Thinker. Builder. Hacker.
Driven by a passion to bring ideas to market that shape the way people work, interact, think and create.
Marc Fleischmann is a serial technology entrepreneur with a long track record in enterprise and cloud software companies. He is currently CEO/President, Founder and Product Architect at Datera (the market leader in tier-1 primary software-defined storage), Founder of the Open Source Business Alliance (Europe’s largest non-profit open-source ecosystem hub), and an investor in a number of high-tech startups. Described variously as focused, passionate, humorous, decisive and dynamic, Marc is driving a company culture that reflects his own brand of energetic discipline and spirit.
Earlier, Marc was CEO and Founder of sMeet, one of Europe’s largest social gaming sites. Before, he launched and built Pixelworks’ Digital TV business. Prior, at Transmeta, Marc developed novel adaptive low-power technology for the mobile Internet, and executed key design wins at Sony, Fujitsu and NEC that were launched shortly before Transmeta went public. He started his career as an autonomous distributed systems architect at Hewlett-Packard Labs.
Marc grew up in Germany and lived in France and Italy. He loves turning ideas into companies, building game-changing teams, and racing classic cars. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in business and engineering from KIT, along with a number of patents in cloud, software and CPU technologies.
I became an early employee at Transmeta, a software-defined microprocessor startup. There, I continued my quest for self-learning systems, pivoted the company to a low-power strategy for the mobile Internet, and developed adaptive low-power technology that helped making smartphones possible. Transmeta eventually became the biggest semiconductor IPO of the decade, and I was proud that my team members felt they did some of the best work of their life at Transmeta.
After graduating with business and an engineering degrees from KIT, I was fortunate to join Hewlett-Packard Labs as Member of Technical Staff. I worked on autonomic distributed systems and attribute-managed storage – building the foundations for self-managing systems. If that sounds like today’s “cloud” – it was. HP Labs was ahead of its time, and let us work on our own vision of the future of computing. I’m grateful for the research they let us do – most of my peers joined Google, and HP Labs awakened my passion for self-learning systems and inspired my own business ventures.
I was an early employee at Transmeta, a software-defined microprocessor startup, where we brought self-learning systems to the consumer space. I invented adaptive dynamic frequency/voltage scaling technology that helped making smartphones possible, and pivoted the company to a low-power strategy for the mobile Internet. Transmeta eventually became the biggest semiconductor IPO of the decade. I was proud that my team members felt they did some of the best work of their life at Transmeta.
Datera is the market-leader in tier-1 primary software-defined storage. We re-imagined enterprise data storage to scale across capabilities and consumption models, technology cycles, and private and public clouds – automatically driven by application requirements, delivering game-changing operational value to Fortune 500 customers. Datera also turned out to be one of those magic circles in life – it was exciting to win HPE as our first major OEM partner, as I had explored some of our fundamental ideas way back at HP Labs.
01. Select Experience.
06.2013 – Present, Santa Clara, CA
Founder, CEO/President, Product Architect
10.2009 – Present, Cupertino, CA
Founder, Managing Director
10.2006 – 02.2008, Stuttgart, Germany
05.2005 – Present, Stuttgart, Germany
08.2005 – 09.2006, Mountain View, CA
Group Product Manager
01.2002 – 08.2005, San Jose, CA
GM Digital TV BU, SVP Engineering and Product
03.1998 – 01.2002 Santa Clara, CA
Senior Director of Software, Corp. Product Manager
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
1987 – 1995
Thesis with Hewlett-Packard Laboratories
Turning ideas into companies
Thinking through first principles
Mergers & acquisitions
Building high-performance teams
Autonomous distributed systems
Mergers & acquisitions
How we Reimagined Data Storage
Before starting Datera in 2013, we had contributed the block storage subsystem to Linux (“Linux-IO”), which was adopted by the likes of Google, Red Hat (now IBM), Pure Storage, and many other array vendors. Linux-IO eventually became an industry standard, and emerged as an essential ingredient to software-defined IT.
The AI-Defined Data Center
As data centers are re-imagined for cloud, there’s a universal need for a data management platform that can orchestrate data everywhere, across private and public clouds. Accordingly, data management is evolving from a “storage-centric” to a “service-centric” operations model, dynamically adapting resources to each individual application.
The Real Revolution Behind Self-Driving Cars is Self-Driving Infrastructure
The hype around self-driving cars keeps reaching new heights, with most pundits focusing on their immediate innovation and novelty. Intel’s recent $15 billion acquisition of Mobileye, which makes self-driving sensors and software, illustrates the immense potential of this opportunity.