The future belongs to those who are able to unlock the full value of their data. Whether you create motion pictures, map human genomes or manage power grids, much of your success depends on data. We’re here to help.
We’ve rewritten the old laws of data storage and created a game-changing platform that empowers you in important new ways. Instead of making painful tradeoffs, Atavium gives you the power to know all, see all and control all of your data. This isn’t an incremental improvement. It’s a seismic shift.
We unlock the value of your unstructured data for organizations in a variety of markets, including Life Sciences, Media & Entertainment, Manufacturing, Enterprises, Energy, Legal Discovery, Engineering and more.
Our team has done this before. We’ve contributed to the design and construction of the industry’s current state-of-the-art systems. But as artificial intelligence, encryption, analytics and cloud technologies evolved, we knew there was a better way. So, the best minds banded together to form Atavium.
Ed was VP of Storage Engineering for Dell where he was responsible for the Compellent, EqualLogic, and FluidFS engineering teams. Prior to that he built and lead the Isilon System (acquired by EMC) platform team in Minnesota and was technical leader/architect at NuSpeed (acquired by Cisco) and Network Systems (acquired by StorageTek).
Mark has been developing data center products for over 30 years, including hierarchical file systems, switches and routers, and storage networking. Mark ran Dell’s storage application software development team, led the development of the Cisco Nexus 1000V Virtual Switch family, developed key portions of the iSCSI (SCSI over TCP) protocol within the IETF, and as Chief Architect for NuSpeed (acquired by Cisco) developed the first iSCSI products on the market.
Mark graduated with a BS in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota. He holds over 40 patents in the networking and storage areas. He enjoys spending time with his family and doing anything outdoors.
Mike has 20 years experience creating industry changing technologies and bringing them to market. Prior to Atavium, Mike was the first engineer hired by Compellent Technologies (acquired by Dell). At Compellent, he architected the Storage Center and created Data Progression, the industry’s first automated-tiered storage system.
Mike has a BSEE from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Outside of work Mike enjoys spending time with his family, cycling, and camping.
Marc was one of founding members of the Compellent Technologies (acquired by Dell) engineering team where he held various engineering and leadership positions. After Compellent was acquired by Dell, he took on the role of lead architect for management solutions (APIs, UIs, and Application Integrations) of all Dell Storage.
Marc has a BSE in computer engineering from the University of Michigan, and is an avid Wolverines fan. He enjoys spending time with his family and an occasional round of golf.
Jim was one of the founding members at Compellent Technologies (acquired by Dell). There he led the core development team providing virtualized IO support, transport/access services, and business continuity (sync/async replication) solutions for the Storage Center product. Prior to that he was a technical leader at ADC Telecommunications (acquired by Tyco Electronic/Arris Group), Optical Solutions (acquired by Calix), and Orbital ATK (acquired by Northrup Grumman).
Jim has a BS in electrical and computer engineering from Wayne State University (Detroit, MI). Outside of work, Jim enjoys spending time with his family and sports (as a player, fan, and coach).
Chris is a results-driven leader who brings over 15 years of experience in enterprise sales. While working at companies like EMC, Code42, MongoDB, & SailPoint, Chris has developed a well-balanced blend of storage experience, proven revenue generation, sales leadership, and talent development skills.
Chris earned an MBA at University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management and a BA from Trinity College in Hartford, CT. When not at work, Chris enjoys spending time with his wife and four kids, usually involving something outdoors.
Bob brings over 25 years of Operations leadership experience for storage and networking companies in both large corporations and startups. Prior to Atavium he was instrumental in developing the Isilon Systems supply chain solution which saw rapid growth, profitability, IPO, and acquisition by EMC.
Bob graduated with a BS in Business Management from Bethel University. Outside of work, Bob enjoys golf, motorcycles, woodworking, and spending time with family and friends.
Lawson DeVries joined Grotech Ventures in 2005 and is a General Partner at the firm. He focuses primarily on investment opportunities in enterprise software, SaaS and internet companies. Lawson currently serves on the boards of Atavium, Ceros, CrowdStreet, DirectScale, Optoro, RedPoint Global, ShipMonk, TaskEasy, Tethr and UrbanBound. He was the first investor in NexGen Storage (acquired by Fusion-io) and also worked closely with LogRhythm (acquired by Thoma Bravo), Logi Analytics (acquired by Marlin Equity) BroadSoft (NASDAQ: BSFT; acquired by Cisco), Collective Intellect (acquired by Oracle) and Aztek Networks (acquired by GenBand).
Prior to joining Grotech Ventures, Lawson was in the Equity Research division at Deutsche Bank. Lawson has a BA in English Literature from Harvard University and an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.
Jeff has been a venture capitalist since 1997 and has focused on early-stage business technology companies throughout his career.
Jeff began his professional career at McKinsey & Company then started his venture career at Crescendo Ventures. He co-founded Vesbridge Partners with Rally Venture Partner Zenas Hutcheson and has been a General Partner with El Dorado Ventures since 2008. Jeff also ran Sistina Software as CEO and has twice been the President of the Minnesota Venture Capital Association (MVCA).
In his spare time, Jeff enjoys biking, boating and fine wine, preferably all in the same day.
Brian Bell is currently President of SportsEngine, which was acquired by NBC in 2016. Prior to SportsEngine, Brian was President/COO of Code42, and VP of Worldwide Sales at Dell/Compellent (IPO NYSE/acquired by Dell). Brian started his career as an Air Force officer and F-16 pilot. Brian has a MS from the University of Illinois and a BS from the United States Air Force Academy.