Our Story

Big Data technology was created by Yahoo and two companies came out of Yahoo-Cloudera and Hortonworks. Those 2 companies merged in 2019 to better compete with cloud providers like AWS. I was a Vice President in Hortonworks, responsible, for Hortonworks Data Platform (~80% of Hortonworks revenue)-the classic Big Data distribution that was adopted by Global 1000 companies such as PayPal, Target, GM, Ford, Exxon, Goldman, JPMC, etc. During my tenure, we worked with a variety of Big Data use cases across global leaders in manufacturing, Automotive, Energy, Finance – pretty much any vertical you can imagine. One common theme I saw across the board – was all of these companies had large Data Science teams, and access to LOTS of data, which their internal teams used to create AI solutions for quality inspection, pricing, forecasting, predictive maintenance, etc.

But the majority of the companies in the world don’t have the luxury of an in-house data science team and access to lots of data. The business impact was that they were not able to undergo the “AI transformation” that the big companies were. This left them less competitive, missing out on opportunities and potentially hundreds of millions left on the table each year- which got me thinking – how can we create a Data Science team in a box? And that’s when Borde was born. We first set off to solve the problem for the “non-Fortune 1000” companies, but as we proceeded we saw multiple opportunities for the Enterprise as well.

Leadership and Advisory Board

Saumitra Buragohain

CEO and Founder, Borde

Phu Hoang

1st EVP/GM, Yahoo!, Advisor

Satyam Priyadarshy

Chief Data Scientist & Tech Fellow, Halliburton

Bharadwaj Pudipeddi

Sr. Director, Azure AI; Former Architect, Intel

Saumitra Buragohain was a Vice President, Products, Hortonworks Data Platform at Hortonworks, a Big Data pioneer and led major product launches/iniatiatives (HDP 3.0, DataPlane 1.0, Hybrid Cloud, Kubernetes). Alum of then market leaders EMC and Brocade, Saumitra led major P&Ls and strategies. Saumitra also founded a startup (accepted into Alchemist) and headed Products at Skyera (acquired by Western Digital). Saumitra has 2 granted patents, an MBA (SCU), an MS (USC)

Phu Hoang is an experienced Silicon Valley technology executive, advisor, and angel investor. Most recently, Phu was Co-founder and CEO of DataTorrent, a real-time Big Data stream processing and decision making platform on top of Hadoop. Phu founded DataTorrent in 2012, raised multiple rounds of Silicon Valley venture funding, and built a platform with many Fortune top 50 customers.

In 1996, Phu was hired as the 5th engineer at Yahoo, and over a 12-year span there, he became Executive Vice President and GM, overseeing 3000 engineers in the development of all of Yahoo!’s consumer and advertising products worldwide. He led the development of many of Yahoo!’s core products such as Search, Ad Systems, Mail, Sports, Finance, Messenger and Groups, as well as Yahoo!s Platform engineering and Bangalore engineering groups. He led many key acquisitions for Yahoo in Search, Shopping, Payments, Sports, etc. He retired from Yahoo in 2007 to focus on his family, non-profit and advising startups.

Prior to founding DataTorrent, Phu was Executive Chairman of Buysight, a leading provider of real-time retargeting and intent-based display advertising. Phu was responsible for product and company strategy and was instrumental in the acquisition of Buysight by the Advertising.com Group of AOL in December 2012.

Before Buysight, Phu led the Engineering and Product groups at Kiva.org, a non-profit whose mission is to alleviate global poverty through micro-financing of entrepreneurs world-wide.

Previous to Yahoo, Phu worked in the Electronic Design Automation industry. He has a Ph.D. and an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from U.C. Berkeley, and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Dr. Satyam Priyadarshy is the Chief Data Scientist and Tech Fellow at Halliburton. A highly sought out speaker, author and scientist, Dr. Priyadarshy is a pioneer in the fields of data science, big data, analytics, and emerging technologies and is the first Chief Data Scientist of a major oil and gas industry firm. Dr. Priyadarshy is also an adjunct faculty at Oklahoma State University and a Senior Fellow at the International Cyber Center at George Mason University. Prior to joining Halliburton, he has held various leadership positions with top tech companies such as AOL, Network Solutions, Acxiom Corporation. Dr. Priyadarshy obtained his Ph.D. from IIT Bombay and MBA from The Pamplin School of Business at Virginia Tech.

Bharadwaj Pudipeddi is a Senior Director, Azure AI at Microsoft, pushing limits on AI acceleration.  His areas are of expertise are ML/DL acceleration, CPU design, distributed training/systems, and flash/storage controllers. Bharadwaj has more than 25 years of experience as an architect of cutting-edge technologies at large incumbents such as Microsoft, Intel and pioneer startups such as 3Leaf Systems, Violin Memory. Bharadwaj has a MS, Computer Engineering from Virginia Tech and BE, Electrical Engineering from Andhra University.