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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 in one of our offices or remote. You can check out our open positions here.

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

You can have a look at our community and customer reviews on G2 / Slack / GitHub


Shekhar Iyer, CEO

Shekhar Iyer is a global technology executive that has spent more than two decades of his career in enterprise software, primarily focused on big data and analytics. He has a broad range of international go-to-market experience across sales, marketing, solution engineering, business development partnerships, field enablement, professional services, and customer success. Prior to ArangoDB, he held executive roles at StreamSets, Couchbase, SAP, and Informatica, among others.

Claudius Weinberger, CPO

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 2022 he is the CPO of ArangoDB.

Frank Celler, PhD, CISO

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.

Jörg Schad, PhD, CTO

Jörg Schad is our CTO. 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.

James Smith, CMO

James Smith is an experienced, results-driven marketing executive with strong global experience. He has more than three decades of marketing experience, specializing in leadership, demand generation, branding, positioning, product marketing, online marketing, and omni-channel marketing campaigns. Prior to ArangoDB, James held senior marketing roles at Punchh, GoodData, OneLogin, Sitecore, Avaya, Electronic Arts, and Intel.