Advisors

Sam Madden

Advisor

Samuel Madden is Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. His research includes databases, distributed computing, and networking. Madden heads the Intel Science and Technology Center for Big Data, and BigData@CSAIL, an initiative to unite researchers at MIT and leaders from industry. Madden received his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley and is the recipient of awards including an NSF CAREER Award, a Sloan Foundation Fellowship, best paper awards in VLDB 2004 and 2007, and a best paper award in MobiCom 2006.

Jeffrey Heer

Advisor

Jeffrey Heer works on visualization, human-computer interaction and social computing. His research investigates the perceptual, cognitive and social factors involved in making sense of data, resulting in new interactive systems for visual analysis and communication. The tools developed by his lab are used by researchers, corporations and thousands of data enthusiasts around the world. In 2009 Jeff was named to MIT Technology Review's TR35; in 2012 he was named a Sloan Foundation Research Fellow. He holds BS, MS and PhD degrees in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Kevin Salvadori

Advisor

Kevin is an experienced technology executive with a strong track record of innovation and delivery in companies ranging from start-ups to large multi-nationals. He is currently the President of Clearbay Technology Inc., an investment and advisory company. Previously, Kevin was the Director – Group Technology Strategy and Operations at Vodafone, where he led the development of technology strategy and R&D for both networks and IT. He also managed Vodafone’s technology security, shared services, global network, and data centres. In his prior role at Vodafone, Kevin served as the CTO of the UK and Ireland. Vodafone is one of the largest service providers in the world with over 400m customers globally. Before joining Vodafone, Kevin was Executive Vice President Business Transformation and Technology Operations at TELUS, one of Canada’s largest fixed and mobile services companies. He joined TELUS in 2000 following the acquisition of Clearnet, where he was an executive. Kevin holds a B.A.Sc. from the University of Waterloo.

Patrick Rogers

Advisor

Patrick Rogers is the Vice President of Marketing and Product Management at Cohesity, a leading provider of secondary storage solutions. Prior to Cohesity, Patrick was the CMO at Ayasdi, a machine intelligence and analytics company that pioneered the application of Topological Data Analysis. Before taking the CMO role at Ayasdi, he spent a decade at NetApp in senior leadership positions in Marketing, Strategic Alliances, and Solutions Development. During his 11-year tenure, NetApp grew from a file services appliance leader into a worldwide storage powerhouse. Prior to NetApp, he held marketing and product management leadership positions in the Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Server business. Patrick has an MSEE from MIT and earned his MBA from Harvard Business School.

Eric Scollard

Advisor

Eric brings extensive experience in building thriving, category-defining technology companies. Starting in 2012, Eric played a critical executive role at Isilon Systems for six years, where he pushed the sales team from pre-revenue to about $100M and assisted in driving the company through its early stages all the way to a successful IPO. Largely because of his work, Isilon was acquired by EMC for $2.5 billion. Afterwards, Eric directed sales teams at Corensic and Ocarina Networks. Ocarina Networks was later purchased by Dell. Eric also has held management-level sales positions at EMC, IBM, and Veritas Software. Eric is currently the Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales at ExtraHop Networks. Eric holds a bachelor of arts degree from Gonzaga University in Economics and Speech Communication.

A.J. DeRosa

Advisor

AJ is a seasoned sales executive and leader who has been building sales teams and selling into the enterprise software and FinTech industries for over two decades. Previously AJ was a Senior Managing Director and Head of Global Sales for Eze Software Group, an enterprise software company focused on the asset management industry. In 2002 he became the first sales hire at a Eze Castle Software, and over his 13-year tenure there he was critical in creating a global sales presence with offices in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East. AJ has been a part of two very successful private equity deals. The first was the creation of ConvergEx (a merger of Eze Castle Software and BNY, Mellon's sell side trading business) to GTCR, and the second was the sale of the Eze Castle Software and RealTick Data from ConvergEx to TPG Capital.
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