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.


Full Commercial Entry

Company re-branded to Kinetica. As version 5.2 is released, 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

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 and 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&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&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.
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.

Michele Nemschoff
VP of Marketing

Michele is the VP of Marketing at Kinetica, where she is responsible for all aspects of marketing, including marketing communication and branding, public relations, events, product marketing, and lead generation programs. Michele joins Kinetica from MapR Technologies, where she served as Vice President of Corporate Marketing. Prior to MapR, Michele led the marketing team at PARC, a Xerox company. She was also a principal with Indigo Partners, developing and executing successful marketing strategies to drive growth for a variety of technology companies. Earlier in her career, Michele held marketing positions at Linuxcare, Apple, NeXT, Rand McNally, and Strategic Mapping. Michele received an M.B.A. from Stanford University and a B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dipti Borkar
VP of Product Marketing

Dipti Borkar is Vice President of Product Marketing, with over 15 years experience in database technology across relational and non-relational databases. Prior to Kinetica, Dipti was Vice President of Product Marketing at Couchbase and held several leadership positions there including Head of Global Technical Sales and Head of Product Management. Earlier in her career Dipti was a part of the product team at MarkLogic and managed development teams at IBM DB2 where she started her career as a database software engineer. Dipti holds a Masters degree in Computer Science from the University of California, San Diego with a specialization in databases, and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at University of California, Berkeley.

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
Chris Prendergast
VP of Global Business Development
Chris serves as the Vice President of Global Business Development and Alliances at Kinetica. Prior to joining Kinetica, Chris led a team of specialists evangelizing new use cases to help SAP customers leverage HANA for big data analytics. Chris was an early employee of both Cloudera and Hortonworks and has over 10 years of experience working with open source technology. For the better part of the last decade, Chris has been bringing organizations together to solve customer challenges in the US and abroad. This work spans cloud, on premise, BI, platforms and applications. Chris has a B.S. is Business Management from the University of West Virginia, College of Business & Economics.
Joseph Lee
Vice President, Asia-Pacific Region
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.


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