Advisory Board

David R. Cheriton

Professor, Stanford University

David R. Cheriton
Dr. David R. Cheriton heads the Distributed Systems Group of the Department of Computer Science at Stanford University. He co-founded Granite Systems, which was acquired by Cisco in 1996, and Kealia, which was acquired by Sun Microsystems in 2004. He was also an early investor in Google. In 2003, Dr. Cheriton was presented with the SIGCOMM Lifetime Achievement award by the ACM "...for his contributions in data networking and systems, and for his keen talent for questioning the assumptions behind all our work."

Armando Fox

Adjunct Associate Professor, UC Berkeley

Armando Fox
Dr. Armando Fox is an adjunct associate professor and a co-founder of the Reliable Adaptive Distributed Systems Laboratory at UC Berkeley. Prior to that, he was an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University. His recent collaboration with David Patterson on Recovery-Oriented Computing earned him the distinction of being included in the "Scientific American 50" of 2003. He is the recipient of an NSF CAREER award, as well as teaching awards from Stanford University, the Society of Women Engineers, and Tau Beta Pi.

Hector Garcia-Molina

Professor, Stanford University

Hector Garcia-Molina
Dr. Hector Garcia-Molina is the Leonard Bosack and Sandra Lerner Professor in the Departments of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. He was the Chairman of the Computer Science Department from January 2001 to December 2004. From 1997 to 2001, he was a member the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC). Dr. Garcia-Molina is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and the recipient of the 1999 ACM SIGMOD Innovations Award.

Ben Horowitz

ex-CEO and Co-Founder, Opsware

Ben Horowitz
Ben Horowitz brings to the Aster Data board a proven management track record in dynamic, high growth companies. Before he was co-founder and CEO of Opsware Inc. (formerly Loudcloud), Horowitz was Vice President and General Manager of America Online, Inc.'s E-commerce Platform division where he oversaw development of the company's flagship Shop@AOL service. Previously, Horowitz ran several product divisions at Netscape Communications where he was recognized numerous times for his results oriented management style. Before joining Netscape in July 1995, Horowitz held various senior product marketing positions at Lotus Development Corporation. Horowitz received a Masters degree in Computer Science from the University of California, Los Angeles and holds a B.S. from Columbia University.

Stephen Reade

Founder, Chairman and CEO, MetaGlobal Group

Stephen Reade
Stephen Reade is Founder, Chairman and CEO of MetaGlobal Group (MGG), an investment-operating company based in San Francisco and New York City. Reade most recently served as the Global Vice President, General Manager of the Software and Technology Services (STS) business unit at NCR, where he was responsible for developing and managing next-generation global, cross-industry, software and technology services. Prior to joining NCR, Reade was the Senior Vice President of the Global Product Group at Solidus Networks and the Executive Vice President of Worldwide Operations at Grand Central Communications. He has held globally focused executive roles for leading information technology, platform, online services and SaaS companies including Grand Central Communications (Google Voice), FoundryOne, AOL/Netscape, DoubleClick/NetGravity, Creative Labs, and Adobe/Macromedia. Reade received his B.A. from Colby College and also attended Oxford University/Wadham College and The College of William and Mary.

Advisor Emeritus

Rajeev Motwani

Professor, Stanford University

Rajeev Motwani
Dr. Rajeev Motwani was a Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University. His research spanned a diverse set of areas in Computer Science, including databases, data mining and data privacy, web search and information retrieval, robotics, computational drug design and theoretical computer science. He received the Godel Prize, the Okawa Foundation Research Award, the Arthur Sloan Research Fellowship, the National Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation, the Distinguished Alumnus Award from IIT Kanpur, the Bergmann Memorial Award from the US-Israel Binational Science Foundation, and an IBM Faculty Award.
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