Nick Halstead is the Founder and CEO of DataSift Inc., the real-time social media data-filtering platform. During the past seven years, Nick has been a foremost visionary on the power of social data to revolutionize information delivery and a pioneer in real-time cloud based unstructured data processing. Nick founded TweetMeme, the leading platform delivering social news, which quickly built an audience of millions in 30 countries. TweetMeme also invented the highly successful Retweet button, which serves more than 30 billion clicks per month and drives high volumes of traffic for Twitter. Nick is a regular speaker at events such as TechCrunch Disrupt, Le Web, Future of Web Apps, The Next Web and Strata and has spoken at SXSW and FOWA.
Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer
Steven Pease brings an extensive background to DataSift in operational and financial management spanning 20 years. He joins the company from a consulting firm, where he was the acting CFO for over 25 emerging technology companies in a wide range of industries, most notably SaaS. Steven has guided his companies in generating substantial growth, the financing of more than $50M in debt and equity, and through several successful exits. He also has general management experience, having run a $40M retail manufacturing company. Earlier in his career, Steven was the Controller for pets.com, a poster company for the original dot.com boom.
Chief Product Officer
Tim serves as Chief Product Officer, focusing on product and market strategy. Tim joins with 20+ years experience in the Enterprise Software market, spanning CRM, collaboration and content management. Tim, joined DataSift from Salesforce where he served as VP Marketing EMEA. He has founded 3 successful startups, most recently Koral, a content collaboration startup which was acquired by Salesforce in 2007.
Chief Technology Officer
Lorenzo Alberton introduced solid development, QA, deployment, communication and monitoring processes into an early-stage DataSift, transforming and growing the engineering department and designing and implementing many critical components of the platform. His expertise lies in large-scale software architectures, low-latency platforms, machine learning, databases, efficient algorithms and data structures, topics he often talks about at international conferences. For the past 10+ years Lorenzo has been working with large enterprise companies in Italy, US and UK, in high-visibility projects affecting millions of users in different domains, from Television and Communication (BBC, Channel 5, Cable & Wireless, Dennis Publishing), to Finance and Betting (Ladbrokes, Betfair, Interactive Investor), Manufacturing and Internet Security (AVG).
Senior Vice President Sales & Field Operations
Pier leads DataSift’s worldwide sales team, focused on growing the company’s business globally. As a SaaS pioneer, Pier brings 15+ years of international sales experience from companies such as Adaytum, Cognos, Business Objects, Right90, and, most recently Steelwedge. Throughout his career he has focused on rapid market and revenue growth, helping Adaytum grow from $1m to $64m, SAP Business Objects grow its EPM revenues by 82% year on year, IBM Cognos double its revenues in one of its top performing regions.
Senior Vice President of Marketing
Jason Rose leads DataSift’s marketing team, with more than 15 years of experience marketing technology platforms and applications. Jason most recently led marketing efforts for SAP’s Business Intelligence and Advanced Analytics solutions where he played a key role in scaling the business to over $2.1 billion in revenue by creating innovative programs to target large enterprises, small and midsize companies and volume solutions. Prior to joining SAP, Jason held senior roles helping Business Objects consolidate three acquisitions to create their market leading corporate performance management portfolio.
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