About Us

RapidMiner was born from a data science project at the University of Dortmund in 2001. We aim to stay true to our academic roots, while also continuously innovating and evolving to fulfill our mission to reinvent enterprise AI so that anyone has the power to positively shape the future.


Our Purpose

For those driven to accelerate the pace of transformation, RapidMiner is the enterprise-ready data science platform that amplifies the collective impact of your people, expertise and data for break-through competitive advantage.


Our Company Culture

At the heart of RapidMiner is a diverse team of talented professionals determined to reinvent enterprise AI. We approach all things with a few key characteristics in mind. We aim to be visionary but grounded, we have been at the forefront of data science for 20+ years, but there are no egos here. We have some very smart people on our team, self-proclaimed geeks, who are brainy yet approachable. We also have some of the most energizing and empowering team members around.

Our Story


Initially called YALE, RapidMiner was born from a data science project at the University of Dortmund, Germany, by Ingo Mierswa, Ralf Klinkenberg and Simon Fischer.


Rapid-I Founded with 5,000 users of the open source product.


Rapid-I renamed to RapidMiner.


Hit the 150,000 user milestone.

Our Team

CEO, Board of Directors
Peter Lee

As RapidMiner’s President & Chief Executive Officer, Peter is responsible for the strategy and operations of the company. He is also on the Board of Directors.

Before joining RapidMiner, Peter advised growth companies disrupting established markets such as Attivio, BlogTalkRadio, Ektron, Infomatix, Novus, NOPSEC, Reonomy, SecurityScoreCard and others as co-founder of Mister Wolf & Associates.

Previously, Peter served as Executive Vice President of TIBCO where he was responsible for the Analytics/Big Data, B2B, Cloud, CXM and SIEM product groups. Peter joined TIBCO when it acquired DataSynapse, where he served as CEO and co-founder.
Peter began his career as a strategy consultant for Deloitte International and as an investment banker for J.P. Morgan & Co.

Peter earned an MBA in Entrepreneurial Management from The Wharton School, an MA in International Affairs from The University of Pennsylvania and graduated AB cum laude from Harvard University. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Attivio and as an Independent Member of the Investment Committee of the Advanced Finance & Investment Group. He has previously served on the Boards of Ektron (acquired by Accel-KKR, merged with EpiServer) and Upwardly Global.

Little known factoids:
Peter, his wife and his golf clubs all rode his BMW 1200 Enduro motorcycle cross-country. Next time: no clubs.

Peter has a Black Lab, Border Collie/Lab and German Short-Haired Pointer. He grew up with a Dalmatian, German Shepherd, Irish Setter, Sheepdog and a half dozen other dogs and cats. Peter is also allergic to pets.

Peter frequently quotes famous philosophers: Sun Tzu, Confucius and Bill Belichick – The Greatest Professional Coach in the History of the Universe.
Founder / Chief Technology Officer, Board of Directors
Ingo Mierswa, PhD

Ingo is responsible for strategic innovation and deals with all big picture questions around RapidMiner’s technologies. He is the founder and serves on the Board.

Ingo Mierswa is an industry-veteran data scientist since starting to develop RapidMiner at the Artificial Intelligence Division of the TU Dortmund University in Germany.

Mierswa, the scientist, has authored numerous award-winning publications about predictive analytics and big data. Mierswa, the entrepreneur, is the founder of RapidMiner. Under his leadership RapidMiner has grown up to 300% per year over the first seven years.

In 2012, he spearheaded the go-international strategy with the opening of offices in the US as well as the UK and Hungary.

Little known factoids:
If Ingo didn’t work for RapidMiner he would live on a sailing boat and be a photographer.

Ingo brought a horse when he moved to the United States in 2014.

Ingo and his wife Nadja traveled more than 20,000 miles through 20 countries – on their bicycles.
Simon Zilberman

As RapidMiner’s CFO, Simon is responsible for global finance and accounting operations, HR, Legal, IT, and security.

Before joining RapidMiner, Simon served as Director of Finance at Yottaa, where he was responsible for leading finance, accounting, HR, legal, and IT.

Simon is particularly adept at bridging the gap between strategic vision and being hands-on. He considers technology start-ups to be his niche, especially because he can bring his passion for FP&A and operations to drive cost savings and automation. In his career Simon has worked in a variety of industries.

Little known factoids:
If Simon was not working at RapidMiner he would be managing real estate properties. He especially loves getting his hands dirty and fixing whatever someone else has broken. Simon also enjoys exercising, including biking in the summer and skiing in the winter, which are necessary because his wife is an avid baker and chef.
VP of Customer Success
Randy LeBlanc

Randy LeBlanc is responsible for Customer Success and Technical Sales at RapidMiner.

Before joining RapidMiner, Randy was a senior director for Client Technical Services for various product groups at TIBCO Software with a focus on distributed computing environments and application virtualization and automation.

Randy began his career as a software engineer designing, coding, and managing scientific applications and data processing platforms in the Hydrographic Survey space at C&C Technologies, Inc. where he helped develop the inertial navigation system for unmanned autonomous submarines in conjunction with the U.S. Naval Research Lab.

Little known factoids:
Randy has a freshman and senior in high school who can not beat him in golf, but this is the way of things in the LeBlanc family as he has also never beaten his own father who carries a single digit handicap.
VP of Product
Tobias Malbrecht

As Head of Product at RapidMiner, Tobias is responsible for RapidMiner’s product vision, strategy and roadmap and leads the product management, UX/UI design, data analytics and user enablement (i.e. education and documentation) teams.

Tobias joined RapidMiner in its very early stage and served in various roles ranging from product development to consulting services (leading data science projects in various industries) to product marketing. Tobias holds master’s degrees in computer science, economics, and business administration from the Technical University of Dortmund, Germany.

Little known factoids:
Tobias loves spending time with his two young daughters. Being outsmarted by them makes him proud. If there is time left in his day, he fancies playing the electric guitar and the piano or goes for a run. Tobias dreams about crossing the Alps on foot or on a mountain bike one day.
VP of Sales
Steve Ruggieri

Steve runs the global sales team for RapidMiner. Prior to RapidMiner, he held various sales roles at Tibco.

Corporate Development
Fred Gedling

Fred is responsible for ensuring that RapidMiner and our valued partners are enabled to successfully support customers, as well as finding and developing RapidMiner advocates through the community.

Prior to RapidMiner, Fred was the Chief Technology Officer at Infomatix, an agile analytics leader. Previously, he served as the Global Sales Director, Execution for TIBCO’s Spotfire group and prior to that, CTO & SVP of Global Services – EMEA of DataSynapse (acquired by TIBCO). Fred’s 25-year career in technology also includes management positions at Goldman Sachs International, Stratus Computer and other global technology organizations.

Little known factoids:
When Fred grows up, he wants to be an astronaut.
Fred loves dogs, which is why he has two pet rabbits.
Coffee is the answer to most of his problems.
Co-Head of Marketing
Kara Lanio Tegha

Kara is responsible for Corporate Marketing at RapidMiner, leading demand generation and brand strategy.

She joined the company in 2017 as Digital Marketing Director. Prior to RapidMiner, Kara worked at Imprivata for over six years and was responsible for all digital and creative marketing efforts. Kara studied Marketing and Graphic Design at Northeastern University and is a big advocate for their co-op program.

Little known factoids:
Kara loves to cook and loves to eat even more, Cuban dishes are her favorite. Kara tries to keep active by playing tennis in the summer and snowboarding or ice skating in the winter. As an introvert, Kara is thriving in her mostly quarantined life these days with her husband – also an introvert.
Co-Head of Marketing
Scott Barker

Scott Barker is responsible for Product Marketing at RapidMiner and manages messaging, positioning, content and analyst relations.

Previously, Scott has been a leader in Product Marketing in multiple fast-paced industries, including cybersecurity, analytics, and healthcare IT. Prior to RapidMiner, Scott served as the Sr. Director, Product Marketing at Altair and Datawatch and before that, held multiple roles at Carbon Black, Imprivata and Kronos.

Scott’s career in technology has centered around creating differentiating messaging and marketing strategy in order to drive fast growth and help businesses evolve from start-up to scale-up.

Little known factoids:
Scott’s passionate about three things outside of work – making good BBQ, raising two happy and resilient daughters, and trying to become a single-digit handicap golfer. He quickly develops obsessions for new sports and games of skill (including CandyLand) but also enjoys the simplicity of lifting heavy things when time permits.
Upal Basu

Upal has worked in the mobile and software technology industry for over 20 years. He is currently partner at venture firm NGP Capital, where he leads the global Connected Enterprise investing theme that focuses on mobile enterprise and Internet of Things investments. Prior to NGP Capital, he was Founder and CEO of Mformation Technologies, the world’s largest mobile device management company, which was acquired by Alcatel-Lucent. Upal has an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MS in Engineering from Stanford University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Imperial College, London.

Nilanjana Bhowmik

Nilanjana Bhowmik is a Partner at Longworth Venture Partners where she has been investing in early stage technology companies for over a decade. Her current investment focus includes cloud infrastructure, big data, mobile and IoT. Prior to Longworth, Nilanjana was an investment banker with Broadview (Jefferies) and a senior executive at Object Design, the maker of the pioneer object-oriented database, Objectstore.

Luke Burns

Luke Burns is a Partner at Ascent Venture Partners where he invests in high growth companies with a focus on cloud, data analytics and security. Prior to Ascent, he was cofounder and CEO of Emercis Corporation, a provider of e-commerce software tools for the enterprise, and was a strategy consultant with Bain & Company.

Ralf Wahlsten

A General Partner at OpenOcean, Ralf holds board memberships at HeavenHR, MariaDB, Nordic Telecom, RapidMiner and Verto Analytics. Before the fate brought him together with the rest of the Finns to build OpenOcean, he had been an active angel investor, as well as a key advisor to the MySQL founders from the company’s inception up until the exit to Sun Microsystems.

Jason D. Whitmire

Jason Whitmire is a Partner at Earlybird Venture Capital where he focuses on Cloud Computing, Analytics and Mobility. Jason has built, led and exited two companies which reached global leadership (FSMLabs and Wind River Systems). Prior to that Jason co-founded the software business at Comneon (one of the fastest growing mobile software companies in history).

Usama Fayyad

Usama Fayyad, Ph.D. is CEO of Open Insights LLC. Until recently he was Group Chief Data Officer (CDO) at Barclays in London. Previously he lead tech startup fund OASIS-500, was Chairman, Co-Founder and CTO of Blue Kangaroo Corp, and served as Yahoo! CDO, responsible for global data strategy. Usama has published over 100 technical articles, holds over 30 patents, is a Fellow of the Association for Advancement of AI, a Fellow of the Association of Computing Machinery, and has edited two influential books on data mining.

Vijay Kotu

Vijay Kotu is a Vice President of Analytics at Yahoo, where he leads the implementation of large-scale data and analytics systems. He has practiced analytics for over a decade, with focus on predictive analytics, business intelligence, data mining, web analytics, and developing analytical teams. He is the co-author of the book Predictive Analytics and Data Mining: Concepts and Practice with RapidMiner (Morgan Kaufmann, 2014).

Rock Gnatovich

Rock Gnatovich was most recently a Vice President at TIBCO Software where he ran their security acquisition, LogLogic, before leaving in 2014. Gnatovich joined TIBCO in 2007 as part of their acquisition of Spotfire, Inc., where he served as President and COO for 10 years. Rock has spent 30 years in the software industry with a primary focus on enterprise software.

Alex Kormushoff

Alex Kormushoff is globally recognized for building and growing technology enabled solutions companies. Over a 30 year career, he has been at the forefront of some of the most important technology trends including predictive analytics, big data, cloud computing and commerce. Most recently, Alex was the President of SHP Data, a Cressey & Level Equity backed company that provides real-time analytics solutions for the post-acute healthcare industry.

Prof. Dr. Katharina Morik

Katharina Morik obtained her PhD from University of Hamburg in 1981 and her habilitation from Technical University of Berlin in 1988. Since 1991 she is professor at TU Dortmund University, where she heads the Artificial Intelligence Unit with a focus on Machine Learning and Data Mining.

The broad range of methods include statistical learning algorithms like Support Vector Machines (SVM) and graphical models. The analysis of very large data sets and high-dimensional data under resource constraints is investigated for data streams and distributed data. She participated in numerous European research projects and coordinated the European project MiningMart (2000 – 2003).
JJ Sendelbach

JJ Sendelbach is the Founder and Managing Director of Doublejay Consulting, member of the supervisory board of Kayrros, the advisory board of Seerene and the board of directors of DB Alumni. Previously he was a partner at Droege & Company, New York; the COO at WestLB, New York, Deutsche Bank, North America and Deutsche Bank Capital Markets, Japan.

Andy Walter

Andy Walter led the Commercial Services & Delivery Organization for Procter & Gamble’s Global Business Services, where he was responsible for IT & Shared Services. He has over 15 years experience working on Boards and in Board level advisory roles, including Digimarc (Nasdaq: DMRC), Fractal Analytics, Virtualitics (a CalTech/JPL Analytics Startup), Ivy Mobility, and SignalsAnalytics.

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