Caringo was founded in 2005 by three industry veterans who have over 80 years of combined experience and have worked together for more than 18 years. They are joined on the management team by an equally strong group of individuals who bring significant leadership, business and technology experience to further develop the company.
With an exceptional background and career in sales, marketing and business development, Mark Goros brings 30 years experience and management to Caringo. Most recently, Mark was a General Partner in a venture firm where he invested and assisted in the development of a number of new startups and executed two secondary venture deals over the last several years. He has worked with 8 startups including Oracle, Sybase, Gain Technology and BroadVision and has served in nearly every role from technical, to sales, to CEO. He has helped execute two IPOs and three M&A transactions. Mark has a gift for setting up an operational structure that allows both technology innovators and sales teams to thrive and to produce results.
Bringing a rare understanding of technology, customers and business, Jonathan Ring brings over 33 years of experience to the company. Prior to Caringo, Jonathan was an active angel investor and VC investing and advising in a broad range of companies. Jonathan was a Vice President of Engineering at Siebel Systems where he was a member of the executive team that grew Siebel from $4 million to $2 billion in sales. Jon has run multinational distributed development groups, small R&D teams and huge divisions at industry giants. With his rich background in technology development, his understanding of requirements from the customer's point of view and his strong operational background, Mr. Ring is an incredible asset to Caringo.
Jeff has over 16 years of financial and accounting experience. Prior to joining Caringo, Jeff was the CFO of a privately held medical device company and has provided in-house financial services to emerging venture backed technology companies as a consultant. He has held various financial positions of increasing responsibility with Ford Motor Company, Hewlett-Packard, General Electric and Dell and has experience as an investment banker with KeyCorp of Cleveland, Ohio. Jeff has a BS in Finance and Information Systems from Boston College and obtained an MBA with a concentration in Finance from Michigan State University.
Cornelius Economou has two decades of high-performance sales experience evangelizing complex technical enterprise solutions and developing go-to-market strategy and tactics into the U.S. Federal government and the Fortune 1000. Cornelius' experience spans spans across mission critical HPC systems, networks and storage with a long track record of achievement with both startups and large, established companies. Prior to Caringo, Cornelius was VP of sales for North America at Panasas, Director of sales at Polyserve (acquired by HP), and Director of global sales at SGI and held other sales and management roles at industry leaders Apple Computer and Quantum. CRN magazine has named Cornelius one of the top channel executives in Systems and Storage. Cornelius is also a recipient of the American Legion Leadership Award.
Adrian J Herrera has over 18 years of experience bringing innovative storage, cloud and media software and services to market. Prior to Caringo he was on the founding team and headed marketing at Nirvanix, one of the first enterprise cloud storage services, where he helped to grow the company from pre-funding to having over 700 customers ranging in size from start-ups to Fortune 10 organizations. He has held Marketing, Business Development, and Strategy positions at Yahoo, Musicmatch and Xing Technology Corporation. He holds an MBA, specializing in Entrepreneurship, from San Diego State University and a BS in Information Systems from Chapman University.
Brandon has 20 years of marketing, sales and operations leadership experience with skills in building, motivating and developing globally-distributed organizations. Brandon is responsible for extending Caringo's value-proposition by constructing and executing compelling sell-with partnerships. Brandon serves key-account stakeholders at all levels through reputable communication, interpersonal and facilitation skills and with a strong, energetic, and professional presence. Prior to joining Caringo, Brandon spent 12 years at Dell where he held various senior leadership positions spanning Enterprise Storage, Data Management Solutions, Global Services Management and Engineering Operations functions. Most recently, Brandon led the introduction of Dell's Data Management Solutions strategy including the launch of Dell's Object-Based storage and partner ecosystem portfolio.
Jan Van Riel and Paul Carpentier together invented the technology that created the CAS industry while they were partners at FilePool. Filepool was sold to EMC, which incorporated the CAS concept into its multi-million dollar Centera product. Van Riel served eight years as EMC's Director of Technology and was a co-inventor of Centera. Before FilePool, Van Riel was VP of Engineering and co-founder of Wave Research, with Carpentier, where they invented FileWave, the first automated, model-driven software distribution and management system. Prior to that, Van Riel led engineering as co-founder of Gnosis/Technosis, again with Carpentier, where the two invented SequeLink, the first client/server middleware product to connect heterogeneous front ends to multiple databases. Van Riel holds a collection of storage-related patents. He earned a Masters Degree in Industrial Engineering with a specialty in Electronics and Computer Science.
A software executive with three decades of experience in product development, professional services and research, T. W. has served in roles including VP of Product Development, VP of Professional Services, VP of Software Research and President. His experience includes a variety of startups, large companies such as HP and EDS, and Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation (MCC), a technology research consortium. T. W.'s technical expertise includes software and enterprise architecture, technology strategy and roadmaps, technical training development, and object-oriented programming and methods. He holds a B. S. in Electrical Engineering from Rice University and an M. S. in Computer Science from the College of William & Mary.
Russell Turpin has over two decades of experience in embedded and distributed systems and has led the technical development of key products for several companies throughout his career. He is one of the original employees at Caringo, manages the engineering team, and plays an integral role in architecting Swarm. Prior to Caringo, he was one of the three founders of ClickFeed, a news aggregator that pivoted to content intelligence under the name StoredIQ, which was eventually acquired by IBM. Russell has helped large enterprises modernize their embedded systems methodology, including Heidelberg, for its full-chain print and binding systems (developed with Kodak). He holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin.