Dr. Howes, co-inventor of LDAP and numerous patents joins ClearStory’s product leadership team to spearhead further innovations on ClearStory’s Apache Spark-based, business-consumable data analysis platform
MENLO PARK, CA — May 21, 2015 – ClearStory Data, the company bringing business-oriented Data Intelligence to everyone, today announced it has appointed Dr. Timothy A. Howes, Ph.D. as the company’s Chief Technology Officer. Timothy Howes is a well-known Silicon Valley entrepreneur and computer scientist who co-invented LDAP and was a former CTO of Netscape, Opsware and HP Software. Prior to ClearStory Data, Howes served as VP of Engineering at Yahoo, where he integrated a company he co-founded, Rockmelt, into Yahoo’s Mobile and Emerging Products and led a 350-person development team focused on breakthroughs in mobile information consumption.
In addition to Howes’ appointment as CTO, ClearStory Data has hired Ali Tore as new Chief Product Officer and Soumitro Tagore as Vice President of Engineering and Development Operations. Tore will lead execution of the company’s near-term product roadmaps and run all product management and product marketing. Tore has more than 20 years of experience leading enterprise product development, and 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. Tagore will continue to lead ClearStory’s development organization and development operations. He previously served as VP of Engineering at Clari, a startup that built applications sales-focused predictive analytics and mobile applications. Prior to Clari, he was the VP of Engineering and Support at Clearwell Systems, the recognized leader in electronic discovery software, where he helped grow the company to a $100 million run-rate before a $410 million acquisition by Symantec.
“There’s a major technology shift happening in the data market right now as businesses want to see and explore more data faster. ClearStory is at the forefront of delivering the next-generation data analysis platform that brings Apache Spark-powered, fast-cycle analysis to the front lines of business in a beautiful, innovative user experience that companies are in dire need of today,” said Howes. “The ClearStory architectural choices made early on, coupled with the focus on an elegant, collaborative user model is impressive. It provides a great foundation for continuous, rapid innovation. I am excited to be part of this team and drive this next phase.”
Dr. Howes is most well-known for co-inventing the Internet Directory standard LDAP while at the University of Michigan. Howes then joined Netscape as CTO of the Server Products Division and led LDAP and many technology innovations until Netscape’s acquisition by AOL for $4.2 billion. Howes co-founded Rockmelt Inc., acquired by Yahoo, and co-founded Loudcloud, later re-branded to Opsware, with Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz, now founding partners of venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. Opsware Inc., with Dr. Howes as CTO, pioneered data center automation and was acquired by Hewlett-Packard in 2007 for $1.65 billion. Howes then served as CTO of HP’s enterprise software business through 2008.
“Tim has the technical prowess and leadership to solve big challenges in the data market – from large-scale data processing needs to the delivery of a simple user experience that business users need,” says Michael Abbott, Board Member at ClearStory Data and General Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers. “Tim, together with Ali and Soumitro and ClearStory’s executive leadership team, adds tremendous experience to ClearStory’s deep product stack and the several areas of data innovation that the company’s focused on as they shape next-generation, business-consumable data analysis.”
Howes has co-authored two books and numerous patents and Internet RFCs. He has served on the Internet Architecture Board of the IETF and the board of directors of several technology companies. 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.
“Tim has a long, successful history of inventing breakthrough technology, new standards and introducing platforms and applications that are game changers with a focus on the practical needs of customers,” said Sharmila Mulligan, founder and CEO of ClearStory Data. “We are thrilled to have Tim Howes lead ClearStory’s advancements that build on our Apache Spark-based data harmonization engine, scalable processing and business-oriented user model. With the addition of these executives and their decades of building breakthrough technologies, ClearStory is well poised for the big opportunity in the data analysis market and our accelerated growth ahead.”
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About ClearStory Data
ClearStory Data is bringing Data Intelligence to everyone to accelerate the way business leaders get answers from more data, on a faster cycle, across any number of disparate data sources. ClearStory Data’s solution simplifies data access to internal and external sources, automates data harmonization via Intelligent Data Harmonization™ across disparate data, enables fast, collaborative exploration, and reduces business wait times for insights via Interactive, Collaborative StoryBoards™. ClearStory Data lets business users be more self-reliant on reaching richer, faster insights. Its end-to-end solution includes an integrated Apache Spark-based data processing platform and an incredibly simple user application model for business consumption of insights. The company is headquartered in Menlo Park, CA and backed by Andreessen Horowitz, DAG Ventures, Google Ventures, Khosla Ventures and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB).
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