Chief Technology Officer
Brian Bulkowski is a founder of Aerospike, CTO, networking whiz, innovator and high performance expert. My family has a long and varied history in science and tech, so I wound up shipping code in high school. One of the great things about software is you can build something with it. You dont need plywood or welding. Computers are an easy way to start creating stuff. My first taste of networking was in 1989. I knew there was a whole world out there waiting. A computer thats not connected to a network is kind of dull.
Brian became a Lead Engineer at Novell, and then Chief Architect of Cable Solutions at Liberate where he built a high-performance, embedded networking stack, as well as the broadcast server infrastructure. As Director of Performance at Aggregate Knowledge, Brian had direct experience with the scaling limitations of sharded MySQL systems. It wasnt hard to see that there was a huge need for a new distributed database, because they all sucked.
Chief Technology Officer
Srini V. Srinivasan
When it comes to databases, Srini Srinivasan is one of the recognized pioneers of Silicon Valley. He has two decades of experience designing, developing and operating highly scalable infrastructures. He also has over a dozen patents in database, web, mobile and distributed systems technologies.
I just took to programming early on. There was a professor in college who tossed out a challenge, and I ended up winning it. Thats when I discovered I really enjoy thinking through how to solve problems in code. I invented an algorithm to do online index operations it was used in the Tandem product line. That was my first significant thing. At IBM I was on a team where we built the first Internet database product DB2-www in three months. It was way ahead of the curve.
Srini co-founded Aerospike to solve the scaling problems he experienced with Oracle databases while he was Senior Director of Engineering at Yahoo.
Max is a technology executive with 20+ years of global experience leading Product Development, R&D, SaaS/Cloud Services and IT organizations. He has led both on-demand and software product creation, boosting revenues, building high performance teams, and scaling infrastructure for both B2C and B2B companies.
Vice President Sales
Steve has twenty-five years of experience in the software industry. Steve is a veteran of multiple startups including Oracle, Patrol (acquired by BMC), Geodesic (acquired by Veritas), Collation (acquired by IBM), General Interface (acquired by TIBCO), Acquis (acquired by Leica) and others. Steve has led several startups to their first million in sales and has built several sales teams that went well beyond that.
Steve graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Missouri in 1983 with a BS in Business and a concentration in Management Information Systems. Additionally, he authored the book Traction on how technology startups can achieve sustained revenue growth.
Prior to joining Draper Associates, Joel served as Technology Director for the United States Senate Commerce Committee, advising Senators on technology legislation and policy. Joel also co-founded an IT consulting startup, Iceware Technologies, where he specialized in wireless application infrastructure.
Joel has an MBA from Tulane University's Freeman School of Business, and a BA from the University of Puget Sound where he was Captain of the NCAA ski racing team. Joel also attended the United States Naval War College where he studied Joint Maritime Operations. In addition to skiing, Joel enjoys running, biking, and flying.
Brandon Farwell is an Investment Professional at Draper Fisher Jurvetson. Prior to joining DFJ, Brandon worked in Credit Suisse's San Francisco office within the Alternative Asset Management Division. He focused on secondary investments mostly in leveraged buyout and venture capital funds across a variety of industries and geographies. Prior to working in San Francisco, Brandon completed an internship in investment banking in New York within Credit Suisse's Financial Institutions Group.
Brandon graduated from Stanford University with a BA in Economics and a Minor in International Relations. While at Stanford, he was Vice-President of the student-run entrepreneurial club entitled the Business Association of Stanford Entrepreneurial Students (BASES). He organized workshops and conferences on entrepreneurship, raised the capital to fund the club, and helped organize campus-wide business plan competitions.
Vice President Sales
VP, Sales & BD at Aerospike, Inc.
Chief Executive Officer