15-Year TiVo Veteran Joins Backblaze
Brian Beach—former VP of R&D, Technology and Principal Engineer at TiVo—joins Backblaze to continue innovation of its unique Storage Pods and advance additional cloud storage initiatives
San Mateo, California – October 29, 2012 –Backblaze (www.backblaze.com), a leading online backup provider, today announced it has added TiVo (NASDAQ: TiVo) veteran Brian Beach to its team as distinguished engineer. At TiVo, Beach was hired in the prestigious role of principal engineer, a title given to fewer than five percent of engineers at the company, and later served as vice president of research and development. He spent nearly 15 years at TiVo, architecting the product when the company had just 15 employees and was not yet commercially available and leading teams in ongoing innovation. At Backblaze, which recently celebrated the five-year anniversary of its 1.0 offering, Beach will work directly with the company’s five founding executives and accomplished engineering team.
“Brian has been a technical innovator and product leader throughout his career,” says Gleb Budman, CEO of Backblaze. “I’m excited to have this powerhouse talent join our team to further advance the Backblaze cloud platform as we scale to hundreds of petabytes and exabytes.”
“I’ve known the founding team of Backblaze for many years and have always admired their approach to the business. They bootstrapped a very resource-intensive business from nothing, carefully growing it into a viable business, ensuring that they were not required to answer to short-term profitability at the cost of long-term planning,” says Beach. “Backblaze has gone to great lengths to maintain the integrity of their service as they’ve scaled, and I have tremendous respect for the technology they developed, so much so that I was their first paying customer and remain one today. I look forward to being part of the team that will shape the strategy around this invaluable service.”
Having been a critical part of the team that scaled the TiVo set-top box and service from non-existence to a public company with millions of customers and hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue, Beach will be an asset as Backblaze scales to support its growing customer base. He and the engineering team will work to increase automation while decreasing storage costs so Backblaze can continue to uphold its promise to provide unlimited backup for just five dollars a month to all its customers.
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Founded by a team of serial entrepreneurs with security, scalability and usability backgrounds, Backblaze's mission is to ensure that all computer data is backed up. Backblaze was chosen as the Best Online Backup Service of 2012 by OnlineBackupReviews.org, picked as a 2013 SIIA CODiE Awards winner, and selected as one of the AlwaysOn Global Top 250 private companies. Backblaze automatically, continuously, and safely backs up all data on a PC or Mac for just $5 per month, $50 per year, or $95 for two years. Visit https://www.backblaze.com for more information or to backup your own computer.