RightScale Management Team


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.


Raphael Simon, CTO

Raphael Simon is the chief technology officer (CTO) at RightScale and is responsible for the overall technology direction of the RightScale Cloud Management Platform. Previously, Raphael worked at Citrix where he helped build the company's online services, including the GoToMeeting service. Prior to that he was a lead engineer working at Eiffel Software on the Eiffel programming language compiler and suite of tools. Raphael received his master’s degree in computer science and mathematics from the French National Superior School of Engineering ENSEEIHT in Toulouse, France.


Steve Morrison, CFO

Steve Morrison is CFO at RightScale and leads the accounting, finance, and business insights and strategies (BIS) functions. Steve has held CFO positions at both public and private companies. Immediately prior to joining RightScale, he was CFO at Butler America where he led the strategic sale of Butler’s Aerospace Engineering division as well as the divestiture of Butler’s healthcare staffing business. He previously held CFO roles at SmartReceipt, Inc., a SaaS marketing firm (acquired by Mobivity, Inc.); ValenTx, Inc., a development-stage medical devices firm; and 724 Solutions, Inc. (acquired by Mobixell Networks, Inc.). Steve holds a B.A. from the University of Western Ontario (UWO) in London, Ontario, in Canada and an M.B.A. from the Richard Ivey School of Business at UWO.


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 and Cloud Cost Strategy

Kim Weins is the vice president of marketing and cloud cost strategy for RightScale, where she helps build awareness of RightScale and demand for its cloud management suite of solutions. She also works with customers to develop strategies and processes that optimize their cloud spend. 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 Cloud Management 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.


Ryan Williamson, VP Engineering

Ryan Williamson is the vice president of engineering at RightScale, where he leads the engineering teams who build and deliver innovative cloud management solutions. Ryan began his career at MetaCreations before starting a software consulting firm, Artemis Solutions. He spent a decade in the customer relationship management (CRM) software space and was responsible for ecommerce platform development with Albertson's before joining RightScale. Ryan has a B.S. in computer science from the University of California, Santa Barbara.


Ryan O'Leary, VP Product

Ryan O'Leary is the vice president of product at RightScale, driving the overall product direction and design. Leveraging software to solve real-world customer problems has always been his passion, beginning with forming a startup during college that provided custom ERP integration for small companies in California. Prior to RightScale, Ryan spent many years in the defense industry at Boeing and at a consulting firm leading software and systems engineering teams that designed future force software systems for the Army. He has a B.S in computer science from Cal Poly University in San Luis Obispo.


Thorsten von Eicken, Founder and Advisor

Thorsten von Eicken is a RightScale founder and advisor. Previously, Thorsten 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.

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.