Dr. Raymond Stata served as Managing Director at Cambridge West Ventures. He served as a mentor at Rough Draft Ventures. Dr. Stata is the Founder and serves as Chief Executive Officer and Board Member at Altiscale. He serves as Board Member at Vanu and Alcatraz AI. Stata comes to VertiCloud from Yahoo!, Inc., where he most recently held the position of Chief Technical Officer. At Yahoo, he played an instrumental role in the development of Yahoo!'s infrastructures for algorithmic search, display advertising, and cloud computing. He also helped set Yahoo's Open Source strategy and initiate its participation in the Hadoop project. Prior to joining Yahoo!, Stata founded Stata Laboratories, maker of the Bloomba search-based e-mail client, which he sold to Yahoo! in 2004. He has also worked for Digital Equipment's Systems Research Center, where he contributed to the AltaVista search engine, and was an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at UC Santa Cruz. Stata received his PhD in Computer Science from MIT in 1996. He is an alumnus of MIT, where he received bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D degrees in Computer Science and Engineering.