Is Your Infrastructure Big Data Ready?

MemSQL was created with a single mission: bringing a simple, fast, and scalable database solution to today’s Big Data problems. One of the biggest challenges of Big Data – the massive amounts of information generated by modern enterprises – is how to react to the terabytes and even petabytes of data created. By making analytics faster and easier to use, MemSQL reduces complex infrastructure into a unified platform that empowers businesses to be responsive in real time.


Leadership Team

Eric Frenkiel

Eric Frenkiel, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder

Eric Frenkiel co-founded our company and has served as CEO since inception. Before MemSQL, Eric worked at Facebook on partnership development. He has worked in various engineering and sales engineering capacities at both consumer and enterprise startups. Eric is a graduate of Stanford University's School of Engineering. In 2011 and 2012, Eric was named to Forbes’ 30 under 30 list of technology innovators.

Nikita Shamgunov

Nikita Shamgunov, Chief Technology Officer & Co-Founder

Nikita Shamgunov co-founded our company and has served as CTO since inception. Prior to co-founding the company, Nikita worked on core infrastructure systems at Facebook. He served as a senior database engineer at Microsoft SQL Server for more than half a decade. Nikita holds a bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate in computer science, has been awarded several patents and was a world medalist in ACM programming contests.

Gary Orenstein

Gary Orenstein, Chief Marketing Officer

Gary leads marketing at MemSQL across marketing strategy, growth, communications, and customer engagement. Prior to MemSQL, Gary was the Chief Marketing Officer at Fusion-io where he lead global marketing activities. He also served as Senior Vice President of Products at Fusion-io during the company’s expansion to multiple product lines. Prior to Fusion-io, Gary worked at infrastructure companies across file systems, caching, and high-speed networking. Earlier in his career he served as the vice president of marketing at Compellent. Gary holds a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and a master's in business administration from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Melissa Gordon

Melissa Gordon, Vice President Global Sales

Melissa Gordon leads sales for MemSQL. Melissa brings extensive experience in leadership and sales roles. Most recently, Melissa served as Regional Vice President in Oracle's enterprise accounts group, responsible for F500 customers in the Northeast. In nearly a decade at Oracle, she built teams that consistently over-performed and pioneered the sale of new products. Her experience spans various roles across field sales, telesales and business development. She has also consulted with startups to develop their go-to-market strategy, drive product-market fit and focus for their sales efforts. Melissa holds a bachelor's in Economics from Stanford University where she was an All-American in the Pole Vault.

Adam Prout

Adam Prout, Vice President Engineering

Adam Prout heads up MemSQL Engineering. Since joining MemSQL as a co-founding engineer, Adam has served as our VP of Engineering since January 2012. Adam spent five years as a senior database engineer at Microsoft SQL Server where he led engineering efforts on kernel development. Adam holds a bachelor’s and master’s in computer science from the University of Waterloo and is an expert in distributed database systems.

Louis Yang

Louis Yang, Vice President Finance

Louis Yang leads the finance team and is responsible for all financial aspects of the company. Louis has over 20 years of experience across a broad range of technology industries, including social media, life sciences, medical technology and semiconductors. Most recently, Louis led finance at Klout, where he oversaw the sale to Lithium Technologies. Louis earned his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and a MBA from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business.


Board of Directors

Jerry Held

Jerry Held, Executive Chairman

Jerry Held brings over 40 years experience in creating disruptive database technologies—starting with leading the initial development of the INGRES relational database while at U.C. Berkeley. Dr. Held is also chairman of Tamr and serves on the boards of Informatica, NetApp, Kalio and Copia Global. From 2006 through 2010, he was executive chairman of Vertica Systems (acquired by HP) and served as lead independent director of Business Objects until its sale to SAP in 2008. In 1998, Dr. Held was “CEO-in-residence” at the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Through 1997, he was senior vice president of Oracle Corporation’s server product division where he was responsible for Oracle’s most important products during a period of rapid growth from $1.5 billion to $6 billion in annual revenues.

Eric Frenkiel

Eric Frenkiel, MemSQL Co-Founder

Eric Frenkiel co-founded our company and has served as CEO since inception. Before MemSQL, Eric worked at Facebook on partnership development. He has worked in various engineering and sales engineering capacities at both consumer and enterprise startups. Eric is a graduate of Stanford University's School of Engineering. In 2011 and 2012, Eric was named to Forbes’ 30 under 30 list of technology innovators.

Nikita Shamgunov

Nikita Shamgunov, MemSQL Co-Founder

Nikita Shamgunov co-founded our company and has served as CTO since inception. Prior to co-founding the company, Nikita worked on core infrastructure systems at Facebook. He served as a senior database engineer at Microsoft SQL Server for more than half a decade. Nikita holds a bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate in computer science, has been awarded several patents and was a world medalist in ACM programming contests.

Kevin Efrusy

Kevin Efrusy, Accel Partners

Kevin Efrusy's background is primarily as an entrepreneur and operating executive. He served two stints as an entrepreneur when he started Corio, an ASP/SaaS pioneer that went public on Nasdaq and was acquired by IBM in 2005. Later, he built and served as the first CEO of IronPlanet, an online marketplace for heavy equipment with current annual gross sales over $500 million. Prior to his entrepreneurial career, Kevin worked at Zip2 and Bain & Company. Kevin focuses primarily on consumer Internet services and next generation business software, and he also is responsible for much of the firm’s efforts in Brazil and Latin America. He also sourced Accel’s investment in Facebook. Kevin has an MSEE, BSEE, and BA in Economics all from Stanford University, and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he was an Arjay Miller scholar.

Howard Morgan

Howard Morgan, First Round Capital

Howard Morgan was Professor of Decision Sciences at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and Professor of Computer Science at the Moore School at the University of Pennsylvania from 1972 through 1985. He has also been a Visiting Professor at the California Institute of Technology and the Harvard Business School. Since 1989, he has been President of the Arca Group, Inc., nurturing early stage companies and taking them from seed stage through initial public offerings. He also serves as a Director of Idealab, where he was a founding investor in 1996. Dr. Morgan has served on a number of public company Boards, including Franklin Electronic Publishers and Internet Brands, Inc. He is also on the board of a number of private companies including CloudHelix and PublicStuff, and such nonprofits as Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories and Math For America. Howard received a Ph.D. in Operations Research from Cornell University in 1968, and a B.S. in physics from City College of the City University of New York in 1965.


Board Observers

Roger Ehrenberg

Roger Ehrenberg, IA Ventures

Roger Ehrenberg is the founder and Managing Partner of IA Ventures, a seed-stage venture capital firm investing in companies that create competitive advantage through data. Roger currently sits on the boards of several companies including DataSift, Metamarkets, and PlaceIQ. Prior to forming IA Ventures, Roger was an active angel investor through IA Capital Partners, a seed-stage investment firm focused on digital media and financial technology. From 2004 to 2009, Roger seeded 40 companies, including several that have gone public or been acquired by companies like Google, Salesforce, and Twitter. Earlier in his career, Roger served as President and CEO of DB Advisors, Deutsche Bank's internal hedge fund trading platform. Before DB Advisors, Roger was Global Co-head of Deutsche Bank's Strategic Equity Transactions Group. Roger holds an MBA in Finance, Accounting and Management from Columbia Business School and a BBA in Finance, Economics and Organizational Psychology from the University of Michigan. Roger blogs at informationarbitrage.com.

Roger Ehrenberg

George Hoyem, In-Q-Tel

George Hoyem is an Investment Partner with In-Q-Tel, an investment firm whose goal is to identify, adapt and deliver innovative technology solutions to support the missions of the US Intelligence Community. George brings more than 25 years of entrepreneurial, operations, and venture experience in high technology. He has backed, supported, and served on the boards of dozens of emerging technology companies. George has been an early stage investor for over 14 years having previously worked with Blueprint, Redleaf and El Dorado Ventures. Prior to becoming a venture capitalist, George built an 18-year operating career with several prominent technology companies. As the General Manager of Hewlett Packard’s Internet Commerce Division, he was responsible for a $40 million P&L. Prior to HP, he held several executive positions in marketing and operations with VeriFone. George was a key contributor in the $1.3 billion sale of VeriFone to Hewlett Packard. Prior to VeriFone, George was co-founder and VP of Worldwide Sales for Visix Software.

Matt Ocko

Matt Ocko, Data Collective

Matt Ocko, co-Managing Partner of Data Collective, has three decades of experience as a technology entrepreneur and VC, in the US and globally. His investments prior to DCVC include Cotendo (AKAM), Zynga (ZNGA), Facebook (FB), XenSource (CTRX), Metamarkets, Uber, AngelList, and many others, including multiple additional acquisitions by Google, Facebook, Netapp, and other Fortune 1000 tech companies. Matt founded and was VP of R&D of Da Vinci Systems, a pioneering e-mail software vendor with over 1 million users world-wide prior to its acquisition. He is an inventor on over 40 granted or in-process patents in areas as diverse as enterprise hardware and social games. Matt holds a degree in Physics from Yale University and has been active in helping develop China's venture capital and technology regulatory framework for two decades.


Advisors

Chris Fry

Chris Fry

Chris Fry is an angel investor and early stage technology company advisor. He specializes in leading hyper growth companies through rapid scale. As Senior Vice President of Engineering at Twitter, Inc. he was responsible all engineering at Twitter, including the consumer products, core Twitter services, software infrastructure and operations. Prior to Twitter Chris was Senior Vice President, Development, at Salesforce.com where he led the development of platform, core & applications. Earlier, he led the implementation and deployment of scalable web services at Weblogic/BEA. He was a Director at Braintree and helped guide Braintree’s successful acquisition by Ebay. Mr. Fry holds a B.A. in Cognitive Science from Vassar College, a Ph.D. in Cognitive Science from the University of California, San Diego and was a postdoctoral fellow at UC Berkeley.


Investors

Accel Partners

Accel Partners has been committed to helping exceptional entrepreneurs build lasting, category-defining technology companies since 1983. Utilizing a focused, "prepared mind" approach to investing, we partner with businesses that show potential for significant long-term success in specific sectors. Emphasizing synergy in our portfolio enables us to offer the advantages of a cohesive, cooperative Accel community, including access to an extensive network of past and present entrepreneurs. We know there is no one-size-fits-all approach to building a lasting company. As trusted peer, partner and confidant, we encourage our entrepreneurs to decide what their unique business requires to succeed. We help realize your vision with personalized, thoughtful and expeditious support.

Data Collective

Data Collective invests in entrepreneurs building Big Data companies. Our strong network, operational experience and technical background delivers unique value to entrepreneurs. Just as the shifts from kilobits and kilobytes to megabits and megabytes in the 1980s and from there to gigabits and gigabytes in the 1990s created hundreds of billions of dollars of value, we believe another even larger scale disruption is underway and are poised to help our entrepreneurs take advantage of it.

First Round Capital

First Round Capital is a venture capital firm dedicated to helping talented entrepreneurs build remarkable companies. We are not afraid of investing in pre-revenue companies — and often provide a company's first outside capital. As former entrepreneurs, we understand the challenges of launching a new enterprise. We look to take an active role in most of the companies we invest in. We believe our insight and expertise are far more valuable than our capital — and we look for entrepreneurs who feel the same.

IA Ventures

IA Ventures invests in early-stage companies developing breakthrough tools and technologies for managing and extracting value from big data. Limited Partners are world-class firms in the data, trading and financial technology arenas. Areas of interest include predictive analytics, anomaly detection, database architecture, high-performance computing and machine learning.

In-Q-Tel

In-Q-Tel is the not-for-profit, strategic investment firm that works to identify, adapt, and deliver innovative technology solutions to support the missions of the U.S. Intelligence Community. Launched in 1999 as a private, independent organization, IQT’s mission is to identify and partner with companies developing cutting-edge technologies that serve the national security interests of the United States. Working from an evolving strategic blueprint defining the Intelligence Community’s critical technology needs, IQT engages with entrepreneurs, startups, researchers, and investors to deliver technologies that provide superior capabilities for the CIA and broader Intelligence Community. For more information, visit www.iqt.org.

Khosla Ventures

Khosla Ventures is venture capital firm run by people who listen to, analyze, and advise entrepreneurs. We manage a main fund that supports early- and late-stage investments and a seed fund for developing very early-stage experiments. We focus on next-generation energy projects, new materials, mobility, the Internet and silicon technology. Our firm was established in 2004 by Vinod Khosla, who helped turn a computer science project into Sun Microsystems, a multibillion-dollar phenomenon.