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Who is Platfora?

Platfora is the #1 Big Data Discovery platform built natively on Apache Hadoop and Spark. Platfora enables business users and citizen data scientists to visually interact with petabyte-scale data in seconds, allowing them to work with even the rawest forms of transaction, customer interaction and machine data to find new opportunities and manage risk. Platfora is transforming the way businesses unlock insights, make decisions and produce better outcomes through the use of its industry-defining Customer Analytics, Security Analytics and Internet of Things solutions. Platfora Big Data Discovery is creating data-driven competitive advantages for leading organizations such as AutoTrader, Citi, Cisco WebEx, Disney and Sears.

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The Team

Jason Zintak
CEO and President

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An acclaimed leader and company builder, Jason is charged with scaling Platfora into a global organization.

Jason’s passion is in bringing disruptive enterprise software platforms to Fortune 500 and global enterprises, which he’s successfully achieved in the ERP, CRM, supply chain and digital marketing industries.
He spent the past 18 years at a diverse set of companies and consulting organizations, and played a key leadership role at SAP, Responsys, Blue Martini, and JDA Software. Most recently, he was Chief Sales Officer at Responsys, which was ultimately acquired by Oracle in 2013.
Jason has a B.A. from the Syracuse SI Newhouse School of Public Communication.

Ben Werther
Founder and Executive Chairman

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Ben has a vision for big data, and he’s bringing it to life at Platfora.

Ben Werther launched Platfora to transform the way businesses use big data analytics. Under Ben’s leadership, Platfora is now one of the hottest companies in Silicon Valley and a leader in the big data analytics space. Before founding Platfora, Ben was vice president of products for DataStax, where he shaped the company’s enterprise and Hadoop strategy, and was also head of product at big data analytics company Greenplum. Ben has a B.S. in Computer Science from Monash University and an M.S. in Computer Science from Stanford.

John Schuster
Vice President of Engineering

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John’s special skill is his intense focus on people and culture, which he uses to build incredibly strong teams that build big data’s most innovative products.

John Schuster has built many successful enterprise products spanning technologies, including analytics, distributed applications and servers, data and application integration, cloud/SaaS/hosted infrastructure, storage, networking, and security. Before coming to Platfora, John held 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. John has a B.S. in Mathematics from Occidental College.

Peter Schlampp
Vice President of Products

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An early member of the Platfora team, Peter leads the charge to put big data in users’ hands in a beautiful and easy way.

Peter Schlampp remembers playing with the keys of a TRS-80 when he was seven years old — and since then, he’s been destined to build category-defining products that make businesses faster, safer, smarter, and more profitable. Before coming to Platfora, Peter was vice president of marketing and product management at Solera, where he built the first DVR for network traffic. At IronPort, where Peter was senior director of product management, he defined the world’s first email security appliance, making the world safe from spam and viruses. He then became director and general manager of the Cisco/IronPort Development Center in Bangalore, India. Peter has a B.S. in Biology from Boston College.

Stephani Martin
Vice President of People Operations

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Stephani believes that people’s jobs should bring them joy — which is why she’s committed to making sure every Platfora employee feels inspired and valued.

A decade-long career in customer service taught Stephani the importance of being patient, compassionate, and empathetic, and providing meaningful and timely feedback. After transitioning to an HR career path 12 years ago, Stephani leveraged that service background to become a skilled HR practitioner. As Vice President of People Operations at Platfora, Stephani leads the People/Culture team, focusing on all aspects of the employee life cycle—recruiting and on-boarding, training and development, employee advocacy and wellness, and more. She has held customer service and HR roles at B2B and B2C companies, large, small, old, and new, including Blurb, Kraft Foods, and wineshopper.com. The Colorado native and self-proclaimed foodie holds a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Colorado Boulder and an MBA from the University of San Francisco.

Kevin Beyer
Chief Technology Officer

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Kevin is a significant technical contributor to today’s big data infrastructure, and at Platfora, he’s all about improving the speed and usability of Hadoop for everyday businesspeople.

For more than two decades, Kevin Beyer has been devoted to improving the performance and scalability of mission-critical data systems for enterprises. On top of building database systems and Hadoop technologies, he’s published more than 30 technical papers and frequently serves as an industry speaker. Kevin is the creator of Jaql, a scripting language for large-scale, semi-structured data processing on Hadoop that he developed as a research staff member at IBM. He also added XML indexing, materialized view, and replication support to the IBM DB2. Kevin holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. The subject of his dissertation was analytical query processing.

Intekhab Nazeer
Vice President of Finance

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Intekhab drives the creation of successful processes and systems, and at Platfora, he has quickly built a reliable, robust, and scalable accounting & finance function in the company.

With over 20 years of leadership experience in accounting, finance and operations, Intekhab has supported the growth of software and biotech companies across the globe. Intekhab served as global finance head for Solix Group where he continues to be on the advisory board. He has held leadership positions at EMC/Greenplum (acquired by EMC), Appcelerator (acquired by Axway) and Pelikan Technologies (Bio-Technology space). Intekhab started his career with HCL group, a global technology solution giant. A Certified Public Accountant, Intekhab is a Chartered Accountant from India and he holds a B.Com. degree in accounting & finance from India.