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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.

Executive Team

Nick Halsey

Chief Executive Officer

Nick joined Okera from Zoomdata where he served as President and CEO – rebuilding the organization, growing worldwide sales by 85%, and establishing distribution in a dozen countries. Prior to joining Zoomdata, Nick held leadership roles at Keynote Systems, SugarCRM and Jaspersoft. He contributed to the success of two IPOs and five other exits at various companies and is a limited partner in several VC funds. He has a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University.

Nong Li

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.

Itay Neeman

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.

Ravi Ramachandran

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.

John Marchese

VP 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.

Board Members

Ethan Kurzweil

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.

Patrick Heim

Partner & CISO, ClearSky Security Fund

Patrick is a partner and Chief Information Security Officer at ClearSky Security Fund and has over two decades of experience spanning venture investing, Fortune 500 enterprises, cloud providers, and early-stage security technology companies. Prior to joining ClearSky, he ran security at Dropbox, Salesforce, Kaiser Permanente, and McKesson. He currently serves as a director for Acurics, AppOmni, Okera, Preempt Security and ZeroNorth and has previously served on the boards of Ticto, Cylance, Solebit, and BigID.

Tim Eades

CEO, vArmour

With over 20 years of leadership experience in sales, marketing, and executive management at the CEO level, Tim has deep expertise in driving high growth for computing, security and enterprise software companies. Tim has been the CEO of vArmour since October 2013, and prior to that, he was the CEO at Silver Tail Systems (acq. by RSA) and (acq. by Proofpoint). He is also a seed investor in Okera and currently serves as Executive Chairman of the Okera board.

Wesley Chan

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.



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