Sean Knapp is the founder and CEO of Ascend.io, a big data automation platform with backing from Sequoia Ventures and Lightspeed Partners.
Prior to Ascend.io, Sean was a co-founder, CTO, and Chief Product Officer at Ooyala. He continues today as a Member of the Board of Directors at Ooyala. At Ooyala Sean played key roles in raising $120M, scaling the company to 500 employees, Ooyala's $400m+ acquisition, as well as Ooyala's subsequent acquisitions of Videoplaza and Nativ.
In his role as Ooyala's Chief Product Officer, he oversaw all Product, Engineering and Solutions, as well as helped to define and execute Ooyala's product vision. Sean also served as Ooyala's CTO where he led the development of Ooyala’s award-winning, scalable, efficient and powerful video solutions. As CTO, he shaped Ooyala's technical strategy and roadmap and led technical collaborations with partners, earning Ooyala recognition as the leading innovator in the video space and creating new business opportunities for Ooyala around the world.
Before founding Ooyala, Sean worked at Google, where he developed and launched iGoogle, the company's popular, customizable home page. He also was a tech lead for Google's legendary Web Search team, helping that team increase Google revenues by $1B.
Sean has both B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science from Stanford University.