CEO & DIRECTORChris 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 KushnirFOUNDER & VICE PRESIDENT, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Alex founded Upthere with Bertrand 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.
Jessica KahnVICE PRESIDENT, ENGINEERING
Jessica has spent a majority of her career leading engineering teams that build successful products. Before joining Upthere in 2014, Jessica was Chief Technology Officer at Bandpage, a music technology startup. Previously, she was an early executive at Tapulous, which developed Tap Tap Revenge. Tap Tap Revenge gained more than one million players in its first month and was the third-most-downloaded app from the Apple App Store in 2008. In 2010, Tapulous was acquired by The Walt Disney Company, where Jessica served as Vice President of Product, Engineering, and Operations for Disney Mobile Games.
In 2011, Fast Company named her one of the Most Influential Women in Technology. Jessica also advises startups including Bandpage and The Hobby.
Jessica earned a BA from Dartmouth College.
Kai GrayVICE PRESIDENT, OPERATIONS
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 HeymingGENERAL COUNSEL, SECRETARY, AND VICE PRESIDENT, BUSINESS OPERATIONS
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.
VICE PRESIDENT, PLATFORM
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 MachineThomas earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine and an MS in Computer Science from ETH Zurich.
Bertrand SerletFOUNDER & DIRECTOR
Bertrand earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Orsay University, Institute of Technology, France.