Michael Crandell, CEO and Founder
Michael Crandell is the CEO and a founder of RightScale, where he provides the vision and direction for the company as it pioneers innovative ways to bring the power of cloud computing to any organization. Michael is a frequent speaker at cloud computing industry conferences, and he has played a major role in helping establish and promote openness and transparency in the cloud market. Prior to RightScale, he served as CEO at several Internet software-as-a-service (SaaS) companies and as executive vice president at eFax.com. Michael received his B.A. from Stanford University and completed graduate studies at Harvard University.
Thorsten von Eicken, CTO and Founder
Thorsten von Eicken is the chief technology officer (CTO) and a founder of RightScale and is responsible for the overall technology direction of the RightScale Cloud Management Platform suite of solutions. Previously, von Eicken was chief architect at Expertcity (acquired by Citrix Online), where he directed the architecture of the company's online services, including the popular GoToMeeting service. He also managed the Expertcity/Citrix data center operations, where he acquired deep knowledge in deploying and running secure, scalable online services. Thorsten was a professor of computer science at Cornell University and he received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.
Josh Fraser, SVP Sales & Business Development
Josh Fraser is the senior vice president of sales and business development at RightScale, where he leads all sales and business development initiatives. Prior to RightScale, he held executive management positions at public and private companies, including vice president of business development at CallWave, a publicly traded provider of SaaS-based unified communications solutions, and general manager at Student Advantage, a leading marketing and transaction services provider to higher education. He also held business development and analyst roles at Starwave/ESPN.com. Josh has a bachelor's degree in finance from Villanova University.
Kim Weins, VP Marketing
Kim Weins is the vice president of marketing for RightScale, where she helps build awareness of RightScale and demand for its Cloud Management Platform suite of solutions. She has held executive marketing positions at a variety of enterprise software startups as well as public software companies. Most recently, as senior vice president of marketing at OpenLogic, she helped evangelize and drive demand for open source and cloud technologies at large enterprises worldwide. She has also consulted as interim CMO at a variety of high-growth startups and she blogs frequently on lean marketing topics. Kim received a B.S. in engineering from Duke University.
Bailey Caldwell, VP Customer Success
Bailey Caldwell is the vice president of customer success at RightScale, where he focuses on helping our customers build, scale, manage, and operate enterprise-class cloud solutions on the RightScale Multi-Cloud Platform. Prior to RightScale, he held executive management positions at public and private companies, including vice president of operations and business development at Persistent Systems, Inc.; vice president of product, technology and services at Paxonix, a SaaS business in the New Ventures Division of Meadwestvaco; director of web operations at Move.com, operator of the world's most popular real-estate related web properties including realtor.com; and director of global IT at QAD, Inc., a global provider of ERP software solutions. Bailey received a B.A. from Boston University.
Tim Miller, VP Engineering
Tim Miller is the vice president of engineering at RightScale, where he leads the engineering teams who develop and deliver RightScale products. He has held several software leadership and management positions including the senior director of engineering at RightScale, director of development at QAD, director of technology at Bamboo Pipeline, and manager of software and systems engineering at Delco (now General Dynamics). Tim has an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University and B.S. in computer science from the University of Pacific.
Board of Directors
Kevin Harvey, Benchmark
Kevin Harvey is a seasoned entrepreneur with more than 18 years of successful venture investing. He started his first software company, StyleWare, while still an engineering student at Rice University. A year after graduating, Kevin sold StyleWare to Apple Computer, and his team went on to create ClarisWorks, one of the best-selling software programs for the Apple Macintosh. Two years later, Kevin founded a second software company, Approach Software, where he led the development of the world's first end-user client/server database for Windows. Approach's innovative database was adopted by millions of customers, and the company was acquired by Lotus Development in 1993.
Kevin's interests span all aspects of mobile computing, the consumer internet, and computing infrastructure. In addition to RightScale, his investments include Boku, Broadbase Software, Bytemobile, Collabnet, Eucalyptus Systems, Ingenio (acquired by AT&T), Kana (KANA), Metaweb, MySQL (acquired by Sun), oDesk, oFoto (acquired by Kodak), Proofpoint, Red Hat Software (RHAT), RemarQ Communities (acquired by Critical Path), Tellme (acquired by Microsoft), Terracotta, When.com (acquired by America Online), and Zimbra (acquired by Yahoo!). He graduated with a B.S.E.E. degree from Rice University in 1987.
Danny Rimer, Index Ventures
Danny Rimer joined Index Ventures in 2002 and established the firm's London office. His investment interests include internet infrastructure software and services.
He currently serves on a number of boards including Boku, Etsy, Factual, Flipboard, FON, Nastygal, Oanda, PeoplePerHour, Sky (BSY), TrialPay, and Viagogo as well as RightScale. He's an observer on the board of Dropbox and he is also a director of Maggie's Cancer Caring Centers and SFMOMA. He previously was a director of KVS (McAfee), Last.fm (CBS), Lovefilm (Amazon), MySQL (Oracle), Neoteris (Juniper), and Skype (Microsoft).
Prior to joining Index Ventures, Danny was a general partner of The Barksdale Group, where he invested in a dozen companies including TellMe (Microsoft). Prior to joining The Barksdale Group, Danny was managing director in Hambrecht & Quist's (JP Morgan) Equity Research Group and was responsible for the firm's internet practice. At Hambrecht & Quist, Danny was the underwriting analyst for such companies as Amazon, Netscape, and Verisign. He also sponsored direct investments in more than 20 companies. He holds an A.B. from Harvard College.
Andreas von Blottnitz, BV Capital
Andreas von Blottnitz has been a partner at BV Capital since August 2004. Prior to BV Capital, Andreas was the president of Citrix Online following Citrix's acquisition of Expertcity in February 2004. While president and CEO of Expertcity, Andreas successfully grew the organization from an early stage company to a leader in web-based remote access and customer support technology known as GoToMyPC. He was instrumental in developing the company's innovative online marketing and acquisition model, which resulted in more than 150,000 customers and in the acquisition of Expertcity by Citrix.
Prior to Expertcity, Andreas served in senior management roles with several online media companies. As president and CEO of AOL in Germany, he managed the European service launch and propelled the company to a $150 million dollar corporation within a few years.