DataStax Hires Clint Smith as General Counsel
Responsible for all Legal Matters as Company Undergoes Significant Revenue, International, Channel and Headcount Expansion
San Mateo, Calif., Jan. 15, 2014 — DataStax, the company that powers the online applications that transform business, today announced it has hired Clint Smith as general counsel, responsible for the company’s legal affairs, including corporate law, intellectual property strategy, commercial contracts, compliance and litigation. Smith previously has headed the legal departments at UUNET, Macromedia and TrialPay and served as general counsel at open source database provider MySQL AB where he helped lead the company through its $1B acquisition by Sun Microsystems in 2008.
“DataStax is growing very quickly, with significant revenue, international, channel and headcount expansion expected in 2014,” said Billy Bosworth, CEO, DataStax. “Clint’s deep experience with open-source technologies and corporate law will help take us to the next level as we address the huge opportunity within the operational database market.”
DataStax sells an enterprise-grade NoSQL database that seamlessly and securely integrates real-time data with Apache Cassandra, batch analytics, enterprise search, as well as visual monitoring and management. The integration allows enterprises to leverage their hot data in real-time, in the context of their critical business application. DataStax powers applications for more than 300 customers, including eBay, Netflix, Adobe, Constant Contact and Ooyala, as well as 21 companies within the Fortune 100.
DataStax received $45 million in a Series-D round of funding in July 2013, and since then has broadened its leadership team by hiring Dennis Wolf as chief financial officer, and now Smith as general counsel. Smith received his bachelor’s degree from Pomona College, and his master’s degree and J.D. from UC Berkeley. He began his career at the law firm of Steptoe & Johnson LLP, has held leadership positions with national trade associations including the Business Software Alliance and the U.S. Internet Service Provider Association, and is a regular speaker on technology law topics.
DataStax powers the online applications that transform business for more than 300 customers, including startups and 20 of the Fortune 100. DataStax delivers a massively scalable, flexible and continuously available big data platform built on Apache Cassandra™. DataStax integrates enterprise-ready Cassandra, Apache Hadoop™ for analytics and Apache Solr™ for search across multi-datacenters and in the cloud.
Companies such as Adobe, Healthcare Anytime, eBay and Netflix rely on DataStax to transform their businesses. Based in San Mateo, Calif., DataStax is backed by industry-leading investors: Lightspeed Venture Partners, Crosslink Capital, Meritech Capital Partners, Scale Venture Partners, DFJ Growth and Next World Capital. For more information, visit DataStax or follow us @DataStax and @DataStaxEU.