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

This was the question that started it all.

In 2009, the United States Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) at Fort Belvoir sought the capability to track national security threats in real time. The solution needed to produce instant results and visualize insights across massive streaming datasets.

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



Research initiated to develop parallel processing with GPUs

After extensive testing and research revealed no existing systems capable of meeting the Army's needs, Amit Vij and Nima Negahban built from the ground-up a new database, centered around massive parallelization utilizing the GPU, to explore and visualize data in space and time–an approach that has been patented.


Initial Success

With the growth of data from IoT, transactions and other sources, businesses users started to run up against the challenge of streaming and analyzing data in truly real time. USPS deployed GPUdb into production to optimize routes and increase accuracy.


Kinetica is Incorporated

Company re-branded to Kinetica. Kinetica receives its second High Performance Computing Innovation Excellence Award from IDC. Former President & COO of Oracle, Ray Lane, provides initial seed funding. Kinetica opens offices in San Francisco.


Bringing AI to BI

Kinetica v6 is released with improved SQL support, and in-database processing capabilities which positions Kinetica as the ideal database for deep learning and machine learning on large and streaming datasets. Kinetica gains traction with more enterprise customers as executive team grows.


Growth & Expansion

Kinetica closes a $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. Paul Appleby appointed CEO and Bryan Morris joins as CFO in December 2017. Business grows in EMEA and APAC region as well as North America.

Leadership Team

Paul Appleby
Paul is the CEO as well as a board member of Kinetica, where he is responsible for accelerating Kinetica’s growth and furthering the company’s international expansion. Paul has over 25 years of experience successfully building and leading global teams for industry brands and startups alike. Paul came to Kinetica from BMC Software, where he was President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing. Prior to BMC, he was the Executive Vice President of Global Sales at Salesforce, and before that, Chief Revenue Officer at C3 IoT. Previously, Paul was Managing Director of EMEA and APJ for Travelex, the world’s largest non-bank foreign exchange provider. Prior to Travelex, he held senior executive positions overseeing the Asia Pacific region at both Oracle Corporation and Siebel Corporation. Earlier in his career, Paul was CEO of Gocorp and Director of both Financial Services and Telecommunications for SAP.
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.
Nima Negahban
CTO & 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.
Bryan Morris
Bryan is the CFO at Kinetica, where he is responsible for the administrative, financial, and risk management operations of the company. With over two decades of financial and operational experience, Bryan has an extensive background in the financial leadership of high-growth, VC-backed software and cloud businesses, including three successful M and A exits of Bay Area SaaS businesses for over $1 billion. Bryan joins Kinetica from Xamarin, where he served as the CFO and was responsible for all finance, accounting, legal, and people functions. In that role, Bryan played a key part in the sale of Xamarin to Microsoft. Prior to Xamarin, he was CFO at LiveRamp, where he built out the G and A organization during a period of rapid growth, leading up to the acquisition of LiveRamp by Acxiom Corporation. Prior to LiveRamp, Bryan was VP Finance at Ooyala, where he helped scale the company from pre-revenue to becoming a leader in online video technology, prior to its subsequent acquisition by Telstra. A certified public accountant (inactive), Bryan holds a B.A. in business economics from UC Santa Barbara.
Robert DeMartino
Bobby is the Chief Revenue Officer for Kinetica. Bobby has more than 25 years of experience leading global sales and business development teams. Prior to Kinetica, Bobby was the VP of Sales and Business Development at AtScale, and has been part of the big data industry transformation going back to Greenplum, which was acquired by EMC. He also spent 15 years at Sun Microsystems in various executive leadership roles, where he was responsible for a $500 million revenue unit and served on the company's sales and leadership council. Bobby holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.
Daniel Raskin

Daniel is the Chief Marketing Officer at Kinetica, where he is responsible for leading all aspects of worldwide marketing. Daniel has approximately 20 years of experience building brands and driving product leadership. Prior to joining Kinetica, he was Vice President of Marketing and most recently served as Senior Vice President of Product Management at ForgeRock, a digital identity management company. Prior to that role, Daniel was Chief Identity Strategist at Sun Microsystems. He has also held senior executive positions at McGraw-Hill, NComputing, and Agari. Daniel holds a Master’s degree in International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management and a Master’s degree in Publishing from Pace University.

Irina Farooq
VP of Product Management
Irina is Vice President of Product Management for Kinetica. Irina has over a decade of product management experience across a variety of sectors, including enterprise software, networking, hardware, IoT, SaaS, and Cloud. Irina joins Kinetica from Riverbed Technology, where she held a variety of leadership roles including Vice President of Products and Strategy for the Service Provider Business and Vice President of Product Management for Steelhead, Riverbed's flagship product. Prior to Riverbed, Irina was Vice President of Embedded Systems for Grid Net, a Smart Grid/IoT company, where she was responsible for engineering and product management of the company's hardware and firmware. Irina started her career as a software engineer and product manager at Oracle. Irina holds a B.S. in Mathematics and a B.S. in Computer Science from MIT, an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business, and an M.S. in Environment and Resources from Stanford University.
Eli Glaser
VP of Engineering
Eli is a Vice President of Engineering at Kinetica. He was one of the original developers of the Kinetica platform, and now leads the development of the core server product. Eli is responsible for the implementation of new features as well as making sure Kinetica runs as fast as possible. He has a background in high performance computing and algorithm development in the fields of signal, image and video processing with a focus on GPU implementation. Prior to joining Kinetica he held positions at several Department of Defense contractors guiding advanced technology projects from prototype to production. Eli holds a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.
John Labenski
VP of Engineering
John is the Chief Scientist and VP of Engineering at Kinetica. One of the original developers and architects of the Kinetica platform, John leads product development, innovation, and hardware optimization efforts. Previously at BAE Systems, he was an architect for gigapixel and hyperspectral airborne camera systems using GPUs for image processing and real-time target tracking. John also investigated low-frequency EM wave generation and propagation from RF ionospheric heating. At NIST, he studied Johnson Noise Thermometry at the tin and zinc fixed-points using a synthetic quantized-voltage noise source as the reference. John holds a Ph.D. in Physics from Lehigh University
Michael Mahoney
VP of Worldwide Solution Engineering
Michael is the Worldwide Vice President of Solution Engineering for Kinetica. He has over 20 years of experience leading and developing highly skilled and professional Solution Engineering teams. Prior to Kinetica, Michael was the VP of Solution Engineers at MapR, transforming the team into an enterprise-oriented organization. He also spent 10 years at Oracle in various groups within Applications and Technology, focusing on driving Analytic solutions for their strategic customers. Throughout his career, Michael has also held various management and individual contributor positions at Transamerica Ins., Witness Systems, and Cognos. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business specializing in Management Information Systems.
Joseph Lee
VP of Sales, Asia-Pacific
Joseph Lee brings with him 17 years of a successful track record in enterprise software sales leadership with advanced domain knowledge in telecommunications, financial services and retail/ e-commerce. Lee joins Kinetica from Cloudera where he was the Senior Director of ASEAN and India, and was named Cloudera’s Global Sales Leader of the Year FY17, after building his team from scratch in only three years. Prior to Cloudera, he held sales director roles at Cisco and TIDAL Software. Lee has run high performing sales teams in the Americas and Asia markets.
Gary West
VP of Sales, EMEA
Gary is the Vice President of Sales, EMEA for Kinetica, with more than 30 years of software sales leadership experience across small, medium and large organizations. Prior to Kinetica, Gary was Vice President at SAP where he had full P&L responsibility to drive SAP Database & Data Management (DDM) across the North EMEA region. Previously, he was regional VP of the ISV Group in North EMEA for and held director-level sales roles at Dell and Sybase.
Jenny Day
Jenny is the Controller for Kinetica. Previously, as Head of Accounting for LiveRamp, one of the most successful data-tech companies within marketing technology, Jenny led their accounting operations from inception, building the team through early commercial success, a successful M&A exit to Acxiom, and subsequent growth as the most valuable and fastest growing division of a public company (from $0 to $200M+). Jenny holds a B.A. from U.C. Berkeley and a Master's degree in Accountancy from Golden Gate University.
Bethie Martin
Director of Human Resources
Bethie is the Director of Human Resources at Kinetica. Bethie brings a wealth of start-up people experience, having led people operations at three different technology start-ups in the Bay Area. Most recently, she was with HotelTonight, and before that, with Xamarin, prior to its acquisition by Microsoft. At Xamarin, she was the HR leader at a company that was consistently on Best Places to Work lists - Bethie cares deeply about creating exceptional employee environments. She received a B.S. from the University of Central Florida, and a Human Resources Management Certificate from U.C. Berkeley.


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

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