Company

Leadership

Management

  • Mark Brewer

    President & CEO

    Mark Brewer most recently served as Vice President of Business Operations for VMware's Cloud Application Platform, where he helped build out their cloud application platform portfolio. He integrated numerous technology companies including SpringSource, RabbitMQ, Gemstone and WaveMaker into VMware. Prior to VMware, Brewer was Vice President and General Manager of Enterprise Services at SpringSource, where he was responsible for the packaging and delivery of SpringSource's enterprise (subscription) offerings. Before joining SpringSource, Brewer was Chief Executive Officer of Covalent Technologies. Brewer also participates as Board Member for several open source technology companies, including Stormpath, LucidWorks and ActiveState. He holds a Bachelors of Science degree from Western Washington University.

  • Martin Odersky

    Chairman & Co-Founder

    Martin Odersky created the Scala programming language and is a professor in the programming research group at EPFL, the leading technical university in Switzerland. Throughout his career, Martin's singular objective has been to make the basic job of writing programs faster, easier and more enjoyable. In the process, he has personally written more lines of Java and Scala code than almost any other individual in the world. He wrote javac, the compiler used by the majority of today's Java programmers, and scalac, the compiler used by the fast-growing Scala community. He authored "Programming in Scala," the best-selling book on Scala. Previously he has held positions at IBM Research, Yale University, University of Karlsruhe and University of South Australia, after having obtained his doctorate from ETH Zürich as a student of Niklaus Wirth, the creator of Pascal.

  • Jonas Bonér

    CTO & Co-Founder

    Jonas Bonér is a co-founder of Typesafe and creator of the Akka event-driven middleware project. Previously he was a core technical contributor at Terracotta, working on core JVM-level clustering technology, and at BEA, as part of the JRockit JVM team. Jonas has also been an active contributor to open source projects including the AspectWerkz Aspect-Oriented Programming (AOP) framework and the Eclipse AspectJ project. He is an amateur Jazz musician, passionate skier and holds a Bachelors of Science from Mid Sweden University.

  • Derek Henninger

    Vice President, Engineering

    Derek Henninger most recently served as Director of R&D for VMware's Development Tools, where he led product development for open source projects including WaveMaker, Scripted, and Spring Tool Suite among others. Derek was co-founder of Persistence Software, a NASDAQ listed company that created a new approach for managing data in high-transaction banking and communications systems. He has held VP Engineering positions at Progress Software and WaveMaker Software. Derek has degrees in Computer Science and Economics from University of California at Davis.

  • Sushila Sahay

    Vice President, Customer Operations

    Sushila runs Customer Operations and Marketing at Typesafe. She has over 20 years of experience running operations, services and marketing for software companies. Sushila is based in San Francisco and has an MBA (Honors) in Strategic Management from the University of Alberta, Canada.

  • Kathleen Hayes

    Kathleen Hayes

    Vice President, Marketing

    Kathleen Hayes brings more than 20 years of experience to Typesafe. Most recently she was co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer of RocketWheel, a leading animation agency that helped brands big and small tell their stories more persuasively through video content marketing. Prior to RocketWheel, Kathleen spent 12 years successfully running marketing and business development for technology start-ups where she designed and executed programs that contributed to both revenue growth and brand value. She holds a BA in Speech Communication from the University of Washington.

  • Viktor Klang

    Chief Architect

    Hailing from southern Sweden, Viktor Klang has been a passionate Scala hacker since 2007, a Java enterprise systems architect since 2003 and a programmer since 1998. He's a big fan of agile development, scalable software and elegant code. He joined the Akka team in the middle of 2009 as one of the earliest committers.

  • Heiko Seeberger

    Director, Education

    Heiko Seeberger has been a Scala enthusiast ever since he came to know the language in 2008. He has more than 15 years of professional expertise in consulting and software development on the Java platform, actively contributes to Scala community projects and regularly shares his expertise in articles and talks. Heiko has a Diplom in Physics at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich.

  • Jamie Allen

    Director, Consulting

    Jamie has worked in consulting since 1994, with top firms including Price Waterhouse and Chariot Solutions. He has a long track record of working closely with clients to build high-quality, mission-critical systems that scale to meet the needs of their businesses, and has worked in myriad industries including automotive, retail, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications and more. Jamie has been coding in Scala and actor-based systems since 2009, and is the author of "Effective Akka" book from O'Reilly.

Board of Directors

  • Mark Brewer

    President & CEO

    Mark Brewer most recently served as Vice President of Business Operations for VMware's Cloud Application Platform, where he helped build out their cloud application platform portfolio. He integrated numerous technology companies including SpringSource, RabbitMQ, Gemstone and WaveMaker into VMware. Prior to VMware, Brewer was Vice President and General Manager of Enterprise Services at SpringSource, where he was responsible for the packaging and delivery of SpringSource's enterprise (subscription) offerings. Before joining SpringSource, Brewer was Chief Executive Officer of Covalent Technologies. Brewer also participates as Board Member for several open source technology companies, including Stormpath, LucidWorks and ActiveState. He holds a Bachelors of Science degree from Western Washington University.

  • Martin Odersky

    Chairman & Co-Founder

    Martin Odersky created the Scala programming language and is a professor in the programming research group at EPFL, the leading technical university in Switzerland. Throughout his career, Martin's singular objective has been to make the basic job of writing programs faster, easier and more enjoyable. In the process, he has personally written more lines of Java and Scala code than almost any other individual in the world. He wrote javac, the compiler used by the majority of today's Java programmers, and scalac, the compiler used by the fast-growing Scala community. He authored "Programming in Scala," the best-selling book on Scala. Previously he has held positions at IBM Research, Yale University, University of Karlsruhe and University of South Australia, after having obtained his doctorate from ETH Zürich as a student of Niklaus Wirth, the creator of Pascal.

  • Jonas Bonér

    CTO & Co-Founder

    Jonas Bonér is a co-founder of Typesafe and creator of the Akka event-driven middleware project. Previously he was a core technical contributor at Terracotta, working on core JVM-level clustering technology, and at BEA, as part of the JRockit JVM team. Jonas has also been an active contributor to open source projects including the AspectWerkz Aspect-Oriented Programming (AOP) framework and the Eclipse AspectJ project. He is an amateur Jazz musician, passionate skier and holds a Bachelors of Science from Mid Sweden University.

  • Rod Johnson

    Rod Johnson served as CEO of SpringSource since the company's inception, until its 2009 acquisition by VMware, where he was a Senior Vice President. Rod has more than 15 years of technology and management experience. Rod conceived of and initiated the development of Spring. The Spring Portfolio of open source projects was based on the code published with Rod's best-selling "Expert One-on-One J2EE Design and Development" (2002). This book was one of the most influential books ever published on J2EE and the sequel, "J2EE without EJB" (July 2004, with Juergen Hoeller), has proven almost equally significant, establishing a comprehensive vision for lightweight, post-EJB J2EE development. Rod is one of the world's leading authorities on Java and J2EE development and a thought leader on open source, as well as a popular speaker at conferences and symposia around the world. Rod holds a BA with Honors in Computer Science, Mathematics and Musicology as well as a Phd from the University of Sydney. Rod also currently serves on the boards of Neo4j and elasticsearch.

  • Bill Kaiser

    Bill Kaiser is a general partner at Greylock Partners. He has more than 25 years of experience in sales, marketing and venture investing. Bill joined Greylock in 1986 after a seven-year career in sales and marketing with Hewlett Packard and Apollo Computer. He is a graduate of MIT with a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and has an MBA from the Harvard Business School. Bill currently serves on the boards of Constant Contact, Red Hat, WildTangent and Typesafe.

  • Jason Pressman

    Jason Pressman has extensive experience with venture-backed startups—as an executive, advisor and investor. Prior to joining Shasta Ventures in 2005, Jason was an early employee at Walmart.com, a venture-backed company where he served as vice president of strategy, business development and operations. In that role, Jason helped build the business into one of the leading commerce sites on the Web. Before Walmart.com, Jason worked as an investment banker at Alex. Brown, advising start-ups on financings and mergers and acquisitions.

  • Donald Fischer

    Donald Fischer is a Venture Partner at General Catalyst Partners. Previously he was at Greylock Partners, where he led the Series A investment in Typesafe. Earlier Donald was Vice President and General Manager of Online Services at Red Hat, led product management for Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and served in consulting and development roles at Inktomi and Oracle. Donald holds a BS in Economics and Computer Science from Yale University, an MS in Computer Science from Stanford University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Advisors

  • James Gosling

    At Sun Microsystems, James Gosling designed the Java programming language and implemented its original compiler and virtual machine. He has been a contributor to the Real-Time Specification for Java, and a researcher at Sun labs where his primary interest was software development tools. He then was the Chief Technology Officer of Sun's Developer Products Group and the CTO of Sun's Client Software Group. He briefly worked for Oracle after the acquisition of Sun. He is now at a startup called Liquid Robotics. Gosling received a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Calgary, Canada in 1977, and a PhD in Computer Science from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1983.

  • Doug Lea

    Doug Lea is a professor of Computer Science at the State University of New York at Oswego. He is author of the book "Concurrent Programming in Java", co-author of "Object-Oriented System Development" and "Java Concurrency in Practice", and primary author of several widely used software packages and components, as well as articles, reports, and standardization efforts dealing with object oriented software development including those on specification, design and implementation techniques, distributed, concurrent, and parallel object systems, and software reusability. He has served as chair, organizer, or program committee member for over 100 conferences or workshops in these areas.

  • Willy Zwaenepoel

    Willy Zwaenepoel is a professor and former Dean of the School of Computer and Communications Sciences of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL). He has worked in a variety of aspects of operating and distributed systems, including microkernels, fault tolerance, parallel scientific computing on clusters of workstations, clusters for web services, and mobile computing. He is most well known for his work on the Treadmarks distributed shared memory system, which was licensed to Intel and became the basis for Intel's OpenMP cluster product. His work on high-performance software for network I/O led to the creation of iMimic Networking, Inc, which he led from 2000 to 2005. Before joining EPFL, Willy Zwaenepoel was on the faculty at Rice University. He was elected Fellow of the IEEE in 1998, and Fellow of the ACM in 2000. He received his B.S. from the University of Gent, Belgium in 1979, and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1980 and 1984, respectively.

  • Guillaume Bort

    Guillaume Bort is co-founder of Zenexity, the French ‘Web Oriented Architecture' company. Former J2EE expert, he worked several years on constructing web frameworks for large-scale companies including banks, until he decided to sum up his experience by creating the Play Web Framework focusing back on simplicity. He continues to lead the Play Framework open source development community.

Investors

  • Greylock Partners

    Greylock partners with entrepreneurs to help them build market-leading businesses. Over the past 45 years the firm has worked with hundreds of companies, 150 of which have gone on to IPOs and 100 of which have gone on to profitable M&A events. Such companies include Ascend Communications, CheckFree, Constant Contact, Continental Cable, Decru, Data Domain, DoubleClick, Internet Security Systems, Legato, Media Metrix, Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Openwave, Open Market, OutlookSoft, Polyserve, Red Hat, RightNow Technologies, Success Factors, Tellabs, Trilogy and Wily Technology. Current Greylock portfolio companies include Apptio, Cloudera, Data Robotics, Facebook, Groupon, Imperva, LinkedIn, One Kings Lane, Palo Alto Networks, Pandora, Picarro, Redfin, Workday and ZipCar.

  • Shasta Ventures

    Shasta Ventures is an early-stage investment firm focused on companies in the consumer-Internet, mobile and software sectors. Shasta was formed to back brilliant entrepreneurs with an unwavering commitment to the customer experience. The firm is based in Menlo Park, California.

  • Bain Capital Ventures

    Bain Capital Ventures' new Palo Alto office led by Managing Directors Salil Deshpande and Ajay Agarwal has made more than a dozen sizable investments (not counting seeds) in less than two years. Bain Capital Ventures, with approximately $4B under management and offices in Palo Alto, Boston and New York, is the venture arm within Bain Capital, with $70B under management. BainCapital Ventures raises a new venture fund approximately every three yearsand is currently investing out of a $660M stage-agnostic venture fund raised in 2012 in projects ranging from $500K seeds to $50M growth-stage investments. Salil focuses on software infrastructure and led the Typesafe investment. In the last six years he has invested $105M in 23 companies including Buddy Media, MuleSoft, Engine Yard (Ruby on Rails), SpringSource, Groovy and Grails, ZeroTurnaround, Dynatrace, Lending Club, Aria Systems, Hazelcast, DataStax (the Cassandra NoSQL database), and the Redis NoSQL database, and is on the Forbes Midas List, the famously unscientific list of the top 100 venture investors in the world.

  • Juniper Networks
    (Junos Innovation Fund)

    The Junos Innovation Fund is a venture capital fund, backed solely by Juniper Networks, that invests in leading early-stage and growth-stage technology companies that expand and enhance our Junos ecosystem. Our vision of an open ecosystem built on our unified Junos operating system means that a Juniper solution can make the network work in amazing new ways. We invest in partners that have similar visions. Our investments deepen our relationships with selected partners and demonstrate our commitment to Junos.