Leadership

Leadership at MemSQL

Raj Verma

Raj Verma

Co-Chief Executive Officer
Raj Verma is the Co-CEO at MemSQL. He brings over 25 years of global experience in enterprise software and operating at scale. Raj was instrumental in the growth of TIBCO software to over $1 Billion in revenue. In his 12 year tenure there, he held various positions including CMO, EVP Global Sales, and COO. Raj was also formerly COO at Hortonworks and was most recently COO at Apttus Software. Raj earned his Bachelor’s in Computer Science from BMS College of Engineering in Bangalore, India.
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Nikita Shamgunov

Nikita Shamgunov

Co-Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
Nikita Shamgunov co-founded our company and serves as co-CEO. Previously, he served as CTO for the company. 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.
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Adam Prout

Adam Prout

Chief Technology Officer
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 and Chief Architect. 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.
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Drew Paroski

Drew Paroski

Vice President Engineering
Drew Paroski 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.
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Jason Wakeam

Jason Wakeam

Vice President of Business Development and Alliances
Jason Wakeam oversees partner strategy and growth at MemSQL. Previously, Jason worked at Cloudera where he led partner sales, channel strategy, and programs. He also led global business development for the System Integrator channel at Hortonworks. Prior to that, Jason spent more than a decade at Microsoft where he held a number of partner leadership roles. Jason holds a bachelor’s of arts in economics from King’s University College, and an honors business administration degree from Ivey Business School.
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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.
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Peter Guagenti

Peter Guagenti

Chief Marketing Officer
Peter Guagenti oversees strategic and growth marketing at MemSQL. Prior to MemSQL, Peter held marketing and product roles at Mesosphere, NGINX, and Acquia, and spent 15 years as a digital agency and consulting professional at companies including Accenture and Razorfish. Peter brings MemSQL a proven ability to build successful companies, and deep experience in business strategy, marketing, design, product development, and operations.
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Rick Negrin

Rick Negrin

Vice President Of Product Management
Rick Negrin oversees product strategy and management at MemSQL. Prior to MemSQL, he spent 12 years at Microsoft leading teams for SQL Server and Azure SQL Database. Rick holds a bachelor’s of science in computer engineering from the University of Washington.
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Ron Vaisbort

Ron Vaisbort

General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
Ron Vaisbort leads the legal and compliance team at MemSQL. Prior to MemSQL, he served as the SVP and General Counsel of C3 IoT and Good Technology. A veteran of the technology, media, and entertainment industries, Ron has been at the forefront of numerous innovative business concepts—as both an attorney and business leader – for startups such as Trillium Digital Systems, Mañana Media, Layer Dynamics and Ripple Networks, as well as Fortune 100 companies such as Intel and Toshiba. Ron is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and earned his J.D. at Loyola Law School, Order of the Coif.
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Zac Rule

Zac Rule

Vice President Sales and Field Operations
Zac Rule leads the Sales organization at MemSQL. Prior to MemSQL, Zac worked at DataStax as Area Vice President of Sales helping drive distributed database technology in the market. He has also worked at Oracle, leading teams focused on Analytics and Performance Management while assisting the integration of Hyperion Corporation into Oracle. Zac has driven sales at other early stage analytic companies and began his career in Information Technology at Silicon Graphics. Zac holds a bachelor’s of science in business from California State University, Chico.
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Board of Directors

Bruce Armstrong

Bruce Armstrong

Khosla Ventures
Bruce is an operating partner at Khosla Ventures, where he focuses on big data and enterprise technology companies leveraging more than 25 years of industry experience. Most recently, Bruce was the president and CEO of PivotLink, a leading provider of SaaS business intelligence applications. Prior to PivotLink, he served as chairman and CEO of Kickfire, a pioneer in next-generation data warehouse appliances focused on the open source MySQL database market, which was acquired in 2010 by industry leader, Teradata. Earlier in his career, Bruce was vice president and general manager of the server products group at Sybase. Bruce began his career as one of the first 20 employees at Teradata Corporation. After the company’s successful IPO and subsequent acquisition by AT&T/NCR, he was named vice president and general manager of the $500M enterprise solutions division, president of Teradata and a company officer of AT&T. Bruce holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of California at Berkeley.
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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.
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Suresh Vasudevan

Suresh Vasudevan

Suresh Vasudevan has over 20 years of experience in enterprise technology. Most recently, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Nimble Storage. Suresh spent almost 10 years at NetApp, before becoming the CEO of Omneon. He holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, with honors, from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science in Pilani and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from Indian Institute of Management in Calcutta.
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Ted Kummert

Ted Kummert

Ted Kummert, MemSQL’s newest board member, is an almost-25-year Microsoft veteran who for several years oversaw engineering and business teams for Microsoft’s Application Platform, which included SQL Server, SQL Azure, and other infrastructure software across on-premises and cloud environments. Ted most recently led Products and Engineering at Apptio, where he drove product development of the company’s Technology Business Management software category including through Apptio’s IPO in September 2016. Ted is a Venture Partner at Madrona Venture Group where he works with Madrona portfolio companies on product and go to market challenges and identifies new investment opportunities.
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Advisors

Mohit Aron

Mohit Aron

Cohesity
Mohit Aron has over 15 years of experience in building scalable, high performance distributed systems. He founded Cohesity and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Mohit also co-founded Nutanix, where he served as its Chief Technology Officer and Director. Mohit has a PhD in Computer Science from Rice University with a focus on distributed systems, and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.
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Quentin Clark

Quentin Clark

Dropbox
Quentin Clark has deep experience in enterprise technology, with 22 years of product leadership roles and overseeing billion-dollar businesses. Currently, Quentin is the Senior Vice President of Engineering, Product, and Design at Dropbox. Previously, Quentin was the Chief Technology Officer at SAP SE, and he also served as Corporate Vice President of Microsoft's Data Platform Group. Quentin graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Physics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
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Jerry Held

Jerry Held

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.
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Chris McClain

Chris McClain

Chris McClain has more than 20 years of sales and operations experience in the high tech industry. Chris was most recently the Senior Vice President of Global Enterprise Sales at DocuSign, where he was responsible for Enterprise operations, strategy, and sales. He previously was an Executive Vice President and General Manager of SAP. Chris holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration, Management Information Systems, and Productions Operations Management from California State University, Sacramento.
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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.
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Investors