Ken Rugg, Founder, CEO and Board Member

The entrepreneurial bug bit Ken early when he left MIT’s computer-science program early to join an artificial intelligence startup. Ken has 20 years in strategic planning, business development, mergers and acquisitions, product definition and development. He has shown expertise in innovative go-to-market strategies, growing technical solutions into profitable businesses, building high-performance teams and pushing sales.

Amrith Kumar, Founder, CTO and Board Member

Amrith Kumar brings more than two decades of experience delivering industry-leading products for companies specializing in enterprise storage applications, fault tolerant high performance systems and massively parallel databases to Tesora, which he co-founded. Earlier, he served as vice president of technology and product management at Dataupia, maker of the Satori Data Warehousing platform , and Sepaton’s director and general manager where he was responsible for the development of the core virtual tape library product.

Frank Days, VP, Marketing

A pioneer in Agile Marketing and B2B content marketing, Frank has helped a number of fast-growing technology company realize the full potential of marketing. He joined Tesora from TwinStrata where he restructured the marketing team and re-positioned the company prior to its acquisition by EMC. Frank earned his new media stripes as the Director of New and Social Media at Novell.

Doug Shelley, Vice President, Product Development

Doug Shelley has spent more than 20 years in the information technology industry, from corporate IT to software development. From 2001 to 2010, before joining Tesora (formerly known as ParElastic), he was director of product development for data integration at Progress Software Corp. He managed several development teams responsible for products that help customers overcome complex data integration challenges using a combination of data transformation, synchronization and distribution.

Brian Otis, Vice President, Sales and Business Development

Brian Otis has a passion for growing technology companies by developing go-to market strategies that maximize customer value and revenue. He has more than 20 years of senior-level expertise in technology sales and business development nationally and internationally. Before joining Tesora, Brian held the same position at Optaros, a global digital eCommerce software and service provider. The company helps enterprises take advantage of open-source software. Brian was instrumental in driving the business to $25 million.

Board of Directors

Donald Fischer, Venture Partner, General Catalyst Partners

Donald Fischer, a General Catalyst Partners partner, focuses on identifying and leading investments in early-stage enterprise companies. He comes to General Catalyst from Greylock Partners where he targeted investments in Big Data, open source, cloud and other enterprise technology markets.

Jit Saxena, Founder & Chairman, Netezza

Jit Saxena is a business-savvy entrepreneur, with an impressive portfolio of accomplishments, skills and experience. Under his leadership, Netezza grew and had a successful initial public offering.

John Landry, Founder, Lead Dog Ventures

John is a 30-year software veteran and innovator. He currently is the Founder and Managing Director of Lead Dog Ventures (LDV), a disruptive new-age business accelerator, providing emerging technology enterprises access to a well-developed network of intellectual, relationship and financial capital.

Advisors & Board Observers

Barry Jaspan, Senior Architect, Acquia, Inc

Barry Jaspan is a serial software engineer and entrepreneur that has been creating and selling open-source software products literally since he was 12 years old (many moons ago!).

Dr. Samuel Madden, Professor, MIT, co-director, ISTC for Big Data at CSAIL

Samuel Madden is an associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science in MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.

Larry Bohn, Managing Director, General Catalyst

As a Managing Director of General Catalyst Partners, Larry invests in both new and existing technology businesses.  His areas of special interest include open source, cloud-based computing; advanced software/hardware systems and SaaS business models.  

David Martirano, Co-Founder & General Partner, Point Judith Capital

David has experience investing broadly in Internet, Healthcare and Software companies. In addition to ParElastic, he is currently involved with the firm’s investments in Antenna SoftwareEnvista SoftwareFSAStore.comFidelis Security SystemsGetwellNetworkMedOptionsNABsysSpotlight Ticket Management, and Apptegic, and was previously involved with Taqua (acquired by Tekelec NASDAQ: TKLC) and Optasite (acquired by SBA Communications NASDAQ: SBAC).

James Geshwiler, Managing Director, CommonAngels

James joined CommonAngels in 1999 and currently manages investments in AI Exchange, HNW, Influitive, InsightSquared, Kibits, ParElastic, Prime Student Loan, Scratch Wireless, Skyhook Wireless, TimeTrade Systems, and Tripleshot. He managed the investments of exited portfolio companies Sand Video, Interactive Supercomputing, Tizor, Vela Systems, and WorldWinner.

Deepak Jeevan Kumar, Principal, General Catalyst Partners

Deepak focuses on incubating, funding and launching startups in cloud computing, big data, cybersecurity and data center infrastructure. He has been with General Catalyst Partners since 2010, first in Boston and later in the firm’s Palo Alto office.