Meet our team

"This is the best startup team I've ever worked with, and I'm having a blast!"

Brett Hurt
CEO & Co-Founder, data.world
Brett Hurt

Brett Hurt

CEO & Co-Founder

Matt Laessig

Matt Laessig

COO & Co-Founder

Jon Loyens

Jon Loyens

CPO & Co-Founder

Bryon Jacob

Bryon Jacob

CTO & Co-Founder

Ariane Chan

Ariane Chan

General Counsel

Ryan Cush

Ryan Cush

Chief Revenue Officer

Brandon Gadoci

Brandon Gadoci

Director of Sales Development & Operations

Amy Niemann

Amy Niemann

Vice President of Client Services

Patrick McGarry

Patrick McGarry

Head of Strategic Partnerships

Shad Reynolds

Shad Reynolds

Vice President of Engineering

Sharon Brener

Sharon Brener

Director of User Experience

Lisa Novak

Lisa Novak

Vice President, Human Resources

Tyler Durman

Tyler Durman

Growth Marketing Lead

James Gray

James Gray

Manager of Data Marketplace

Dave Griffith

Dave Griffith

Principal Engineer

Lydia Guarino

Lydia Guarino

Engineering Manager

Shawn Smith

Shawn Smith

Distinguished Engineer

Caroline Horn

Caroline Horn

Software Engineer

Lillian Situ

Lillian Situ

Software Engineer

Adam McElwee

Adam McElwee

Principal Engineer

Steve Verleye

Steve Verleye

Director of Engineering Operations

Triti Ahouraei

Triti Ahouraei

Office Manager

Noah Rippner

Noah Rippner

Data Scientist

Andy Katz

Andy Katz

Senior Software Engineer

Will Briggs

Will Briggs

Senior Software Engineer

Chris Boette

Chris Boette

Software Engineer

Kelly Garrett

Kelly Garrett

Data Librarian

Jessica Lin

Jessica Lin

Design Engineer

Matt Stymacks

Matt Stymacks

Sales Development Representative

Mario Facussé

Mario Facussé

Sales Development Representative

Rick Liao

Rick Liao

Software Engineer

Brent Dunham

Brent Dunham

Sales Development Representative

Matt Howeth

Matt Howeth

Strategic Account Executive

Daniel Webb

Daniel Webb

Strategic Account Executive

Jake Miller

Jake Miller

Strategic Sales Researcher

Juan Sequeda

Juan Sequeda

Principal Scientist

Tim Gasper

Tim Gasper

Vice President of Products

Sean Gajjar

Sean Gajjar

Software Engineer

David Tishgart

David Tishgart

Vice President of Marketing

Robert Harris

Robert Harris

Solutions Architect

Karli Burghoff

Karli Burghoff

Sales Development Representative

Anish Vaghasia

Anish Vaghasia

Software Engineer

Conor Murphy

Conor Murphy

Sales Development Representative

Jonathan Monette

Jonathan Monette

Senior Site Reliability Engineer

Thaise Skogstad

Thaise Skogstad

Director of Product Marketing

Olga Fink

Olga Fink

Product Designer

Richard Naranjo

Richard Naranjo

Sales Development Representative

Mo Dodge

Mo Dodge

Sales Engineer

Aba Lekeaka

Aba Lekeaka

Engagement Manager

Hannah Wriston

Hannah Wriston

Strategic Sales Researcher

Haley Daiber

Haley Daiber

Director of Finance & Business Operations

 Elaine Joslin

Elaine Joslin

Senior Human Resources Manager

Neil Nautiyal

Neil Nautiyal

Sales Development Representative

Rahul Kumar

Rahul Kumar

Data Engineer

Hannah Amundson

Hannah Amundson

Software Engineer

Brendon Murn

Brendon Murn

Sales Engineer

Alvaro Benitez

Alvaro Benitez

IT Support Services Manager

Tim Rourke

Tim Rourke

Senior Engineer

Stephanie Fuller

Stephanie Fuller

Recruiter

Marc LeBrun

Marc LeBrun

Director, Product Engineering

Andrea Everett

Andrea Everett

Engagement Manager

Rob Myers

Rob Myers

Solutions Architect

Ray Martinez

Ray Martinez

Technical Program Manager

Kirby Hisler

Kirby Hisler

Client Success Director

Kris Templin

Kris Templin

Technical Support Engineer

Cody Dzurisin

Cody Dzurisin

Growth Marketing Specialist

John Seals

John Seals

Marketing Operations Analyst

Brenda Griffith

Brenda Griffith

Senior Technical Writer

Scott Came

Scott Came

Senior Software Engineer

Stewart Coerver

Stewart Coerver

Director, Sales Engineering

Jona Fennochi

Jona Fennochi

Senior Software Engineer

Alvin Kim

Alvin Kim

Information Security Program Manager

Marie Rivas

Marie Rivas

Senior Software Engineer

Andrew Hulse

Andrew Hulse

Sr. Finance Associate

Investors

Our investors include some of the most important VC firms in Austin, Chicago, and Silicon Valley, such as Shasta Ventures, Capital Factory, Floodgate, Homebrew, LiveOak Venture Partners, mark vc, and Workday Ventures.  We’ve also partnered with some of the most prominent angel investors and entrepreneurs in the country, such as Arthur Patterson, Clayton Christopher, John Mackey, Josh Kopelman, Kip Tindell, Matt O’Hayer, Pat Ryan, Philip Berber, and Scott Booth.

Advisors

data.world is very fortunate to work with so many accomplished professionals providing support in countless ways. These are not advisors in name only – we work closely and actively with them, seeking opinion, knowledge, and guidance on a daily basis.

DJ Patil

Former US Chief Data Scientist, VP of Product at RelateIQ, Data Scientist in Residence at Greylock Partners, Head of Data Products and Chief Scientist of LinkedIn

Adam Grant

Bestselling author of Give and Take, Originals, and Option B with Sheryl Sandberg; Professor of Management and Psychology, Wharton; Co-Director, Wharton People Analytics.

Kirk Dando

Founder & CEO, Dando Advisors; Author, Predictive Leadership; business growth expert

Kelly Wright

Former EVP Sales, Tableau Software; Independent Board Director, Amperity; Advisor, Dropbox; Speaker

Gary Hoover

Entrepreneur-in-Residence, The University of Texas at Austin – Graduate School of Information

Doug Ulman

President & CEO, Pelotonia; former President & CEO, LIVESTRONG Foundation

Dr. David K. Arctur

Research Scientist & Fellow, The University of Texas at Austin – School of Engineering, School of Geosciences, and School of Information

Sarah Laessig

Civil Service Commissioner; Commonwealth Scholarship Commissioner; Executive Advisor, London Business School

Robert Hansen

CEO, OutsideIntel; former VP of Labs, WhiteHat Security; former CEO, SecTheory; former CEO, Falling Rock Networks

Chris Hyams

President, Indeed.com; former SVP of Product, Indeed.com; founder & former CEO, B-Side Entertainment

Peter Fader

Professor of Marketing, Wharton; Co-Director, Wharton Customer Analytics Initiative

Seth Greenberg

CMO & Board Director, Bask; former CMO, LifeLock; former VP of Advertising, Brand & Digital Strategy, Intuit

Melissa Frugé

Chief Legal Officer, Spredfast; former SVP, General Counsel & Secretary, HomeAway

Andy Sernovitz

CEO, GasPedal; CEO, SocialMedia.org; Author, Word of Mouth Marketing: How Smart Companies Get People Talking

Jeff Mosler

Chief Services Officer, HomeAway; former GM, Global Outsourcing, UK & France Services, Amazon

Adam Zeplain

Co Founder + Managing Partner mark vc, Founding Strategic Advisor at Prima, Founding Strategic Advisor RXDefine, Advisory Council Andela

Dean Allemang

Founder & CEO, Working Ontologist; Ontologist, EDM Council; Author; former Chief Scientist, Capsicum Business Architects; Marshall Scholar, Swiss Technology Prize

Leigh Dodds

Data Infrastructure Programme Lead, Open Data Institute; former director; Bath: Hacked

Victor Trac

Founder & President, CloudKite.io; former Infrastructure Engineering Lead, Wikibuy; former CTO, ROIKO

Erik Qualman

Author; Motivational Speaker; Founder, Socialnomics and Equalman; Advisory Board, Bazaarvoice

Dr. Steve Kramer

Chief Scientist, KUNGFU.AI; former President & Chief Scientist, Paragon Science; former VP of Education at Trilogy

Devi Ramanan-Stauffer

VP – Global Product Collaborations, Ayasdi; Advisor, Onor; former Senior Director – Product/Customer Success, InVitae

Bob Campbell

Founder & CEO, Campbell Global Services; author; former Vice Chair, Deloitte & Touche; Executive Committee, The East West Institute, Aspen Group, Austin Council of Foreign Affairs

Paul Hurdlow

Senior VP and General Counsel, FloSports; former Co-Chair Emerging Companies, DLA Piper

Davin Potts

Founder, Appliomics; former Chief Data Scientist, Continuum Analytics; former Chief Science Officer, Stipple; former Co-Founder & Director of Life Sciences, KNIME.com

Garrett Eastham

Principal Scientist, Valkyrie Intelligence; Speaker & Industry Blogger; Data Exhaust; Board of Governors, College Merchandise, University of North Texas

Jono Bacon

Founder, Jono Bacon Consulting; Columnist, Forbes; Advisory Board, AlienVault; Columnist, opensource.com; former Director of Community, GitHub; Senior Director of Community, XPRIZE

Craig Fryar

Experienced Chief Data Officer; Enterprise road-mapping strategist (Tableau); Big data SME for GLG, Apex, Emissary.io and Atheneum

Dwight Foster

VP of Sales and Business Development, Nimble CRM; Principal, Cloud@Scale Partners; VP of Sales, Channel and Business Development, Insightly; investor/advisor

Pablos Holman

Inventor, Intellectual Ventures Lab; Faculty, Singularity University; Founder, Bombsheller; Advisor, Glowforge; ex Makerbot; ex Blue Origin

Ajay Gandhi

VP of Marketing, Shape Security; former VP of Product Marketing, Informatica; Former Sr. Director, Platform Product Marketing, saleforce.com and Oracle; former VP of Product Marketing, SAP

William Ballard

CTO, GLG; former EVP of Technology, leaf Group; former VP and CTO of Pluck; former Sr. Software Development Manager, Netsolve (now Cisco)

John Morkes

Founder, Neet UX & Strategy; experienced User Experience executive, trainer and researcher for startups and Fortune 500; former journalist for Wired

Sam Burns

IT Director & doctoral candidate, The University of Texas at Austin – School of Information

Theresa Kushner

Partner, Business Data Leadership; Former executive with Dell, VMware, Cisco Systems and IBM. Co-author, Managing Your Business Dataand B2B Data Driven Marketing.

Len Fishman

Vice President, Brown Brothers Harriman. Former Vice President of Business Development, data.world. Advisor: TIA Ventures, Imagine Easy Solutions (acquired), Slide Network (acquired).

Paul Miller

Managing Director, PMA Digital Solutions; former VP & President, Global eCommerce, Innovation, and Big Data, Grainger; former SVP, Direct Commerce, Sears Holdings Corporation; former VP, eCommerce, Williams-Sonoma; director, Heritage Parts, Flinn Scientific, and Rowmark

Joanne Lipman

Author; Former Editor in Chief, USA Today (Gannett); Former Principal Surrey Lane Media; Founding Editor in Chief, Conde Nast Portfolio, Former Deputy Managing Editor, The Wall Street Journal

Flip Kromer

Founder of Vigilante; Entreprenuer in Residence at Capital Factory; Author of Big Data for Chimps (O’Reilly). Fomerly: Founder & CTO of Infochimps; Distinguished Engineer at CSC.

Mitch Joel

Founder, Six Pixels Group; former President, Mirum Agency; former President, Twist Image; Author; Speaker

Peter Kapur

Managing Partner, True North Data Strategy & Governance; former Head of Data Strategy, AIG; former Director – Data Strategy, Governance, Data Quality & Business Analytics, DTCC

John Burbank

Start up advisor and investor. Former President, Corp Development and Strategy at Nielsen, CMO AOL, VP of Marketing AT&T, P&G. Director at Entergy (NYSE: ETR).

Deborah McGuinness

Professor Computer, Cognitive, and Web Sciences RPI, Semantic Web and Ontology guru, Knowledge Graph consultant, American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow.

Doug Laney

Principal, Data Strategy at Caserta; author of CIO Magazine book-of-the-year, Infonomics; visiting professor at the University of Illinois Gies School of Business.

Bret Boyd

Cofounder & Partner, Grayline Group. Former CEO, Knoema. Former enterprise business lead, Stratfor. Coauthor, Catalyst: Leadership and Strategy in a Changing World.

Peter Boncz

Professor at VU University Amsterdam and CWI. Data systems architecture researcher, who co-founded multiple database startups (Data Distilleries, MonetDB, VectorWise and Celerata).

Rishad Tobaccowala

Senior Advisor to the Publicis Groupe. Author of “Restoring the Soul of Business: Staying Human in The Age of Data. Ad Age Interactive Hall of Fame.

Kurt Cagle

CTO of Semantical LLC, author of 22 books on information technology and #theCagleReport

Harrison Yeager

Head of Operations, Stoplight; former Sr. Director of Operations, YouEarnedIt; former Director of Business Operations, Umbel.

Anoop Lalla

Seasoned data and analytics executive and Industry thought leader. Former VP Enterprise Data and Analytics at Workday, Head Business Intelligence at VMware, Data leadership roles at Genpact, Infosys, and UNICEF.

John Lucker

Former senior Deloitte insurance industry principal and global advanced analytics market leader. Strategic and Executive Advisor to numerous US / global P&C insurance companies and insurtechs. Frequent insurance industry speaker and writer & co-inventor of 5 analytics patents and 2 pending patents.

Pete Freeland

Austin-based B2B investor and entrepreneur; TA Associates and General Catalyst; Started several companies including BuildGroup and Unbundled Capital

Ajay Bhargava

CEO, Analytics Advisory Group and CareeRising. Formerly, Global Director & Practice Head for Advanced Analytics & Big Data at TCS, Adjunct Faculty at University of Texas at Austin & College of Engineering Pune

Stephanie McReynolds

CMO & Start-up Advisor; Former SVP Marketing & Sales Development, Alation; Former VP Marketing, Trifacta.