Who We Are

Sharmila Mulligan CEO & 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.

Bob Braham Chief Revenue Officer

Prior to ClearStory, Bob was at Silicon Graphics (SGI) where he started as the company’s Chief Marketing Officer and later became the GM of the Enterprise Products Division, and SVP of sales for enterprise products helping lead to an acquisition by Hewlett Packard.  Previously he was a vice president at EMC. Bob started his career in sales at Hewlett Packard.  He eventually became the youngest member ever inducted into the HP Sales Hall of Fame and then grew into positions as a District, then Regional Sales Manager. Bob earned his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering at Duke University, graduating as a member of the National Honor Society.

Jonas LagerbladChief Application Architect

As Chief Application Architect, Jonas leads technology innovation, the application product direction, and how ClearStory’s unique Spark-based capabilities is instrumented into the user application. He is a 20-year veteran within the BI sector with more than 30 years of experience in senior technical, architect and management roles in the software industry. Jonas was a co-founder of Spotfire, where he headed the engineering team in the early years and was deeply involved in all aspects of the architecture of the Spotfire BI stack. He later served as Spotfire’s principal architect at TIBCO Software. Most recently Jonas was at Oracle, and served as the lead architect for Oracle’s cloud-based BI product, which is now central to Oracle’s BI stack. He holds a Master of Science degree and a MBA from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Nicolas MoralesVice President, Technical Sales & Solutions

Nicolas leads technical sales and solutions at ClearStory Data and leads the team that front-ends all customer engagements and solutions. Prior to that, he worked in senior technical roles at IBM for more than 15 years – focused on software development, technical sales and customer success. As a member of IBM’s Information Management organization, Nicolas helped clients and partners leverage IBM’s Big Data Analytics portfolio, which included solutions built on open-source technologies such as Hadoop, Apache Spark, and Cloud Foundry. He was a recipient of IBM’s Excellence and Eminence Award, and served as key technical evangelist for IBM’s Big Data Analytics awareness and adoption. He holds a Bachelor of Science in MIS and a Master of Science in Software Engineering from San Jose State University.




Data inspires us. Our mission is to automate every hard data task,
from prep, to blending, to discovery,
so everyone can work with data.


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

Board and Advisors

Scott Ryles

Chief Operating Officer, 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

Micheline Casey

Former Chief Data Officer of the Federal Reserve Board
Gary Morgenthaler

Partner, Morgenthaler 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 100

Menlo Park, CA 94025

T 650.322.2408


Chicago Office

ClearStory Data

228 W. Kinzie

Chicago, IL 60654