Founders and VPs
Gleb Budman is CEO and co-founder of Backblaze. Along with his team, Gleb bootstrapped Backblaze to millions in revenue and profitability. The company won the SIIA CODiE for Best Cloud Storage and secured a spot on Deloitte's Fast 500 fastest growing technology companies as a result of its 917% five-year revenue growth.
Previously, Gleb led the product teams from pre-funding through acquisition at Kendara and MailFrontier, and founded three prior companies. He received his MBA from Berkeley's Haas School, has been a speaker at events including GigaOm Structure, Massive Storage Systems and Technology, and SNIA; profiled by Inc. and Forbes; and holds 5 patents on security.
Brian Wilson, CTO
Co-founding MailFrontier in 2002, Brian Wilson built a technical team that developed technology that
won awards from Network World, Cnet, PC Magazine, and many others and is protecting email in thousands of
enterprises and for millions of users worldwide. Prior to founding MailFrontier, Brian founded and managed a
software consulting firm, Codeblaze. He served as one of the software architects at Kendara, a startup formed in
1999. He also has held technical positions at Apple, SGI, Hewlett-Packard, Tivo and [email protected]
Brian is a
published author, has 24 granted patents, and received a bachelor's degree in engineering-physics from Oregon
State University and a master's in computer science from Stanford University.
Tim Nufire, Chief Cloud Officer
Tim Nufire has been a engineering leader in organizations that range from four to 40,000 employees
during his 15 plus years in Silicon Valley. He was director or vice president of engineering at three successful
startups acquired by SonicWALL, Yahoo! (NASDAQ:YHOO), and Thomson Corporation (NYSE: TRI; TSE:TRI). As vice
president of engineering at Thomson Corporation, he drove process innovations to ensure rapid, high-quality
development. His accomplishments at MailFrontier, SearchFox, and Aplia include building technical teams sizing
from five people to 30; developing a large-scale, highly available web service that processed 2 million
transactions per day; and developing innovative "Web 2.0" technologies. Previously, Tim managed Excite Inbox and
its 6 million users and held senior engineering positions at Apple, Adobe, and others. He graduated with Highest
Distinction from the University of Kansas with a B.S. in mathematics and an emphasis in physics.
Casey Jones, VP of Design
Most recently, Casey Jones was the design lead for SonicWALL's products, where he developed the company's
official product design guide and revamped the user interface for the firewall deployed in over 1 million
businesses worldwide. He led user interface and web design and development at MailFrontier, where both end users
and corporate IT praised the products for their ease of use, and at Kendara through its acquisition by
Starting in design in the early days of the web, Casey developed event sites for companies,
including Sun Microsystems, Cisco Systems, and PeopleSoft.
Billy Ng, Full Stack Architect
Billy is a 'full stack' architect in the literal sense of the term. As co-founder of Backblaze, he designed and built the original software layer that runs the network infrastructure for our datacenters. His responsibilities include implementing various APIs to enable scaling of various core functionalities for our products. He also serves as a mentor for Engineering and Backblaze as a whole.
Damon Uyeda, Architect
Damon's technical vision, passion, and dedication to detail of "all things Mac" allowed Backblaze to be instantly accepted by the highly critical Mac community as a product worthy of their loyalty. Damon is a veteran of three startups and also brings to Backblaze his extensive experience from his senior technical positions at Excite and Oracle.
Frank P. Patchel, CFO
Frank P. Patchel is the chief financial officer of Backblaze. Frank has served as the CFO & COO for both public and private companies in information technology and software as a service (SaaS) in several industries. He has also served as president for two companies that were successfully sold to public companies. His corporate development work includes authoring strategic plans, preparing companies for an IPO and executing over a dozen mergers and acquisitions.
Frank's career started with Ernst & Young where he became a CPA and includes 15 years with ADP with the last half as a divisional CFO & COO.
Frank received a BS in Commerce from the University of Virginia.
Tina Cessna, VP of Engineering
Tina Cessna is the VP of Engineering at Backblaze. Given the company mission to be the world leader in computer backup and cloud storage, Tina works diligently to manage our talented team of engineers and ensure that we deliver the highest quality software across our cloud storage solutions, Mac and Windows client applications, Web and Mobile applications. Tina also works closely with the Product, Design, and Data teams to define our technical product vision. With over 20 years of software development experience in building complex enterprise and consumer applications, Tina possesses a blend of technology experience in areas of PaaS, SaaS, embedded systems and network routing. Before joining Backblaze, Tina led engineering and QA at Salesforce, Cisco, Linksys, and Oracle. When she's not solving engineering problems she enjoys hiking in the wilderness.
Nilay Patel, VP of Sales
Nilay runs Sales for B2. Nilay was part of the founding team at Backblaze and started Business Backup and the partner programs. In early 2011, Nilay left to be co-founder of Selligy. Selligy's products guided inside and field salespeople on how best to interact with their customers. Selligy won multiple awards for its products, including being named Gartner Cool Vendor for CRM in 2014. As CEO, Nilay raised $3M from DFJ Ventures, Salesforce and other investors. Selligy was acquired by Veeva Systems (NYSE: VEEV) in mid-2015. Soon thereafter, Nilay returned to Backblaze. In addition to Selligy, Nilay was the first employee in Europe for both Electric Cloud and MailFrontier. He opened up the territories by selling products to Nokia, Ericsson, Siemens Medical, Bertelsmann and other large enterprises. Nilay has his computer science degree from UC Berkeley.
Ahin Thomas, VP of Marketing
Ahin's career is focused on building great Commerce experiences and developing talent. Previously, he headed up marketing for Symphony Commerce (a leader in the Commerce-as-a-Service space). Before that, Ahin was the co-founder / CEO of VIntners' Alliance. He led the company through its Series A and introduced the industry's first data co-op, pioneered the introduction of programmatic display for alcohol in the US, and co-authored California's current regulatory regime governing alcohol transactions. He also got to drink a lot of great wine. Ahin holds his MBA from Wharton, AB from Georgetown University (Government, with honors). A Bay Area native, Ahin is also an experienced musician and songwriter.
Jeannine Smith, Head of Business Analytics
Jeannine Smith provides business insight from internal Backblaze data. Before joining Backblaze, she was an operating technical advisor for many startups, including Deliv and Skybox. Jeannine was an early employee at Shutterfly and led technical teams through Shutterfly's IPO in 2006, in her role as Chief Engineering Officer and SVP of Operations. Previously, she held multiple positions at Silicon Graphics, including Principal Engineer. Jeannine graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.
Brian Beach, Distinguished Engineer
Brian Beach has wide-ranging technical experience, from fundamental academic research on programming methodology and distributed computing at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories to ground-breaking consumer devices at TiVo. At Backblaze, Brian designed the vault storage system and now leads the engineering team. He earned both an undergraduate degree and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Cruz.
Tom MacMitchell, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer
Tom brings extensive experience as General Counsel, including heading the legal department for both public and private companies. Most recently, Tom led legal matters at Quantenna Communications, a high performance Wi-Fi solutions provider. At Quantenna, Tom also helped lead the company's initial public offering, and subsequently its sale to a Fortune 500 company several years later. Prior to Quantenna, Tom was at Intematix Corporation and Brocade Communications. Tom began his legal career at a prominent law firm in Silicon Valley. Tom received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University and a Juris Doctorate in law from the University of California at Davis.