Will Freiberg

CEO

Will Freiberg is a technology executive and entrepreneurial leader with significant cross-functional expertise across sales, product, business development, customer success and strategic initiatives. 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 the company helped define the cloud native container industry.

Previously, Will was Founder and CEO of eCommerce startup Tipping Basket, and worked in the Venture Capital and Technology Practice of Gunderson Dettmer, the M&A Group at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, and started his career as an analyst at Bank of New York Mellon. He is a CEO mentor and an early-stage investor in a variety of new technology spaces, including an advisor to Iterative.ai and a Board Member at Trilio. Will holds a BS from the University of Pittsburgh and a JD from Columbia Law School.

Patrick Ball

CRO

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 as Chief Revenue Officer at Privitar, he led all Global GTM Revenue teams which included: Field Sales, Pre-Sales, Customer Success, SDR, Demand Generation, Partners, Sales Enablement and Value Realization (80+ headcount).  

While at NextLabs, he ran all revenue functions and launched global partnerships with SAP, Siemens, Microsoft and the leading Big 5 SIs. Prior to NextLabs, he helped Cloudera grow from $10M ARR to $250M where he led sales for the Western Region. He scaled the sales organization by 5x during his four years and was a key driver in helping grow company bookings 100% year over year. 

Before Cloudera, Patrick led all GTM efforts and launched a new software product line at Moxie Software. Prior to that he held sales leadership positions at BMC Software and BladeLogic. Patrick holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.

Chandrika Arya

SVP, Customer Success & Professional Services

Chandrika Arya is the Senior VP of Customer Success at Crux and is responsible for customer experience strategy and voice of customer 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, 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 also held various customer-facing roles at Nextlabs, CallidusCloud, PGE, and Kaiser Permanente.

Dan Lynn

SVP, Product

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 Preciseley, 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 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.

Mark Etherington

CTO

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. Joining Goldman Sachs in the mid 2000’s, Mark led their infrastructure group in EMEA prior to leading 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 market, Mark joined Thomson Reuters through acquisition in 2017. Prior to joining Crux, he was 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.

Michael Rude

COO

Michael Rude is the Chief Operating Officer at Crux, focused on Crux's global operations functions and client facing teams to better serve our diversifying client base and strategic cloud partners.

Michael was previously the Head of Buy-Side Trading Solutions at Refinitiv, where he was the proposition owner for the REDI trading platform, the Alphadesk portfolio and order management system, and Autex Trade Route. He held Chief Operating and Revenue Officer responsibilities at REDI Global Technologies from when REDI was spun out from Goldman Sachs in July 2013 and until it was acquired by Refinitiv (Thomson Reuters) in January 2017.

At Goldman Sachs, Michael held various senior leadership positions in electronic trading in New York, Tokyo and Hong Kong prior to the REDI spinout. Michael attained an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business and an undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota.

Stephen Jahn

CFO

Hands-on and strategic leader with a passion for corporate finance at early- and mid-stage companies. 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). 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.

Company

Accelerating the Flow of Data

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.

For years, companies have been frustrated by the challenges of working with data at scale, plagued by the amount of data engineering and wrangling required to get datasets ready for use. Crux was founded in 2017 with the mission to accelerate the flow of data from suppliers to consumers of data by removing those obstacles and helping companies reach their summit.

Our team brings together technology experts, industry veterans, and entrepreneurial builders connected by our common goal to build technology solutions that simplify major data bottlenecks.

What we have achieved since 2017

900m+

Data files under management

145+

Data supplier partners

70+

Employees

116m+

In funding

Our team DNA at a glance

Our Leadership Team

Our Board

Will Freiberg

CEO, Crux Informatics

Philip Brittan

Founder, Crux Informatics

Darren Cohen

Partner, Goldman Sachs Principal
Strategic Investments

Bob Diamond

Former CEO, Barclays

Robert Hengartner

Managing Partner, Woodbridge
Investments

Larry Leibowitz

Crux Advisor and Former COO, NYSE Euronext

Jeff Wecker

CTO, Two Sigma

Brad Olson

CFO, Two Sigma

Our Investors

The Family Office of J. Tomilson Hill

Our Story

H1 2020

Ramping-up Commercial Engagements

  • • Surpassed 5,000 datasets in production
  • • Launched Supplier Deliver Offering
  • • Built integrations to Microsoft Azure and Snowflake Data Exchange
  • • Announced key supplier and partnership deals with AWS, Euronext, and MSCI
  • • Launched Crux Discover, powerful dataset search application
  • • Hosted our first Data & Sustainability Summit
H2 2019

Accelerate the Product & Team

  • • Innovate ‘mass onboarding’ process and technology
  • • Surpass 1,000 datasets in Production
  • • James Salitan joins as Chief Legal Officer
  • • AWS S3 and Snowflake added as Crux Data delivery mechanisms
  • • Crux is featured partner for AWS Data Exchange launch
  • • Michael Rude joins as Head of Go-To-Market
  • • Surpass 65 signed Data Supplier partnerships
H1 2019

Wiring up Data

  • • Tom Hill joins Crux Board of Directors
  • • Deliver production-ready version of the platform and begin onboarding datasets for clients
  • • 24x7 Data operations & support launched
  • • Surpass 100 Datasets in production
  • • Surpass 30 signed data supplier partnerships
  • • Mark Etherington joins as CTO
  • • Announce Crux/Google Cloud Platform partnership
H2 2018

Grow Market Awareness

  • • $20m Series B round closes led by Two Sigma.
  • • Marie Sonde joins as CFO
  • • Restructure Crux platform to support
file-based storage
H1 2018

Build the Product & Team

  • • $11M Series A-1 round closes with Citi
  • • Introduce brand and vision at numerous conferences and channels
  • • Begin to forge partnerships with Data Suppliers
H2 2017

Laying the Foundation

  • • Crux Informatics, Inc. officially founded
  • • $10M Series A round led by Goldman Sachs
  • • Start hiring up team
H1 2017

Market Research, Business Plan, Prototype

H1 2020

Ramping-up Commercial Engagements

  • • Surpassed 5,000 datasets in production
  • • Launched Supplier Deliver Offering
  • • Built integrations to Microsoft Azure and Snowflake Data Exchange
  • • Announced key supplier and partnership deals with AWS, Euronext, and MSCI
  • • Launched Crux Discover, powerful dataset search application
  • • Hosted our first Data & Sustainability Summit
H1 2019

Wiring up Data

  • • Tom Hill joins Crux Board of Directors
  • • Deliver production-ready version of the platform and begin onboarding datasets for clients
  • • 24x7 Data operations & support launched
  • • Surpass 100 Datasets in production
  • • Surpass 30 signed data supplier partnerships
  • • Mark Etherington joins as CTO
  • • Announce Crux/Google Cloud Platform partnership
H1 2018

Build the Product & Team

  • • $11M Series A-1 round closes with Citi
  • • Introduce brand and vision at numerous conferences and channels
  • • Begin to forge partnerships with Data Suppliers
H1 2017

Market Research, Business Plan, Prototype

H2 2019

Accelerate the Product & Team

  • • Innovate ‘mass onboarding’ process and technology
  • • Surpass 1,000 datasets in Production
  • • James Salitan joins as Chief Legal Officer
  • • AWS S3 and Snowflake added as Crux Data delivery mechanisms
  • • Crux is featured partner for AWS Data Exchange launch
  • • Michael Rude joins as Head of Go-To-Market
  • • Surpass 65 signed Data Supplier partnerships
H2 2018

Grow Market Awareness

  • • $20m Series B round closes led by Two Sigma.
  • • Marie Sonde joins as CFO
  • • Restructure Crux platform to support 
file-based storage
H2 2017

Laying the Foundation

  • • Crux Informatics, Inc. officially founded
  • • $10M Series A round led by Goldman Sachs
  • • Start hiring up team

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