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.


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 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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.