LEADERSHIP

Eric Frenkiel

Eric Frenkiel, Chief Executive Officer and 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 and 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 led 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.

Adam Prout

Adam Prout, Senior Vice President Engineering and Chief Architect

Adam Prout oversees product architecture and development at MemSQL. He joined MemSQL as a co-founding engineer and previously served as Vice President of Engineering. 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.

Drew Paroski

Drew Paroski, Vice President Engineering

Drew oversees engineering development and operations at MemSQL. He previously served as architect and manager, leading development of the new native SQL compilation architecture in MemSQL 5. Before MemSQL, Drew worked at Facebook where he co-founded HHVM, a JIT compiler for PHP used by a number of popular web properties including Facebook, Wikipedia, and Baidu. Prior to Facebook, Drew worked on the .NET compiler and runtime at Microsoft. Drew holds a bachelor’s and master’s in Computer Science from State University of New York at Binghamton.

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, Chief Technology Officer and 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.

Kevin Efrusy

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.

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 for 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 and 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.

Mark Weber

Mark Weber

Mark Weber is a veteran Executive with over 30 years of experience in technology sales and engineering. Most recently, Mark served as Senior Vice President for the Americas at NetApp, leading channels, engineering, professional services, business development, finance, operations, and marketing across North America, South America, and U.S. Public Sector. Prior to this role, Mark was President and General Manager of NetApp U.S. Public Sector for ten years. He also worked at Sun Microsystems and Hewlett-Packard. Mark holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the College of William and Mary and a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Virginia Tech.