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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 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

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

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
Frank Celler

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.

Joerg Schad
Jörg Schad

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.

Frank Swain
Frank Swain

Frank Swain is an accomplished go-to-market executive specializing in early-stage startups. He served as the first head of sales at Splunk, growing the company’s annual global bookings to $30 million in three years. He went on to do the same at AppDynamics, where he served as the SVP of Worldwide Sales. Most recently, Frank served as Instana’s CRO, which was acquired by IBM in December 2020. While there, Frank oversaw all pre-and post-sale revenue functions, ensuring all aspects of the organization scaled to meet Instana’s business objectives and align to revenue growth.

James Smith

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. 

Ewout Prangsma
Ewout Prangsma
VP Managed Service Oasis

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.

Gudrun Franzen
Gudrun Franzen
Head of People & Culture

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.

Behind the Scenes

Kaveh – Senior Software Architect (Cluster)

ArangoDB combines for me the top 3 invaluable qualities of a workplace: An intellectually extremely challenging project, socially and professionally incredibly engaged colleagues, and a great and attentive management team.

The work itself is exciting and challenging. Recently I worked on ArangoDB’s new license feature, some smaller cluster fixes/patches, and solved a few tough customer issues.

Laura – Senior (Digital) Marketing Manager

I started at Arango as a working student in 2019.  What I value the most is the collaborative and open environment between peers and management. Everyone wants the best for everyone. It is a healthy space to better yourself and others professionally. Besides that the flexibility is great. I can work remotely which makes it easy for me to go home and visit my family in Canada.  One of the best things I achieved recently was helping to plan our first-ever developer conference, it was quite a success!

Michael – Engineering Teamlead Graph

I am one of the very first Avocados. I am with Arango since 2014. What is really great here is that your ideas count, suggestions are listened to, and if it makes sense, it is implemented.

In the past months we worked on further development for smart graphs (Graphs refer to relationships between objects, not fixed data. The trick is to distribute those nodes in the cluster so that the relevant relationships end up on the same server. This means that the information can be processed more quickly). So in general this is a technical new substructure that will make development way easier.

Pfeiffer MarkusMarkus – Senior Software Developer (Graph)

I first joined Arango in 2019, then left and came back end of 2021. What made me come back is the team of superb colleagues I work with, on very challenging problems and the flexibility that remote work brings with it (and the fact that my team makes it work).

Cristhian (Cris) Octavio Miranda RuizCris – Community Manager

There is no doubt in my mind that data is the new currency of the 21st century. Those who can leverage this knowledge to build applications/services have real-world superpowers emanating from their fingertips.

I have a hard time coming up with the words to describe how excited I am to be part of a team creating tools that enable our users to create value with their ideas at grand scales.

Working at ArangoDB has been a blast. I find myself humbled by the incredibly talented and driven individuals I am surrounded by; there is this palpable sense of camaraderie, and we’re always taking on exciting challenges.

ArangoDB is consistently at the forefront of so many exciting technologies, and I couldn’t be happier to contribute my little grain of sand towards our advancement in the direction of a Star Trek future!

Stanislav – Site Reliability Engineer (Oasis Managed Cloud Service)

Our Team is still relatively small but I am very proud of what all we achieved so far. My team is not just highly competent but also consists of very nice people. The only negative thing to say is that due to covid it is very difficult to make live team events happen.

Learn More About Graph Databases

Read our latest Graph and Beyond  white paper to gain insights into how ArangoDB graph databases can support many use cases.
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