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SwiftStack, founded in 2011 by some of the earliest pioneers in cloud computing, is a leading provider of data storage and management solutions for enterprises and organizations that lead their industries in the shift to being more data-driven. SwiftStack’s data platform enables its customers to store, manage, control, and utilize many petabytes of unstructured data from edge to core to cloud. Its software is popular in industries like autonomous vehicles, media and entertainment, global service providers, life sciences, and web-based businesses; and for functions like deep learning, analytics, scientific research, and leveraging large asset repositories. SwiftStack is used by industry forerunners including eBay, NVIDIA, Pac-12 Networks, Verizon, and the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology.


Swift Stack Leader | Don Jaworski

Don Jaworski

Chief Executive Officer

As CEO, he brings more than 30 years of product, engineering and executive management experience to SwiftStack and will leverage this expertise to chart the company’s continued growth strategy. His career includes past executive positions with NetApp, Brocade, Ipsilon Networks (Nokia) and Sun Microsystems (Oracle). Don received a B.S. in Computer Science from Bowling Green State University and an MBA from Santa Clara University.

Swift Stack Leader | Joe Arnold

Joe Arnold

President and Chief Product Officer

Joe founded SwiftStack to deploy high-scale, open-source cloud storage systems using OpenStack. He managed the first public OpenStack launch of Swift independent of Rackspace, and has subsequently deployed multiple large-scale cloud storage systems. He is currently building tools to deploy and manage OpenStack Swift with his firm, SwiftStack.

Swift Stack Leader | Anders Tjernlund

Anders Tjernlund

Chief Operating Officer

Anders Tjernlund is the COO and co-founder of SwiftStack, Inc. Prior to co-founding SwiftStack, Anders built and ran operations teams at BEA Systems, Engine Yard and other venture backed companies. He was also an EIR at El Dorado Ventures and has advised and consulted for several open-source companies in the cloud and enterprise infrastructure space.

Swift Stack Leader | Orion Auld

Orion Auld

VP Engineering

Orion is VP of Engineering at SwiftStack, Inc.. Previously, he was Director of Engineering at SideReel, Inc., and before that, a Senior Agile Coach with Yahoo, Inc., where he helped engineering groups in Silicon Valley, Dallas, Orlando, Hong Kong, and Bangalore grapple with the process of building quality software. Orion has written software at companies such as Digital Chocolate, Idealab, and Convex Computer Corporation.

Swift Stack Leader | Bert Condensa

Bert Condensa

Vice President of Sales

Bert is VP of Sales at SwiftStack and brings more than 20 years of sales, sales management, and executive experience. He has previously led sales teams at Cisco Systems, MetaCloud and was a General Manager at Datalink. Bert was co-founder of Helio Solutions in 2001 and helped grow the company from zero revenue to $100M before it's successful acquisition to a publicly traded System Integrator. He also brings experience from sales roles at BEA and Sun Microsystems. Bert received a Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc.) in Economics from University of San Francisco.

Erik Pounds I Vice President, Marketing

Erik Pounds

Vice President, Marketing

Erik is an avid technology geek, attacks opportunities by building things, and currently leads product marketing efforts at SwiftStack. Prior to SwiftStack, he led the Sync team at BitTorrent, ran product management at Drobo, and held various product and marketing roles at Brocade and EMC. He proudly graduated from the University of San Francisco, where he captained their Division 1 Golf Team.

Board of Directors

Swift Stack Board of Directors | Navin Chaddha

Navin Chaddha

Navin is responsible for the overall leadership of Mayfield Fund, and has made over 35 investments of which 12 have had IPOs and another 12 have been acquired. Notable investments include Akamai, Neopath Networks (Cisco Systems), StorSimple (Microsoft), and Zenprise (Citrix). Prior to Mayfield, Navin was founder and CTO of VXtreme which was acquired by Microsoft to become Windows Media, and served in various management roles at Microsoft after the acquisition. He was also co-founder of iBeam Broadcasting (NASDAQ IPO), CEO and founder of Rivio (acquired by CPA2Biz), and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Mobius Venture Capital.
Navin holds an MS degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University, holds 35 patents, and serves on the advisory board of Stanford Engineering Venture Fund.

Swift Stack Board of Directors | Daniel Demmer

Daniel Demmer

Dan Demmer has an extensive background in high­ growth enterprise software companies as President, COO, CFO and Board Membership. Prior to joining OpenView, he was President and CFO of Endeca Technologies which was acquired by Oracle in 2011. Dan is Operating Partner at OpenView Venture Partners. OpenView is the leading venture capital firm that singularly focuses on expansion stage enterprise software companies.

Swift Stack Board of Directors | Ryan Floyd

Ryan Floyd

Ryan is a founding Managing Director of Storm Ventures, and focuses on enterprise IT and web opportunities. Notable investments include Crowd Factory (Marketo), Appcelerator, Kidaro (Microsoft), and SandForce (LSI). Prior to founding Storm Ventures, Ryan directed the business development activities at E-TEK Dynamics where he focused on building strategic OEM and customer relationships until E-TEK merged with JDS Uniphase in 2000. Prior to joining E-TEK, Ryan was with Summit Partners, a private equity firm, where he focused primarily on IT, including Summit’s investment in E-TEK Dynamics in July 1997. Ryan received his B.S. and M.S. in Earth Systems from Stanford University.

Pankaj Patel

Pankaj Patel

Pankaj is a renowned technology executive with a twenty year tenure at Cisco, retiring last fall as their EVP and Chief Development Officer. Prior to Cisco, he held senior management positions at Redback, Stratacom, Apollo Computer/HP, and Digital Equipment Corporation. Pankaj currently serves on the Board of Directors at E8 Security, Versa Networks, and Presidio Inc. Pankaj holds a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Science in Pilani, India. Pankaj’s insights directly influence SwiftStack’s product development and go-to-market strategies for datacenter and the cloud.


Bill Louv, PhD

Bill Louv, PhD

Advisory Board

Bill brings tremendous experience as an IT executive and business expert in the pharmaceutical and life sciences sectors. He previously served 9 years as Chief Information Officer for GlaxoSmithKline, following 8 years in the company in IT leadership, and 4 years as SVP of Statistics, Data Management, and Epidemiology. Prior to GSK, he served 8 years as a senior executive for Statistics, Data Management, and Epidemiology for Marion Merrell Dow pharmaceuticals. He began his career with Bell Labs, and also served 5 years as a Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Alabama. Bill's insights directly influence SwiftStack's strategy and execution in the life sciences sector.

Swift Stack Leader | Jay Kidd

Jay Kidd

Advisory Board

Jay is an industry luminary that has been a key predictor of major storage shifts and technology trends. He has previously served as Chief Technology Officer and Chief Marketing Officer for NetApp, and Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Product Management at Brocade. He has also held leadership positions with Omneon Video Networks, Multigen, Silicon Graphics (SGI), and HP. Jay’s insights directly influence SwiftStack's strategy and vision for storage.


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