Billy joined DataStax as CEO in May 2011 and propelled the company’s growth from sub-$1M in revenue and 25 employees to more than $100 million in revenue and over 500 employees today. He championed the company’s early years as the leading contributor of code and expertise to open source Apache Cassandra. Now, he is leading the company’s enterprise expansion as the world’s premier provider of the always-on, distributed cloud database built on Apache Cassandra and designed for hybrid cloud. Billy is on the board of directors of Tableau Software (NYSE:DATA) and is an active contributor to the Forbes Technology Council. He is a frequent speaker on the topics of cloud databases, data autonomy, hybrid cloud, AI, and distributed workforces and was most recently at The Economist Innovation Summit discussing AI and data trends shaping the future of global business.
Billy’s 25+ years of tech experience span nearly every part of the database industry in roles ranging from database administrator, to book author, to senior executive. Before joining DataStax, Billy spent six years at Quest 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 included tools for cloud, NoSQL, columnar, and Hadoop databases, as well as business intelligence offerings. Prior to Quest, Billy spent a large portion of career as a software engineer, ultimately moving into product management at Embarcadero technologies.
He holds a bachelor of science in computer science from the University of Louisville where he was also a scholarship football player for the Cardinals.
Battles is currently the CFO at Quora, a company whose mission is to share and grow the world’s knowledge, and a member of the board of trustees for the Wikimedia Foundation and its audit committee chair. At Quora, Battles leads the company’s finance, legal, IT, facilities, people operations, and product operations efforts. Prior to joining Quora, Battles was CFO of Bracket Computing for three years and CFO of Host Analytics, Inc. for four years. She was the first finance hire at IronPort Systems and ran finance and operations for that company as vice president of finance as the company evolved from a small startup to an enterprise generating hundreds of millions of dollars in bookings, and before IronPort was acquired by Cisco. Battles was also a Director of Corporate Development at HP, and started her career at McKinsey & Company and JPMorgan Chase & Co. Battles has an M.B.A. from Harvard University and a B.S.E. in Operations Research/Systems Management from Princeton University, both with honors.
Kelly has received numerous accolades for her work, including the YWCA TWIN Award for Women in Business and the Best in Biz Gold Award. She was also a finalist for both the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal CFO of the Year Award.
In addition to her professional work, Kelly has dedicated herself to advancing education and improving the lives of others. While at McKinsey & Company, she worked extensively with Habitat for Humanity, collaborating with founder Millard Fuller and key executives to improve domestic operations and develop international growth and governance strategies. From 2006 to 2011, she served as Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the Bowman School, a non-profit Montessori school focused on inspiring children to love learning. She also has been an Elder and held other various leadership positions in her church, Valley Presbyterian. She currently serves as President and Board Member of the Bodnar Foundation, a private charitable foundation.
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 (ENOC), Jibe, and Dyn. He also serves as a Trustee of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).
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.
Randy Gottfried is the Chief Financial Officer at AppDynamics. Previously, Randy was Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Riverbed Technology, joining the company pre-revenue and helping grow it to over a billion dollars of sales in more than 40 countries over his nine years there. Riverbed went public in 2006.
Prior to Riverbed, Randy was Chief Financial Officer at Inktomi, a leading network software and Internet search company, which went public in 1998 and was later acquired by Yahoo!. His other experience includes database software developer Sybase, Ernst and Young, and Bank of America.
Randy holds an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and an undergraduate business degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
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.
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.