A brilliant technologist with experience designing products for a wide cross-section of companies from startups to large enterprises, Adam is responsible for Twitter’s long-term technology direction and overseeing the service’s technical architecture. Before that, he ran the Java and Exalogic teams at Oracle and was on the WebLogic team at BEA Systems, where we met when BEA was a strategic partner of Wily Technologies, the company I founded in 1998.
I’ve known Adam for more than 15 years, and long admired his work leading the development of software-driven technologies — from Java to Twitter — that are literally changing the world. Add in Adam’s experience at BEA, where he developed a deep understanding of enterprise software, and there’s no more than a handful of people in the world with his blend of background and accomplishments.
Perhaps just as important, Adam is a perfect fit with New Relic’s unique culture. He’s always shared my product-first approach, and I think it’s critical to have a strong voice of the product and a customer-oriented perspective at the Board level. Many Boards of Directors for large high-tech companies are extremely financially oriented, with an under-representation of tech people. We searched for someone with a super-strong technology skill set, and I’m looking forward to having such a talented, hands-on technologist offer counsel on building and running enterprise systems at enormous scale—not to mention weighing in on how to lead large and fast-growing engineering teams.
Adam grew up in Eastern Oregon, was a physics and computer science major and G. Herbert Smith Scholar at Willamette University, and graduated with an M.S. in Management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he was a Sloan Fellow. Earlier in his career he worked at O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, Organic, and the Santa Fe Institute.
Adam joins an already impressive group of VCs, finance experts, and business leaders on our Board, including Board Chair Peter Fenton of Benchmark Capital; Peter Currie of Currie Capital; Dan Scholnick of Trinity Ventures; and January 2014 appointee Sarah Friar, CFO of Square.
Please join me in welcoming Adam to the New Relic family.