Chris Neumann has been at the forefront of the Big Data revolution for more than 12 years. He was the first engineer at Big Data pioneer Aster Data, where he helped invent technologies that have fundamentally changed our understanding of data. Aster Data was acquired by Teradata for $300M in 2011.
Chris was one of the first people to recognize the fundamental shift occurring as a result of software moving to the cloud. He realized that empowering people to leverage the data locked away in cloud services like Google, Salesforce and HubSpot would require significant advances in both data processing technologies and user interfaces, so he cofounded DataHero to create the world’s first cloud BI platform.
Chris then recruited long-time collaborator Gail Yui to lead the design of DataHero’s revolutionary user interface. DataHero enabled business users at companies like Cisco and Chipotle to understand their data without data analysts or engineers. It was one of only three companies recognized as cloud BI innovators in Gartner’s influential Magic Quadrant report for 2015. DataHero was acquired by Cloudability in 2016.
Chris is frequent speaker at leading Big Data conferences, including O’Reilly Strata+Hadoop World, Structure Data, Data Driven NYC and DataWeek, as well as academic conferences, including the ACM International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (ACM SIGKDD). He is also a regular contributor to industry publications such as Entrepreneur.com and VentureBeat.
Chris is a member of the Advisory Council for Simon Fraser University’s Professional Master’s Degree in Big Data and is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence for 500 Startups. Chris has a Masters Degree in Computer Science from Stanford University and a Bachelors Degree in Computing Science from Simon Fraser University.