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Management Team

Ashish Thusoo
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Before co-founding Qubole, Ashish ran Facebook’s Data Infrastructure team; under his leadership the team built one of the largest data processing and analytics platforms in the world. This platform achieved not just the bold aim of making data accessible to analysts, engineers and data scientists, but drove the “big data” revolution. In the process of scaling Facebook’s Big Data infrastructure, he helped drive the creation of a host of tools, technologies and templates that are used industry wide today.

Joydeep Sen Sarma
Co-Founder and Head of Qubole India

Before co-founding Qubole, Joydeep worked at Facebook where he boot-strapped the data processing ecosystem based on Hadoop. He started the Apache Hive project and led Facebook’s Data Infrastructure team. Joydeep was also a key contributor on the Facebook Messages architecture team and brought the power of Apache Hbase to Facebook and to the transactional and reporting backends for Facebook Credits.

Drew Daniels
Chief Information Security Officer and Vice President of Security, Compliance & Privacy

Drew has more than twenty years in the information services/security space and has lead security at a number of companies. Prior to joining Qubole, Drew spent four years leading and growing information security at ClearSlide, an enterprise Software-as-a-Service company. He has also held leadership roles in information security at Microsoft, Shutterfly, Oracle and NetSuite. As the leader of information security at Qubole, Drew has guided programs around a number of critical initiatives that have increased security, trust and protection of crucial assets and information.

Kevin Kennedy
Chief Operating Officer

Kevin leads Qubole’s go to market functions including marketing, sales, service, support, and alliances. Kevin brings more than 20 years of experience in a variety of leadership roles in both privates and public software companies such as SkillsVillage, Agile Software, Ooyala, PeopleSoft and Oracle. Kevin enjoys leading teams that help customers leverage new technologies to drive measurable results within their organizations.

Dean Neese
Chief Financial Officer

Dean brings 25+ years of executive experience and management consulting delivering hyper growth. Prior to Qubole, Dean served as CFO of Shape Security where he managed finance, human resources, office administration, and selected operational improvements. Prior to Shape, Dean led DocuSign’s international growth strategy through several acquisitions and growth initiatives. BA Princeton; MBA Harvard.

Scott Howard
Senior Vice President, Technical Services

Scott joins Qubole after seven years as the Vice President of Technical Services at Splunk. He was responsible for Sales Engineering, Education, Professional Services and many other teams during the company’s growth from less than $30M to nearly $1B in revenue. Prior to Splunk, Scott spent 20 years building sales and technical teams at Lockheed, Siemens, Remedy Corporation and OCI Software.

Namit Jain

Namit Jain
Senior Vice President, Engineering

Namit brings more than two decades of industry experience in data warehousing and big data technologies. Before joining Qubole, Namit worked at Nutanix; where he started the Nutanix India office from scratch and grew it to about 500 people. Prior to that, he spent a few years at Facebook and Oracle. He was part of the data infrastructure group at Facebook and became the first PMC chair for Apache Hive, which is used across the industry. He has been awarded 30+ patents and has publications in many conferences. Namit holds a Masters degree from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelors from IIT Kanpur.

Utpal Bhatt
Senior Vice President, Marketing

Utpal brings 20+ years of Marketing and Product Management experience at high-growth start-ups and large companies. Before Qubole, Utpal led marketing at Neo4j where he was instrumental in catapulting Graph Database as the fastest growing database category, driving significant technology adoption and revenue growth. Prior to Neo4j, Utpal was at Actuate, where he held executive positions in General Management, Marketing, and Product Management. Utpal has a Bachelor in Electrical Engineering and a Masters in Physics from Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani (India) and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business.

Colin Savage
Senior Vice President,
Business Development

Colin has over twenty years of operational and investment experience focused on identifying new market opportunities, recruiting high-performance teams and forging partnerships to bring products and services to market. Just prior to joining Qubole, Colin spent six years with Splunk in various business development roles as the company rapidly grew from $40 million to $1 billion in revenues. Colin earned a Masters of Business Administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a Bachelors degree in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Ken Tamura
Vice President, Finance

Ken Tamura has a proven track record building high performing teams and helping emerging businesses accelerate the top line while optimizing the deployment of capital. With more than twenty years of finance experience, Ken joins Qubole from Airware Inc. where he was Vice President of finance. Prior to Qubole, he had leading financial roles with Autodesk Inc., Scient Corp. and The Walt Disney Company. Ken is a Certified Public Accountant, and holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley.

Mohit Bhatnagar
Senior Vice President of Product

Mohit Bhatnagar is a tech industry executive with 20+ years of experience in building and leading growth of multiple enterprise infrastructure & software businesses ranging from start-ups to $1B revenue. He has served in GM, product, and engineering leadership roles in marquee technology companies including Netapp, Symantec, McKinsey, and Motorola. At Qubole, Mohit loves working with the dev team to build cool products and work with the field and the customers to realize the benefits of cloud, big data, and analytics. Mohit holds a doctorate in electrical engineering from NC State University and a bachelor’s from IIT Kanpur. He has been awarded 25+ patents for his work and has published more than 30 papers in peer-reviewed journals.

Board of Directors


Devdutt Yellurkar
Partner, CRV

Since joining CRV in 2008, Devdutt has pioneered the firm’s investments in the next generation of SaaS companies. He brings the experience of building two high-growth tech companies. Prior to joining CRV, Devdutt was the co-founder and CEO of Yantra, a leading eCommerce technology company that was acquired by a division of AT&T. Prior to that, Devdutt was SVP Sales & Marketing at Infosys, leading them from a small startup to a highly successful public company.

Arif Janmohamed
Partner, Lightspeed Venture Partners

Arif Janmohamed brings significant Big Data, Cloud, and SaaS expertise to the Qubole board. He focuses primarily on investments in the areas of cloud and datacenter technologies, as well as enterprise mobile and SaaS solutions. Prior to joining Lightspeed, he worked in the Corporate Business Development group at Cisco Systems. Before joining Cisco, he was with Novitas Capital, an early-stage venture capital firm. Earlier in his career, he worked in technical development and product management roles at WebTV (acquired by MSFT), Andes Networks (acquired by SUNW), and Sun Microsystems. Arif holds an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a BSc in Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada.

Rama Sekhar
Partner, Norwest Venture Partners

Rama Sekhar, Partner, Norwest Venture Partners focuses primarily on early to late stage venture investments in enterprise and infrastructure, including cloud, networking, enterprise mobile, storage and security. Rama’s current investments include Bitglass, Exablox, Pertino Networks, and Qubole. Rama was previously an investor in Morta Security (acquired by Palo Alto Networks). Before joining NVP in 2009, Rama was with Comcast Ventures, where he focused on early and growth stage investment opportunities in the enterprise and infrastructure sectors. Prior to Comcast Ventures, Rama was a Product Manager at Cisco Systems, where he defined product strategy and roadmaps for the GSR 12000 Series and CRS-1 routers, $1B networking products in the carrier and data center markets. Previously, Rama was a Sales Engineer at Cisco Systems supporting AT&T, where he sold the core and edge networking equipment that comprises AT&T’s national IP backbone.

Somesh Dash
Partner, IVP

Somesh Dash joined IVP in March of 2005. He focuses primarily on later-stage investments in Internet, software, wireless, and technology-enabled services companies. Prior to IVP, Somesh was an Analyst in the Corporate Finance Division of Credit Suisse’s Technology Investment Banking Group. While at Credit Suisse, Somesh focused on strategic financing initiatives for a number of public and private technology companies. Prior to joining Credit Suisse, Somesh worked for Luxmi Capital, an early stage venture capital fund focused on digital media investments. He also worked for the Corporate Development Division of Sony Entertainment Television (SET) in Mumbai, India.

Investors and Advisors

Venky Harinarayan
Founding partner of
Cambrian Ventures

Anand Rajaraman
Senior Vice President
at Walmart Global eCommerce

Sohaib Abbassi
Board of directors
Red Hat, Inc. and New Relic, Inc.

Mark Lotke
Harmony Venture Partners, Managing Partner

Punit Chiniwalla
Singtel Innov8, Senior Director, Investments