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Board of Directors, Advisors and Investors

Board of Directors

Adam Wilson
Adam Wilson


Adam Wilson is CEO of Trifacta and has over twenty years of experience in leadership roles focused on data integration and analytics. Under his leadership, Trifacta has become the global leader in data wrangling, serving thousands of companies worldwide. Prior to Trifacta, Adam was GM of Informatica’s ILM division where he grew revenues more than 400% in five years. Prior to that, Adam served as SVP of Product Management & Marketing for Informatica’s flagship data integration products, helping the company expand beyond ETL and grow product revenues to more than $800M.

Joe Hellerstein
Joe Hellerstein

Co-Founder & CSO

Joe is Trifacta’s Chief Strategy Officer, Co-founder and Jim Gray Chair of Computer Science at UC Berkeley. His career in research and industry has focused on data-centric systems and the way they drive computing. In 2010, Fortune Magazine included him in their list of 50 smartest people in technology, and MIT Technology Review magazine included his Bloom language for cloud computing on their TR10 list of the 10 technologies “most likely to change our world”.

Sean Kandel
Sean Kandel

Co-Founder & CTO

Sean is Trifacta’s Chief Technical Officer and Co-founder. He completed his Ph.D. at Stanford University, where his research focused on user interfaces for database systems. At Stanford, Sean led development of new tools for data transformation and discovery, such as Data Wrangler. He previously worked as a data analyst at Citadel Investment Group.

Joseph Ansanelli
Joseph Ansanelli

Co-Founder & CEO, Gladly Software

Joseph is a Co-Founder and CEO of Gladly Software, Inc. Prior to Gladly Joseph was a Partner at Greylock focusing on investing in enterprise applications, security and storage as well as new emerging mobile applications. Earlier in his career, Joseph was an entrepreneur and he co-founded and served as CEO at several companies, including Vontu, which was acquired by Symantec in 2007 for 350 million. Joseph is currently on the Boards of Lookout and Sumo Logic.

Ping Li
Ping Li

General Partner, Accel

Ping has been with Accel Partners since 2004. He focuses on early stage and growth software and digital media investments. He is also responsible for Accel’s Big Data Fund. Within software, Ping is currently a board member of Cloudera, Code 42, Lookout, Nimble Storage, RelateIQ, Tenable Network Security and Trifacta. Ping has been named to the Forbes Midas List of Top Tech Investors and Business Insider’s 50 Most Powerful People In Enterprise Tech. He has appeared on CNBC’s Investing in the Cloud and Tech Titans vs. Start-ups, as well as Bloomberg TV.

Bob Kelly
Bob Kelly

Managing Partner, Ignition

Bob joined Ignition as a managing partner in 2017. Bob brings more than 20 years of experience from Microsoft where he held a variety of positions, most recently he held the position of Corporate Vice President for the Cloud + Enterprise Business Development and Strategy team where he drove the merger and acquisition strategy and coordination of cross-division strategic planning.

Bob is very active in the startup community as an investor and a mentor both in Seattle and San Francisco, and serves on the board of advisors at 9Mile Labs, a Seattle-based accelerator.

Denis Barrier
Denis Barrier

Co-founder & CEO, Cathay Innovation

Denis is co-founder and CEO of He is also a Managing Partner of Cathay Capital Private Equity.
Prior to Cathay, he was at Iris Capital where he managed the international activities of the Orange/Publicis fund. He has also been the Head of Corporate Venture at Orange Telecom, and a Managing Director at Innovacom.

Denis has a deep technical background and started as a Researcher in the laboratories of Orange Telecom, working mainly on semiconductor quantum dots. He holds a Ph.D. in solid state Physics, is a graduate of Ecole Normale Supérieure, and is an engineer of Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications.

Board of Advisors

Tim O'Reilly

Founder & Ceo, O'Reilly Media, Inc.

Jay Simons

President, Atlassian

Dave McJannet

Chief Executive Officer, HashiCorp

DJ Patil

Former U.S. Chief Data Scientist, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

Craig Villamor

Design Director, Google

Dave Smoley

Chief Information Officer, AstraZeneca

Scott Aronson

SVP Worldwide Field Operations, Cloudera

Jeff Hammerbacher

Founder and Former Chief Scientist, Cloudera

Earl Fry

Former CFO, Chief Administration Officer and EVP Customer Support and Services, Informatica

Rajiv Synghal

Chief Scientist Big Data, Kaiser Permanente

Tye Rattenbury

Research Science Manager, Lyft

Pete Skomoroch

Entrepreneur and Former Principal Data Scientist, LinkedIn

Jo Deal

Chief Human Resources Officer, LogMeIn

Carlos Guestrin

Senior Director of AI & Machine Learning, Apple

Mike Bostock

Graphics Editor, The New York Times and Creator of D3.js

Maneesh Agrawala

Professor, Stanford University

Michael Bernstein

Professor, Stanford University

Sam Madden

Professor, MIT