About

Nebula is dedicated to enabling all businesses to easily, securely, and inexpensively deploy large private cloud computing infrastructures. The company has developed a hardware appliance that allows any business to easily build a massive private computing cloud from hundreds or thousands of inexpensive computers.

Nebula's goal is to ignite a new era of global innovation by making big data and large scale computing accessible to every business in the world. We believe that the proliferation of data will fuel an "information revolution" across all industries, and will be enabled by democratizing web-scale cloud technology.

Nebula is privately held and venture-funded by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Highland Capital Partners. Other investors include Google's first investors, Andy Bechtolsheim, David Cheriton, and Ram Shriram. Read more about the founding of Nebula.

Join our rapidly growing team of the world's best and brightest. For information on job opportunities at Nebula, visit our careers page.

Nebula will disrupt and democratize cloud computing.

John Doerr

I see Nebula as the company that will bring OpenStack to the private enterprise cloud.

Andy Bechtolsheim

Management Team

Gordon Stitt Chief Executive Officer and Chairman

Gordon Stitt has extensive experience as a private/public company CEO, as a leader of marketing organizations and in product development. He co-founded two publicly traded networking companies. Prior to joining Nebula he served as President & CEO of Extreme Networks for 10 years. After he retired as CEO, he served as chairman of the board of Extreme for 5 years. Previously, he co-founded Network Peripherals where he served as Vice President, Marketing.

Gordon holds a BS in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science from Santa Clara University and an MBA from the Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley.

He currently serves on the board of directors of Barracuda Networks, and previously served on the boards of SkyFire Labs and RGB Networks. He is currently chair of the industry advisory board for Computer Engineering at Santa Clara University.

Chris C. Kemp Founder and Chief Strategy Officer

Chris C. Kemp is an entrepreneurial executive with a passion for igniting innovation in high-tech organizations. He is the Chief Strategy Officer of Nebula, Inc., a company Chris founded after serving for five years in various roles at NASA. Chris also co-founded the OpenStack project.

As the Chief Technology Officer for IT at NASA, Chris was responsible for pioneering work in cloud computing, open source, and open government. Chris served on the Cloud Computing Executive Steering Committee, and chaired the Cloud Standards Working Group. Previously, he served as the CIO of NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley where he forged partnerships with Google and Microsoft and helped create Google Moon, Google Mars, and Microsoft World Wide Telescope. He was responsible for NASA’s Nebula Cloud Computing Project and co-founded the OpenStack project. Prior to joining NASA, Chris helped create the third largest online community Classmates.com, was the founding CEO of the leading webbased vacation rental platform Escapia (AWAY), and, as the founding CEO of Netran, developed the first online grocery shopping platform for Kroger, the world’s largest grocery store chain.

Devin Carlen Founder and Chief Architect

Devin is a software architect with a love for early stage start-up companies. He combines over 15 years of industry experience in a wide variety of software platforms and technologies with a zeal for building and growing businesses.

He was one of the founding engineers of OpenStack while working on the NASA Nebula project, and was the lead for the Dashboard Project, the front end of OpenStack. He is now a board member for the OpenStack Foundation. Following NASA, he joined Anso Labs as CTO and influenced mainstream adoption of OpenStack. When Rackspace acquired Anso Labs, he became a key member of the company's Cloud Builders team. Devin was also co-founder and chief architect of Escapia, a web-based application for the vacation rental industry providing management capabilities, including accounting, marketing and CRM.

Vish Ishaya Chief Technology Officer

Vish Ishaya was previously Nebula’s Director of Open Source and prior to that was a Principal Engineer with Rackspace Cloud Builders. He was also a Senior Systems Engineer with Anso Labs and NASA Nebula Technical Lead during the creation of Nova, one of the founding OpenStack projects.

He is a highly prolific developer who was one of the founding engineers and a top contributor to OpenStack. During the November 2010 OpenStack conference, he won an OpenStack award for his development and community efforts, and was also elected to the first OpenStack Technical Committee, where he has served consistently since.

Vish was elected to four consecutive terms as the OpenStack Compute Project Technical Lead and is currently on the board of OpenStack Foundation. In addition to his programming and systems skills, Vish has spent over a decade teaching, most recently classes in object oriented analysis and design.

Herb Schneider Sr. VP, Engineering

Herb Schneider brings more than 25 years of experience in systems hardware and software engineering with leadership in enterprise flash storage and enterprise networking. Prior to joining Nebula, he was co-founder of GridIron Systems (acquired by Violin Memory) and Extreme Networks(IPO 1997).

At Extreme Networks, Herb has a successful track record of engineering products that generated over $2 billion in revenue and was responsible for the shipment of 20 million Ethernet ports. He engineered the development of next-generation technology including five generations of custom networking ASICs, two generations of network operating systems, and three generations of fixed and modular hardware platforms. At GridIron Systems, Herb built a team that successfully delivered high performance Turbocharger Flash Data acceleration for Enterprise Storage Systems. The systems were based on specialized software and FPGA based hardware acceleration that delivered unprecedented performance.

Herb holds several patents in data networking and security, and holds a BSEE from University of California at Davis.

Tina Nolte VP, Product Management

Tina Nolte is responsible for Nebula's product definition and strategy. Prior to joining Nebula, she led the product management team at Cisco for the management software that powered Cisco's converged datacenter infrastructure offering.

Tina began her career as an associate at management consultancy McKinsey & Co. and holds a Ph.D. in distributed computing from MIT.

Kim Broadbeck VP, Human Resources

Kim brings 15 years of progressive human resource management experience from both large company and startup environments. As Vice President of HR, she oversees talent management, culture, compensation and benefits, training and development, employee relations, and HR strategy.

Prior to joining Nebula, Kim was Vice President of HR at SaaS marketing automation company Marketo, where she was a key member of the team that brought the company through a successful IPO. Earlier in her career, she held HR leadership roles for systems & security software company BigFix, (acquired by IBM), as well as wireless intelligence firm Telephia (acquired by Nielsen). Kim is a Certified Human Resources Professional (PHR), and a California Professional in Human Resources (CA PHR) Exam Question Writer for the HR Certification Institute. She holds a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an MBA from San Jose State University.

Board of Directors

Gordon Stitt Chief Executive Officer and Chairman

Gordon Stitt has extensive experience as a private/public company CEO, as a leader of marketing organizations and in product development. He co-founded two publicly traded networking companies. Prior to joining Nebula he served as President & CEO of Extreme Networks for 10 years. After he retired as CEO, he served as chairman of the board of Extreme for 5 years. Previously, he co-founded Network Peripherals where he served as Vice President, Marketing.

Gordon holds a BS in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science from Santa Clara University and an MBA from the Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley.

He currently serves on the board of directors of Barracuda Networks, and previously served on the boards of SkyFire Labs and RGB Networks. He is currently chair of the industry advisory board for Computer Engineering at Santa Clara University.

Chris C. Kemp Founder and Chief Strategy Officer

Chris C. Kemp is an entrepreneurial executive with a passion for igniting innovation in high-tech organizations. He is the Chief Strategy Officer of Nebula, Inc., a company Chris founded after serving for five years in various roles at NASA. Chris also co-founded the OpenStack project.

As the Chief Technology Officer for IT at NASA, Chris was responsible for pioneering work in cloud computing, open source, and open government. Chris served on the Cloud Computing Executive Steering Committee, and chaired the Cloud Standards Working Group. Previously, he served as the CIO of NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley where he forged partnerships with Google and Microsoft and helped create Google Moon, Google Mars, and Microsoft World Wide Telescope. He was responsible for NASA’s Nebula Cloud Computing Project and co-founded the OpenStack project. Prior to joining NASA, Chris helped create the third largest online community Classmates.com, was the founding CEO of the leading webbased vacation rental platform Escapia (AWAY), and, as the founding CEO of Netran, developed the first online grocery shopping platform for Kroger, the world’s largest grocery store chain.

Devin Carlen Founder and Chief Architect

Devin is a software architect with a love for early stage start-up companies. He combines over 15 years of industry experience in a wide variety of software platforms and technologies with a zeal for building and growing businesses.

He was one of the founding engineers of OpenStack while working on the NASA Nebula project, and was the lead for the Dashboard Project, the front end of OpenStack. He is now a board member for the OpenStack Foundation. Following NASA, he joined Anso Labs as CTO and influenced mainstream adoption of OpenStack. When Rackspace acquired Anso Labs, he became a key member of the company's Cloud Builders team. Devin was also co-founder and chief architect of Escapia, a web-based application for the vacation rental industry providing management capabilities, including accounting, marketing and CRM.

Peter Bell

Peter fell in love with startups after spending 10 years as an early employee at EMC, where he experienced firsthand how the right product, business model and innovation can kill a market incumbent. Ever since, he’s been solely working as or with entrepreneurs – he lives for the ambiguity of writing vs. executing a business playbook, and his role as a venture capitalist allows him to work alongside the brightest minds in technology.

Peter focuses on companies in the information security, e-commerce, cloud infrastructure, mobile, enterprise software and communications industries. In his role as a sounding board to entrepreneurs, Peter helps prioritize growth objectives, build teams and create product-market fit. He likes to focus on go-to-market strategies that ensure category leadership.

Mark Leslie

Mark Leslie is currently the managing director of Leslie Ventures, a private investment company.  He is also a Lecturer in Management at Stanford Graduate School of Business where he teaches courses in Entrepreneurship, Ethics and Sales Organization.

Mark Leslie was the founding Chairman and CEO of Veritas Software.  During his tenure as CEO the company went from 12 employees to 6,000 employees deployed globally, and from a revenue base of $95,000 per year to $1,500,000,000 per year.  In 2000 Veritas was the tenth largest independent software company by revenue, third largest by market capitalization, and achieved the distinction of becoming a Fortune 1000 company. 

From 1980 until 1990 he served as president and chief executive officer of two Silicon Valley high- tech startup companies.   Prior experience included sales management, sales executive, systems engineer, and software engineer.  Mark Leslie designed and developed the first software hypervisor while employed at IBM in 1969.

Mark currently serves on the boards of a number of privately held high-technology corporations, including Big Switch, Liquid Robotics, Model N, Nebula, Software, Nutanix, PernixData, PureStorage, Skybox Imaging and Sugar CRM. 

In addition he serves on the NYU Board of Trustees, the Board of Overseers for the NYU Faculty of Arts and Sciences, as Chairman of the NYU Science Advisory Board, and as a member of the Executive Board of the NYU Innovation Fund.

Mark received a Bachelor of Arts degree in physics and mathematics from New York University in 1966 and completed Harvard Business School's program for management development in 1980.

Ted Schlein

Ted Schlein is a general partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. He joined the firm in 1996 with a focus on early-stage technology companies in the enterprise software and infrastructure markets, including ventures within the networking and consumer security arenas.

Before joining KPCB, Ted served as vice president, Enterprise Solutions at Symantec. One of Symantec’s early employees, he played an instrumental role in the company’s growth and dominance as a global software leader. Ted led Symantec’s successful move into the software utilities market, as well as the launch of its commercial antivirus solution, an offering that quickly emerged as the industry gold standard.

Ted is the former chairman of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), a national alliance advocating the role of venture investing in job creation, technology innovation and economic development. He is also the former president of theWestern Association of Venture Capitalists and the founder of DoD sponsored DeVinci program. He currently serves on the board of overseers of the Engineering School at the University of Pennsylvania and sits on the Board of Trustees at InQTel.

Louis Toth

Louis oversees the investing activities at Comcast Ventures and is responsible for evaluating investment opportunities, coordinating due diligence efforts and assisting in the negotiation and structuring of financial terms for new portfolio investments. He focuses on technologies related to video and communications services, enterprise technologies and services, and cloud/data center storage solutions.

Previously, Louis worked in investment banking and venture capital focused on software and communications services and products.