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About Pratexo

Pratexo [pra TEX o – derived from a Latin verb for edge-related activity] was founded in 2019, based on two decades of experience helping to build some of the most scalable and performant computing systems in the world for organizations including PayPal and NASA.

Pratexo’s technology platform supports IoT and artificial intelligence strategies and initiatives which demand compute power at the edge, such as near sensors or cameras placed in remote locations. Ideally suited for industries such as shipping, energy, utilities, defense, and smart buildings/cities, Pratexo uses open and proven technologies to configure the most appropriate architecture for a particular type of edge application. Simplifying and speeding development of these systems, Pratexo effectively turns a software architect into an experienced edge computing guru.

Mission

To democratize data and unlock the full potential of edge and distributed computing

Pratexo’s mission is to enable organizations to solve their most complex operational challenges using technologies that were previously too difficult to implement quickly and effectively.

By providing a platform for applications to run nearer to their data sources, Pratexo shines the light on dark data, making it useful for the first time. With distributed computing, applications become resilient and scalable like never before. And by providing a shared computing layer on the edge, data becomes democratized – broken out of siloed systems and applications.

Pratexo brings the algorithm to the petabyte, not the petabyte to the algorithm.

Vision

Transforming the world in real time to solve society’s biggest challenges

Pratexo will be a global business, providing enterprises with the keys to unlocking incredible value at speeds never-before-seen.

Those that adopt Pratexo will radically reduce the technical hurdles to true digital transformation and projects that were thought unachievable become inevitable. The power of IoT will be harnessed by fully utilizing data as it is generated and privacy will be respected while AI and machine learning are appropriately used. Nearly any machine or system will have a secure digital twin running in real time that can both simulate and control it.

Systems powered by Pratexo will save lives and ensure critical environmental issues such as climate change are finally addressed. These are the ways Pratexo will help transform the world.

Pratexo Team

Pratexo is made up of a dedicated group of people with widely-varying backgrounds and skill sets. Our common ground is our passion for innovation and creating real value for our customers.

Sustainability is part of our DNA and we strive to effectively help organizations increase their positive impact on the world. Based in four cities: San Francisco, Austin, Oslo, and Lund, we work around the clock to bring the best to our customers.

Blaine Mathieu Chief Executive Officer for Pratexo

Blaine Mathieu

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Blaine has been a multi-time CEO, CMO and CPO at both public tech giants and private software and IIoT startups. Most recently he led the Startup Advisor Practice at VC Momenta Partners. Prior to that, he was Chief Marketing and Product Officer at Industrial IoT and AI platform startup VANTIQ whose clients included companies like France’s Total, China State Grid, SoftBank Corp, and many others. He is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and has worked extensively across the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

Blaine Mathieu

CEO

Petter Graff CTO for Pratexo

Petter Graff

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Petter started his career working for Dresser industries building large distributed real-time systems. After a few years as Director of Technology for Icon Computing, he went on to create a set of companies including InferData, SciSpike and VappusNet.

Petter has also been a teacher, consultant, and mentor for many of the Fortune 500 companies (including COSTCO, NASA, Northwestern Mutual, Panasonic, PayPal, etc). Over the last 20 years, he has specialized in areas of extreme scalability and best practices building web-scale software. He is an O’Reilly author and a frequent speaker at various conferences and universities both in the US and around the world.

Petter Graff

CTO

Dr. Mike Pozhenko Chief Scientist for Pratexo

Dr. Mike Pozhenko

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Mike is a customer-focused leader and seasoned technologist with 20+ years of diverse experience with large-scale software development, OLTP systems, and high-volume web service solutions in the fintech, web services, telecom, and cybersecurity industries. He has deep expertise in designing and implementing highly available, data-intensive, distributed systems in fast-paced environments. He is now Chief Scientist at Pratexo. Prior to that he has worked at Samsung, Ericsson, Yahoo, PayPal, AT&T and Northscaler. He has a B.Sc. and M.Sc. Degree in Computer Science from Tomsk Polytechnic University, a M.Sc. Degree in Business and Administration from Tomsk University and PhD in Computer Science from Tomsk Polytechnic University.

Dr. Mike Pozhenko

Chief Scientist

Mats Olsson GM EMEA for Pratexo

Mats Olsson

Categories: Team

Mats is an expert in technology development, and recognized for his ability bridge the gap between the technical and commercial side of business. Prior to Pratexo, Mats has had a long and distinguished career as CTO, President and Director at industry giants such as Dresser, Halliburton and General Electric. He has a M.Sc. Degree in Electrical Engineering from Lund University.

Mats Olsson

General Manager EMEA

David Jannotta Senior Software Developer for Pratexo

David Janotta

Categories: Team

David is an experienced Software Engineer with a demonstrated history of working on mission-critical applications. Prior to Pratexo he worked at ebay, PayPal, Onemarket and Northscaler. He has B.Sc.Degree Computer Science and German from Case Western Reserve University.

David Janotta

Senior Software Engineer

Caroline E. Olsson Chief of Staff for Pratexo

Caroline E. Olsson

Categories: Team

Caroline is an expert in running business operations. Prior to Pratexo she worked in banking as a Derivative Sales Manager at Nordea Capital Markets, as well as a Business Consultant in Nordea Operations, focusing on strategy implementation, business development and change management. She has a B.Sc.Degree in Corporate Finance from Lund University and AA Degree in Liberal Arts from Santa Monica College/UCLA. She is also a certified change manager in Sustainable Development Goals for Business.

Caroline E. Olsson

Chief of Staff

Barrett Cervenka

Barrett Cervenka

Categories: Team

Barrett is a principal software engineer with over 20 years of professional experience across a variety of roles ranging from development, quality assurance, and customer escalation support. Wearing a variety of different hats in the software development lifecycle has given him a unique understanding of what it takes to deliver quality products! His professional career has spanned across a variety of industries including health care, finance, and game development. Barrett has been a partner in Nortscaler from its inception and is part of the hardcore team that came over from SciSpike. He has a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Texas A&M University which blends his interest in both hardware and software.

Barrett Cervenka

Principle Software Engineer

Connor Hubbard Software Developer for Pratexo

Connor Hubbard

Categories: Team

Connor is a rising star at Pratexo. He has a B.Sc. Degree in Computer Science from Univerisity of Texas and has worked as an intern software developer at Phaselt Inc.

Connor Hubbard

Software Developer

Bo Hallberg

Bo Hallberg

Categories: Team

Bo is an experienced Sales Manager from the telecom sector. Prior to Pratexo he had a long career as Key Account Manager at Telenor, Telia, Sigma and Merkandildata working with IoT, mobility and data.

Bo Hallberg

Sales Director

Sten Ragnar is Technical Director for Pratexo

Sten Ragnar

Categories: Team

Sten is an expert in software architecture. Prior to Pratexo he worked 30+ years at Dresser Fueling Systems as a systems architect. He has a M.Sc. Degree in Electrical Engineering from Lund University.

Sten Ragnar

Technical Director

Jörgen Simonsson

Jörgen Simonsson

Categories: Team

Jörgen is an expert in software development and project management. Prior to Pratexo he had a long career as software developer at Dover Fueling Solutions and Codab AB.

Jörgen Simonsson

Senior Software Developer

Pratexo Advisory Board

Peter Norwood Pratexo Advisory Board

Peter Norwood

Categories: Advisor

Peter Norwood works at Google

 

 

 

Peter is an experienced executive (CEO, COO, Senior Vice President) at very early stage high tech startups as well as large public high technology companies. He’s a serial entrepreneur with a history of growing early stage startups to successful sales / acquisitions as well as IPO’s – having driven 4 successful exits from seed funding to IPO and Acquisition to the likes of Google, Symantec, IBM, and Compuware.

He is currently the Austin Site Lead and Director of engineering for Google and also sites on the Board of Border States, one of the largest electrical distributors in the US.

Peter Norwood

Google Austin Site Lead and Engineering Director

Trond Riiber Knudsen Pratexo Advisory Board

Trond Riiber Knudsen

Categories: Advisor

 

 

 

Trond is Norway’s most prolific early stage tech investor with a portfolio of 80 companies through his TRK Group vehicle. His focus areas are IoT, enterprise software and health tech as well as promoting entrepreneurship and job creation in East Africa. Trond is a Board member of NASDAQ listed Opera Software, as well as Laredal Medical and The North Alliance (NoA). He has co-founded Katapult Social Impact Accelerator as well as the global talent incubator Antler, now present in 11 countries.

Before founding TRK Group, Trond was global senior partner with McKinsey & Company, where he held a number of global leadership positions. Trond holds an M.Sc. from NTNU as well as an MBA from Harvard Business School where he was a Fulbright Scholar. Trond lives in Oslo Norway with his wife, Monica, and their three children.

Trond Riiber Knudsen

Tech investor; former McKinsey global partner

Harald Norvick

Harald Norvik

Categories: Advisor

 

 

 

Harald holds a M.Sc. in Business from the Norwegian School of Economics and BA (NHH), Bergen 1971. He was President and CEO of Statoil Group 1988-99. Before this he was Member of Aker’s Executive Board as CFO (1981-86) and CEO of Astrup Høyer (1986-87). He has been Personal Secretary to the Prime Minister and State Secretary in the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy.

He has served on boards in a number of international and Norwegian companies, and has been Chairman of the Board of Imatis, Deep Ocean, SAS, Telenor, Oslo Stock Exchange and Aschehoug. Harald has also been Member of the Board of ConocoPhillips, PGS, Orkla, EON Ruhrgas and Chairman of the Advisory Board of DNB. From 2002 to 2010 he was strategic advisor of ECON Pöyry. Harald is today a Board Member of Umoe. He is Chairman of the Board of Barratt Due, NRC (Norwegian Refugee Council), Kraft Bank and BOS Power (Bertel O. Steen Power Solutions).

Harald Norvik

Former CEO Statoil; board member and politician

Marianne Lie

Marianne Lie

Categories: Advisor

 

 

 

Marianne is an Independent Director at Scana ASA, an Independent Director at WALLENIUS WILHELMSEN ASA, a Chairman at Arendals Fossekompani Pensjonskasse, Chief Executive Officer at Fajoma Consulting AS, Chief Executive Officer at Forum for Miljøteknologi and a Partner at Vox Politica AS.

She is on the Board of Directors at R8 Property ASA, Scana ASA, Treasure ASA, GNP Energy AS, WALLENIUS WILHELMSEN ASA, Hermitage Offshore Services Ltd., Norwegian Energy Co. ASA and Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean AS, Germany, and was previously Chief Executive Officer of the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association.

Marianne received her graduate degree in Law and Political Science studies from the University of Oslo.

Marianne Lie

Board of Wilhelmsen; former Norweigian Ship Assn.

Frode Odegard Pratexo Advisory Board

Frode Odegard

Categories: Advisor

Frode studies how corporates, investors and policymakers can best navigate humanity’s transition to a post-industrial civilization and economy. He is the founder of the Post-Lean Institute, which provides educational, advisory, and strategic services to corporates and investors to help them turn disruption into opportunity. Frode is also the founder of the Post-Industrial Forum, a unique global community with the purpose of developing and promoting a better understanding of the post-industrial transition and how to navigate it.

Frode is the author of a forthcoming book on the post-industrial transition and regularly speaks to international corporate and investor audiences. A serial entrepreneur since his high school years, Frode’s multi-disciplinary background stretches from theoretical computer science to the boardroom. He has a passion for history, linguistics, disruptive technologies, philosophy, and traditional (Iwama) Aikido.

Frode Odegard

Founder, Post Lean Institute/Post Industrial Forum

Bill Scott Pratexo Advisory Board

Bill Scott

Categories: Advisor

 

 

 

Bill currently leads engineering for Transposit – creating the mission control for software incidents. Previously he was VP, Next Gen Commerce at PayPal and had also led Merchant Engineering, Payment Products and User Interface Engineering there. At Netflix and Meebo he led User Interface Engineering and at Meebo he also led the UX Design team. He is co-author of the O’Reilly book Designing Web Interfaces and a regular conference/workshop speaker on topics on all aspects of design & engineering. Previously he has consulted for startups and fortune 500 companies, co-wrote one of the first JavaScript Ajax libraries, launched the public design pattern library at Yahoo and wrote one of the first games for the Macintosh in 1985.

Bill Scott

Combined engineering and design at Netlix, PayPal

Patrik Johansson

Categories: Advisor

BIM Virtual and Pratexo Case Study: Control and Optimize Building Systems, Operations, Security and Maintenance

 

 

 

Patrik is founder and CEO of BIMvirtual, focused on the digital transformation of the PropTech industry through technologies such as digital twins and AI.

Patrik Johansson

PropTech guru focused on AI and digital twins

Dr. Nimi Abili

Categories: Advisor

 

Dr. Nimi Abili is an internationally experienced technology development expert, digital strategist, solutions architect, and trusted executive management advisor. He is currently a CTO and IT/OT consultant with Greater Offshore, focused on the global energy industry and is also Chief Technology Advisor to the Gerson Lehrman Group, targeting critical asset development across the energy value chain. Earlier in his career, Nimi was an engineer and project manager at industry leaders including Schlumberger and Shell. Nimi has a PhD in Engineering Technology and a MSc in Offshore and Ocean Technology from Cranfield University, and a MBA from Middlesex University, London.

Dr. Nimi Abili

CTO and IT/OT consultant in energy industry

Pratexo Board of Directors

Blaine Mathieu Chief Executive Officer for Pratexo

Blaine Mathieu

Categories: Board of Directors

 

Blaine has been a multi-time CEO, CMO and CPO at both public tech giants and private software and IIoT startups. Most recently he led the Startup Advisor Practice at VC Momenta Partners. Prior to that, he was Chief Marketing and Product Officer at Industrial IoT and AI platform startup VANTIQ whose clients included companies like France’s Total, China State Grid, SoftBank Corp, and many others. He is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and has worked extensively across the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

Blaine Mathieu

Former Gartner analyst; successful CEO/CMO/CPO

Gaute Engbakk

Categories: Board of Directors

Gaute is an international executive with expertise in business development and sales, go-to-market, technology and transformational leadership. His foremost skill is to build companies larger, grow teams and realign the business with the proper strategy.

He is a technologist by education – with a Master of Science in Computer Science from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). More recently, he has added financial and leadership educational programs from e.g. London Business School.

His last company build-up was Techstep – a buy & build where eight companies were merged according to a common strategy for growth and had their business strategies transformed to one of solutions selling. The company was subsequently listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange. Gaute sits on the board of directors in several companies and has a passion for helping technology companies achieve commercial scale.

Gaute Engbakk

International executive and technologist

Thomas Holst

Thomas C. Holst

Categories: Board of Directors

 

Thomas has been an active investor, entrepreneur, and Business advisor for almost 20 years. He is the business architect that connects the dots between companies, markets, people, and capital. He invests in “deep tech”, disruptive technologies and “do good” companies and help them scale and implement sound global strategies.

Most recently, he took the Norwegian deep tech “computer vision” company Huddly Inc. from four people and a promising idea to global player established in Oslo, Palo Alto, London, Austin Texas, Washington and Bangalore.

He has also worked with Amazon, Intel, Microsoft, and Zoom, as well as with leading law firms and investment banks across Europe and the US. Thomas has his BS, MBA, and European CFA from Germany, the United States, and Norway. He started his professional career as a Management Consultant with A.T. Kearney, before becoming a partner at Orkla Finance and subsequently joining the Norwegian private equity company Reiten & Co as a partner.

Thomas C. Holst

Investor, CEO, business architect and consultant

Petter Graff CTO for Pratexo

Petter Graff

Categories: Board of Directors

Petter started his career working for Dresser industries building large distributed real-time systems. After a few years as Director of Technology for Icon Computing, he went on to create a set of companies including InferData, SciSpike and VappusNet.

Petter has also been a teacher, consultant, and mentor for many of the Fortune 500 companies (including COSTCO, NASA, Northwestern Mutual, Panasonic, PayPal, etc). Over the last 20 years, he has specialized in areas of extreme scalability and best practices building web-scale software. He is an O’Reilly author and a frequent speaker at various conferences and universities both in the US and around the world.

Petter Graff

Large scale, distributed systems guru

Pratexo Values

Always Be Learning
Our market is constantly changing. Customer needs are rapidly evolving. To thrive, we need to always be learning – and continuously sharing those learnings with the entire team.

Tag, You’re It
Unclear roles and expectations are productivity killers. We are always crystal clear when someone is tagged to be responsible for executing a task or project. And we always take ownership of resolving unforeseen issues, even when not tagged.

1% Better Every Day
Quantum leaps ahead are allowed and encouraged but we will not count on them or wait for them to happen, and nor should our clients. We strive to be better every single day ‐ even in areas that already work well.

10X Superpower
People aren’t motivated to change based on minor improvements. Our superpower is that we are bold enough to be 10x better than anyone else – but in a few, very focused areas.

Innovate to Accelerate
Ford showed people the first car, and they said they just wanted a faster horse. We are fearless innovators who are not afraid of being ahead of the market. We identify and solve problems through innovative and effective means, unconstrained by conventional wisdom or knowledge.

All in This Together
We constantly collaborate, listen, encourage multiple perspectives, and air our differences. Then we stand behind decisions as one, unified team with no pointed fingers. We create a safe environment for ourselves and each other to enable honest, open communications.

GSD (Get Stuff Done)
Outcomes and results are what matter. We are never stuck in the challenges and problems of the moment. Sometimes we have instant solutions, and other times we need to build a bridge to resolution ‐ but, either way, get stuff done.

Careers

We value an untamed mind. We value people who dare to think big and can imagine the impossible. We value people with an engineering mindset; people who find innovative solutions to complex problems, and can apply laser-like focus on whatever is in front of them. We are expanding so if this sounds like you, get in touch!

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