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A dedicated team of serial entrepreneurs who have built and sold companies worth over $200 million, Backblaze members have a passion for developing powerful yet easy-to-use technologies that customers love.



Gleb Budman CEO
Gleb Budman, CEO
As Senior Director of Product Management at SonicWALL (NASDAQ: SNWL), Gleb Budman led the integration of the MailFrontier acquisition, establishing the Email Security division and driving world-wide rollout of its products, doubling its size in just over one year.  As Vice President of Products at MailFrontier, he led the organization’s product strategy, management, and marketing, along with business development and the initial build-out of the company’s support team, from pre-launch through acquisition four years later by SonicWALL.  Previously, he led product teams for Excite@Home’s 30 million portal visitors and four million broadband ISP subscribers and directed product management and marketing for collaboration and search startup Kendara through its acquisition by Excite@Home. Starting his career at General Electric, Budman holds a B.S. in engineering and an M.B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley.


Brian Wilson CTO
Brian Wilson, CTO
Co-founding MailFrontier in 2002, Brian Wilson built a powerhouse technical team who developed technology that won awards from Network World, Cnet, PC Magazine, and many others; has two granted and 15 pending patents; and is protecting email in thousands of enterprises and for millions of users worldwide. Prior to founding MailFrontier, he founded and managed a software consulting firm, Codeblaze. Previously, Wilson served as chief architect at Kendara, responsible for the company's technology development. He also has held senior technical positions at Apple, SGI, Hewlett-Packard, Tivo and Excite@Home. Wilson is a published author and has received a bachelor's degree in engineering-physics from Oregon State University and a master's degree in computer science from Stanford University.


Tim Nufire VP
Tim Nufire, VP of Engineering
Tim Nufire has been a dynamic 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, Nufire 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
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 Excite@Home. Starting in design in the early days of the web, Jones developed event sites for companies, including Sun Microsystems, Cisco Systems, and PeopleSoft.