CEO and Co-Founder
Amit is a co-founder, board member, and CEO of Kinetica. Amit is responsible for the vision, administrative, and executive 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.
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.
VP of Global Field Operations
Marcus currently serves as the VP of Global Field Operations at Kinetica, where he leads the sales, business development, and services teams. Prior to Kinetica, Marcus oversaw the Western US Region for Cloudera, a commercial distributor of Apache Hadoop. Before transitioning into the big data space, Marcus spent several years at Cisco Systems in both the US and APAC, where he focused on Cisco's Intelligent Automation Solutions, a comprehensive cloud management and data center automation platform. Marcus holds a B.S. in Business Management from Brigham Young University.
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.
Head of People
Charles is the Head of People at Kinetica, where he is responsible for driving all HR and recruiting programs in the company. Prior to Kinetica, Charles held several roles at MicroStrategy, Inc., including VP of Marketing, VP of Corporate Development, VP of Americas Recruiting, and EVP of Corporate Development. Earlier in his career, Charles was an Account Manager for Cambridge Technology Partners, as well as an Associate for The Boston Consulting Group in Boston. An avid traveler, Charles has visited 97% of the land area in the world, including every country, and founded the extreme travel community MostTraveledPeople.com, where he is currently ranked #3. Charles holds an A.B. in Computer Science from Harvard University.
VP of Services
Mike leads the solution architecture and delivery teams as well as worldwide support. He was previously at Hortonworks, where he was both a regional director, consulting and a principal architect, emerging products. Prior to that, he was a technical account manager at Cloudera.
VP of Product Marketing
Manan is Kinetica’s Vice President of Product. Before joining Kinetica, he gathered over 20 years of marketing, product management, sales, and consulting experience in data and analytics at companies such as Paxata, Teradata, Oracle, Hyperion Solutions, and Brio Software. At Kinetica, Manan has responsibilities for product strategy, messaging, demand generation, awareness building, and field enablement of Kinetica’s advanced in-database analytics solutions. Manan holds a Bachelor’s in Electronics and Communications Engineering and a M.B.A. from Duke University, where he was a Fuqua Scholar.
VP of Global Solution Engineering
Eric is VP of Global Solution Engineering at Kinetica. Prior to Kinetica, Eric was the Director of Solution Engineering for Hortonworks, a distributor of Apache Hadoop. Earlier in his career, Eric was both a Director of Field Engineering and a Solutions Architect for Terracotta, a provider of in-memory data management and big data solutions for the enterprise. He started his career in systems and software engineering roles at both McCamish Systems and E/W Group. Eric holds a B.S. in Information Systems from DeVry University.
Managing Director, Europe
Charles currently serves as the Managing Director of Europe at Kinetica. Charles has over 20 years experience in technology start-ups and has built a strong Big Data network across EMEA. Prior to Kinetica, Charles was the Managing Director of Europe at Platfora, a leading big data analytics platform acquired by Workday. Previously, Charles held Senior Sales positions at Cloudera, where he established their initial clients across Europe, Salesforce.com, spending six years disrupting the traditional enterprise software market and Changepoint Corporation. He began his career as a Managing Consultant at HSO a leading ERP consultancy, working on projects across Europe and North America before becoming UK Country Manager. He holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from Loughborough University in England.
Ray is a board member and lead seed investor at Kinetica. Ray is a strategic advisor for Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers after serving as a managing partner with the firm for 14 years and is a Managing Partner at GreatPoint Ventures. Ray serves on the board of Hewlett Packard Enterprise and was its former Chairman. He serves as Vice Chairman of Special Olympics International and is a member of the Board of Governors for West Virginia University. He presently serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Carnegie Mellon University. Ray was President and Chief Operating Officer of Oracle Corp from 1992 to 2000.
Earlier in his career, Ray was a senior partner with Booz Allen Hamilton. Ray received a bachelor's degree in mathematics and an honorary Ph.D. in science from West Virginia University.