About us 2017-09-18T08:32:15+00:00

The Big Data Application Performance Management Leaders

We analyzed 12 million big data jobs at Fortune 1000 – We created 1 tool that ensures optimal performance for your big data stack

Founded in 2013 by the same team that created the open-source Starfish self-tuning analytics system at Duke University, Unravel’s leadership team is home to a diverse group of professionals with enterprise software, database, and distributed computing experience. Our team brings leadership and experience from companies including Cloudera, Facebook, LinkedIn, Netflix, Oracle, and Rocket Fuel, as well as on open-source projects including BTrace and Nutch and our investors and advisors include Menlo Ventures and Data Elite.

Kunal Agarwal
Kunal AgarwalCEO
Shivnath Babu
Shivnath BabuCTO
Bala Venkatrao
Bala VenkatraoVP Products
Sudhakaran Nair
Sudhakaran NairVP Engineering

Experience from Across Academia and Industry


Ken Rudin
Ken leads Analytics at Facebook. Previously, he was VP of Analytics and Platform Technologies at Zynga; founder and CEO of LucidEra, which pioneered the creation of the on-demand analytics market; VP & General Manager at Siebel CRM OnDemand and VP of Marketing for Siebel Analytics; Senior VP of Products at Salesforce.com; and cofounder and CEO of Emergent Corporation, a consulting firm focused on building large-scale data warehousing solutions. He began his career in the Scalable Systems Division at Oracle and holds a Bachelor’s in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from Harvard and a Master’s in Business from Stanford. Ken is a Data Elite advisor.

Jeff Magnusson
As Director of Data Platform at Stitch Fix, Jeff Magnusson leads the team responsible for building a robust and scalable algorithms platform that leverages machines and expert human resources to generate innovative recommendations and insights.

Previously, Jeff managed the Data Platform Architecture group at Netflix, where he helped lead the design and implementation of the Big Data platform Netflix uses for batch computation in the AWS cloud. He holds a PhD from the University of Florida. Jeff is a Data Elite advisor.

Jerome Boulon
Jerome is founder and CEO of CaliStream, a fully managed service on the AWS cloud enabling easy streaming of large volumes of events from applications to Hadoop and Hive. Before founding CaliStream, he was instrumental in integrating Honu for Netflix and Riot Games, and was on the Hadoop team at Yahoo!, where he designed, built, and open-sourced Chukwa, a data collection system for monitoring large distributed systems. Jerome is a Data Elite advisor.

Daniel McCaffrey
Daniel is VP of Engineering, Data and Analytics at Teespring. Previously, he was CTO at Reputation.com; GM of Platform and Analytics at Zynga; Cofounder and Managing Partner at Breadboard BI; Software Engineer–Bioinformatics at Genentech; and Software Engineer at Incyte Pharmaceuticals. He holds a BA in Biochemistry from Vassar College and a Master’s in Information Systems Management and Computer Science from Golden Gate University. Daniel is a Data Elite advisor.

Bhaskar Ghosh
Bhaskar is VP of Engineering and Operations at Nerdwallet. Previously, he was Senior Director of Engineering at LinkedIn, where he oversaw the development of data infrastructure platforms, driving unprecedented growth in membership and business products. Before that, Bhaskar led the Serving and Marketplaces team of the Yahoo! Right Media Exchange, which built one of the first real-time display-ads bidding engines. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from Yale University, and is passionate about open-source projects forming the core of Big Data democracy in industry and government. Bhaskar is a Data Elite advisor.


Menlo invests in and partners with promising entrepreneurial ventures. The firm has been helping steer portfolio companies to successful exits for decades, with 70 IPOs and more than 100 mergers and acquisitions since 1976. Its Big Data and storage portfolio includes 3PAR, Avere Systems, BeyondCore, BitSight Technologies, Gild, Nexenta Systems, ParAccel, PernixData, Pliant Technology, Pluribus Networks, Scality, Spinnaker Networks, Takipi, Tintri, and Waterline Data Science.

Data Elite provides early-stage funding, mentorship, and office space to Big Data startups. Investors in Data Elite include Andreessen Horowitz, Formation 8, The Social+Capital Partnership, Anand Rajaraman, and Ron Conway. Data Elite is located in San Francisco.