Bruce Armstrong is an Operating Partner at Khosla Ventures, where he focuses on big data and enterprise technology companies leveraging his more than 25 years of experience developing, marketing, selling and investing in data warehousing and analytic technology applications. Since joining KV, he’s been involved with a number of portfolio companies including Parstream, Datera, MemSQL, Realm, Mesosphere, Panzura, Big Switch Networks, Vectra Networks and Cylance.
Most recently, Bruce was the president and CEO of PivotLink, a leading provider of SaaS business intelligent applications, which was acquired in 2014 by SmartFocus, a Francisco Partners-backed marketing automation company. Prior to PivotLink, he served as chairman and CEO of Kickfire, a pioneer in next-generation data warehouse appliances focused on the open source MySQL database market, which was acquired in 2010 by industry leader, Teradata. Bruce also was the president and CEO of KNOVA Software, a publicly traded company that was the leading provider of search and analytic applications for unstructured data. KNOVA later merged with Onyx Software to create Consona Software , which was then acquired by Oracle in 2013.
Earlier in his career, Bruce was the executive vice president of sales and marketing at Broadbase Software, where he helped create the analytic application category for customer relationship management. Broadbase later in IPO’d in 1999. He also was vice president and general manager of the server products group at Sybase, where he ran the company’s $700M enterprise database management business. Bruce began his career as one of the first 20 employees at Teradata Corporation. After the company’s successful IPO and subsequent acquisition by AT&T/NCR, he was named vice president and general manager of the $500M enterprise solutions division, president of Teradata and a company officer of AT&T.
In addition to his many operating roles, Bruce has served on the boards of a variety of technology companies including Accrue, Accruent, Agribuys, BuyMedia, Citadon, Clustrix, CMPnet, Collabrys, Delphion, Evolving Systems, Freeborders, FuelSpot, ICG Asia, ICG Japan, ITM Software, Kickfire, KNOVA, NetVendor, PivotLink, Proveer, Stampt, TeamOn, Vivant and WibiData. He also was on the advisory boards of CouchBase, ICIX, KISSmetrics, Parstream, Roam Insights and Vertica. Bruce holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of California at Berkeley. He also is a trustee on the board of The Bay School of San Francisco, an independent, coeducational college preparatory high school.