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, 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.
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, inspiring 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, and 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.
05.2013 – 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