teams that conceptualized FlexPod and Cisco Analytics platforms. Ashok started his career as an I/O and OS architect in HP-UX at HP. Ashok holds an MBA from UC Berkeley and MSEE from University of Arizona, Tuscon, and a number of patents in the IO and resource mgmt space.
Founder & Architect
Claudio brings more than 20 years of distributed computing / distributed systems and storage experience to Datera. Prior to Datera he worked as lead Engineer at OptumSoft, enhancing the super scalable platform for distributed products called TACC (powering, for example, Arista switches). Claudio was the Network and OS Architect and a founding member of the IceCube / Seval spinout from IBM (a highly scalable, distributed storage system). Previously he worked at Transmeta on just-in-time compiler technology and IP telephony at the IBM Research center in Switzerland.
Claudio graduated from the Univeristy of Fribourg in Switzerland with a Diploma and a Doctor in informatics on compiler and runtime optimizations in a parallel and distributed programming language.
Head of Marketing
Kenneth leads global marketing encompassing demand generation strategy, corporate communications, customer and channel partner programs as well as sales enablement and marketing automation. As a B2B marketing leader with more than 20 years of experience in enterprise software, cloud-computing, storage, and channel distribution, Kenneth has a demonstrated record of building high-performing marketing functions that includes successfully developing end-to-end global strategies, creating strategic messaging, and driving go-to-market programs to increase revenue and marketshare. Prior to Datera, Kenneth has held leadership positions at technology companies such as Hitachi, Genesys/Alcatel, BEA Systems, NEC and Ingram Micro. He also served as an advisory board member for the Customer Advocacy Group. Kenneth holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern California.
Head of Systems Engineering
Bill leads the sales engineering team and is focused on customer success. With more than 20 years in the storage industry, Bill has held senior positions with Nimble Storage, Seamicro and Parascale enabling him to bring a unique and broad perspective of the storage industry to Datera clients. In 2015 Bill organized the 30th anniversary event for the Amiga Computer at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA. Bill holds a BA from University of Maryland College Park where he double-majored in Decision & Information Systems and Management Science with Statistics.