Press Release

Couchbase Introduces Board of Advisors

Provider of most comprehensive family of NoSQL data management solutions assembles industry experts from Cloudera, Facebook, Google, Zynga and others

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA (March 14, 2011)Couchbase, the NoSQL database company created by the merger of CouchOne and Membase, today introduced a board of advisors stacked with industry executives, Internet pioneers and database technology luminaries that will play a significant role in shaping the company’s strategy and technical direction.

Members of Couchbase’s advisory board include:

  • Frank Artale, has spent three decades building, investing in and advising software companies. Currently a general partner at Ignition Partners, Frank previously held senior executive roles at Citrix, XenSource, VERITAS Software, Consera Software (where he was founder and CEO) and Microsoft where he spent nine years in roles including GM of the Windows 2000 group.
  • Josh Berkus is primarily known as one of the core team members of the open source database project PostgreSQL and has also worked with many other relational and non-relational database systems. He is CEO of PostgreSQL Experts and heavily involved in many open source communities, including CouchDB – primarily because of his interest in government open data.
  • Roy Fielding is a pioneer of the World Wide Web, open source, and software architecture. He wrote the standards for HTTP and URI, defined a bit of HTML, and was among the first elected members of the W3C Technical Architecture Group. Roy is also a founder of the Apache HTTP Server Project, incorporator and first chairman of the Apache Software Foundation, and a current member of the ASF board of directors.
  • Richard Hipp is the architect and primary author of SQLite, an in-process library that implements a self-contained, serverless, zero-configuration, transactional SQL database engine. SQLite is believed to be the most widely deployed SQL database, embedded in software systems including Mozilla Firefox, Apple iOS and MacOS, Skype, PHP, Symbian, Solaris 10, McAfee anti-virus software, and countless others.
  • Robert Johnson is director of infrastructure software engineering at Facebook, where he leads software development efforts to cost-effectively scale Facebook’s infrastructure and optimize performance for its over 500 million active users. During his time with the company, the number of users has expanded more than seventy-fold and Facebook now handles billions of page views a day.
  • Alan Kasindorf runs, having played a major role in the project since 2007. He has helped build numerous large websites with open source software. He is also advocate and contributor for MogileFS, Perlbal, Gearman, and others.
  • Cadir Lee, Chief Technology Officer, Zynga, oversees the development and innovation of Zynga’s technology platform and large-scale infrastructures. Cadir played a pivotal role in Zynga’s founding sponsorship of the Membase open source project.
  • Michael Lopp is a veteran Silicon Valley engineering manager and a well-known blogger and author. Michael writes at the popular weblog, Rands in Repose, which has led to the publication of two books: Managing Humans and Being Geek.
  • Matt Ocko has over 25 years of experience as a technology entrepreneur, operating executive, and venture capitalist, during which he has actively helped create over $10 billion in fully realized shareholder value. His current and prior investments include Zynga, Facebook, XenSource, Fortinet and Verisign. He is currently a partner at Sevin Rosen.
  • Michael Olson is CEO of Cloudera, the company delivering an enterprise-grade data management platform built on Apache Hadoop. He was formerly CEO of Sleepycat Software, makers of Berkeley DB, the open source embedded database engine and has played key business roles at database vendors Oracle, Britton Lee, Illustra Information Technologies and Informix Software.
  • In Sik Rhee is an entrepreneur, advisor, and investor across a broad spectrum of technology-enabled markets. In Sik co-founded two successful venture-backed companies: Opsware, acquired Hewlett Packard for US$1.6 billion in 2007; and Kiva Software Corporation, acquired by Netscape Communications in 1997 for $180 million. He is a general partner with Rembrandt Venture Partners.
  • Steve Souders, leads web performance and open source initiatives for Google. He has authored two books: High Performance Web Sites and Even Faster Web Sites. Steve is the creator of YSlow, the performance analysis extension to Firebug with over two million downloads. He also created Cuzillion, SpriteMe, and Browserscope.
  • Chris Wensel, CTO/Founder, Concurrent, Inc. is the author of the Cascading data processing open-source project. He also co-founded Scale Unlimited, the first Hadoop and “Big Data” related professional services and training company.

Supporting Quotes

“The recent merger of CouchOne and Membase brought together not just a dream team of engineers, but also a veritable ‘who’s who’ of industry leaders on our Couchbase advisory board. We are honored to have these distinguished individuals on our extended team, helping us accelerate our ability to deliver on the power and promise of NoSQL database solutions. Ultimately, our customers and users will benefit from the concentration of data management expertise and industry experience we gain through our Couchbase advisors.”
– Bob Wiederhold, Couchbase CEO

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At Couchbase, we believe data is at the heart of the enterprise. We empower developers and architects to build, deploy, and run their most mission-critical applications. Couchbase delivers a high-performance, flexible, and scalable modern database that runs across the data center and any cloud. Many of the world’s largest enterprises rely on Couchbase to power the core applications their businesses depend on. For more information, visit

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