Our mission: To care for humankind’s information


Leadership team

Chris Bourdon


Chris has extensive expertise in designing and developing consumer Operating Systems and products. He joined Upthere in 2012 after spending more than 15 years at Apple. While at Apple, he led product marketing for OS X, shipping every release from the first OS X Public Beta to the final cat release, Mountain Lion. Before that, he managed Apple's NetBoot Server product and an early version of Mac OS X Server.

Chris earned two BS degrees from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Alex Kushnir


Alex founded Upthere with Bertrand Serlet and Roger Bodamer and brings a wealth of experience in storage and content management. Prior to Upthere, he helped incubate and grow the successful developer and partner ecosystem at MongoDB. Alex also founded Kazeon, a provider of file management solutions for the banking, insurance, and healthcare industries. Kazeon was later acquired by EMC. Before that, he directed product management for the WAN business unit at Broadcom and led their entry into the storage market. Earlier in his career, Alex managed sales at MMC Networks, a leader in IP switching and processing.

Alex earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.

Thomas Kistler


Thomas’s career has focused on solving difficult technical challenges with game-changing approaches. Prior to joining Upthere in 2013, Thomas worked on the software management of the world’s first ARM-based server at Calxeda. At Transmeta, Thomas worked on the Efficeon microprocessor which transformed the industry. He also worked at NVIDIA and Soft Machine

Thomas earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine and an MS in Computer Science from ETH Zurich.

Kai Gray


Kai brings significant experience in personal cloud storage to Upthere. Prior to joining in 2013, Kai was at Carbonite, helping to lead the company from an early-stage startup to a publicly-traded company. While at Carbonite, he built and led the Production Operations, Information Technology, and Marketing Analytics teams. Previously, Kai was Director of Operations at Maven Networks, an online video platform provider which was acquired by Yahoo!.

Kai was named CIO of the Year in 2012 by Boston Business Journal. In 2013, he was named as one of Computerworld’s National Top 100 IT Leaders.

Kai earned an MS in Engineering Management from Tufts University and a BS in Management from Boston University.

Hank Heyming


Hank joined the team in 2013 after advising the founders since the company’s inception.

Helping early stage startups and working closely with entrepreneurs throughout his career, Hank brings years of experience to Upthere. Hank was previously a partner at Troutman Sanders, where he specialized in venture capital, privacy, security, M&A, and intellectual property.

Hank earned a JD from Vanderbilt University and a triple-major BA in History, Religious Studies, and Political Science from the University of California, Riverside.

Board of Directors

Bertrand Serlet


Prior to founding Upthere, Bertrand was Senior Vice President of Software Engineering at Apple. He oversaw every release of OS X through Snow Leopard and initiated the project that became iOS. He personally developed many of the technologies that form the basis of Cocoa and CocoaTouch. Bertrand joined Apple through the acquisition of NeXT, where he worked on NeXTSTEP and OpenStep. Previously, he worked at France’s INRIA and Xerox PARC.

Bertrand earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Orsay University, Institute of Technology, France.

John Doerr


Since joining KPCB in 1980, John and his partners have backed some of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs including Larry Page, Sergey Brin, and Eric Schmidt of Google; Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com; Scott Cook and Bill Campbell of Intuit; and Mark Pincus of Zynga. John’s passion is helping entrepreneurs create the “Next Big Thing” in mobile and social networks, greentech innovation, education, and economic development. John serves on boards in the areas of Internet technologies and greentech.