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Management

Talip Ozturk

Founder & CEO

Talip Ozturk is the founder of Hazelcast. He is a pioneering startup founder having created the first Silicon Valley startup from Turkey. He has been working with enterprise Java since 1999. He worked as a consultant at MIC (Virginia), developer at a start-up company, Syncline (Boston) and sales architect at Itochu Technologies (New York). In 2003, he got fascinated by Jini and developed an implementation of JavaSpaces. In 2008, his passion for distributed programming led him to develop Hazelcast. Before Hazelcast, Talip was the director of technology at Zaman Media Group (Istanbul). In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer.

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Greg Luck

CTO

Greg has worked with Java for 15 years. He is spec lead of the recently completed JSR107:JCache and the founder of Ehcache. He is a JCP Executive Committee alumni. Prior to Hazelcast, Greg was CTO at Terracotta, Inc which was acquired by Software AG. He was also Chief Architect at Australian travel startup Wotif.com which went to IPO. Earlier roles include consultant at ThoughtWorks and KPMG, and CIO at Virgin Blue, Tempo Services, Stamford Hotels and Resorts, and Australian Resorts. Greg has a Master’s degree in Information Technology from QUT and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Queensland.

Fuad Malikov

Founder

Prior to joining Hazelcast, Fuad worked on J2EE projects as a technology consultant in financial and telecom industries. He was an IT architect at IBM, developing J2EE based core-banking system for one of the biggest banking transformation projects in Europe. Prior to IBM, Fuad worked on various telecom companies developing J2EE and Oracle PL/SQL applications. He has attended several Mathematics Olympiad Competitions. He won three gold medals at national Maths Olympiads and a bronze medal at 42nd International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO), USA. Fuad holds a BS degree in Computer Engineering from Bogazici University, Istanbul.

Paul Salazar

VP Sales and Operations

Paul Salazar is Vice President of Sales and Operations at Hazelcast. Paul has worked in high tech for over 25 years, as an engineer, product manager, marketing and sales executive, and general manager. He has worked at several open source software companies including Red Hat, Cygnus Solutions and OTRS, and in executive roles at Greenplum (now EMC) and Skytree. Paul attended Stanford University and has Bachelors and Masters degrees in Electrical Engineering, and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is an avid amateur astronomer.

Miko Matsumura

VP Marketing

Miko Matsumura is a 20 year veteran of Silicon Valley and one of Hazelcast’s experienced startup leaders. Most recently he served as SVP of Platform Marketing and Developer Relations at Kii Corporation. He served as a CTO for Software AG and a VP at webMethods, which acquired his startup company INFRAVO for $38M. He got his start in Silicon Valley working as the original Chief Java Evangelist for Sun Microsystems during the first dot com wave. He is a Limited Partner at Focus Ventures, which manages over a half a billion dollars. He holds an MBA from SFSU as well a Master’s degree in Neuroscience from Yale University.