About Us

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Distributed team for a Distributed technology

ArangoDB Inc is a US-based privately held company, that was founded in Cologne in 2014 to meet the increasing demand for professional services around ArangoDB.

The company is headquartered in San Francisco (USA) with European HQ in Cologne (Germany). Our team is distributed around the globe and we welcome great minds to join us also remote.

ArangoDB Inc offers subscriptions, support of development, training and consulting.

Management

Claudius Weinberger
Claudius Weinberger
CEO

Claudius studied economics with business informatics as key aspect at the University of Cologne. Together with his co-founder, he builds databases for more than 20 years; from in-memory to mostly memory databases and from K/V stores over multi-dimensional cubes to graph databases. His responsibility was mostly the product and project management. Since 2012 he is the CEO of ArangoDB.

Frank Celler
Frank Celler
CTO

Frank studied in Aachen and London and obtained a PhD in mathematics. Prior to founding triAGENS GmbH, the company behind ArangoDB, he worked for several German tech companies as a consultant, team lead and C/C++ developer. Frank’s major achievements and projects relevant to ArangoDB are: development of a quota database that was faster than Reuters’, concept and implementation of JIT compilers for Intel and Sparc architectures, concept and implementation of a high-performance in-memory session database for Deutsche Post AG, development of an IDE for Dylan.

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Matt Ekstrom
CRO

Matt is an accomplished enterprise sales leader with over 20 years of experience and leads our global sales efforts from San Francisco as Chief Revenue Officer. He has spent the past two decades in various sales functions, working his way up from Sales Development, Inside Sales, Enterprise Sales, and Sales Management. Matt has first-hand knowledge on how to build and manage a world-class sales team and creating highly-efficient processes to drive revenue growth across regions and verticals. Before joining ArangoDB, Matt was the Vice President of Sales at ScyllaDB, and previously, he also worked on enterprise sales at MongoDB.

Advisory Council

Florian Leiber
Florian Leibert
Advisor

Florian is the CEO and Co-founder of Mesosphere. As one of the brightest technical minds in Silicon Valley, Florian enabled Twitter to establish a microservice architecture and built AirBnB’s big data team. At Mesosphere, he is now building DC/OS, the revolutionary open source datacenter operating system based on Apache Mesos, which is already used at his former companies in exciting use cases like Verizon Wireless. Florian will help ArangoDB to further sharpen its focus on the needs of large scale enterprises, their problems and solutions.

Ted Dunning
Ted Dunning
Advisor

Ted is Chief Application Architect at MapR and has years of experience with machine learning and other big data solutions across a range of sectors, notably in recommendation systems and fraud detection. With twenty-five patents, and more pending, he has a long history of innovation. Dunning has a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Sheffield and is active in a number of open source projects as a contributor and mentor. He is currently serving on the board of the Apache Software Foundation.

Human Resources

Gudrun Franzen
Gudrun Franzen
Talent Acquisition Manager

Gudrun is always on the lookout for the next great talent to add to the ArangoDB family. She is a passionate Tech Recruiter and your first choice if you want to join ArangoDB. If she is not in the office, you can find her somewhere in the great outdoors.

Development

Jan Steemann
Jan Steemann
Senior Developer

After more than 30 years of playing around with 8 bit computers, assembler and scripting languages, Jan decided to move on to work in database engineering. Jan is now a senior C/C++ developer with the ArangoDB core team, being there from version 0.1. He is mostly working on performance optimization, storage engines and the querying functionality.

Michael Hackstein
Michael Hackstein
Senior Graph Specialist

Michael Hackstein is a Senior Graph Specialist @ ArangoDB Inc. He holds a Masters degree in Computer Science and is the creator of ArangoDBs graph capabilities. During his academic career he focused on complex algorithms and especially graph databases. Michael is an internationally experienced speaker who loves salad, cake and clean code.

Max Neunhöffer
Max Neunhöffer
Senior Developer, Architect

Max Neunhöffer is a mathematician turned database developer. In his academic career he has worked for 16 years on the development and implementation of new algorithms in computer algebra. During this time he has juggled a lot with mathematical big data like group orbits containing trillions of points. Recently he has returned from St. Andrews to Germany, has shifted his focus to NoSQL databases, and now helps to develop ArangoDB.

Joerg Schad
Joerg Schad
Head of Engineering and Machine Learning

Jörg Schad is our Head of Engineering and Machine Learning. In a previous life, he worked on Machine Learning Infrastructure in health care, distributed systems at Mesosphere, implemented distributed and in-memory databases, and conducted research in the Hadoop and Cloud area. He’s a frequent speaker at meetups, international conferences, and lecture halls.

Wilfried Goesgens
Wilfried Goesgens
Software Developer

Wilfried is another one of the C/C++ developers working for the ArangoDB Core Team. He also works on measuring and optimization of the performance.

Andrey
Andrey Abramov
Senior Software Developer

Andrey is an expert in information retrieval and recommendation systems. He is passionate about state-of-art search techniques and data similarity measures. As the member of ArangoDB core team he is responsible for developing the ArangoSearch engine and further integration into the ArangoDB core.

Mohammad
Mohammad- Al Fattah
Working Student QA Engineer

Mohammad is passionate about android application development and recently worked on public transportation ticket validating machines for settings optimization, functionality, and software testing. Mohammad achieved the URC’19 special research award for his final year thesis in the event of the Undergraduate Research Award 2019. Mohammad recently completed his bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from University Technology Malaysia and working towards his master’s degree in Communication Systems and Networks at TH Cologne.

Lars Maier
Lars Maier
Software Developer

Lars is a C++ developer at ArangoDB. He is working now on the server infrastructure. He is a recent university graduate, math enthusiast and cryptography hobbyist. Lars has started programming at school as a hobby, where he looked into the web related technologies like JavaScript and PHP and later he focused on C and C++.

Vadim
Vadim Kondratyev
Software QA Engineer

Vadim develops and supports ArangoDB’s QA process based on technical and non-technical requirements to ensure that the company has a high level of quality, reliability and fault-tolerance.

Richard Parker
Richard Parker
Software Developer

Richard is a research mathematician (computational group theory) and software developer in about equal proportions. His interest is primarily in software performance – such issues as multi-core, cache usage, vector instructions and avoiding unpredictable branches – particularly on the x86 platform. His contributions to ArangoDB are primarily in this area.

Sven
Sven Luschgy
System Administrator

Sven is taking care of the everything starting with official ArangoDB packages build process, making sure our servers run smoothly, the website is always online, emails get send out and everyone in the team has working computers.

Ewout Prangsma
Ewout Prangsma
Oasis Architect and Teamlead

Ewout is a software engineer who has worked in lots of different industries, ranging from financial services, to software development tools to cloud providers. He has played various roles such as software engineer, architect, project lead and entrepreneur. In recent years Ewout has worked extensively on highly distributed system running on various cloud platforms, most related to, or based on Kubernetes. He is the leading Architect and Teamlead of ArangoDB Oasis – the managed service for ArangoDB. He is also the original author of ArangoDB Go driver, Kubernetes operator and Arango Datacenter to Datacenter replication.

Heiko Kernbach
Heiko Kernbach
Software Developer

Heiko is a JavaScript and C++ Developer working on ArangoDB’s frontend and backend. He holds a Bachelor degree in Computer Science and is passionate about new technologies and programming. Whilst completing his Bachelor degree, Heiko dived deeper into ArangoDB and focused on developing geo location-based services.

Kaveh Vahedipour
Kaveh Vahedipour
Senior Architect

Kaveh, Master in theoretical physics in Cologne, Zuerich and Bonn. Ph.D. in physics. Joined ArangoDB after medical imaging research and lecturing at Juelich Research Center, RWTH Aachen University, Maastricht University and New York University. He joined ArangoDB in 2016 as a core software engineer. He has been responsible for the development of core facilities in the ArangoDB cluster; among them the consensus infrastructure.

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Michele Rastelli
Java Engineer

Michele is a software engineer working on the development of the Java driver and frameworks integrations. He is passionate about software design, software quality and everything JVM related. In his free time, he likes playing chess and riding MTB.

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Andrei Lobov
Software Developer

Andrei is C++ developer in ArangoDB core team with 10+ years experience in multithreaded automation systems.
Currently he is developing ArangoSearch engine. Andrei is passionate about building reliable, fault-tolerate software.

Tobias Gödderz
Tobias Gödderz
Software Developer

Tobias is a C++ developer in ArangoDB’s graph team with a background in discrete mathematics and functional programming. He loves programming in strong, statically typed languages and favors software verification to help in writing reliable and useful software.

Alan Plum
Alan Plum
Software Developer

Alan is an experienced web developer who feels equally at home in the backend and frontend. At ArangoDB he works on everything regarding JavaScript, with a special focus on Foxx.

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Christopher Woodward
Developer Relations Engineer

Chris has over 10 years experience at all angles of technology including service, support, and development. He is also passionate about learning and right now he is focused on improving the learning experience for the ArangoDB community. Chris believes the future is native multi-model and wants to help tell the world.

Robert Stam ArangoDB Software Developer
Robert Stam
Senior Software Developer

Robert has developed many successful products mainly in C#. He loves to write product grade code, including tests. He is focused on cloud platforms, and currently specialized in Kubernetes. He is one of the engineers who is creating *ArangoDB Oasis:* _The Managed Cloud for ArangoDB_. Previously he worked at one of the most security minded companies in the world, so *Security* is his second name.

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Adam Janikowski
Go Engineer

Adam has worked on the Kubernetes and Hadoop solutions. He likes to dig into the core of each software problem which he will face. For ArangoDB he works on the Kubernetes Operator.

Tomasz Mielech
Tomasz Mielech
Go Engineer

Tomasz is a Go developer and a Kubernetes enthusiast. He used to work with C and C++, which helped him to be closer to the hardware. He likes self-development and challenges. At ArangoDB, Tomasz is responsible for developing Kubernetes operators. To keep his life balanced, Tomasz loves playing the guitar, windsurfing, and snowboarding.

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Stanislav Filippov
Site Reliability Engineer

Stanislav is part of the ArangoDB Oasis team where he works as a Site Reliability Engineer. For the last 10 years, Stanislav has been working on optimizing distributed systems for security, performance, and reliability. If he is not working, Stanislav spends time with his family or does sports. He also likes cooking, fishing, traveling, and photography.

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Rajiv Sambasivan
Software Developer

Rajiv has a background in software development and machine learning. He has developed enterprise grade applications for various application domains -retail, telecom, financial services etc.. He has a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Data Mining. He is wrapping up a PhD in Machine Learning. For his PhD, his research focus\sed on developing computational approaches for machine learning on big datasets. He is interested in applying machine learning to solve practical business problems. He believes machine learning and graph data can compliment each other well and have an intrinsic connection.

Manuel Pöter
Manuel Pöter
Senior Software Engineer

Manuel started to work with ArangoDB about 8 years ago. Now he is a C++ developer on the Core team. Manuel has a Masters degree in Software Engineering from the Vienna University of Technology where his research focus was on parallel programming, in particular memory reclamation for concurrent data structures on shared-memory systems. Manuel has several years of experience working on a high performance application (optimization of mobile radio networks) where his main focus was on parallelization and low-level optimization. So you could say that Manuel “likes to make things run fast”

Customer and Community Support

Max Kernbach
Max Kernbach
Support Engineer

Max is a dedicated Computer Science student who is interested in graph theory. He is implementing test scripts for various use cases of ArangoDB and investigates issues by use of error scenario reproduction.

Simran Brucherseifer
Simran Spiller
Documentation Manager

Simran is a data modeling and migration enthusiast with a cultural sciences background. He is responsible for ArangoDB’s documentation, helps out in design questions and supports the community, especially with AQL and JavaScript.

Sales

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Arthur Keen
Solutions Architect

Arthur has over 20 years experience working with early stage startups, developing Graph/AI solutions in intelligence, cyber, financial services, logistics, retail and energy. He has led 3 products from concept to GA and is an inventor on 3 graph-related patents. Arthur has a Ph.D. in Computer Science/Industrial engineering from Texas A&M University and he is a frequent speaker at conferences.

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Kristijan Talajic
Account Executive

Kristijan holds a Master’s Degree in International Business from HULT School of Business in San Francisco as well as a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Rochester Institute of Technology. He grew up in Croatia but lived in various countries such as Singapore, Slovenia and Turkey. Kristijan has held several positions managing small sales teams in various industries. Before starting his business career, he was a professional football (soccer) player.

Jackson Reimers
Jackson Reimers
Sales Development Representative

Jackson graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Finance in 2015. He went on to work in finance and eventually for the House of Representatives running the credit card program for all members and their staff. While working, Jackson went to night school to obtain his MBA from John Hopkins in 2020. Post Graduation, Jackson decided to switch from finance to sales and join the high tech industry.

Derek King
Derek King
Sales Development Representative

Derek earned a AA degree in Communications from Foothill college in 2016. He went on to graduate from UC Berkeley in 2018 with a degree in Sociology where he played on the Men’s Basketball team (NCAA D1 Pac 12). Post Graduation Derek pursued his goal of playing professional basketball, playing professionally overseas in the Asean Basketball League with the Macau Black Bears in 2018-2019.

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Trey King
Account Executive

Trey is an Enterprise Account Executive for the Southeast US. Living & selling in the South most of his life gives Trey deep roots in the territory. Having spent the past 5 years in Distributed Systems he has worked with some of the top companies Tier 1 applications. With a background of A-D round start-ups & IBM, he is happy to be back at the early stages with ArangoDB.

Nyle SDR
Nyle Fitzstephens
Sales Development Representative

Nyle is from Walnut Creek, California in the East Bay area. He graduated with a degree in Business: Entrepreneurship & Innovation from the University of San Francisco. After graduating, Nyle pursued real estate as the market was doing very well working as a property manager. Before starting college Nyle had his eyes set on being in tech-sales, which is why he chose to pursue a company like ArangoDB. He is estatic to be working with such an amazing team and has goals to exceed sales quotas in his first year at ArangoDB. Nyle is also a music producer and an avid cook.

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Vaidas Gasiunas
Solutions Architect

Vaidas has long year experience in engineering of SQL and NoSQL databases. In the recent years he has been consulting companies from various industries on building scalable and highly available systems. Vaidas has done his PhD at TU Darmstadt in the area of programming languages

Troy Mathew
Troy Mathew
Sales Development Representative

Troy is originally from San Jose, CA. He is a recent graduate from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in Economics. Throughout his collegiate career, Troy has worked in various sales roles across several industries and has had his eyes set on high tech sales throughout it all and is excited to be driving the front end of the sales process for ArangoDB. He holds a black belt in karate and is an avid hiker in his free time.

Abraham Huerta
Abraham Huerta
Account Executive

Abraham went to De Anza College, received an AA degree, and played for the soccer team. Abraham went on to transfer to San Jose State University and graduated in 2014. Abraham has worked his way through the ranks in sales and has  been an SDR, SMB field sales, Commercial AE, Mid-Market AE, and now is an Enterprise AE. When Abraham is not working he is hanging out with his family, fishing, or watching sports.

Tanya SDR
Tanya Sergeichhuk
Sales Development Representative

Tanya graduated from the Financial Government of the Russian Federation University with a bachelor’s degree in Management. She began her career path immediately after graduating in the summer of 2009 as an auxiliary worker and was promoted to the position of sales manager at the prestigious Russian company. She is a positive and open mind person who like everyone else is looking for her true path in life and aspires to bring positivity to our World.

Jason Plotch
Jason Plotch
Account Executive

Jason was born and raised in Scottsdale, Arizona before moving to Brooklyn, New York where he has been based since 2011. He graduated from Arizona State University with a BS in Political Science in 2007 and has spent his entire professional career in technology – including 9 years in AdTech at several startups, helped co-found the social network; Hyper, and most recently started in business intelligence at Sisense. He is a big basketball fan, loves to run, bike, make homemade ice cream, and spend time with his family.

Marketing and Communications

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Amy White
Communications Manager

Amy has spent the past 10 years working with early-stage startups, such as Elastic, Box, and Wolt. At ArangoDB, she is focused on storytelling — both for ArangoDB as well as our users.

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Laura Cope
Working Student Marketing

Laura is helping the ArangoDB marketing team with their social media activity. She is a recent graduate with a BA in Media and Communication Studies and is working towards her MA in North American Studies at the University of Cologne. Laura is looking forward to connecting with others through online networking with ArangoDB.

Finance

Kirsten Link
Kirsten Link
Operations Manager

Kirsten is responsible for everything Accounting related in the ArangoDB office, be it contractual agreements or any other financial procedure.

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Oliver Linares
Assistant Ops Manager

After studying philology, business administration and political sciences, Oliver has worked at the Advanced Training Center for the Unemployed, as well as for the German authorities. Today he uses his reach experience at the position of an assistant to the Operations Manager at ArangoDB.

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