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.
Aaron Morton was the founder and CEO at The Last Pickle, a group of expert consultants who focus exclusively on Apache Cassandra. For 10 years, TLP has helped big and small companies around the world get the best from Cassandra with consulting, free tools, and their well respected blog at www.thelastpickle.com. Aaron is based in New Zealand and is both a Committer and member of the Cassandra Project Management Committee.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ben Kearns leads DataStax’s core engineering team. Ben brings over 20 years of experience leading product and engineering teams in the Bay Area. Most recently, he was VP of Engineering at Figure Eight, where he ran the engineering, technical operations, ML, and PS team prior to the acquisition by Appen. Before Figure Eight, Ben served in senior engineering positions at Mayfield Robotics (Bosch), Stem, U1 Technologies, and Verizon.
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, painting, and recently rolled a warlock.
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.
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.
Diversity & Inclusion
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.
Josh McKenzie leads the open source strategy and execution at DataStax. With six years on the Apache Cassandra™ project, he is both a Committer and a member of the Project Management Committee. Josh has over 15 years of leadership and engineering experience at diverse organizations, ranging from IBM Internet Security Systems and Morningstar Financial to High Frequency Trading firms.
He is passionate about and is working to advance the positive-sum economics of open source ecosystems. Josh holds a B.S. from the Georgia Institute of Technology Scheller College of Business.
Michele Pilgrim is responsible for Growth Marketing at DataStax. She leads digital, marketing ops, field marketing, and demand teams. With over 20 years of experience, she has led growth and go-to-market initiatives for the industry's top software companies, including Alteryx, VMWare, SuccessFactors/SAP and Genesys. Previously, Michele led the West Coast Technology Practice for Booz Allen Hamilton. She holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from UCLA.
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.