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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is an important part of the Caringo team. Led by David Lee, the Caringo board brings exceptional guidance and experience to Caringo.

Paul Carpentier

Caringo Founder,
Board Member Since 2005

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After ten years as the CTO of Caringo, Mr. Carpentier currently is Founder and CEO of Esoptra (in stealth mode). Known as the father of the Content Addressing concept, Paul Carpentier invented the patented scalable and upgradeable secure referencing mechanism at the heart of Caringo’s storage technology. In the late eighties, at TechGnosis, he was the architect of SequeLink—the first fully heterogeneous client/server middleware product. In the nineties, Paul founded Wave Research and conceived FileWave, the first fully automated, model-driven software distribution and management system. At FilePool, he invented the technology that created the Content Addressed Storage industry. In 2001 FilePool was acquired by EMC who turned CAS into a multi-billion dollar marketplace.
Paul Carpentier has many patents in his name that are at the core of Caringo’s unique value proposition in the storage business. He has the proven technological vision to create elegant and simple solutions to complex problems. As one of its founding fathers, Paul continues to bring history, credibility and inspiration to Caringo’s Board. He also serves on the Board of several solid startups in the green energy and document management spaces.

David Lee

Managing Partner, Sentient Ventures
Chairman of Caringo Board Since 2014

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David Lee is currently the Chairman of Sentient Ventures. In this capacity, his funds have invested in 26 companies and he has participated as a Board member/observer for 13 of these portfolio companies. He also presently serves as Chairman and CEO of Allegiance Mobile Health, the largest private Texas-based provider of medical transportation and 911 emergency services throughout the state, and Chairman of ESO Solutions, where he plays a key role in the organization’s strategy to develop and acquire EMS-related products that capture the data needed to drive efficiencies, improve patient care, increase revenue, and enhance the continuum of care.

Previously, Mr. Lee served as Senior Vice-President of the Products Division of Viasoft. There he was responsible for worldwide Marketing, R&D, and Customer Support and an associated $100 million P&L. Prior to Viasoft, Mr. Lee was with Tivoli systems where he went through an initial public offering, was subsequently acquired by IBM for $743 million, and saw the company grow to annual sales exceeding $1 billion. David began his career as a Software Designer at Tandem Computers.

Vivek Mohindra

Partner, New Science Ventures
Caringo Board Member since 2014

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Vivek Mohindra joined New Science Ventures as a Partner in April, 2013. He serves on the Board of Directors of Caringo, Directed Sensing, Ferric Semiconductor, Mangstor, Vorago, BrightVolt, Fuzzy Logix and GlobalFoundries. He has previously served on the Board of Directors of Sensor Platforms (acquired by Audience). Vivek joined NSV from TPG Capital where he was an Operating Group Partner working with portfolio companies on strategy, growth and operational issues, and with deal teams on due diligence. Prior to TPG, Vivek served as Senior Vice-President of Strategy and Business Transformation for Freescale Semiconductor and held several senior executive roles in Dell’s Product Group, Marketing division and as Vice-President/General Manager of Dell’s North America SMB Group. Vivek joined Dell from McKinsey & Company where he was a Partner. At McKinsey, he was co–leader of McKinsey’s global Semiconductor practice, as well as its Asian High Tech & Telecoms practices based in Seoul. Vivek holds a B.E. degree in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (Roorkee) in addition to an M.B.A. and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering in Semiconductor Processing from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Damon Rawie

Managing Director, Advantage Capital Partners
Caringo Board Member since 2014

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Damon L. Rawie is a seasoned investor who joined Advantage Capital Partners in 1999.

Based in Austin, Mr. Rawie heads the firm’s overall equity investment operations. In this role, his responsibilities include managing members of the firm’s investment group and coordinating Advantage Capital’s equity investment strategies. In addition, Mr. Rawie is an active multi-stage investor for the firm. He evaluates potential investments, performs due diligence and structures transactions. His investment experience covers a variety of industries including new media, business services, software and energy technology.

Mr. Rawie provides administrative, financial and strategic planning support to Advantage Capital portfolio companies, and he serves as a member of the board of directors for a number of the firm’s portfolio companies. He is also a board member of the Texas Coalition for Capital, a non-profit statewide organization that supports various economic development initiatives including job creation and access to capital for emerging businesses.

Prior to joining Advantage Capital, Mr. Rawie worked in investment banking and operational consulting. Mr. Rawie was a Manager at China International Capital Corporation (CICC), a Morgan Stanley/China Construction Bank joint venture investment bank in Beijing. Before working with CICC, Mr. Rawie was a management consultant at Price Waterhouse and an investment banking analyst at J.P. Morgan Securities.

Mr. Rawie holds an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University.

Jonathan Ring

CEO and Founder, Caringo

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With 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’s passion and experience is shaping the future of the market leader in object storage.