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.


Hit the 1,000,000 user milestone and was acquired by Altair.

Our Team

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.
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.
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.

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