Team

Meet our team

Peter Schlampp

Vice President of Product

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Peter Schlampp
Peter Schlampp

Peter Schlampp

Vice President of Product

Peter builds category-defining products that make enterprises faster, safer, smarter, and more profitable.

At seven years old Peter laid his fingers on the clicky keys of a TRS-80 and since he has been destined to design products that replicate the magic of that first experience with technology. At IronPort he defined the world’s first Email Security Appliance and saved the world from spam and viruses, then became GM of the Cisco/IronPort Development Center in Bangalore, India. Next, at Solera Networks, he built the first DVR for network traffic, changing the network security landscape with big data. As an early member of the Platfora team Peter has been leading the charge to put big data in users hands — in a beautiful and easy way — to change the trajectory of business.

Ben Werther

Platfora

Founder & CEO

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Ben Werther

Platfora

Founder & CEO

Ben Werther is the Founder & CEO of Platfora. He founded the company in 2011 to realize his vision of how Hadoop and Big Data Analytics will transform the way every business user uses data and move beyond the fiction, feeling and faith that underlies most business decisions.

Under Werther’s direction, Platfora has grown from an idea sketched on a napkin to one of the hottest enterprise startups in Silicon Valley and a leader of the Big Data Analytics category. Platfora’s mission is to empower customers to leverage Big Data Analytics to transform their businesses into Fact-Based Enterprises. Designed for business users, the company’s product is the first visual self-service platform for interactively and iteratively interrogating enormous amounts of data, and masking the complexity of Hadoop, to connect behavior, actions and results across multiple domains of data.

Werther has had an extensive track-record as a product visionary and strategic leader. Prior to Platfora, he was Vice President of Products for DataStax, where he shaped the company’s early enterprise and Hadoop strategy. Prior to DataStax, he was the head of product at Greenplum (through the EMC acquisition), and ran product strategy and product marketing for the company.

Werther is an industry leader and a frequent speaker on big data and Enterprise Software topics. He holds a Bachelors in Computer Science from Monash University (Australia) and an M.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University.

John Schuster

Vice President of Engineering

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John Schuster
John Schuster

John Schuster

Vice President of Engineering

John is an engineering leader who builds innovative products and incredibly strong teams. He plays to win and has the track record to prove it.

John has built many successful enterprise products spanning a variety of technologies including analytics, distributed applications and servers, data & application integration, cloud/SaaS/hosted infrastructure, storage, networking, security and more. One of his special skills is his intense focus on people and culture. Prior to joining Platfora, John held executive and leadership positions at snapLogic, Cisco, IronPort, and NetApp. He spent his first years as an engineer building early web technology at Internet Middleware Corporation and JPL.

Robert DeMartino

Vice President of Sales

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Robert DeMartino, VP of Sales at Platfora
Robert DeMartino, VP of Sales at Platfora

Robert DeMartino

Vice President of Sales

Bobby is responsible for growing Platfora’s direct sales operations and strategic partnerships with big data SIs and Hadoop distribution vendors including Cloudera, MapR, HortonWorks, Pivotal and Intel. Prior to Platfora, Bobby led strategic sales and business development efforts at Greenplum and Virident Systems. He also spent 15 years at Sun Microsystems in various executive leadership roles, where he was ultimately responsible for a $500 million revenue unit and served on their sales leadership council.

Viviana Faga

Vice President of Marketing

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Viviana Faga

Vice President of Marketing

Viviana is a strategic marketing leader with a track record of building successful enterprise brands.

Viviana is responsible for developing and executing Platfora’s outbound marketing and communications strategy. With over 12 years of experience in marketing, product, sales and strategy, she is building the Platfora brand to support continued business growth and market awareness. Prior to Platfora, she was VP Marketing at Yammer and has held product marketing and leadership positions at several companies, including Jive Software, Salesforce.com and Accenture. Viviana excels in messaging and positioning, product strategy, social media marketing and sales enablement.

Mike Asher

Chief Financial Officer

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Mike Asher
Mike Asher

Mike Asher

Chief Financial Officer

Mike is an entrepreneurial CFO with a strong track record of building successful, innovative technology companies.

With an engineering background, Mike has always had a love and appreciation for technology. He began his finance career at Cisco, and then as an executive at a series of Silicon Valley start-up companies focusing on finance, strategy, and operations. Prior to Platfora, Mike was VP Finance at Octane Software (acquired by Epiphany), CFO at newScale (acquired by Cisco), CFO at Greenplum (acquired by EMC), and CFO at Appcelerator.

John Eshleman

Founding Vice President of Technology

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John Eshleman
John Eshleman

John Eshleman

Founding Vice President of Technology

John is a technologist driven to apply his craft to the next frontier in big data platforms – to make them simple and easy to use.

John began his career at HPTi where he built many of the world’s pioneering linux supercomputing clusters. Later, as the first engineer at Greenplum, John built the core of their parallel database engine and subsequently led the company’s engineering efforts.

Getting the Facts
is easier
than you think

Let us show you how your business can say goodbye to decisions and actions based on fiction, feelings, and faith and become a true Fact-Based Enterprise with serious competitive advantage.

Send us your contact info. A Platfora sales representative will contact about setting up a demo so you can see for yourself how simple it is to capitalize on all your data—regardless of type or source.

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