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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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.
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.
Ingo Mierswa, PhD
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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. After two rounds of fundraising, the acquisition of Radoop, and supporting the positioning of RapidMiner with leading analyst firms like Gartner and Forrester, Ingo takes a lot of pride in bringing the world’s best team to RapidMiner.
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.
CHIEF PRODUCT OFFICER
As Chief Product Officer, Lars is chartered with the Company’s global product management and strategy. He is responsible for the platform, including market and product strategy, product vision, user experience and customer satisfaction.
Lars is a strategic and innovative product leader with 20 years of product and operational experience in enterprise software and analytics/business intelligence markets. Prior to RapidMiner, he was with TIBCO Software, Inc.; as VP of Product Strategy Lars led product management for TIBCO’s Spotfire and Jaspersoft analytics product lines, customer support and cloud operations for the company’s analytics SaaS and Private Cloud offerings. Early in his career, he held product management and application engineering roles at Parametric Technology Corporation.
Lars holds an MS in Applied Mechanics and a BA in Mechanical Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.
Little known factoids:
Lars is a proud owner of a 16’ fishing boat named “Bulla” – which means cinnamon bun in Swedish. Lars doesn’t catch many fish.
Lars is on his third citizenship: first German, then Swedish and now “Amerrrikaan.”
Lars rides his 7-speed bicycle to work every day rain, sleet or snow. Lars went missing in the blizzards of 2015 but was re-discovered in the Spring.
CHIEF REVENUE OFFICER
As RapidMiner’s Chief Revenue Officer, Bill is driving global field operations including sales, professional services, education and support.
Prior to RapidMiner, Bill was Vice President, Global Indirect Sales at TIBCO’s Spotfire Group where he was responsible for the global partner ecosystem and regional sales in APAC and LATAM. He also created the company’s first indirect sales channel program, resulting in new revenue streams from a global portfolio of 200+ member OEMs and VARs. Bill has 20+ years of experience in Big Data and Analytics at technology companies including MicroStrategy and Netezza (acquired by IBM).
Bill holds a BS in Computer Science from Pennsylvania State University.
Little known factoids:
Bill had a 6 handicap in golf. But now he actually plays all 18 holes.
Bill is an expert aficionado sommelier in international diet sodas. He drives waitresses crazy sampling and comparing Coca-Cola flavors with and without ice. And a twist of lemon.
Bill is allergic to dogs. Peter and Ingo delight in inviting Marla, our Chief Furry Officer, to every meeting. Bill wraps himself in plastic.
CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER
As Chief Marketing Officer, Tom is responsible for global go-to-market strategy, demand generation, product marketing, and communications.
Before joining RapidMiner, Tom was the Chief Marketing Officer at Acquia. Tom guided Acquia through its rapid growth phase from $45m revenue in 2012 to well over $100m in 2015. Prior to Acquia, Tom held a variety of Sales and Marketing leadership roles at Episerver and HP/Autonomy.
Tom holds a BS in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign.
He’s a leap year baby.
Tom is a superfan of the Smashing Pumpkins.
He tweets, often.
He’s a huge fan of the movies Top Gun and Karate Kid
CHIEF TALENT OFFICER
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.
Fred holds a First Class Bsc (Honors) degree in Physics with Astrophysics and post graduate research in theoretical physics from the University of Leeds in the UK.
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.
Tim O’Toole is RapidMiner’s Chief Financial Officer, and is responsible for all global finance and legal functions.
O’Toole has developed a specialty in leading finance at high growth tech startups. Prior to joining RapidMiner, he served as CFO of Yotta, Dyn, and Rapid7. Earlier in his career, O’Toole was on the senior leadership team at Bladelogic, leading the company through its 2007 initial public offering.
CHIEF FURRY OFFICER
Marla Mierswa is an integral part of the RapidMiner office, culture and team. She’s much more than a yellow labrador, she’s our Chief Furry Officer.
Prior to joining RapidMiner, Marla was a resident of Gelsenkirchen Shelter. Her daily duties include being adorable, delivering the mail, performing automated box disposal services, managing our recycling operations, and ensuring that our floors are entirely free of any food whatsoever. She also maintains a faithful watch on the front door, reception desk and grounds surrounding our HQ in Boston, MA. Marla holds certifications from multiple training academies and awards for swim therapy.
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).
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Patrik Backman is a Managing Partner at Open Ocean Capital Oy. Before co-founding Open Ocean’s venture capital operation, Backman was part of the MySQL management team. Backman is a co-founder of SkySQL Ab, board member at Nosto Oy and has been adviser to Open Ocean portfolio companies WOT Services, Commerce Guys, Zentyal, Nordic Telecom and TrueCaller.
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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.
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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.
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Upal has worked in the mobile and software technology industry for over 20 years. He is currently partner at venture firm NGP, where he leads the global Connected Enterprise investing theme that focuses on mobile enterprise and Internet of Things investments. Prior to NGP, 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.
Usama Fayyad is the executive chairman at Oasis500 and the Chairman and CTO at ChoozOn Corp (Blue Kangaroo.) Previously he founded Open Insights LLC and was Yahoo’s chief data officer. He co-founded the DMX Group and Audience Science (digiMine, Inc.) and led data mining & Exploration at Microsoft Research. He also worked at NASA.
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.
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 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 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.