Technology Entrepreneur
Thinker. Builder. Hacker.

Driven by a passion to bring ideas to market that shape the way people work, interact, think and create. 

About

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.

Marc Fleischmann

Experience

HP Labs.

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.

Transmeta.

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.

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.

RESUME

01. Select Experience.

Datera
05.2013 – Present, Santa Clara, CA
Founder, CEO/President, Product Architect
Market-leader in tier-1 primary software-defined storage, funded by Khosla Ventures, Samsung Ventures, Andy Bechtolsheim and Pradeep Sindhu. Drove product architecture and GTM. Built to 8-figure ACV (400% CAGR) and ~100 FTEs, raised $70M capital. Won Fortune 500 customers, including category leaders in travel, healthcare and consumer goods. Closed OEM partnerships with HPE and Fujitsu.
Datera
Long Run Technologies
10.2009 – Present, Cupertino, CA
Founder, Managing Director
Low-power IP development, brokering and licensing firm, funded by Altitude Partners.
Long Run Technologies
InnoTek
10.2006 – 02.2008, Stuttgart, Germany
Board Member
Virtualization software company, cash-flow funded. Created VirtualBox, one of the premier desktop virtualization platforms. Acquired by Sun Microsystems in 2008.
InnoTek
Open Source Business Alliance
05.2005 – Present, Stuttgart, Germany
Founder
Europe’s largest open-source ecosystem hub. Catalyzed and marketed open source business solutions. 500+ active members, including HPE, IBM, RedHat (now IBM), SAP, T-Systems, 20+ universities, the states of Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria.
Open Source Business Alliance
Microsoft
08.2005 – 09.2006, Mountain View, CA
Group Product Manager
Worldwide product management for Mediaroom (IPTV) BU. Led successful product launches at AT&T, British Telekom, Deutsche Telekom, Rogers, Swisscom, Telefonica, etc.
Microsoft
Pixelworks
01.2002 – 08.2005, San Jose, CA
GM Digital TV BU, SVP Engineering and Product
Public video processor company, funded by Battery Ventures, Sequoia Capital and Focus Ventures. Strategic partnerships with Analog Devices, Dell, Intel, Seiko Epson and Toshiba. Launched and built Digital TV business to $120M revenue, opened an R&D center in Shanghai, and helped growing the company from $60M to $200M revenue; named section 16 executive officer.
Pixelworks
Transmeta
03.1998 – 01.2002 Santa Clara, CA
Senior Director of Software, Corp. Product Manager
Public software-defined x86 microprocessor company, funded by IVP, Deutsche Bank, Soros Fund Management, Vulcan Capital, etc. Strategic partnerships with IBM, AMD, Microsoft, Sony and Toshiba. Invented novel dynamic voltage/frequency scaling technology, pivoted the company to a low-power strategy for the mobile Internet, and executed key design wins at Sony, Fujitsu and NEC that were launched in Q3 2000. Biggest semiconductor IPO of the decade in November 2000.
Transmeta

02. Education.

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Karlsruhe, Germany
M.S., Business+Engineering,
1987 – 1995
Thesis with Hewlett-Packard Laboratories
Palo Alto, California
Languages
German (native)
English (fluent)
French (conversant)

03. Skills.

Leadership
Turning ideas into companies
Creativity
Thinking through first principles​
Persistence
Communication​
Go-To-Market
Mergers & acquisitions
Building high-performance teams​

04. Interests.

Cloud computing
Autonomous distributed systems
System architecture
Machine learning
Startups
Strategic partnerships
Go-To-Market
Mergers & acquisitions
Classic cars

Thoughts

Thought Leadership.

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