who we are
Krux was founded in early 2010, focused on building data fabric for the consumer web. The company spent its first six months in stealth development, building out its cloud-scale backend for the collection, management, and analysis of consumer web data. The company’s public launch was in August 2010, with the release of its comprehensive Audience Data Control platform. Krux has gained significant market traction, with dozens of companies adopting its solutions in the US, EU, and Asia.
Krux is privately held, and its initial funding was completed in May 2010, led by Mike Galgon, founder of aQuantive, and HowardCharney, founder of 3COM and Grand Junction, currently SVP, Cisco. Krux completed its second round of funding in August 2011, led by Accel Partners and IDG Ventures, along with continued participation and support of earlier investors.
krux leadership team
Krux is fortunate to be led by a diverse group of technology and media veterans, individuals who have helped to shape the standards of practice in Big Data infrastructure and media/data monetization.
krux board of directors
Tom Chavez Chairman, CEO, & Founder
Tom most recently served as General Manager for the Online Publisher Business Group in Microsoft's Advertiser and Publisher Solutions (APS) group. Before Microsoft Tom was the CEO of Rapt Inc. from its founding in 1999 to its acquisition by Microsoft in April 2008. Before Rapt Tom worked as a systems architect at Sun Microsystems and as a researcher at the Rockwell Palo Alto Science Lab. He holds a B.A. in Computer Science and Philosophy from Harvard and a Ph.D. in Engineering-Economic Systems and Operations Research from Stanford. He sits on the Board of Meritus, a San Francisco non-profit that helps low income students enter and complete a four-year college degree.
Gordon McLeod President
Gordon oversees all of Krux’s client- and partner-facing activities worldwide, including sales, services, business development, and marketing. Mr. McLeod is an experienced media leader, most recently with News Corp. serving as President of The Wall Street Journal Digital Network where he oversaw worldwide digital product, revenue, and operations for WSJ.com, MarketWatch, Barron’s, SmartMoney and allthingsD. Since 2011 he has been an investor, advisor and board member for a variety of media technology companies. Prior to WSJ, McLeod held executive media and digital roles at CBS News, Grey Entertainment and Time Inc. Gordon holds an A.B. Political Economy from University of California, Berkeley, and an M.A. Public Policy from Harvard University.
Matt Kilmartin Sales
Matt leads the Krux sales team with responsibilities for client acquisition and retention. He has a diverse background having successfully led sales teams in technology, media, and data solutions. Prior to Krux, Matt spent nearly 9 years at Akamai Technologies where he had many different roles. He was a top performer in their Enterprise Sales division before joining the Advertising Decision Solutions (ADS) team in 2008. His most recent assignment at Akamai was running Sales and Account Management for the ADS business unit (formerly aCerno). Matt has his BA from Wofford College, MBA from Babson College, and is a graduate of MIT Sloan's Executive Program.
Dave Smith Solutions
Dave oversees worldwide professional and advisory services for Krux. His core passion is delivering value for clients. He has experience in ops and services on both the sell and buy sides of the ad business. Most recently, he served as Chief Revenue Officer at Tumri, leading operations, account management, and sales. Before Tumri, Dave led sales and services at Rapt and played a lead sales role for publisher tools at Microsoft Advertising. Dave also has extensive previous experience in management consulting and enterprise technology solutions.
Vivek Vaidya CTO & Founder
Vivek is responsible for the roadmap and build out of Krux's technology platform. He has been developing software for over 15 years, mostly in early stage startups. Prior to Krux, Vivek was the CTO of Rapt, where he was responsible for Rapt's technology strategy and product architecture. Vivek holds an MS in Computer Science from the University of Denver and an M.S. in Mathematics and Computer Applications from IIT Delhi.
krux board of directors
Mike Galgon Director
Mike Glagon was a founder of aQuantive, having a hand in nearly all areas of its development and growth. Following its acquisition by Microsoft in 2007, he served as the Chief Advertising Strategist of Microsoft Corporation until early 2009. He currently servers as Director and Advisor to a wide range of internet and technology start-ups.
Howard Charney Director
Howard Charney, Senior Vice President, advises governments, businesses and universities around the world on implementing critical Internet technologies to improve productivity and competitiveness. Charney has driven the development and proliferation of key technologies that led directly to the global build-out of the Internet. He co-founded 3Com Corporation, founded Grand Junction Networks, and grew Cisco's two-tier distribution business into a $2.4 billion business in just two years.
Alex Rosen Director
Alex Rosen is a Managing Director with IDG Ventures. He combines 18 years of venture capital experience with a deep understanding of technology products, making him a valuable advisor to new media and information technology companies. He currently serves as board director or observer at Expect Labs, Krux Digital, Minted, and Smartling, and led IDG Ventures' investment in LivingSocial (through acquisition of SocialMedia), and Watchguard Technologies. Previously, he was a General Partner at Sprout Group, focusing on software and consumer internet companies.
Arthur Patterson Director
Arthur is founding partner at Accel Ventures and enjoys working with start-up entrepreneurial teams in Software and Services. As the lead investor he has helped management teams develop their companies into market defining leaders. IPO's of such companies include: Actuate, (Reporting); MetroPCS, (Cellular Carrier); Portal Software, (Internet Billing); UUnet/MCI-WorldCom, (ISP); and Veritas, (Storage). He has also been a Director/Investor in many other information technology Companies which became public companies.