Bruce Armstrong is an Operating Partner at Khosla Ventures, where he focuses on enterprise technology markets, including big data, containers, devops, security, IoT, networking, storage,and on AI-enabled breakthrough products in specific industries like Healthcare and Manufacturing. Since joining KV, he’s served on the boards of a number of portfolio companies including Arevo, Bay Labs, Big Switch, Cylance, Helium, Hello Heart, Ginger, GitLab, MemSQL, Mesosphere (D2IQ), Metamarkets, Vectra, Panzura, Parstream, Scaled Inference, and Theatro.
Prior to joining KV, 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 and later merged with Onyx Software to create Consona Software.
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 IPO’d in 1999, in less than 4 years from its founding, with a valuation of over $1B. 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 other technology companies including Accrue, Accruent, Agribuys, BuyMedia, Citadon, Clustrix, CMPnet, Collabrys, Delphion, Evolving Systems, Freeborders, FuelSpot, Insight Enterprises, ICG Asia, ICG Japan, ITM Software, Kickfire, KNOVA, NetVendor, PivotLink, Proveer, Stampt, TeamOn, Vivant, WibiData – and on the advisory boards or as a board observer of CouchBase, Roam, Vertica, and others. Bruce holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of California at Berkeley. He is also a volunteer at Five Keys Schools, providing individuals in traditionally underserved communities the opportunity to restart their education.