Mike Stonebraker has co-founded six venture-capital-backed start-ups. A pioneer of database research and technology for more than a quarter of a century, he was the main architect of the Ingres relational DBMS and the object-relational DBMS PostgreSQL (the prototypes of which were developed at University of California at Berkeley, where he was a Professor of Computer Science for 25 years). More recently, at M.I.T., he was a co-architect of the Aurora Borealis stream processing engine (commercialized as StreamBase), the C-Store column-oriented DBMS (commercialized as Vertica), and the H-Store transaction processing engine (commercialized as VoltDB). Mike is currently an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at M.I.T.
With a track record of seven-plus successful startups in the past 15 years, Andy Palmer is a specialist in accelerating the foundation and growth of early-stage companies. Andy’s unique blend of strategic perspective and disciplined tactical execution is suited to environments where uncertainty is the rule rather than the exception. In total, he has helped found, fund or grow more than 25 innovative companies in the areas of enterprise software, analytics, the Internet, e-commerce and biotechnology.