Who we are

Sharmila MulliganCEO & Founder

Sharmila has spent 18+ years building game-changing software companies in a variety of markets. She has been EVP & CMO at numerous software companies, including Netscape, Kiva Software, AOL, Opsware, and Aster Data. She drove the creation of several multi-billion dollar market categories, including application servers, data center automation, and big data analytics. She is on the board of Hadapt and Lattice Engines, advisor to numerous companies, large and small, and an active investor in early stage companies.

Dr. Timothy HowesChief Technology Officer

Dr. Timothy Howes, Ph.D., co-inventor of LDAP and numerous patents, leads innovation on ClearStory’s Spark-based data analysis platform. A respected entrepreneur and computer scientist, he was a co-founder of Loudcloud/Opsware and Rockmelt and previously served as VP of Engineering at Yahoo and CTO of HP Software and Netscape’s Server Products Division. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering, a Master of Science in Computer Science and Engineering and a Ph.D. in Computer Science, all from the University of Michigan.

Ali ToreChief Product Officer

Ali has more than 20 years of experience leading enterprise product development. Most recently co-founded and served as CPO and VP of Analytics at Model N, a leading provider of revenue management solutions that went public in 2013. He was a product and program manager at NetDynamics, acquired by Sun Microsystems, which pioneered the first Java-based application server. Ali earned his undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering and Management Science from Northwestern University, and his graduate degree in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University.

Soumitro TagoreVP Engineering & Development Operations

Soumitro has more than 20 years of engineering experience at both startups and large companies. Most recently, he served as VP Engineering at Clari, a startup that builds applications to increase sales team productivity through predictive analytics and mobile application delivery. Prior to Clari, Soumitro was the VP of Engineering and Support at Clearwell Systems, the recognized leader in electronic discovery software, leading up to its acquisition by Symantec for more than $400 million. Earlier in his career, he worked on various middleware products at IBM, Informix and Centerview Software.

Deirdre TonerSVP WW Sales & Services

Deirdre has more than two decades of experience in software sales and new market development. Prior to ClearStory Data, she served as SVP and General Manager, West Region for SAP where she led direct and indirect license and subscription sales, presales, partners and ecosystems. She joined SAP from AsterData Systems, where she launched sales efforts for a big data database appliance, led sales teams at Business Objects and held sales and leadership roles at E.piphany, Sybase and others.


Data inspires us. Our mission is to dramatically simplify accessing, exploring and analyzing data.


Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers
Andreessen Horowitz
Google Ventures
DAG Ventures
Khosla Ventures

Board and Advisors

Michael Abbott

General Partner, Kleiner Perkins

Shona Brown

Googler Emeritus

Michael Franklin

Director of the UC Berkeley Algorithms, Machines and People Lab (AMPLab)


Karim Faris

General Partner, Google Ventures

Anand Rajaraman

Founder of @WalmartLabs, Kosmix and Junglee

Marti Hearst

Professor in the School of Information at UC Berkeley


Adam Ghobarah

Engineering Partner, Google Ventures

Join us

We’re looking for great minds who love distributed systems, high performance data processing, information visualization and big data challenges. If you want to change how people explore, connect to, and analyze data, then we want to hear from you.

Join us and build the future at ClearStory Data.

Contact Us


ClearStory Data

4300 Bohannon Drive, Suite 200

Menlo Park, CA 94025

T 650.322.2408


Chicago Office

ClearStory Data

228 W. Kinzie

Chicago, IL 60654

New York Office

ClearStory Data

222 Broadway, 19th Floor

New York, NY 10038