Emil Eifrem is CEO of Neo Technology and co-founder of the Neo4j project. Before founding Neo, he was the CTO of Windh AB, where he headed the development of highly complex information architectures for Enterprise Content Management Systems. Committed to sustainable open source, he guides Neo along a balanced path between free availability and commercial reliability. Emil is a frequent conference speaker and author on NOSQL databases.
Lars has a solid track record of entrepreneurial leadership in the Big Data, Cloud, SaaS, and Open Source arena, with both early stage technology firms and public companies. Lars was the founding VP of Worldwide Sales at SugarCRM where he ramped the customer base to more than 4000 organizations, and established the company as a market leader. He has been the SVP of Business Development and then SVP of Worldwide Sales at Pentaho (an open source Business Intelligence firm), where he orchestrated a company turn-around with 100%+ annual booking growth and entry into the Big Data domain, as a result. Earlier in the career, Lars had various roles at Cambridge Technology Partners (CTP), including the Director of the Worldwide Business Intelligence & Analytics practice. Lars also spent time at Novell in a number of senior executive positions, following an acquisition of CTP.
Lars has a M.Sc. Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm & Munich, a B.Sc. in Business Administration from the Stockholm University School of Business, and he has completed an Executive Education Program at Harvard Business School.
Worldwide Engineering Services Manager
Chris Leishman is a passionate software delivery professional with experience across a range of businesses and with every stage of organisational growth. He has a deep understanding of software development, from the engineering and business perspectives, and Chris has dedicated his career to developing innovative systems and providing business-focused consulting, training and delivery services to organisations around the world.
VP of Products
Philip has a passion for building great products that help users solve tomorrow's challenges. He spent the first decade of his career building information solutions for some of the world’s largest companies: first with Accenture, and then at Tanning Technology, one of the world's top database consultancies of the time, as a solution architect focusing on data warehousing and BI strategy.
VP of Marketing
Utpal Bhatt currently heads up marketing for Neo Technology, the commercial company behind Neo4j, the world’s leading Graph Database that powers highly innovative and mission critical applications at numerous organizations worldwide. Utpal comes to Neo Technology from Actuate where he served as Vice President, Marketing for the Enterprise BIRT Group. Previously, Utpal was the General Manager of the Performance Analytics Group at Actuate where he managed the overall P&L of the group and also led the marketing function. And prior to that Utpal was the Senior Director of Product Management responsible for BIRT, Actuate’s flagship product that has been adopted by over 3.5 million developers worldwide. Previously Utpal worked at Cambridge Technology Partners (acquired by Novell) and Tata Consultancy Services.
Andreas Benno Kollegger
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VP of Sales, North America
Charles Fischer is a long time resident of the Bay Area, raised in Portola Valley and received a BS from UC Berkeley. He has been active in the technology space, beginning with database sales at Oracle and Co-founded Computer Training Source prior to joining Novell / Suse, which kickstarted his exposure and success in the open source software arena. After 3 fantastic years in Enterprise Sales at Juniper Networks he could not resist the allure and promise of Neo Technology. Neo has become his new hobby in addition to his staples of family, windsurfing, and tennis.
Ed is from Boston, Massachusetts, and comes to Neo Technology by way of Rome, Italy where he received a Bachelors degree in International Affairs. He has worked in the Technology and Finance sectors, and his colleagues say that he is "a passionate communicator" of *many* subjects. He enjoys jazz music (plays the alto saxophone), organizes group motorcycle tours along the Adriatic coast in Italy, and dreams of one day seeing the North Pole.
Web Program Manager
Aileen is happy to return home to the Bay Area and work for Neo Technology. Although she is managing their corporate website, she is quite familiar with databases, especially relational. She worked at Oracle as a dba and international support engineer, then for Patrol Software, acquired by BMC, as a senior software consultant, managing diverse database environments ie. Oracle, Sybase, and Informix. She is excited to learn about graphs and connected data. Outside work hours, she tries to stay active hiking and running, and constantly plans the next getaway.
LinkedIn: aileenagricola Twitter: @_aileenrose
Director of Finance
Richard brings 25 years of Financial Management experience in international, start-up, Fortune 500, high-tech, and manufacturing environments. He most recently spent four years at Blurb while the company grew revenue 10x and built out the company’s finance team and accounting, finance, ecommerce and tax systems. During his career he has worked with Nestle, Reebok, Deutsche Telekom and a variety of tech, telecom and consumer product start-ups, including five years living and working in Moscow, Russia.
Field Marketing Manager
Adam Herzog is the Event Coordinator for Neo Technology, responsible for planning and organizing events all around the world. He grew up in Silicon Valley and was constantly intrigued by the emerging technologies around him. He began working with Neo Technology after completing his B.A. in Economics and Environmental Studies at UC Santa Barbara and is always stoked to learn about the different applications of graph databases! Adam is passionate about sustainability, gastronomy, and Scandinavian design in addition to being an avid soccer fan – go Gunners!
Enterprise Account Executive
Growing up overseas and alongside computers, Ehren has always had a passion for technology that he’s brought to a variety of jobs. He is excited to be back in the Bay Area and part of the growth behind a dynamic international company, Neo Technology. Conversational in Spanish, Ehren enjoys among other activities, traveling, photography, mountain biking, rock climbing, and snowboarding. BA in Politics from the University of California Santa Cruz, JD from the University of San Diego School of Law, and licensed with the California State Bar.
Max De Marzi
Max De Marzi is a graph database enthusiast. He built the Neography Ruby Gem, a rest api wrapper to the Neo4j Graph Database. He is addicted to learning new things, loves a challenge and finding pragmatic solutions.
Patricia has worked with Mr. Newhagen before at Blurb for 3 years. She’s been in the accounting field since her first internship in college. She was born and raised in the Philippines and took her undergraduate and graduate studies in Boston, MA. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and cheering for the Boston Celtics. She is also a self-confessed sushi addict.
Kenny Bastani is an accomplished software development consultant and entrepreneur with 10+ years of industry experience as a front-end and back-end engineer. Kenny has demonstrated leadership in designing and developing enterprise-grade web applications for high-volume, high-availability environments, with innovative focuses on solving unsupervised machine learning problems that enable businesses to better manage their institutional memory. As both an entrepreneur and software designer based in the SF Bay Area, Kenny has gained valuable experience leading teams in both product design and software architecture.
Amanda is the newest Field Engineer at Neo Technology. She recently relocated from Chicago to the San Mateo, California area to work at the Neo Technology office.
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Hank enjoys spending time with his wife and son and accelerating the Neo sales and marketing teams. He's a regular board and video gamer who firmly believes that if you're not willing to lose every friend you have over a board game, you're doing it wrong.
Senior Account Executive
Robert Wilcox was born and raised in Silicon Valley. He has been professionally active in high tech sales since 1996 with most of his career being at database companies; including MySQL & Oracle. His passion for new & innovative ways to change the way modern data is managed led him to Neo Technologies and the Neo4j Graph. Outside of the professional world, Robert is a husband and father of two who enjoys Martial Arts & outdoor activities.
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Lead Quality Representative
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Born and raised in Idaho where I take advantage of the many outdoor activities available, including biking, hiking, and remote backpacking. Led Zeppelin, Smashing Pumpkins, and NIN occupy my ipod. I studied communications at Boise State University. I cut my teeth in the software industry with MySQL where I also gained a strong appreciation for open source. Positions at Sun Microsystems and other exciting startups prepared me for a spot on the great Neo4j sales team.
Kevin Van Gundy
Kevin is passionate about helping companies grow, adapt, and thrive. Prior to joining Neo Technology, he garnered his experience in various positions in investment banking and sales. He holds degrees in Economics and English. Kevin is also an avid bike racer, outdoorsman, and audiobook devourer.
Nicole grew up in Kansas City, Missouri and then spent four years at LSU in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where she got a degree in economics with a minor in mathematics. She then went to the University of Texas at Austin where she got her masters degree in analytics, and it was during this time that she found Neo4j and began playing around with it. When she's not graphing all the things, she spends her time playing card games and board games.
Johan Svensson is CTO of Neo Technology and co-founder of the Neo4j project. Johan has been concentrating on the details of high performance and concurrency in sofware development. He is the brain behind many of the optimizations and implementations that make Neo4j the fastest and leanest NOSQL database on the market today. Johan has 10+ years of professional programming in Java and related technologies. Before founding Neo, he was the Chief Developer at Windh AB.
Neo4j Co-creator and Advisor
Peter originally dreamed up the idea of a persistence engine based on networks in 2000 and subsequently worked with Emil and Johan to draft what was to become the world's leading graph database. After being a driving force in establishing the neo4j community and growing Neo Technology up to 2014, Peter is now exploring the use of Neo4j with the Mapillary community project, building a global graph of images of every place on earth based on Neo4j.
David Montag is the lead for providing support and consulting to Enterprise Neo4j users within Silicon Valley. Working closely with Cisco, Adobe and Viadeo, he has first hand experience working with large scale companies putting Neo4j into production. David has been passionate about computers ever since he was given his first Amiga 500 (with the RAM upgrade) at age seven. Now, 19 years later, he works as a software engineer in the valley for Neo Technology, commercial backer of Neo4j, the most widely deployed graph database in the world. He loves his supporting family, his fantastic job, and programming.
Anders has been interested in data modeling since quite some time, and Neo4j is bringing the fun back into this area. What attracted him about Neo4j is that beyond being yet another great tool, it embodies a new way to think about data as well. At Neo, his main objective is to make sure we're as innovative when it comes to documentation as with the database; pushing boundaries, making cool things happen for real.
LinkedIn: nawroth Twitter: @naworth Blog: http://blog.nawroth.com/
Having built websites since '95, Jacob went from running night clubs to founding his first tech startup in 2007. Seeing potential for modeling global economic networks in Neo4j, he found himself at the Neo Technology offices a few years later. Today, Jacob is project lead for the Neo4j Server.
Tobias is fascinated by the graph model which is why he began working for Neo in 2007. He found that the most efficient way of reasoning is by analyzing the relationships between pieces of information. Relating and abstracting is fundamental for understanding, even without knowing exactly how a system works, having a notion about the relationships in the system usually suffices for being able to make predictions about it. He has seen this in everything from mathematical functions, social interactions, and Mensa tests, to medical diagnostics, economical and political systems.
Mattias met Emil while working on a cutting edge development on a content management system with very complex logic in his computer science studies.The graph concept grew out from it as a solution to that complex domain and the potential of graphs was obvious to him. Mattias lives in Helsingborg with Mia, his wife, and daughter Astrid. I'm also very interested in music also and have been playing drums and some guitar since I was 17.
Business Operations Mgr, Europe
Michaela is Neo Technology's favorite office manager.
Working as Neo's representative in the Linked Data Benchmark Council research project, developing benchmarks for graph and RDF databases. Originally from New Zealand then came to Sweden to study in an international masters program. Prior to joining Neo he worked for the Swedish Institute of Computer Science as a researcher in the EU-funded VISION project, where they developed computation infrastructure for IBM's prototype cloud computing stack. He is interested in many things, including the usuals: beer, food, and travel of all kinds.
Andres loves Clojure and Neo4j. While not coding he practices Brazilan Jiu-Jitsu and listens to Reggae. He lives in Sweden with his wife and two daughters.
Lasse has been a developer for over eight years, doing many different things but never graph databases... although he has done graph-y stuff before, there is a lot of new stuff to learn! He is excited to learn Neo and happy to return to Scandinavia with his wife and two children.
About a month ago someone tweeted about Chris Vest's excellent presentation on introduction to Graph Databases that he did at the Scala Copenhagen user group. Naturally our all seeing CEO noticed this slight disturbance in the global twitter stream and reached out to him. After several rounds of interviews and a day of pair programming with Lasse and Andres I'm happy to announce that Chris passed with flying colors and will join our team! Chris will be working out of the Malmö office as an engineer together with the rest of the engineering team.
Jakub is an engineer working on the query language, Cypher, and its execution runtime. Aside from making sure your queries execute efficiently, he's interested in programming language design and distributed systems.
Davide has a Ph.D in computer science, and his thesis work was within graph theory (using graphs for reasoning about computation), so he is already a graph convert. After completing his Ph.D, Davide has been working for a number of years in the software industry, most recently for the video streaming startup Octoshape in Copenhagen.
Head of Sales, Nordics
Karl is Head of Sales Nordics, based out of Stockholm, Sweden. Karl graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in Seattle. Previous work experience in business development roles at, Teligent in the US, ENEA in Sweden, MathWorks in Sweden, where he held responsibility for the Nordic & Baltic sales team for 10 years.
Director of Engineering
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Jim is Chief Scientist at Neo Technology working on next-generation solutions for massively scaling graph data. Prior to joining Neo Technology, Jim was a Professional Services Director with ThoughtWorks where he worked on large-scale computing systems in finance and telecoms. Jim has a Ph.D. in Computing Science from the Newcastle University, UK.
Twitter: @jimwebber Blog: http://jimwebber.org Publications: http://jimwebber.org/publications/
Ian Robinson is an Engineer for Neo Technology, the company behind Neo4j, the world's leading open source graph database. He is a co-author of 'REST in Practice' (O'Reilly) and a contributor to the forthcoming books 'REST: From Research to Practice' (Springer) and 'Service Design Patterns' (Addison-Wesley). He presents at conferences worldwide on the big Web graph of REST, and the awesome graph capabilities of Neo4j.
Blog: http://iansrobinson.com Twitter: @iansrobinson Video Presentations: The Counterintuitive Web, RESTful Enterprise Development,Beginning an SOA Initiative
Alistair is a specialist in advanced test automation techniques, particularly for performance testing. He loves applying rigorous software development practices in the core Neo4j team. Before joining Neo Technology, Alistair was a Principal Consultant at ThoughtWorks, writing bespoke software across a range of business domains, leading technical teams, and advising on application architecture. Alistair holds a Computer Science degree from the University of Cambridge.
Rik van Bruggen
Regional Sales Director
Rik brings 10 years experience in sales, specifically in web-based application development and security/identity management. Previously with Courion and Imprivata, Rik has managed sales and strived for customer success across Europe. Rik is a Belgian technology addict with a passion for sales, family, friends, music, travel, and of course, good food and even better, beer.
Mark is a Support Engineer for Neo Technology.
Ben Butler Cole
Ben likes to build systems rather than software. He has spent the last twelve years looking for ways to avoid unnecessary work. When all else fails he likes to write code in languages that haven't been designed to hurt him.
Jonny remembers programming 6502s - an experience that taught him that sales might be a good thing to try. With a background in Open Source BI he's pleased to realise that life gets better when you escape from the RDBMS. He likes using hammers to drive nails and screwdrivers for screws, and spreading the word that you need the right tool for the job.
Director Alliance & Channel
Erik is responsible for Neo's worldwide alliances and partner relations as well as Neo's partner program. Erik has more than 15 years experience in international partner management at software companies like Microsoft, Oracle, Getronics and Pentaho. Erik works from our Amsterdam office and loves riding his bike over the Dutch mountains.
Head of Spring Integration and Cloud Services
Michael has been passionate about software development since his childhood days in East Germany. He is particularly interested in the people who develop software, software craftsmanship, programming languages, and improving code. While he likes coaching and in-project development as an independent consultant ("better software development evangelist" - http://jexp.de), he really enjoys the numerous other projects in his life.
Inside Sales Representative
Dax is a Sales Representative for Neo Technology.
Area Sales Director
Holger is our Area Director responsible for the the DACH-region, Southern Europe, Middle East and Africa. Being in IT since 17 years across various sales management as well as technical roles, he likes technical sales and working with customers and partners on all levels. He spent the majority of his career at Citrix and VMware but most recently started the Central European organisation for the Silicon Valley Startup Atlantis Computing before joining Neo Technology. Holger lives at the countryside of Munich and enjoys his time spending with family and friends but can also be found quite regularly in the mountains with his bike.
EMEA Marketing Director
Claudia leads EMEA Marketing. She looks back on 15 years of IT Marketing across EMEA, working with and for vendors such as RightNow Technologies, Cisco Systems, IBM, Acronis and Logitech. She followed Neo’s call to join them, having been infected with the enthusiasm and dedication for Neo4j that is characteristic for all Neo staff and Neo4j developers. Claudia spent 11 years living and working in the UK. She considers herself a true global citizen and loves the cultural exchanges that her job brings with it.
Stefan has spent ~15 years as a freelancing consultant, mainly focused on web applications (esp. Grails) with the last 3 years working with Neo4j. Aside from coding in the java ecosystem. He is a passionate Linux veteran since the kernel 1.0.x days and when not coding, he cycles and is a volunteer firefighter at the local fire department, acting as team lead and instructor. He's all geek and loves technology, good food, and red wines.
Stefan is a computer scientist with a background in distributed and concurrent systems and transaction processing. He is passionate about computer language design and how languages influence software development. Based in Germany as an independent consultant, he also gives talks at NoSQL and other events about graph technology.
EMEA Marketing Manager
Alexander is the Marketing Manager for EMEA. After completing university and a few internships throughout Europe, he took a job at Logitech, where he worked for a few years before joining Neo. During his time at Logitech, Alexander became very passionate about new technology and software, and felt that joining Neo was the logical next step.
In his free time, Alexander likes cooking and enjoys playing video games.
Business Development France
For over eight years, Cédric has worked as a consultant and data integration expert (Datastage, Talend, PDI ). He then worked for a french startup called Talend as a presales DI consultant, and at Pentaho as a BI presales manager and promoted to business developer for the French office. Although a big fan of technology and geek stuff, during his spare time he enjoys board sports like Wakebord Ski/snowboard.
Rickard has a background in systems thinking, and how everything seems related to everything else. He is the principal develeper of JBoss and principal architect of SiteVision CMS, and is a regular presenter at tech conferences, and Java Champion.
Julian Simpson is also Principal Consultant at The Build Doctor Limited. Julian’s desire is to help everyone get their code into production as soon as they can. Software is better when it works for us, not when we lose it in the cracks between our development and operations teams.
Sales Operations Director
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