Charting the next frontier in external data integration
In mountaineering, the “crux” refers to the most challenging stage in the ascension to the peak. Overcoming the crux is essential to reaching the summit.
We believe that data-driven companies have the power to change the world; external data integration shouldn’t be the obstacle. As external data grows in volume and importance to a companies’ data driven strategies, so too have grown the frustrations associated with working with data at scale.
Crux was founded in 2017 with the sole mission to accelerate data integrations from external sources by removing the data engineering, operations, and wrangling obstacles. Our team brings together data experts, industry veterans, and entrepreneurial builders with a common goal to build technology solutions that eliminate data bottlenecks.
Will Freiberg is CEO at Crux, the leading external data integration platform. He is a technology executive, entrepreneur and investor in enterprise applications, data infrastructure, and AI/ML spaces. Most recently, he was Co-CEO at D2iQ (formerly Mesosphere), a platform that simplifies and automates the difficult tasks needed for enterprise Kubernetes in production at scale. During his six-year tenure at D2iQ, he held various leadership positions and led the company through hypergrowth as it helped define the cloud-native container industry.
Will started his career as an analyst at the Bank of New York Mellon. He was also Founder and CEO of eCommerce startup Tipping Basket, and worked in the Venture Capital and Technology Practice of Gunderson Dettmer, as well as the M&A Group at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. Will is currently a CEO mentor and an early-stage investor in a variety of new technology spaces, acting as an advisor to Iterative.ai and a Board Member at Trilio. He is also an investor in Pinecone.io, Mosiac ML and Big Eye. He holds a BS from the University of Pittsburgh and a JD from Columbia Law School.
Mark is the Chief Technology Officer of Crux Informatics, overseeing Platform Engineering, Data Engineering, Operations, and Information Technology initiatives.
Mark started his career at Logica, a UK software house, and later worked at J.P. Morgan, where he built major systems across the firm as well as headed their distributed computing group globally.
After joining Goldman Sachs in the mid-2000s, Mark led both their infrastructure group in EMEA and the Application Systems Infrastructure group that established virtualization within the firm and led to the development of the Goldman private cloud. Leaving the firm in 2015 to help bring a trading spin-off to the market, Mark joined Thomson Reuters through acquisition in 2017. Prior to joining Crux, he was also the Global Head of Trading Technology at Refinitiv.
Mark lives in New York with his wife Louise, has three children, and loves travel and skiing. Fun fact: he played a US Senator in a zombie TV episode and is happy to report that he died well.
Patrick brings 23 years of experience in enterprise software sales and marketing. He has led multiple sales global sales organizations and been a part of three successful IPOs.
Most recently, he was Chief Revenue Officer at Privitar, where he led all Global GTM Revenue teams, including Field Sales, Pre-Sales, Customer Success, SDR, Demand Generation, Partners, Sales Enablement, and Value Realization (80+ headcount).
Earlier in his career, Patrick held sales leadership positions at BMC Software and BladeLogic, led all GTM efforts and launched a new software product line at Moxie Software, and led sales for the Western Region at Cloudera.
Patrick helped Cloudera grow from $10M ARR to $250M, scaled the sales organization by 5x during his four years, and was a key driver in helping grow company bookings 100% year over year. He also worked at NextLabs, where he ran all revenue functions and launched global partnerships with SAP, Siemens, Microsoft, and the leading Big 5 SIs.
Patrick holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.
A hands-on and strategic leader with a passion for corporate finance at early- and mid-stage companies, Stephen Jahn has experience working with the Board and investors in both public and private markets, including fundraising from top tier venture capital firms and growth funds (1 IPO and several private rounds). He is focused on providing the data and analysis to enable informed decisions, balancing financial requirements and risk mitigation with growth-oriented strategic investments, and thinking cross-functionally to evaluate and resolve critical business challenges.
Chandrika Arya is the Senior VP of Customer Experience at Crux and is responsible for customer experience strategy and voice of customer (VoC) programs. She and her team focus on identifying customer needs and finding effective solutions, including defining and aligning customer journeys from onboarding to enablement and value realization.
Prior to Crux, Chandrika served as Chief Customer Officer at SchoolMint, where she was responsible for professional and technical services, customer success, and technical support. She has extensive experience designing and delivering SaaS software implementations across several domains, including edtech, healthcare, security, and sales operations. Chandrika has also held various customer-facing roles at Nextlabs, CallidusCloud, PGE, and Kaiser Permanente.
Dan is a serial startup founder and a Techstars graduate, bringing two decades of experience building data-centric software businesses. Dan joined Crux from Precisely, where he led product strategy and user experience for a complex portfolio of products in the data integration, data quality, data governance, and master data management markets.
Prior to Precisely, Dan led product and engineering at Hitachi Vantara, launching several new products in the industrial Internet-of-Things and cloud-native verticals. Previously, Dan was also CEO at AgilData, a high-performance structured streaming data management company, and founding CTO at FullContact, an enterprise identity resolution platform.
On the side, Dan invests in and advises early-stage companies on product and technology issues.