Rich has nearly two decades of industry experience. Rich was Founder and CEO of Topix and NewHoo (acquired by Netscape and renamed the Open Directory Project). Rich has held high-level positions at Sun Microsystems, AOL, Unix Systems Labs, and the Amiga UNIX Group at Commodore Business Machines. Rich holds a patent in network security and has authored many well-known pioneering software efforts, including some early multi-user online games. Rich graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Computer Science.
Michael has over 10 years of marketing and business development experience in the technology field. Prior to Blekko, Michael’s professional experiences include being Founder and VP of Business Development at Topix; General Counsel and Director of Business Development for Terraspring, Inc., where he headed up the company’s strategic partner program and led the company’s efforts in its sale to Sun Microsystems; and a transactional attorney for the New York offices of Brown & Wood. He has a BA in Economics from Wittenberg University, a JD from Capital University Law School and an LLM from Georgetown University Law School.
Greg Lindahl was Founder and Distinguished Engineer at PathScale, at which he was the architect of the InfiniPath low-latency InfiniBand HCA. Additionally, he worked on commodity Linux clusters at HPTi, including the 1999 Forecast Systems Lab system, which was the first time a Linux cluster won a conventional supercomputing procurement. Prior to this, he worked on the Legion "grid" distributed OS project at the University of Virginia, and for D. E. Shaw & Co., a New York investment bank. Greg holds a MA in Astronomy from the University of Virginia, and a BA in Math and Physics with Highest Honors from Brandeis University.
Keith was educated at the California Institute of Technology, and while his peers went on to become literal rocket scientists, Keith joined the web search group at Netscape/AOL in 2000, and continued to work on search technology at AOL in the E-Commerce and Music divisions. After a brief stint with the WinAmp group where he re-wrote AOL's embeddable media player, he left to work on news search technology with Topix LLC in 2004. There he worked on the deep algorithmic problems that the news space provided. Since Blekko’s founding, he's been working on the even deeper problems that a full web search provides.
Chuck McManis is a respected technical leader who brings two decades of experience to the Blekko team. His experience includes four years at Google where he worked on a variety of initiatives in the operations group, five years at NetApp developing storage architectures that scaled into clusters, six years on the team that built FreeGate from startup to successful acquisition, and ten years at Sun Microsystems where he was part of the original Java group, the ONC/RPC architect, and key contributor to many of Sun's networking innovations. Chuck has an Electrical Engineering degree from USC with a minor in computer science.
David currently heads up business development and distribution partnerships for Blekko. Prior to Blekko, David led US business development at Ask.com
which was responsible for development of search partnerships with industry leaders. These partnerships resulted in revenue growth of over 10x during his 4 years in the role leading the team. Prior to joining Ask, David served in executive business development roles at several leading internet properties including Excite, Earthlink, Yahoo, and MForma. David has an MA degree in Electrochemical Engineering from UC San Diego and a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota.