Christian Chabot, Chairman, CEO & co-founder
Christian Chabot is CEO and Co-founder of Tableau Software, one of the fastest growing analytics companies in the world. Christian co-founded Tableau and has led the company to eight consecutive years of record sales and customer growth. Prior to Tableau, Christian was with Softbank Venture Capital, where he specialized in enterprise software. Before Softbank, Christian was CEO and co-founder of BeeLine Software, a pioneer of next-generation digital mapping technology. BeeLine was acquired by Vicinity Corporation (NASDAQ: VCNT). Christian started his career as a data analyst at Cornerstone Research, an economic consulting firm, where he first became a bona fide data geek. He is the author of Understanding the Euro: The Clear and Concise Guide to the Trans-European Currency (McGraw-Hill, 1998), which he wrote as a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow. He holds an MBA from Stanford University, an M.Sc from the University of Sussex, and a BS from Stanford’s School of Engineering.
Dr. Pat Hanrahan, Chief Scientist & co-founder
Pat Hanrahan is Tableau Software's Chief Scientist. He is also the CANON Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, where he teaches computer graphics. His current research involves visualization, image synthesis, and graphics systems and architectures. Before joining Stanford he was a faculty member at Princeton. Pat has also worked at Pixar where he developed volume rendering software and was the chief architect of the RenderMan Interface - a protocol that allows modeling programs to describe scenes to high quality rendering programs. Pat has received two Academy Awards for Science and Technology, the Spirit of America Creativity Award, the SIGGRAPH Computer Graphics Achievement Award, the SIGGRAPH Stephen A. Coons Award, and the IEEE Visualization Career Award. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Dr. Chris Stolte, CDO & co-founder
Chris Stolte is Tableau Software's Chief Development Officer and is responsible for product strategy, product design and engineering. Prior to co-founding Tableau, Chris spent six years researching the analysis and exploration of multidimensional databases at Stanford University, culminating in the Polaris system which was the basis for Tableau’s first products. This research resulted in fourteen landmark research publications and two large-scale visualization systems. Chris was also the CTO and co-founder of BeeLine Systems, a visualization software company that developed a revolutionary map rendering system and was purchased by Vicinity Corporation (NASDAQ: VCNT). Chris is a co-inventor on five software patents related to information visualization. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University, and a B.S. in Computer Science from Simon Fraser University.
Dr. Forest Baskett
Forest Baskett is a General Partner at New Enterprise Associates, Inc. (NEA) , where he focuses on information and energy technology investments, and serves on the Board of Directors for several private and public companies. Some of his investments that became public companies, besides Tableau Software, are Atheros Communications, Audience, Data Domain, and Fusion-io. Prior to NEA, Forest was Senior Vice President of R&D and Chief Technology Officer of Silicon Graphics Inc. He founded and directed the Western Research Laboratory of Digital Equipment Corporation before joining SGI. Prior to that, he was a Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. Dr. Baskett received a BA in Mathematics from Rice University, a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Ren Jurgensen serves on the boards of Bsquare Corporation and ASG Consolidated LLC and brings a wealth of expertise in accounting, finance and governance. He previously served on the boards of Isilon Systems, Inc., McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants, Inc., and Varolii Corporation. He has been the “Audit Committee Financial Expert” for Bsquare, Isilon and McCormick & Schmicks. He was a practicing CPA with KPMG LLP for 32 years where he served as an audit partner. At KPMG he held a number of leadership roles, including National Partner in Charge of KPMG’s Hospitality Industry Practice, Managing Partner of the Bellevue, Wash. office, and Managing Partner of the Seattle office. His audit experience concentrated primarily on public companies in the technology, manufacturing, life sciences and hospitality industries. Ren has a B.S. in Accounting from San Jose State University.
John McAdam has served as President, Chief Executive Officer, and Director of F5 Networks since July 2000. Shortly after joining F5, McAdam successfully navigated the company through the turbulent post-dot-com era, bringing F5 to profitability and positioning it for further growth. During his tenure at F5, McAdam has grown the company's annual revenue from $108.6 million to more than $1 billion. He has overseen numerous successful acquisitions, guiding F5 into new and adjacent markets that enhance the company's Application Delivery Networking solution offerings. Under McAdam's leadership, F5 was added to the S&P 500—one of the world's most widely followed stock market indices. Fortune Magazine named F5 to its 2011 list of 100 Fastest Growing Companies worldwide and in 2010, included F5 among the top "Technology Stocks for the Next Ten Years." Prior to joining F5, McAdam served as General Manager of the Web server sales business at IBM. From January 1995 until August 1999, he was President and Chief Operating Officer of Sequent Computer Systems, Inc., a manufacturer of high-end open systems, which was sold to IBM in September 1999. McAdam holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Glasgow, Scotland.
Scott Sandell is a General Partner at New Enterprise Associates, Inc. (NEA) and head of NEA’s Technology investing practice. Since joining the firm in 1996, he has personally led investments in industry-transforming companies like Bloom Energy, Data Domain, Fusion-io, Salesforce.com, Tableau Software, WebEx, and Workday. Scott has been named to the Forbes Midas List several times, with 16 technology companies in his portfolio having successfully completed public offerings or mergers. In addition to his focus on information technology and alternative energy investments, Scott leads NEA’s investing activities in China. Scott is currently a lead director of two public companies, Spreadtrum (NASDAQ: SPRD) and Fusion-io (NASDAQ: FIO), and serves on the board of a third public company Workday (NYSE: WDAY). In addition to Tableau Software, he is also a director of a number of private companies including Bloom Energy, BloomReach, CloudFlare, and Coursera. Other previous investments include 3ware (acquired by Applied Micro Circuits Corp.), Neoteris (acquired by Juniper Networks), NetIQ (NASDAQ: NTIQ), and Playdom (acquired by Disney). Prior to joining NEA, Scott was a Product Manager at Microsoft and the first salesperson at C-ATS Software where he founded and ran the company’s European subsidiary. He began his career at the Boston Consulting Group. Scott holds an MBA from Stanford and an AB in Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth College. He serves on the Board of Directors of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA).
Brooke Seawell currently serves on the board of directors of three public companies - NVIDIA, Informatica, and Glu Mobile - and on the boards of private companies including SiTime and SugarCRM. He brings 25-plus years' experience in technology finance and operations. Before joining NEA as a venture partner, Brooke was a Venture Partner with Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV). Prior to that, he was Executive Vice President of NetDynamics, an application server software company, which was acquired by Sun Microsystems in 1998. From 1991 to 1997, Brooke was Senior Vice President, Finance and Operations and CFO of Synopsys, an electronic design automation software company, which he took public in 1992. During his tenure at Synopsys, revenue grew from $20 million to $500 million. Brooke also serves on the Management Board of the Stanford Business School. He received his MBA and BA from Stanford University.