CEO and Founder, Gooddata
A native Czech, Roman has founded five companies since the Velvet Revolution in 1989. After selling a software distribution business to Powersoft/Sybase, Roman co-founded NetBeans in Prague in 1997. The company disrupted the IDE market through smarter distribution and product innovation, outstripping Borland, IBM and Symantec. NetBeans was bought by Sun Microsystems in 1999, and today, NetBeans, part of Oracle, is one the biggest Java IDEs in the world.After NetBeans, Roman founded Systinet, the leader in SOA Governance, which was sold to Mercury Interactive/Hewlett-Packard in 2006 for $105 million. Systinet disrupted the application platform market, first OEMing to most major app server vendors including BEA, TIBCO, FileNet and Oracle then by selling directly into Fortune 500 and Government agencies.Today, Roman is Founder and CEO of GoodData, which provides business intelligence software delivered as an on-demand service. GoodData is built to disrupt the broken world of BI: for $1,000 a month, you can get what used to cost $100,000 or more. GoodData?s engineering in Prague and Brno, Czech Republic, while Roman lives in the San Francisco area where he oversees sales, marketing, business development and strategic partnerships.
This year, we've seen thousands of companies launching a full deployment of a big data platform in a matter of days when it traditionally took months to implement. This pervasive start-up culture is leading to increased efficiency and increased profits for companies across a wide variety of vertical industries. Executives can now analyze same-day data from EMEA and APAC and react with a new strategy in the U.S. market - real information in real-time. Big data is now a form of living intelligence and numerous innovative Silicon Valley start-ups are allowing businesses to act and shape key decisions that significantly increase revenue and profit margins.