CrateDB is a new kind of datastore: an open source, distributed SQL database that combines SQL and search in a way that’s simple to scale.

Crate.io was founded in 2013 by Jodok Batlogg, Christian Lutz and Bernd Dorn. Based on the belief that databases that meet complex requirements don't have to be complex to use, we built CrateDB to help people put machine data to work, simply.

Just like our database we're distributed, with teams in San Francisco, Berlin, and Austria. 

The awesome team behind CrateDB


Christian Lutz
Founder and CEO
Jodok Batlogg
Founder and CTO
Bernd Dorn
Founder and Chief Scientist

Christian is a successful builder of software companies, including enterprise delivery platforms and big consumer portals. He was co-founder and COO of the Impossible Project. CEO of ucp morgen, SVP Qpass Inc, CEO at uboot.com & sms.at and President Fatfoogoo. Christian is a serial entrepreneur, freerider, and mountaineer at heart.

Jodok has deep experience and wide recognition for his expertise in open source and big data. He is the former CTO at StudiVZ (Germany’s Facebook), the former CTO at Sevenload and CEO of Lovely Systems. He is also a director of the Plone & Zope foundations. Jodok loves his skis and his chainsaw and is an adventurous eater.

Bernd is Crate’s hardcore architect and hacker with more than a decade of experience in distributed systems, enterprise data store solutions, and open source. Before Crate, Bernd led the technical team of Lovely systems, building big data solutions for many enterprises. Whatever Bernd starts he excels in, be it kite surfing, tennis, building his house, or designing Crate.

Board of Directors

Nikolaj Nyholm
Stuart Chapman
Ari Helgason
Tom Peruzzi

Nikolaj Nyholm is a partner at Sunstone and the quintessential university dropout turned technology entrepreneur.

 At Sunstone, Nikolaj has invested in open source, gaming and web service companies with engagements in Neo Technology, Podio, MakieLab and Seriously to mention a few. Nikolaj joined Sunstone in 2010 from image recognition company Polar Rose (acquired by Apple), and previously founded Speednames/Ascio (acquired by Group NBT); Imity (acquired by Zyb/Vodafone); and Organic Network, a now-defunct Wi-Fi startup whose legacy is OpenWRT.org, the leading open source Wi-Fi project.

Prior to co-founding Draper Esprit in 2005 Stuart Chapman was a partner of 3i Ventures where he was also a founding partner of their Menlo Park office.

Over his 13 years at 3i he was responsible for investments in Neutec Pharma (LSE), Network Technology (LSE), The Cloud, Searchspace, and Magic 4. Stuart served as a member of the BVCA Council and Chairman of the Venture Committee and before 3i he was involved in software and systems implementations in the Banking sector. He is a graduate of Loughborough University and serves as a Board Member of the Loughborough School of Business and Economics.

Ari Helgason joined our board from Dawn Capital. Ari founded SaaS sales and workflow management system World on a Hanger and ecommerce clothing marketplace Fabricly.com. More recently, he launched ecommerce sites for fashion and luxury brands in London and New York. Ari is an alumnus of the Y Combinator startup accelerator and he regularly visits Silicon Valley where he has extensive relationships. Ari holds a B.Sc. in International Relations (first class) from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

His current portfolio companies include: Neo4j, Everything, Conversocial, CustomerIO and Crate.io

Tom Peruzzi, Founder of @aicooma, advisor to different digital startups in Mid Europe and Russia, micro-investor in cool digital stuff delivers strong business and tec background. 

Tom started and built aicooma, an operations consulting company for digital and media in Europe with all major players as customers, with an exit in 2011.

 He then successfully invested in several companies (avocadostore, vater hostcom, gpixs360) and helped them build business, adequate technology and grow. As interim CTO Tom helped building one of the first commercial IoT devices in Europe.


Alois Flatz

Alois brings 20+ years of investment experience, focused on the interface of finance, sustainable development, private equity and clean tech. he is a seasoned builder of several private equity and boutique financial advisory businesses (eg. Zouk Capital, SAMRobecco, Forma Futura) and a serial business angel investor in high-tech impact startups (eg. BEN Energy www.ben-energy.com, Fision Technologies www.fision-technologies.com, qipp www.qipp.com oder Crate www.crate.io). Experienced and hands-on Board Member, with relevant industry networks.


Dr. Paul Adams
Head of Integrations
Julia Barta
Executive Assistant
Michael Beer
Developer Integrations
Philip Bogensberger
Core Developer
Andy Ellicott
Head of Marketing
Sarah Fischli
Project Management
Mathias Fußenegger
Core Developer
Christian Haudum
Developer Integrations
Meriam Kharbat
Developer Integrations
Ruslan Kovalov
Developer Integrations
Elena Lang
Project Management
Claus Matzinger
Developer Relations
Johannes Moser
Head of Integrations
Mika Naylor
Developer Integrations
Allison Sparrow
Head of Demand Generation
Marios Trivyzas
Core Developer
Sebastian Utz
Core Developer
Isabelle Wunderlich
Project Management

The team is carving code into CrateDB awesomeness. Based in San Francisco, Berlin, and Austria. 


Dawn Capital is an early stage VC firm run by entrepreneurs and investing in startups across Europe. It supports SaaS and Fintech companies that develop world leading technology to improve business value chains and productivity. Dawn Capital typically invests between £2 million - £5 million in companies that are expanding internationally and are looking for operational support and capital. Dawn Capital’s portfolio companies include Collibra, Gelato Group, iControl, Mimecast, Neo Technology, Showpad,  iZettle and Property Partner, with many others looking to join their ranks.

Headquartered in Copenhagen, Sunstone Capital is an early-stage Life Science and Technology venture capital company investing in European start-up companies with strong potential to achieve global success in their markets. Since our establishment in 2007, we have built a strong portfolio currently totaling 50 companies and have completed several successful trade sales and IPOs. With approximately EUR 700 million in funds under management, Sunstone is today one of the leading and most active independent venture capital investors in the European and Nordic market.

Draper Esprit, (formerly DFJ Esprit) member of the The DFJ Network of Partner Funds, is a unique global venture capital model providing global reach through local presence. It encompasses over 140 venture capital professionals in more than 30 cities throughout the US, Asia (including China and India), Europe, Israel, South America, and Russia, with more than 600 portfolio companies funded and over $7 billion of capital under management. Draper Esprit is a single team of partners all of whom benefit from and contribute to the success of our investments. We are entrepreneurs ourselves and we are proud to have built our firm to its current size and are passionate about continually moving forward, which means backing winning companies and doing everything we can to help them achieve and exceed their ambitions.

Europe is filled with technology and talent. Global innovation in the last century has been driven by European minds: Tesla, Siemens, Einstein, Planck. Today, Europe still consistently produces world-class talent, but there is a gap between raw ability and the resources required to build competitive technology and companies. SpeedInvest not only invests capital in world-class talent, but also provides the entrepreneurial know-how, and operational experience that is rare outside of a place like Silicon Valley, but is so essential to building great companies.

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Crate.io, Inc.
535 Mission St., 14th floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States


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