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.

Read the Transcript

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.

Anton Schleenvoigt

Categories: Team

Anton is an expert in software development and quality assurance. Prior to Pratexo, Anton worked for Dover Fueling Solutions, and before that, he ran his own company where he helped clients with Internet and IT-related projects. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Information and Communication Technology from Lund University, one of the leading technical universities in Sweden.

Anton Schleenvoigt

Junior DevOps Engineer

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

Blaine Mathieu

Categories: Team

 

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

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 Nordics

Borge Bogaard

Categories: Team

Borge is an international executive with a broad history in both the industrial and the consumer goods industries. His most recent role was to head up the US launch of a Private Equity-owned (FSN Capital partners, Oslo) portfolio company. Before that, Borge was a co-founder of the med-tech company ECG247 that developed and launched a revolutionary new device for heart monitoring utilizing wireless technologies and AI.

Borge has also worked with Disruptive Technologies AS, focused on miniaturized wireless IOT sensors during the early phases of commercialization. Previously, he was a senior executive in the Apax partners-funded B2B marketplace, PaperX. His expertise is in launching new international operations. Borge has an MBA from Stanford University and executive courses at IMD, Switzerland. He is now Head of Business Development, EMEA, and Board Advisor at Pratexo.

Borge Bogaard

Head of Bus Dev, EMEA

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

David Jannotta

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 Jannotta

Senior Software Engineer

Diana Rudolph

Categories: Team

Diana is an experienced marketing executive who has worked as a consultant specializing in early-stage start-ups for two decades and has held executive marketing positions in large, public companies before that. Since 2002, Diana has been a marketing partner to some of the most successful serial entrepreneurs in high tech, having worked with more than 60 start-ups, all of which have had substantial growth or lucrative exits. Examples include Equifax, Intuit, Xerox, ettain, Rolta, and JP Morgan.

Diana Rudolph

Marketing Director

Gerald Cantor

Categories: Team

Gerald has over 30 years of experience in design, analysis, and implementation of complex, multi-tier, distributed computing applications, service oriented architecture (SOA), enterprise integration and cloud computing. In addition, he has substantial experience from project and delivery management as well as conducting training for firms such as Nike, Pfizer and Red Hat. Prior to joining Pratexo, he worked for Cisco as a Technology Leader, as well as an independent consultant for a variety of Fortune 500 companies. Gerald has worked in a diverse set of industries such as Education, Pharmaceutical, Manufacturing, HealthCare IT, Telecommunications, Insurance, Financial Services, Energy Trading, Defense & DoD. Gerald has a B.A. in Computer Science from Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas and is based in Cedar Park, Texas.

Gerald Cantor

Principal Engineer

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

Keith Corbin

Categories: Team

Keith is an experienced financial executive having worked as a consulting CFO for the past 20+ years primarily with emerging/venture backed companies. His financial expertise entails fund raising, mergers and acquisitions, strategic financial planning, cash management, financial reporting, and infrastructure building (both early stage and at scale). His industry experience includes Technology, Fintech, Manufacturing and Services. Prior to consulting he held senior level financial positions with Hall Kinion, Adecco and American Can. Early in his career he spent seven years with Deloitte in Public Accounting. He has now taken the role of Fractional CFO at Pratexo.

Keith Corbin

CFO

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

Mike Pozhenko, PhD

Categories: Team

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.

Mike Pozhenko, PhD

Chief Scientist

Nils Roald

Categories: Team
Nils is an expert in cybersecurity, IoT, and machine learning. Previous to Pratexo he worked as Sales Director, Country Manager and Technology Evangelist at companies such as Fortinet, Cisco, Ava Security, and Splunk. Nils has a Bachelor of Science in Telematics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway. He is based in Oslo, Norway.

Nils Roald

Sales Director Europe

Peter Norwood

Categories: Team

Peter Norwood works at Google

 

 

 

Peter is an experienced executive (CEO, COO, Senior Vice President) at early-stage high tech startups as well as large, public high technology giants. He’s a serial entrepreneur with a history of growing early-stage startups to successful sales and 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. Before joining Pratexo, Peter was Site Lead for Google’s Austin, TX site.

Peter Norwood

Chief Product Officer

Petter Graff

Categories: Team

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

Rick Amaral

Categories: Team

Mr. Amaral is an accomplished technology sales executive with 20+ years of experience in sales execution, channel/partner program development, and corporate strategy. He enjoys working on all types of engagements with clients but really likes to roll up his sleeves to solve the most challenging scenarios. He has experience with early-stage startups as well as large public companies. Prior to Pratexo, he worked with companies such as Sun Microsystems in its very early phase, Tivoli/IBM, Marimba, SupportSoft, Arcsight/HP, Cliqr/Cisco, LiveAction, and SlashNext. He honed his expertise in Systems, Network, Security, and Cloud Management over his tenure in the high technology field. Mr. Amaral has a Bachelor’s Degree from California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo and is based in the Bay Area.

Rick Amaral

Vice President of Sales

Roksolana Antonyuk

Categories: Team

Roksolana is a seasoned Software Engineer with 10+ years experience from developing end to end systems. She has designed, development, tested and delivered multiple systems for the Financial Technology, Legal and Transportation industry. She has worked for large global companies such as Thomson Reuters and Cargil. Roksolana has M.Sc. in Computer Science from Minnesota State University, Mankato and is based in Hopkins, Minnesota.”

Roksolana Antonyuk

Senior Software Engineer

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

Stuart Cowen

Categories: Team

Stuart is an accomplished leader in technology bringing decades of experience as a systems engineer, pre and post-sales engineer, and as a solutions architect for a range of leading cloud and tech companies. Stuart has designed and sold deployments of highly complex automation and provisioning platforms enabling large enterprises and telcos to digitally transform their existing lines of business through cloud computing. Prior to Pratexo he has worked at Fortune 100 companies such as Ingram Micro and Citigroup as well as for several startups in the managed services, healthcare and financial verticals. Stuart is based in Dallas, TX.

Stuart Cowen

Solutions Architect

Pratexo Advisory Board

Angelo Kastroulis

Categories: Advisor

   

As a data scientist, author, speaker, engineer, podcaster, entrepreneur, and inventor, Angelo has served in a variety of executive positions (CTO, COO, CEO) in health IT, consulting, and fintech before founding the consulting firm Carrera Group. Angelo received his graduate degree from Harvard University where he studied high-performance computing and artificial intelligence. His research in the Harvard Data Systems Laboratory focused on methods of artificial intelligence that enable self-tuning data systems, resulting in patents and published research.

Angelo is currently CEO of Ballista Technology Group (a high-performance computing consulting firm and next-generation operational VC) and host of the popular Counting Sand podcast.

Angelo Kastroulis

Data scientist, author, entrepreneur, and inventor

Eddie Tung

Categories: Advisor

        

Eddie is a results-driven sales and business leader with extensive experience in building and maintaining high-performance sales organizations. Successful track record in formulating growth strategies with maximum revenue growth as the goal. Specialized in complex business dealings with Global 500 organizations. Focused on infrastructure appliance and software solution sales.

 

Eddie Tung

High-growth, global sales leader and business developer

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

Jon Fredrik Baksaas

Categories: Advisor

Mr. Baksaas has had a long and highly successful career as a senior executive and board member in numerous multinational corporations. From 2002 to 2015 he was the President and Chief Executive Officer at Telenor ASA. During this time he was also Chair of the GSM Association. In 2015, Mr. Baksaas was named by Harvard Business Review as #7 on the list of top 25 Best-Performing CEOs in the World.

Since retiring from Telenor, Mr. Baksaas is now Chairman of the Board at Statnett SA (transmission systems operator in Norway); Chairman of the Board at DNV (global classification society); Board Member at Ericsson; and Board Member at Svenska Handelsbanken. He has a Master of Science in Economics from the NHH Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration.

Jon Fredrik Baksaas

Former CEO Telenor; board member Ericsson, DNV, Statnett

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.

Scott Harrell

Categories: Advisor

File:Cisco logo blue 2016.svg - Wikimedia Commons

Scott Harrell is a senior technology leader with extensive experience in leading global businesses and teams. Most recently, Scott Harrell was the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Cisco’s Intent Based Networking Group. He was responsible for Cisco’s enterprise, IoT, and data center networking businesses.

Harrell joined Cisco in 2001 and has held a variety of leadership roles in product management and engineering in Cisco’s Networking and Security businesses.  Before Cisco, Harrell worked in strategic planning at Intel Corporation. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Bachelor’s of Science from Georgia Institute of Technology. He is currently a trusted advisor for several early stage, hard-tech startups.

Scott Harrell

Global tech and business leader; former Cisco

Supreet Manchanda

Categories: Advisor

Supreet is a Founding Partner at Raiven Capital and a Silicon Valley veteran CEO/CTO/CIO. Held roles at IBM, SGI, Altera and CA Technologies. KPMG Partner, built two global practices in e-commerce and supply chain management, ran numerous technology ventures, managed $500M corporate venture fund. Working with Fred Adler, a key founder of Silicon Valley Venture Capital, Supreet delivered 66% IRR in their tech fund.

Supreet Manchanda

Founding Partner at Raiven Capital

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

Pratexo Board of Directors

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

Brian Fox

Categories: Board of Directors

Brian has been an entrepreneur, consultant, and executive for more than 20 years across many market sectors. Under his leadership, companies have experienced exceptional growth and value creation. AEM became a leading systems integrator for the Fortune 500 in energy, finance, security, and healthcare, with clients such as Charles Schwab, Nike, Hewlett Packard, PayPal, the NSA, and the FBI. As CEO of Genesis, a multi-billion-dollar corporation, he led 900 employees across 50 countries with major clients like AT&T, Shell, Google, Verizon, NTT, Fujitsu, and FedEx.

Brian has a global network of relationships with corporate executives, government, and political leaders and is a partner and director in several companies and is currently CEO of solution provider luxML. Brian has vast experience in software, science, and engineering and is a former civilian flight test engineer for the US Navy. He attended University of Texas at Austin, University of Southern California, and University of Denver with degrees in engineering and systems.

                      

Brian Fox

Entrepreneur, technologist, former flight test engineer

Brynne Kennedy

Categories: Board of Directors

Brynne Kennedy is Founding Partner at BCP Blitz, the Smart Society Venture Capital Fund that invests across the US and Europe.  Kennedy led BCP’s investment in Pratexo and represents the BCP on Pratexo’s Board of Directors.  Kennedy currently sits on the Boards of five technology companies operating across food/agtech, sustainability and wellness.  Prior to founding BCP, Kennedy ran for United States Congress and founded enterprise software company, Topia, which she led as CEO from an idea to global scale.  Kennedy has won numerous awards for her entrepreneurial leadership including “Entrepreneur of the Year” in the Women in IT Awards, CloudNOW Awards, Stevie Awards and Women of the Future Awards.  She is also the recipient of London Business School’s Distinguished Alumna Award. Kennedy holds a B.A. from Yale University and an MBA from London Business School.  Growing up, she was a national gymnast in the United States.

Brynne Kennedy

Entrepreneur and former CEO. Founding Partner, BCP Blitz

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, technologist, and strategy consultant

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 and tech company founder

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

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.