Bill Richter is President and CEO of Qumulo, where he brings over 20 years of leadership experience to his role. Prior to Qumulo, Bill was a Venture Partner at Madrona investing in and advising emerging businesses across multiple categories. Before joining Madrona, he was President of the Isilon Storage Division of EMC, where he grew the business to $1.5 billion in annual revenue in 2014. After Isilon, Bill served as COO of EMC’s $4 billion Midrange Storage business. Bill holds a BA in Business Administration from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington.
Peter serves as Qumulo’s CTO, bringing his expertise in distributed file systems and high-performance distributed systems. He is the inventor of more than 20 granted patents in the areas of file system design, distributed systems, and shared-memory concurrency. As Qumulo’s founding CEO, Peter led the company through fundraising rounds totaling $100M, the delivery of Qumulo Core, and the acquisition of Qumulo’s first hundred customers. Prior to Qumulo, Peter served as CEO of Corensic, bringing the world’s first thin hypervisor to market, and as Director of Software Engineering at Isilon, where he led its file system team through several major releases.
Neal brings 15 years of systems software experience to Qumulo. At Amazon Web Services, Neal designed and led development of advanced database technologies. Prior to Amazon, Neal was Distinguished Engineer at Isilon, where he provided technical vision for Isilon’s award-winning OneFS clustered file system, resulting in more than thirty patented technologies. Prior to Isilon, Neal worked in the Third Market group at D. E. Shaw. Neal holds a degree in Math and Computer Science from the University of New Mexico.
Matt focuses on a broad range of software-driven companies and serves on the boards of several Madrona portfolio companies. He is particularly interested in applications and services that are infused with data intelligence capabilities. The next 10 years will be about ‘dataware’ at every layer of the technology stack.” His words of advice to would-be entrepreneurs: “Truly understand the customer and their needs first and work your way back to a technology-differentiated solution to their needs from there.”
Before joining Madrona in 2000, Matt was vice president of business process for the Genuine Parts Company (NYSE:GPC). He also was an engagement manager at McKinsey & Company, concentrating on strategy and marketing in technology-driven sectors and prior to that worked in investment banking at Credit Suisse.
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Wen Hsieh joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 2006. He focuses on incubations and early-stage investments in enterprise IT infrastructure (data storage, networking, compute), disruptive digital hardware (IoT, mobile, consumer), semiconductor innovations and green technologies – in both North America and Greater China. Wen also leads KPCB’s Low Power Everywhere initiative. He has worked closely with the entrepreneurs at Ambiq Micro, Amprius, Amyris (AMRS), Aquion Energy, Bloom Energy, Crossbar, HiWiFi, LuxVue Technology (acquired), mCube, Qumulo, Spatial Photonics (acquired), TiDAL Systems, Transphorm and Voltafield as a board director/observer or advisor.
Sujal Patel is a successful technology entrepreneur and executive. Patel founded Isilon Systems in 2001 with the vision that the rapid proliferation of unstructured, file-based data would necessitate a shift away from traditional storage architectures and toward a new, scale-out paradigm. In 2006, Isilon completed one of the most successful initial public offerings of the year, with a market capitalization in excess of $1 Billion. From 2007 to 2010, Patel, as CEO, led Isilon during a period of profound growth, improving operating margins from -37.5% to +20%.
Isilon was acquired by EMC in December, 2010 for $2.5 Billion, the largest acquisition in EMC’s history. Patel served as the President of EMC’s Isilon Storage Division from the acquisition until November, 2012, driving significant revenue growth, market expansion and organizational scale.
Prior to EMC and Isilon, Patel served in various engineering roles at RealNetworks, Inc., in part as chief architect behind the company’s second-generation core media delivery system.
Patel holds nineteen patents in the areas of storage, networking, and media delivery, is a well-known speaker on entrepreneurship, and has received a variety of industry awards. Currently Patel serves on the board of directors at ExtraHop Networks, Qumulo and Elemental Technologies.
He graduated from the University of Maryland College Park in 1996 with a degree in Computer Science.
Harry D’Andrea has served as the Chief Financial Officer for both established and startup companies for over twenty years.
Prior to founding Valhalla Partners, Harry was the Chief Financial Officer for Advanced Switching Communications, Inc. (“ASC”), a telecommunications equipment supplier that he helped take public. Prior to ASC, Harry was the Chief Financial Officer at Call Technologies, Inc. (“CTI”), a start-up telecommunications software company. At CTI, Harry played a central role in preparing the company for growth and for its ultimate sale to 3Com Corporation.
Peter fell in love with startups after spending 10 years as an early employee at EMC, where he experienced firsthand how the right product, business model and innovation can kill a market incumbent. Ever since, he’s been solely working as or with entrepreneurs – he lives for the ambiguity of writing vs. executing a business playbook, and his role as a venture capitalist allows him to work alongside the brightest minds in technology.
Peter focuses on companies in the information security, e-commerce, cloud infrastructure, mobile, enterprise software and communications industries. In his role as a sounding board to entrepreneurs, Peter helps prioritize growth objectives, build teams and create product-market fit. He likes to focus on go-to-market strategies that ensure category leadership.
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