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). Additional teams work in Moscow as well as New Delhi to meet the global demand for ArangoDB. 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.

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.

Product Management

Ingo Friepoertner
Ingo Friepoertner
Product Manager

Ingo is dealing with all the good ideas from the ArangoDB community, customers and industry experts to improve the value provided by the company’s native multi-model approach. In former positions he worked as a product owner and tech consultant, building custom software solutions for large companies in various industries. Ingo holds a diploma in business informatics from FHDW University of Applied Sciences.

Sonali Mishra
Product Manager

Sonali is a part of the Product Management team and her day at ArangoDB involves some interesting competitive research and identifying growth opportunities while being in contact with the amazing and every growing ArangoDB community. She joined ArangoDB directly after graduating in Computer Science from California.

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 healrh 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.

Matthew Von-Maszewski
Matthew Von-Maszewski
Senior Architect

Matthew is another C/C++ developer and a Senior Architect @ ArangoDB. His prior experience includes Basho Technologies, Akamai, and Intuit. Work has ranged from 4-bit microcontrollers to 30+ server DB clusters. When not coding, Matthew is often found running a marathon or participating in a triathlon.

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.

Dan Larkin-York
Daniel Larkin-York
Core C/C++ developer

Dan is a C/C++ developer with the ArangoDB core team. He has worked on the storage engines, caching system, and performance testing and optimization. If it involves non-trivial data structures, he’s interested.

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.

Jan Uhde
Jan Christoph Uhde
Senior Software Developer

Jan is a senior C++ developer working on ArangoDB’s core. He is also supporting and developing ArangoDB fuerte driver. Jan holds a Masters degree in Computer Science and is also known among friends as Obi.

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.

Simon Grätzer
Simon Grätzer
Software Developer

Simon is a C++ developer and works in the Graph Team at ArangoDB. He is passionate about distributed systems and computer graphics. For ArangoDB he wrote the Pregel graph processing system and is working on various other graph related topics as well as on ArangoDBs storage engine.

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.

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++.

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.

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.

Ewout Prangsma
Ewout Prangsma
Senior Developer, Architect

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 original author of the ArangoDB Go driver, the Kubernetes operator and Arango Datacenter to Datacenter replication.

Andrei Lobov Software Developer ArangoDB
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.

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.

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.

Pfeiffer Markus
Markus Pfeiffer
Software Engineer

Markus is a Computer Mathemagician. Starting programming on a Commodore C64, he later spent a long time at universities doing undergraduate degrees in computer science and mathematics, earning a PhD in pure mathematics at the University of St Andrews, and doing PostDoc work in Manchester and St Andrews on practical algorithms in computer algebra, in which graphs featured heavily. Markus joined ArangoDB as a C++ developer in 2019 and mainly works on graph algorithms and AQL.
In his free time he codes in Racket, learns Scottish Gaelic, and explores the
Scottish Highlands.

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.

Adam Janikowski Go Engineer ArangoDB
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.

Customer and Community Support

Santo Leto
Santo Leto
Director Customer Support

As Global Director of ArangoDB Customer Support, Santo is leading the Team that provides worldwide post-sales services to all our Customers, including 24×7 Technical Support, Customer Success (on-boardings and proactive customer engagements) and remote and on-site Consultancy and Training delivery. At ArangoDB, Santo is also leading the ‘Community Support & Bug Verification’ Team. With 10+ years of work experience in engineering, customer-facing and managerial roles, at VC-backed start-ups, bootstrapping companies, as well as large public corporates, Santo started his career as Lead Developer of graphical user interfaces for RDBMS.

Luigi Servini
Luigi Servini
Customer Success Manager

Luigi is responsible for developing customer relationships and customer satisfaction (on-boardings and proactive customer engagements). He is passionate about Databases (relational and NoSQL) with 10+ years experience in this field. Before joining ArangoDB, Luigi was a Senior Pre-sales Tech-Consultant in Oracle across EMEA and APAC areas.

Max Kernbach
Max Kernbach
Support

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 Brucherseifer
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.

Omar
Omar Ayoubi
Support

Omar is part of the ArangoDB’s Support Team. He has a background in Quantum Physics. Omar provides support to our customers and he is also involved in Community Support and bug verification, as well as product testing. He’s quite enthusiastic about graph databases and ArangoDB in particular.

Sales

Mike Guerra
Michael Guerra
Head of Sales Americas

Mike has over 20 years of experience at public, private, as well as venture-backed startups with a particular focus on open source technologies. He’s an accomplished software sales executive with strong leadership, team building, and business development skills. Most recently, Mike was responsible for growing the Western Territory at MariaDB and Basho Technologies.

Ramona Rolando
Ramona Rolando
Inside Sale Director

Ramona is graduated in Marketing and International Affairs in Bucharest, Romania. Fluent in 3 languages, working in sales for 10 years and a Six Sigma green belt. Before joining ArangoDB she has worked for Honeywell and multiple sales teams within Oracle growing the business in Europe and the Americas.

Bill Bogasky
Bill Bogasky
Senior Account Manager

Bill  is a Senior Account Manager for the eastern US. He has been selling enterprise software for over 30 years, mostly in start-up companies. He boot-strapped two companies and sold one to RogueWave software. More recently, he worked for Objectivity, Basho and MariaDB selling database software. His success with selling into Fortune 500 companies stems from his many contacts, understanding the clients’ objectives, and providing resources to achieve their goals.

Freddy So
Solutions Engineer

Over 20 years, Freddy delivered enterprise software to Global Fortune 500 companies in the USA, Canada, Australia and APAC. His career began as a developer architected SQL database for monitoring consumer data network infrastructure. Using ArangoDB, implementing the same solution would be more efficient and flexible especially with its graph database. At ArangoDB, he is the technical “Go Between” in influencing our customers capturing the benefits of the most efficient Graph Database in today’s data driven environment.

Marketing and Communications

Jan Stuecke
Jan Stücke
Head of Communications

Jan is a product guy and startup enthusiast. Working in startups for over 8 years now he knows the ups and downs of these adventures. For him ArangoDB is the best db solution especially for young companies.

Jana Volkova
Jana Volkova
Marketing Manager

Jana is a part of ArangoDB’s marketing team. She is the one chatting to you on twitter and sending out latest ArangoDB news. Jana is passionate about building a great community around our open-source product.

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.

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.

Aniko Jori-Molnar
Marketing Specialist

Aniko is passionate about content and social media marketing and spent many years helping tech startups find their voice and audience online. She’s committed to spreading the word about ArangoDB greatness using human creativity as well as cool marketing tools and analytics. Before turning a marketer, Aniko worked as a business journalist and editor for several online and offline publications.

Elene Shubladze
Elene Shubladze
Working Student Marketing

Elene helps the ArangoDB marketing team with their online and offline marketing activities. She has a degree in International Relations and is committed to helping ArangoDB connect with its community members worldwide.

Laura Cope
Working Student Marketing

Laura is helping the ArangoDB marketing team with their social media activity. She is a recent graduate from Brock University in Canada 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.

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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