After two and a half years in the role, the CEO of DataStax is laser-focused on simplifying the task of using and managing NoSQL databases for developers, as he plots a path to $1 billion in annual revenue and an eventual IPO.
Founded in Texas in 2010, DataStax made its name helping enterprise customers get to grips with the highly scalable NoSQL Apache Cassandra open source database. Now, under CEO Chet Kapoor, the company is looking to build on its success with Cassandra by providing a more general-purpose open source data stack for both data at rest and the harder-to-manage data in motion.
Bringing order to a fragmented database market
“I am blown away by how fragmented the database market is. Every use case has a new database and I don’t think that should be the case,” Kapoor, who worked at Google (via its acquisition of Apigee) and IBM before joining DataStax as CEO in 2019, told InfoWorld during a recent visit to London.