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


Data files under management


Data supplier partners




In funding

Our team DNA at a glance

Our Leadership Team

Will Freiberg

Will Freiberg


Mark Etherington

Mark Etherington


Michael Rude

Michael Rude


Patrick Ball

Patrick Ball



Chandrika Arya

SVP Customer Experience

Stephen Jahn

Stephen Jahn


Dan Lynn

Dan Lynn

SVP Product

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

Larry Leibowitz

Crux Advisor and Former COO, NYSE Euronext

Jeff Wecker

CTO, Two Sigma

Brad Olson

CFO, Two Sigma

Our Investors

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