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.
Ed Anuff has over 25 years experience as a product and technology leader at companies such as Google, Apigee, Six Apart, Vignette, Epicentric, and Wired. He led products and strategy for the successful Apigee API Platform for the last 8 years, helping to make it the recognized category leader and led to the acquisition of Apigee by Google. He was the founder of enterprise portal leader Epicentric which was acquired by Vignette.
In the 90's, at Wired, he launched one of the first Internet search engines, HotBot, as well as authored one of the first textbooks on the Java programming language. Ed is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).
Business Development & Operations
Mala Tejwani has spent the last decade in tech. Prior to joining DataStax, Mala was leading strategy and operations for Google Cloud Platform, Cloud Artificial Intelligence. She spent 8.5 years at Google in a variety of roles. Prior to Google, Mala worked at NBCUniversal and Universal Pictures within their Business Development function, as well as, University Programs. Mala took some time in between where she was a performer in Cirque du Soleil and a choreographer on So You Think You Can Dance. She received her B.A. in History and Political Science from UCLA.
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.
Latha leads the Core and Community Engineering teams at DataStax. She has decades of experience building world-class data management products. She was most recently VP of Engineering at Sigma Computing, a cloud-native Business Intelligence startup. Prior to that, she was VP of Engineering at Workday where she led teams that built the Prism Analytics cloud service based on their foundational work at Platfora, a big data analytics startup. Before Workday, she led engineering teams at ParAccel that developed the core database technology powering Amazon Redshift. Latha holds a PhD in Computer Science from Indiana University and a B.Tech from IIT, Kharagpur.
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.
A 25-year veteran of the Silicon Valley and Seattle technology scenes, Sam Ramji led Kubernetes and DevOps product management for Google Cloud, founded the Cloud Foundry foundation, 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 Dell Technologies, Accenture, Observable, 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.
Jim leads Cloud Engineering at Datastax. He uses his leadership experience honed at organizations like Amazon, Lending Club, and GE, as well as incubator stage startups to grow and lead distributed, high-performance engineering teams, focused on delivering cloud-native products that delight uses.
Jim is a graduate of the Copenhagen University College of Engineering.
Kathryn Erickson leads Self Service for DataStax. After designing and building large scale distributed applications for Uncle Sam, Kathryn jumped to a flash storage startup, Fusion-io selling high-speed life preservers for relational databases. Then Kathryn found Cassandra, a database gifted from the gods of speed and scale. This industry experience combined with her vast experience in online shopping very much informs her leadership for Self Service Revenue at DataStax. Kathryn has a passion for strategy, open-source economics and painting.
Kathryn holds a B.S. in software engineering from the University of Southern Mississippi and an M.S. in Information Security from Johns Hopkins University.
Harry leads the DataStax WW sales organization and has more than 20 years of Silicon Valley based sales leadership experience. Bringing a track record and passion for execution of successful go-to-market strategies and ecosystem development, he has managed multiple $1bn+ enterprise revenue engines to growth, repeatability, and scale.
Harry has his B.S. from Pennsylvania State University and received his graduate degree from the University of Michigan. He and his wife along with their three children reside in San Francisco and are active supporters of the Make-A-Wish foundation.
Jake is a lead developer and software architect at DataStax with over 20 years of experience in the areas of distributed systems, finance, and manufacturing. He is a member of the Apache Foundation and is on the project committee of the Apache Cassandra, Arrow, and Thrift projects.
Jake has a reputation for developing creative solutions to solve difficult problems and fostering a culture of trust and innovation. He believes the best software is built by small diverse teams who are encouraged to think freely.
Jake received his B.S. in Computer Science from Lehigh University along with a minor in Cognitive Science.
Scott Regan is responsible for marketing at DataStax. He previously led marketing at Gradle, Applatix (now Intuit) and is a co-creator of Apigee where he led marketing from inception through six years of growth leading to an IPO and acquisition by Google. He has held leadership positions in product management, marketing and developer relations at Yahoo, BEA, and Microsoft. He started as a developer at Accenture and holds an MBA from Stanford and a BSE in Biomedical/Electrical Engineering from Duke.
Shirin drives cross-functional priorities and projects at DataStax. Shirin joined DataStax from Google, where she spent three years supporting the Apigee API management team post-acquisition. Shirin supported business initiatives for three years at Apigee after a decade long career in retail.