Ken Rugg

Founder, CEO and Board Member

ken-ruggThe 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 KumarAmrith 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

Frank DaysA pioneer in Agile Marketing and B2B content marketing, Frank has helped a number of fast-growing technology companies 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


Doug Shelley

Vice President, Product Development

Doug ShelleyA 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 OtisBrian 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

dff-e1430646502126Donald 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.


Sean Brownlee

Partner, Rho Canada Ventures

BrownleeSean Brownlee is a partner of Rho Canada Ventures. With nearly 15 years of operational and venture experience, he is passionate about collaborating with entrepreneurs and helping them grow their ventures to become leaders in their spaces. He joined Rho Canada Ventures in 2012 and focuses on investments in the areas of SaaS (Software as a Service), cloud, mobility and clean technology. […]


Advisors & Board Observers

Tim Callaghan

Vice President of Technology, CrunchTime!

Tim callaghanTim Callaghan is a long-time database consumer and producer, specializing in performance tuning and benchmarking of both SQL and NoSQL based systems. Currently Vice President of Technology at CrunchTime!, he leads the investigation of future technology and platform decisions for the SaaS based restaurant back office products. Prior to CrunchTime!, he served as Vice President […]


Dr. Samuel Madden

Professor, MIT, co-director, ISTC for Big Data at CSAIL

Dr. Samuel MaddenSamuel Madden is an associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science in MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. His research interests include databases, sensor networks, and mobile computing. Research projects include the C-Store column-oriented database system, and the CarTel mobile sensor network system. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California at […]


Craig Tracey

Artisinal Cloud Craftsman, Blue Box Cloud

CraigTraceyWith over fifteen years of experience building scalable, automated infrastructure solutions, Craig serves as a Technical Lead for Blue Box Cloud. In his role, Craig leads a team responsible the development of OpenStack-based on and off-prem private cloud solutions. This includes everything from operations, support, and new feature development for all production OpenStack environments. Prior […]


David Martirano

Co-Founder & General Partner, Point Judith Capital

David MartiranoDavid 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

ca_geshwilerJames joined CommonAngels in 1999 and currently manages investments in AI Exchange, HNW, Influitive, InsightSquared, Kibits, Tesora, 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. James is on the Board of Trustees of the Massachusetts […]


Jit Saxena

Founder & Chairman, Netezza

Jit SaxenaJit 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 LandryJohn 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. Landry is directly involved in many of Lead Dog’s investments, either as director or […]