Saturday, November 25, 2017

The 30 under 30: The young disruptors in data centres, cloud and data

Data Economy is proud to publish for the first time ‘The 30 Under 30’, showcasing the young people who are leading the data centre, cloud and data industries in a new innovative direction, be it through technological breakthroughs, business acumen, political guidance or exceptional marketing.

The data centre and cloud industries are full of hidden talent and at Data Economy, the leading IT infrastructure news source, we want to shine a light on some of the bright minds that are driving the sector today and will lead it tomorrow.

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, by 2030, 75% of the global workforce will be composed of today’s millennials and the shift has already begun as we see tremendous achievements from those aged below 30 and bellow.

As part of the new Data Economy magazine issue, we want to define the young people who are leading the data centre, cloud and data industries in a new innovative direction.

Be it through technological breakthroughs, business acumen, political guidance or exceptional marketing.

The 30 individuals profiled in the global Data Economy magazine were revealed at the Datacloud Nordic 2017 congress in Oslo on October 30.


Alex Wood, 29

Corporate Development Analyst
Colt Data Centre Services

Wood first joined Colt in January 2013. Today, he is one of the lynchpins of Colt’s expansion strategy and a key element of that same strategy to add seven hyperscale data centres globally.

Wood is responsible for nurturing relationships with investors, shareholders and stakeholders to secure investment and shape Colt’s growth strategy, build teams and portfolios within new markets, and manage referral and sales programmes for the company’s network of global partners.

Wood’s work has already boosted bookings by 200% in 2016, grown the sales pipeline, and developed teams that can deliver the specific cloud needs within each new market.


Alex Sharp, 27 & Sheng Yeo, 29


Sharp, CTO, and Yeo, CEO, are two examples of what Australia has best to offer in the IT infrastructure arena.

The two entrepreneurs, together with an older university colleague – Joseph Glanville – founded OrionVM in 2010, and since have grown the company to over 50 employees both in Sydney and San Francisco.

The company acts as an infrastructure as a service (IaaS) provider and white-label cloud platform. Both Sharp and Yeo are regular industry keynoters and have received angel investments from PIPE Networks co-founder Stephen Baxter, American Gordon Bell of DEC and Microsoft Research.


Alexander Rinke, 28

Co-Founder and Co-CEO

Enterprise software entrepreneur Rinke, co-founded Celonis in 2011 in a flat he shared with two other Technical University of Munich alumni.

The mining software start-up is today one of the world’s fastest growing enterprise software companies and enables organisations to visualise and better understand their business processes in real-time.

In 2016, Rinke helped to raise $27.5m in Series A funding from Accel and 83North to further global expansion, and now has 250 staff in Munich, USA and the Netherlands. He is also working with some of the world’s largest enterprises, including Vodafone, Siemens and ABB across 15 different industry sectors.


André Louca, 29


Analytics After joining Warwick Analytics as a Data Scientist three years ago, Louca progressed to board level thanks to his high levels of skill and commitment to developing some of the most disruptive advanced automated analytics in the predictive analytics industry.

He now leads a team of data scientists and developers in both the UK head office and Portugal. Prior to joining Warwick, Louca was involved in a number of big data projects including being a software engineer at and business consultant within KPMG.

He holds a Master in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence from University of Lisbon.


Brad Cordova, 28


MIT PhD Cordova has grabbed the steering wheel of the car industry revolution by setting up TrueMotion together with Joe Adelmann, Scott Griffith and Jon McNeill.

The company provides the necessary technology to help insurers distinguish between safe and risky drivers, reward drivers who drive safely and help reduce driving accidents.

The technology, which users include American Family Insurance, Progressive and Tieto, is set to disrupt the driverless car sector and aid in the race to get insurers and auto manufacturers to cooperate more.


Cecilia Stallsmith, 28

Senior Manager, Platform and Partner Marketing

Stallsmith is a true ‘Silicon Valleyer’. She has attended Stanford University, from where she graduated in Psychology and English, to go straight into one of the world’s largest technology companies, Box, where she worked from 2011 to 2014.

That year she joined Bessemer Venture Partners as an investor, moving in 2015 to cloud-based Slack and using her abilities to introduce the platform to giants such as Google and Salesforce.


Collins Nmor, 27

Data centre technician
Rack Centre

Nigeria-based Nmor has over the last three years made his name in the data centre industry in Africa built on his technical capabilities.

In summer 2016, he joined Rack Centre and has specialised in the operations of a Tier III modular data centre. He currently serves as a first line support technician for both the data centre infrastructure as well as colocation clients for remote hands requests at Rack Centre.

He also represents the next generation of data centre IT professionals with the knowing of programming languages including C++ and Java.


Daniel Levine, 30

Accel Partners

From to Dropbox, Levine has built a deep expertise in the data and cloud industries before joining Accel Partners in January 2015 as an associate, having briefly worked for the company between 2010 and 2012.

He has led Accel’s investments in cloud-based companies such as Honeycomb, Mux, Scale, and Sentry. He also works with the teams at Checkr, Heptio, Trifacta, and others in growing their footprint.


Dominik Tomicevic, 26

Co-Founder and CEO

Born in Zagreb but now based in London, Tomicevic’s vision of the connected world through data took the form of Memgraph which he founded in 2016 together with co-founder Marko Budiselić.

The startup’s offering is built to enable organisations to store and analyse connected business data through a memory optimised storage engine with lock-free data structure and native query.


Evan Spiegel, 27

Co-Founder and CEO
Snap Inc.

Spiegel has helped to shape the way users exchange data and interact in the 21st century through the creation of Snap Inc. (formerly Snapchat).

The social media platform – which Mark Zuckerberg tried to unsuccessfully acquire – has more than 300 million users that exchange 2.8 billion snaps every day.

Spiegel, whose fortune ascends to more than $3bn, according to Forbes, has also spearheaded a $2bn cloud deal with Google Cloud, making the company one of Google’s largest clients.


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