Secure Data Access for Innovation and Growth.
Your data can do more. It can be used by analysts and data scientists to drive innovation. It can help you discover untapped markets, unseen opportunities, and unproductive workflows. It can change the way your business and the world works.
The Okera platform tackles the hardest issues behind data access and governance across hybrid and multi-cloud environments—giving you the ability to explore your data’s potential like never before. Our vision is to enable self-service analytics with responsible data access so that everyone can benefit from the potential of data in the enterprise.
Chief Executive Officer
Nick Halsey has been the CEO of Okera since March of 2020. Prior to Okera he has served as CEO, COO and other executive roles over a 25 year career in data and analytics, most recently as CEO of Zoomdata. Nick helped start several foundational analytics companies including Brio Software, Tableau, and Biz360, and help lead others to successful exits including Jaspersoft, Alphablox, and Keynote Systems. Nick is also an active venture investor and has served on the boards and advisory boards for over a dozen companies. He has a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University. When not driving his four kids to school and sports, Nick endeavors to cycle and ski as much as possible.
Chief Technology Officer
Nong co-founded Okera in 2016. Prior to that, he led performance engineering for Spark core and SparkSQL at Databricks. Before Databricks, he served as the tech lead for the Impala project at Cloudera. Nong is also one of the original authors of the Apache Parquet project. He has a bachelor’s in computer science from Brown University.
Vice President of Engineering
Prior to joining Okera, Itay worked for Splunk, serving as both the engineering and site lead for the Seattle office while also personally contributing and leading several major projects, including a new product for Splunk’s cloud initiative. He has a master’s from the University of Washington and a bachelor’s from Brown University, both in Computer Science.
Vice President of Sales
Ravi helped establish the Machine Learning Data Catalog category while serving as Vice President of Global Sales at Waterline Data. Previously, he held leadership positions at Infochimps (acq. by CSC), VanceInfo, and Xchanging (acq. by DXC). He has a bachelor’s in business from Delhi University and an MBA from Clark University.
Vice President of Global Alliances & Partner Channels
Prior to joining Okera, John worked most recently at Collibra & Sisense, two data technology leaders who both achieved unicorn valuation status during his tenure. At Collibra, he led global alliances & partner sales channels, developing trusted relationships and explosive revenue growth with GSi, regional data consultancies, and technology partners across the globe. He has a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Buffalo.
Vice President of People
Vice President of Marketing
Director of Finance
VP of Global Customer Success
Head of Security
John is an accomplished industry leader and advisor in cybersecurity, bringing more than 20 years of experience including multiple CEO appointments and successful acquisitions in mobile, email and anomaly detection security companies. His former roles have included CEO of Better Mobile Security, Mailcontrol, and Metafor Software, which was acquired by Splunk in 2015. John was pivotal in growing several companies with his product & sales strategy as well as fundraising & investor relations. He is an avid golfer and former bike racing champion. Father of two children and an amazing dachshund. In his earlier years he served as the Director of Business Operations at RSA, Silver.
Partner, Bessemer Venture Partners
Ethan Kurzweil is a partner at Bessemer Venture Partners where he invests in developer platforms and consumer tech startups. Ethan has served on the board of leading platform companies including Intercom, PagerDuty, Periscope Data, Applitools, Twitch (acq. by Amazon), and Periscope (acq. by Twitter) and was actively involved in Bessemer’s investments in public companies Twilio and Sendgrid.
Partner & CISO, ClearSky Security Fund
Managing Director, Felicis Ventures
Wesley Chan is a Managing Director at Felicis Ventures. He has led investment rounds and holds board or observer seats in Canva, CultureAmp, and Dialpad. As an early employee at Google, he founded and launched Google Analytics and Google Voice, which reach tens of millions of users worldwide.