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How do you evaluate millions of different signals when time is of the essence?

This was the question that started it all.

The United States Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) sought the capability to track national security threats in real time. The solution needed to produce instant results and visualize insights from massive streaming datasets.

Nothing existed in the market that met their needs. Data warehouses were too slow, geospatial systems wouldn’t scale, and premium in-memory solutions promised real-time but didn't deliver.



Research Initiated to Develop Parallel Processing with GPUs

Contracting for the US Army in Arlington, VA, future company founders Amit Vij and Nima Negahban find no existing systems capable of meeting the Army’s needs. They build a new database from the ground up, centered around massive parallelization combining the power of the GPU and CPU to explore and visualize data in space and time–an approach that has been patented.


Initial Success

The volume of data generated grows exponentially. Businesses start to run up against the challenge of streaming and analyzing data simultaneously in real time. USPS utilizes the database, GPUdb, to optimize routes and increase accuracy.


Kinetica Founded

Former President & COO of Oracle, Ray Lane, provides initial seed funding for GPUdb to incorporate as a company, Kinetica. Kinetica opens headquarters in San Francisco.


Growth & Expansion

Kinetica closes $50-million Series A financing jointly led by Canvas Ventures and Meritech Capital Partners with participation from Citi Ventures and existing investor Ray Lane of GreatPoint Ventures.


Product Development

Kinetica launches 7.0 release: the Kinetica Active Analytics Platform. The unified platform combines historical and streaming data analytics, location intelligence, and artificial intelligence in a high-performance, cloud-ready package with simplified smart app architecture.

Leadership Team

Nima Negahban
CEO & Co-Founder
Nima is the Chief Technology Officer, original developer and software architect of the Kinetica platform. Leveraging his unique insight into data processing, he established the core vision and goal of the Kinetica platform. Nima leads Kinetica’s technical strategy and roadmap development while also managing the engineering team. He has developed innovative big data systems across a wide spectrum of market sectors, ranging from biotechnology to high-speed trading systems using GPUs, as Lead Architect and Engineer with The Real Deal, Digital Sports, Equipoise Imaging, and Synergetic Data Systems. Early in his career, Nima was a Senior Consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton. Nima holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland.
Amit Vij
President & Co-Founder
Amit is President and Co-Founder of Kinetica. Amit is responsible for the vision and strategic decisions for the company. Having a background in computer engineering, he has over a decade of software development experience in the commercial and federal space, with an emphasis in analyzing and visualizing big data, and helped architect Kinetica. Amit served as the chief GEOINT technical architect as a contractor for a major Top Secret cloud initiative between the US Army, NSA, and the DIA. Prior to Kinetica, Amit was a subject matter expert on geospatial intelligence with General Dynamics AIS and had been chief architect for several Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security contracts. Amit received a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Maryland with concentrations in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, and Mathematics.
Shawn Johnson
Chief Financial Officer
Shawn has more than 20 years of experience in the software industry with deep expertise in strategic financial planning and fundraising for companies ranging from start-ups to established industry players.
Eli Glaser
SVP Engineering
Lauren Pierce
VP of People
Elizabeth McGlauflin
Chief Customer Success Officer
Elizabeth McGlauflin has spent more than 20 years in leadership positions building and leading customer experience programs across a range of start-ups through rapidly growing public companies. She is Chief Customer Success Officer at Kinetica and, prior to that, was at Robin Systems as VP, Customer Success. Before joining Robin Systems, she was COO & VP, Customer Success at Bluescape, VP Services at C3, and held other executive positions at BDNA and Siebel Systems. She brings a wealth of experience in helping customers architect and adopt technology to drive innovation. She has worked with both cloud and on-premises solutions ranging from CRM, MDM, and IT management applications through a range of BI, analytic, IoT, collaboration and DevOps platforms and solutions. In her spare time, you can find her in an ice skating rink. She skates and often competes in Masters events around the world. She’s also a figure skating judge.
Chad Meley
Chief Marketing Officer
Chad Meley is CMO at Kinetica. With over 20 years of experience as a leader in SaaS, big data, advanced analytics, and data-driven marketing, Chad is known for innovative thinking, delivering high-impact results, and building inclusive, global, forward-thinking teams. Prior to joining Kinetica, Chad was VP of Marketing at Teradata, and held a variety of leadership roles centered around data and analytics while at Electronic Arts, Dell, and FedEx.


Kinetica’s investors are arguably the most experienced database experts in venture capital.
What I saw was a team of technologists that really understood that there might be a different way to attack the data ingestion and data analysis issues.
Ray Lane, GreatPoint
There is no-one who competes effectively with the Kinetica product.
Paul Madera, Meritech
We have conviction in this destructive market opportunity. It's very unique.
Gary Little, Canvas Ventures

World-Class Partners

Kinetica partners with leading hardware vendors and technology companies to integrate the benefits of vectorized analytics into the enterprise. See each vendor for recommended hardware configurations.


We're getting recognized for our pioneering work with vectorized analytics on data at speed and scale.

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