Who we are

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.

NivargiFounder & Chief Architect

Vaibhav is an expert in query optimization, high performance data processing and distributed systems. He was one of the first engineers at Aster Data, developing key areas of the Aster MapReduce Platform. At NetApp, he contributed to patent-pending technology for the WAFL filesystem, significantly boosting boot times. His prior experience includes optimizing the Linux kernel for multi-core processors and distributed file systems. Vaibhav graduated from Stanford University with a Masters in Computer Science and a specialization in distributed systems and machine learning.


Jim has over 30 years of experience overseeing finance at first-class enterprise companies, streamlining operations, raising capital and consummating mergers & acquisitions. Most recently, Jim was CFO at MobileIron, positioning its initial public offering. Prior to MobileIron, Jim had been intimately involved in 5 IPO’s and numerous mergers and acquisitions of technology companies. Jim began his finance career as a public accountant with Ernst and Young.

van der MolenChief of Design & UX

Before joining ClearStory Data, Doug led the user experience for Google Analytics, Google AdWords and other Google Ads products. Doug’s designs have helped millions of people intuitively understand and utilize data to make key decisions. He holds several design patents related to data visualization and anomaly detection. Prior to Google, Doug was a key member of the team at MeasureMap, which was acquired by Google in 2006. He received his Masters of Design from the Institute of Design.


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
Tim Howes
ex-VP of Engineering, Yahoo, ex-CTO, HP and Opsware

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