Technology Entreprenuer 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 (reimagining data 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 ventures. 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, Marc launched and built Pixelworks’ Digital TV business, and helped building Transmeta. There, he 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.
After graduating with a business and an engineering degree 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 of self-managing systems. If that sounds like today’s “cloud” – it was. HP Labs was way 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, yet HP Labs awakened my life-long interest in self-learning systems, and inspired my own business ventures.
In 1998 I left HP Labs to become 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 disruptive low-power IP – that eventually helped making smartphones possible. Transmeta went on to become the biggest semiconductor IPO of the decade. One of my proudest accomplishments besides the technical and business success was that many of my team members had some of the most productive time of their life at Transmeta.
My latest venture is Datera, which I co-founded in 2013 to reimagine enterprise data storage. We created an enterprise data continuum that scales across capabilities and consumption models, technology innovation and obsolescence cycles, and across private and public clouds – automatically driven by applications. The result is a self-learning data foundation for the composable software-defined data center that delivers game-changing operational value to enterprise customers. Datera also marks one of those magic circles in life – I had explored some of its ideas way back at HP Labs, and was therefore especially excited to win HPE as our first major OEM partner.
01. Select Experience.
05.2013 – Present, Santa Clara, CA
Founder, CEO/President, Product Architect
10.2009 – Present, Cupertino, CA
Founder, Board Member
10.2006 – 02.2008, Stuttgart, Germany
05.2005 – Present, Stuttgart, Germany
08.2005 – 08.2006, Mountain View, CA
Group Product Manager
01.2002 – 08.2005, San Jose, CA
GM Digital TV BU, SVP Engineering
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
Scale Different — How we Reimagined Data Storage to Give Data Freedom
How we re-imagined storage as a data continuum that scales across space and time — driven by current and future application intent.
Jan 20, 2019 / 9min read. Read More
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.
Jan 03, 2019 / 5min read. Read More
The Real Revolution Behind Self-Driving Cars is Self-Driving Infrastructure
The world is tumbling toward self-driving cars, and to keep up with them, data centers must become as intelligent as they are.
Jan 02, 2019 / 7min read. Read More