Emil Eifrem sketched what today is known as the property graph model on a flight to Mumbai in 2000. As the CEO and Co-Founder of Neo4j, and a co-author of the O'Reilly book Graph Databases, he's devoted his professional life to building, innovating and evangelizing graph databases. He plans to save the world with graphs and own Larry's yacht by the end of the decade.
President of Field Operations & COO
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.
Mike Asher is Neo4j's inaugural CFO. He oversees financial planning and operations, focusing on growth and scale. He brings more than two decades of finance experience across a broad range of companies, both public and privately held. Throughout his career, Asher has spearheaded the financial strategy and global expansion for a number of fast-growing startups from early stages through to successful exit.
Mike joined Neo4j from HackerRank, a technical hiring network. He also led the Finance function for data management innovator, Greenplum Software, where he helped the company grow from a small startup to an eventual acquisition by Hewlett Packard.
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.
Chief People Officer
Kristin is Neo4j's first Head of People. She focuses on building a strong People Strategy that aligns to the business. She has extensive experience building award winning cultures in both advertising, and in the tech/start-up space, at companies like The Publicis Groupe, ObserveIT and Proofpoint. Kristin believes that a great company starts with the strength of the people you have on the team, and the culture you build around them. She is passionate about building amazing places to work that are set up to scale and thrive over time.
Jim is Chief Scientist at Neo4j working on next-generation solutions for massively scaling graph data. Prior to joining Neo4j, 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.
Magnus is Neo4j's SVP of Engineering and a member of the company's executive staff.
SVP, Business Development and Corporate Development
Fawad is a Silicon-Valley based entrepreneurial leader with extensive strategy, business development, investing and M&A experience in both early stage and public enterprise software companies.
Most recently he led partnering and corporate development at Ping Identity, a security software company where he managed all strategic partnerships and was part of the team that led Ping's acquisition by Vista Equity Partners in 2016. Before Ping, he was co-Founder & CEO of TalentCove, a SaaS company focused on goals management. Prior to that, Fawad was Vice President at the global software company SAP, where he had responsibility for all strategic business development, including technology OEMs and channel partnerships for the analytics, cloud and mobile business units. Before that, as part of SAP's Corporate Strategy team in the Office of the CEO, he was responsible for the firm's M&A strategy to identify areas of acquisition, select targets and execute transactions. Earlier in his career, Fawad also worked in both venture capital and investment banking areas.
Fawad is active as an angel venture investor and advisor to technology startups (Appirio, Altia, ControlUp, Mylo, Soleo) and is a mentor at two Silicon Valley incubators (StartX and Alchemist).
Fawad received a BA in Economics from Haverford College and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Lance Walter has more than two decades of Enterprise Product Management and Marketing experience. Lance started his career in technical roles at Oracle Corporation supporting enterprise relational database deployments. Since then, Lance has worked at industry leaders like Siebel Systems and Business Objects, as well as successful startups including Onlink (acquired by Siebel Systems), Pentaho (acquired by Hitachi Data Systems), Aria Systems, Capriza. Lance’s first experience with alternative database platforms was at Arbor Software, the pioneer of the multi-dimensional database / OLAP market.
VP of Worldwide Professional Services, Customer Support and Customer Success
Gopal Nagarajan is the VP of Worldwide Professional Services, Customer Support and Customer Success for Neo4j, overseeing all operational aspects of customer success including vision, strategy, solution innovation and delivery, product support, partner engagement and customer relationships. With over 25 years of leadership experience in enterprise software (on-premises and cloud-hosted environments), international operations and dispersed mobile workforce management, Gopal has held several executive leadership positions in global enterprise software companies such as HealthEdge (integrated financial, administrative and clinical software platform), Attivio (Cognitive Search and Insight platform), Aveksa (Identity and Access Management platform– acq:RSA), eQuilibrium (Energy Management platform – acq:EnerNOC), OpenPages (Governance, Risk and Compliance platform, acq: IBM), and Object Design (object-oriented database platform, acq:Progress Software). Gopal holds a B.S. degree in Physics from the University of Madras, an M.S. in Computer Science from Syracuse University, and an M.S. in Business Administration from Boston University.
Neo Technology Advisor
Michael is a Partner at Eight Roads Ventures, focusing on venture and growth investments in technology companies across Europe.
Previously, Michael was at Accel in London, where he was involved with investments in Celonis, ClusterHQ, Funding Circle, GoCardless, Packlink, Qubit, Semmle, Shift Technology, SpaceApe, Trufa, WeaveWorks and WorldRemit.
Originally from Russia, Michael lived for 10 years in Berlin, before spending another 10+ years in the US. He received a BA from Yale University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Emanuel Lang is a Managing Partner at Greenbridge, working with long-term technology investments. His most recent professional background before Greenbridge include H.I.G. Capital, an American mid-market private equity firm and Themes Investment Partners, a Hong Kong based biotech investment firm. Emanuel has held board positions in both private and publicly listed companies.
Emanuel is a Swedish national who has lived in the U.S., Hong Kong, and the past 6 years in London. He holds a Master’s degree from London School of Economics.
Christian is a former entrepreneur, co-founder of Sunstone, and responsible for their investments in Prezi, Blackwood Seven, Natural Cycles, Werlabs and others.
Denise Persson has long brought her very significant marketing, sales and product management expertise to the task of developing global technology brands.
Over a career that spans over 20 years, she has built and led global marketing teams for high-growth, category-creating tech-companies and guided a number of businesses through multiple growth phases including mergers and acquisitions and two public offerings. She’s now the CMO at Snowflake Computing, a cloud data warehouse company, where she leads worldwide marketing, including demand generation, product marketing, analyst relations, public relations, and brand strategy.
Prior to joining Snowflake, Ms. Persson served as the CMO of Apigee, an API platform company that went public in 2015. Previous to her CMO roles at Apigee and ON24, Ms. Persson was the EVP of global marketing at Genesys, a publicly traded company and leading SaaS provider of unified conferencing and collaboration services. At Genesys, she helped grow revenues tenfold from $20 million to $200 million and the product base rose to include 200 of the Global Fortune 500. Ms. Persson has lived and worked outside Sweden for 18 years, including four years in Paris and 14 years in the Silicon Valley, Denver and Washington, DC.
Ms. Persson holds a BA in Business Administration and Economics from Stockholm University and an MBA from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.
David is a co-founder and Managing Partner of One Peak.
Prior to One Peak, he was a senior investment professional at growth equity fund Summit Partners in London, where he was responsible for sourcing and executing technology and healthcare investments across Europe and Israel. He also led technology investments at Morgan Stanley Principal Investments. Throughout his career, David has sourced and led the execution of investments totalling more than €500 million, with a focus on software and communications technology. He also served on the boards of 14 portfolio companies. He started his career in the Telecommunications, Media & Technology Group at Morgan Stanley in London and São Paulo. David enjoys sports, travelling, and arts. He was also a trustee of Age UK Tower Hamlet, the UK’s largest charity for the elderly.
David speaks English, German, French, Spanish, and Portuguese. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration and Economics from University of St.Gallen (HSG), Switzerland.
Nathalie Kornhoff-Brüls is a Managing Director in the Growth team at Eurazeo. She is involved in sourcing, analysing and carrying out investments in the digital and tech sectors in Europe. Based in London, she is primarily responsible for leading the activities of Growth in the UK and Benelux market. In addition to Neo4j’s, she is an active board member of MessageBird, platform.sh, PPRO and Secret Escapes.
Before joining Eurazeo, Nathalie founded Mindforce Innovations Ltd, a technology company which develops platform applications for professional coaching. She also became a founding member of Dreamers // Doers, a female-focused collaboration and co-mentorship community which acts as a network for entrepreneurs, investors and advisors. Until July 2017, Nathalie was a Principal in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications team at KKR, focussing on European growth equity investments where she was actively involved in the investments of arago, Darktrace and GfK. Prior to this, Nathalie was a Vice President at General Atlantic's London and Munich offices. Nathalie started her career in 2008 in investment banking at JPMorgan in the Telco, Media & Technology Mergers & Acquisitions advisory group in London.
Currently a partner at Inovia Capital, Patrick Pichette has 30 years of financial and operating expertise leading world-class companies like Google, Sprint Canada, and Bell Canada to break through the complexities of hyper-growth and digital transformation. Patrick is the Chairman of the Board of Lightspeed and serves on the Board of Directors of Twitter as an independent director. In addition, he serves as an independent investor, advisor, and board member to several startups and innovation networks around the world.