Billy is responsible for the strategy, explosive growth, and day-to-day operations of DataStax. He has 20 years of experience in the database industry in roles ranging from DBA to senior executive. Prior to DataStax, Billy spent 6 years at Quest Software, a provider of systems management software, where his most recent role was VP and GM of the database business unit. Under his leadership, the industry-leading Quest database business grew from supporting traditional relational databases to a portfolio that now includes tools for cloud, NoSQL, columnar, and Hadoop databases, as well as business intelligence offerings. Prior to Quest, Billy led product teams for Embarcadero Technologies’ database productivity solutions. Billy holds a bachelor of science in computer science from the University of Louisville.
CTO / Co-founder, DataStax
As Chief Technology Officer and co-founder at DataStax, Jonathan sets the technical direction for the company and leads Apache Cassandra as project chair. Prior to DataStax, Jonathan led Rackspace’s Cassandra team and built the Cassandra community into an open source success. Previously, Jonathan built an object storage system based on Reed-Solomon encoding for data backup provider Mozy that scaled to petabytes of data and gigabits per second throughput.
Partner, Lightspeed Venture Partners
John joined Lightspeed in 2006 and focuses primarily on information technology infrastructure, with a particular investment interest in datacenter technologies; he was named a Top Investor in the Cloud market by GigaOm in 2012. In addition, John is the founder of Lightspeed’s Summer Grant Program. Previously, he worked in product management and marketing with Determina (acquired by VMware). John was also an initial member of the executive team at Freedom Financial Network, where he helped design and implement the company’s customer relationship management software, drove its partnership strategy and managed the marketing and sales team.
John is privileged to be a continuing supporter of the management teams at AppDynamics, Boundary, CloudBees, DataStax, Delphix, Embrane, MapR, Mulesoft and Tintri. His past investments include Nicira (acquired by VMware), IO Turbine (acquired by Fusion-io) and Pliant Technology (acquired by Sandisk).
John holds an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business, an MS in Computer Science from the University of Chicago and a BA from Harvard University.
General Partner, Crosslink Capital
Eric joined Crosslink Capital in 2010. He focuses on Internet, Software, and Cloud Infrastructure companies. In addition, Eric leads the Crosslink Capital Seed Program.
Eric brings over 20 years of experience as a successful entrepreneur and venture investor. Prior to Crosslink, Eric was a Partner at Artiman Ventures and Bay Partners focusing on Internet & Software investments, some of which include Opsource (NTT), Invensense (INVN), InterAct and Dropcam. Eric’s startup experience includes co-founding the Internet server software company WebSpective (INKT), and co-founding TelASIC Communications (MTI). In addition, his operating experience includes business development at Mainspring (IBM) and at MILCOM (Military Commercial Technologies) where he focused on finding and commercializing next generation technologies out of the military, aerospace and Defense Labs. Eric is co-founder and president of alpha, the entrepreneurial networking club for more than 500 Founders and CEOs.
Eric Chin holds a Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College and an MBA degree from Harvard Business School.
Partner, Scale Venture Partners
Andy joined Scale Venture Partners (ScaleVP) in 2003 and focuses primarily on next-generation enterprise software and new data center technologies – including virtualization and cloud computing. In addition to DataStax, Andy sits on the boards of Arena, Boundary, Entone, and INNOViON.
Prior to ScaleVP, Andy worked as a hardware engineer for Electronics for Imaging, designing embedded print server platforms and video compression circuits. Previously, he was a software engineer for De Beers Research Labs, conducting research on computer vision for medical applications.
Andy earned an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.
Jim Baum recently was President and CEO of data warehousing and analytics company Netezza. In 2007, he worked to take Netezza through an IPO, followed by 14 quarters of growth as a public company and ultimately driving its acquisition by IBM.
Prior to Netezza, Baum was president and later CEO of Endeca. While at Endeca (now owned by Oracle Corporation), he led the company’s rise from an innovative technology start-up to the leading provider of compelling e-Commerce software solutions to the who’s who of major on-line retailers. He was one of the early employees of Parametric Technology Corporation (PMTC), joining prior to the IPO and taking on a diverse set of challenges over an 11-year period. Serving PTC in roles including product management, engineering, marketing, sales, support, and services, Baum spent his last three years with PTC defining the company’s product lifecycle management strategy as the EVP and General Manager its Windchill Business Unit. During his tenure at PTC, he helped bring the company to more than $1 billion in revenue.
In addition to serving on DataStax’s board, Baum is currently a director for several companies including Enernoc, Jibe, and Newforma. He also serves as a Trustee of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).