Striim is pronounced “stream”, with two i’s for integration and intelligence. The company was founded in 2012 as WebAction, with a mission to help companies make data useful the instant it’s born.
The leaders behind the Striim platform thrive on building technology companies that raise expectations for how the world does business. The team include core executives from GoldenGate Software (acquired by Oracle in 2009), Informatica, Oracle, SnapLogic, Embarcadero Technologies, PubNub and WebLogic. It is led by Ali Kutay who was an angel investor, president and CEO of WebLogic, as well as Chairman and CEO of GoldenGate Software.
Ali Kutay is a successful serial entrepreneur, executive and investor with 25 years of experience. Before founding Striim, Ali was the Chairman and CEO of GoldenGate Software (acquired by Oracle), the leading infrastructure software company for high availability. Previously, Ali was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AltoWeb, Inc., a provider of e-business infrastructure software. He was an angel investor, President and Chief Executive Officer of WebLogic, Inc., the company that pioneered the Application Server technology which became one of the major building blocks of web-enabled applications. WebLogic merged with BEA Systems, Inc. and was acquired by Oracle in 2007. Earlier in his career, Ali was the President and CEO of Formtek, one of the first enterprise infrastructure software companies, founded in 1984 as a Carnegie-Mellon University spin-off, and acquired by Lockheed Corporation in 1989. He continued to lead Formtek as its CEO under Lockheed Martin for seven years. He currently serves on the boards of public and private companies and advises startups. Ali completed his undergraduate and masters degrees at Middle East Technical University, and his PhD work at Carnegie Mellon University.
Steve Wilkes is a life-long technologist, architect, and hands-on development executive. Prior to founding Striim, Steve was the senior director of the Advanced Technology Group at GoldenGate Software. Here he focused on data integration, and continued this role following the acquisition by Oracle, where he also took the lead for Oracle’s cloud data integration strategy. His earlier career included Senior Enterprise Architect at The Middleware Company, principal technologist at AltoWeb and a number of product development and consulting roles including Cap Gemini’s Advanced Technology Group. Steve has handled every role in the software lifecycle and most roles in a technology company at some point during his career. He still codes in multiple languages, often at the same time. Steve holds a Master of Engineering Degree in microelectronics and software engineering from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the UK.
Don Knepper brings more than 35 years of experience in the technology industry to Striim, including over 20 years at Oracle where he was most recently Senior Vice President & General Manager, Enterprise Technology, North America Sales. At Oracle, Knepper created a collaborative culture integrating direct sales, overlays and presales teams to develop and implement successful go-to-market strategies. Knepper led the North America-based division with revenue responsibility in new software and PaaS cloud sales, teaming with channel and integration partners to deliver valued solutions into Fortune 500 and Private 100 companies across all verticals.
Sami Akbay is a founder of Striim. Prior to Striim, he served as the CEO of Altibase, Inc. – an in-memory RDBMS company with customers in financial services, utilities, and telecommunications. Sami was the Vice President of Marketing and Product Management for GoldenGate Software from 2004 through its acquisition by Oracle. Prior to GoldenGate, he served in senior product marketing and business development roles at Embarcadero and AltoWeb. He spent his earlier career in technical and consulting roles working at Rabobank Nederlands, Hearst New Media, American Stock Exchange, MediaMetrix, OneMain.com (Earthlink), and ALK Associates. He is a graduate of Rutgers University.
Alok Pareek is a founder of WebAction and head of products. Prior to Striim, Alok served as Vice President at Oracle in the Server Technologies development organization, where he had overall responsibility for product strategy, management, and vision for data integration, and data replication products. Alok also led the engineering and performance teams that collaborated on architecture, solutions, and future product functionality with global strategic customers. Alok was the Vice President of Technology at GoldenGate where he led the technology vision and strategy from 2004 through its acquisition by Oracle in 2009. He started his career as an engineer in Oracle’s kernel development team where he worked on redo generation, recovery, and high-speed data movement for over ten years. He has multiple patents, has published several papers, and has presented at numerous academic and industry conferences. Alok holds a graduate degree in Computer Science from Stanford University.
Katherine Rincon brings over 20 years of marketing leadership experience at rapid-growth companies. Prior to Striim, she was vice president of marketing at PubNub where her marketing efforts drove a dramatic increase in monthly pipeline for the company’s subscription-based, global realtime network. Her previous executive-level experience includes serving as VP of Marketing at AltoWeb, Embarcadero Technologies, Cape Clear Software (now Workday) and SL Corporation. Earlier in her career, she held executive-level marketing positions at WebLogic and BEA, where she founded and grew BEA’s dev2dev developer community to 425,000 developers. She holds an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business, and bachelor’s degrees in both Quantitative Economics and French Literature from the University of California, San Diego.
So who’s on the Striim Team? Experts in data integration and in-memory computing. Application infrastructure gurus. Visualization masters. Real-time technology groupies. All with one goal: helping companies make data useful the instant it’s born.
Striim is fortunate to be backed by some of the top investors in the world.
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