Chet Kapoor is Chairman and CEO of DataStax. He is a proven leader and innovator in the tech industry with more than 20 years in leadership at innovative software and cloud companies, including Google, IBM, BEA Systems, WebMethods, and NeXT. As Chairman and CEO of Apigee, he led company-wide initiatives to build Apigee into a leading technology provider for digital business. Google (Apigee) is the cross-cloud API management platform that operates in a multi- and hybrid-cloud world. Chet successfully took Apigee public before the company was acquired by Google in 2016. Chet earned his B.S. in engineering from Arizona State University.
Rich is the strategic lead in all aspects of revenue-generating activities. He has more than 25 years of experience in the enterprise software industry building and managing high-performance teams from small startups to large corporations.
Prior to DataStax, Rich was the Chief Revenue Officer at Seal Software, the leader in contract analytics and discovery. Rich has also held executive sales positions at Quest Software, which achieved a successful IPO in 1999 and grew revenues to over $900M during his tenure. He then served as Vice President of Sales for Dell and led the Americas sales teams for Dell Software Group. Rich holds a B.S. in business marketing from Brigham Young University.
Sven is responsible for the worldwide software engineering of our integrated enterprise big data platform. He has more than 20 years of experience managing software teams at both small startups and mid-size corporations. During that time, Sven brought products to market in a wide variety of areas, such as application development, factory management systems, content management and distributed computation systems.
Before joining DataStax, he held various senior engineering roles, leading the development for enterprise level technology products at Cimetrix, Scriptics, Interwoven and most recently, Electric Cloud. Sven earned his computer science degree from the Technische Universität Berlin, Germany.
Finance & Legal
Don brings over 20 years of industry experience leading technology companies in the Silicon Valley. Prior to joining DataStax, Don was most recently Chief Financial Officer at Skyhigh Networks, completing a successful sale of the company to McAfee. Prior to Skyhigh, Don served as Chief Financial Officer and later as Head of Operations at Apigee, overseeing Apigee’s successful Initial Public Offering. Prior to Apigee, Don served in various finance and operations positions at BlueCoat Systems and BEA Systems. Don began his career at KPMG where he earned his CPA.
Product & Technology
Jonathan is a co-founder of DataStax. Before DataStax, Jonathan was Project Chair of Apache Cassandra for six years, where he built the Cassandra project and 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.
Cate leads the company’s worldwide marketing efforts. Cate brings more than 20 years of experience building marketing programs for enterprise software companies. Most recently, she was the Senior Vice President of Marketing for Carbon Black, where she led the corporate and product marketing teams through the company’s successful IPO, and its shift from being an on-premise business to the cloud. Prior to joining Carbon Black, Cate was Chief Marketing Officer of MariaDB, where she built the marketing function, established a new brand identity, led the go-to-market strategy and accelerated commercial adoption. Before MariaDB, Cate led corporate and field marketing at Couchbase, and held leadership roles at Oracle. Cate graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in English and Anthropology.
A 25-year veteran of the Silicon Valley and Seattle technology scenes, Sam Ramji has helped build two multi-billion dollar markets (API Management at Apigee and Enterprise Service Bus at BEA Systems) and redefined Microsoft’s open source and Linux strategy from “extinguish” to “embrace”.
He is nerdy about open source, platform economics, middleware, and cloud computing with emphasis on developer experience and enterprise software. He is an advisor to multiple companies including Accenture, Insight Engines, and the Linux Foundation. Sam received his B.S. in Cognitive Science from UCSD in 1994 and is still excited about artificial intelligence, neuroscience, and cognitive psychology.
With a focus on the global people strategy, Susie oversees the entire organization including talent acquisition, programs, business partnerships and operations. Her main goal is to create a positive culture where employees are engaged throughout all stages of their career at DataStax.
Susie has over 25 years of experience in high-tech. Over the last five years, she has led DataStax through hyper growth. Prior to DataStax, Susie lead the people team at Electric Cloud. She holds a B.S. in marketing from Santa Clara University and a M.S. in clinical psychology from Sofia University.