Team

Bill Hankes, Founder and CEO

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Bill Hankes is a longtime public relations executive who much earlier in his career was a journalist. Before founding Sqoop, Bill was Director of Bing Public Relations at Microsoft and prior to that Vice President of Corporate Communications for RealNetworks (NASDAQ: RNWK).

Bill spoke about the challenges reporters face accessing public data at the Society of American Business Editors and Writers Goldschmidt Government Data Immersion Workshop in Washington, D.C., and the 2015 annual conference of Investigative Reporters and Editors in Philadelphia. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, and the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.

David Kellum, Co-Founder and CTO

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David Kellum is a software engineer with over 20 years of experience focused on content, search, and recommendation systems. Before developing Sqoop, David ran a web crawling and search consultancy. Prior experience includes leading content acquisition at Evri, a semantic content recommender; developing search UIs and aggregation systems at Netscape and AOL; and legal search and publishing for Thomson Reuters.

David holds a Bachelors of Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech.

Advisors

Michael Lunsford

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Mike Lunsford is the chief executive officer of SK Planet, Inc., the U.S. arm of SK Planet, Ltd., a Korean-based company. He is the former executive vice president and interim chief executive officer of RealNetworks, the former chief executive officer of Rhapsody, a joint venture between RealNetworks and Viacom, and the former president and interim chief executive officer of Earthlink. Before joining EarthLink, Lunsford worked as a consultant at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) in Chicago and Scott, Madden & Associates, a management consulting firm in Raleigh, North Carolina. He received an undergraduate degree and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of North Carolina.

Saul Hansell

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Saul is a journalist and entrepreneur. He founded Sii.TV, an innovative new format for video news delivered to mobile handsets and connected TVs. Before that he ran Seed.com for AOL which was acquired by Huffington Post. Earlier in his career, he was an award-winning journalist at the New York Times and founder of the Bits blog writing about the intersection of technology and business.