The aqfer team combines key players from data and martech ventures like Korrelate, Tacoda, and Altiscale with seasoned consulting and solutions talent from top firms like Epsilon and Adobe.

Daniel Jaye, Founder, CEO

Dan has provided strategic, tactical and technology advisory services to a wide range of marketing technology and big data companies.  Clients have included Altiscale, ShareThis, Ghostery, OwnerIQ, Netezza, Akamai, and Tremor Media. Dan was the founder and CEO of Korrelate, a leading automotive marketing attribution company, purchased by J.D. Power in 2014.  Dan is the former president of TACODA, bought by AOL in 2007, and was the founder and CTO of Permissus, an enterprise privacy compliance technology provider.  He was the Founder and CTO of Engage and served as the acting CTO of CMGI. Prior to Engage, he was the director of High Performance Computing at Fidelity Investments and worked at Epsilon and Accenture (formerly Andersen Consulting).  

Dan graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Astronomy and Astrophysics and Physics from Harvard University.

Marc Sabatini, CRO

A relationship builder, Marc has over 20 years of experience consulting on technology and data solutions in direct marketing, CRM, and omnichannel digital marketing. Marc has extensive enterprise expertise and has worked with solution providers like Epsilon, Donnelly Marketing, and InfoUSA, as well as founding a successful start-up consultancy, Advantage Insight, which was acquired by Redi-Data. His leadership, vision and consistent track record of problem solving and connecting people, along with a consultative approach supported by his innovative thought leadership, ensure that Marc brings the right solution to clients to positively impact their business. 

Marc holds a B.A from John Jay College, CUNY.

Thiruvalluvan M G, VP Engineering

Thiru was previously a Distinguished Architect at Yahoo! and held the title of “Principal Hacker” at Altiscale.  He was the Architect at Stata Labs where he collaborated with Raymie on projects like Bloomba.  He is a committer and PMC Member of the Apache Avro Project.   He has held a number of technical and managerial engineering roles at Accel Limited and Hewlett Packard.  

Thiru holds a B.E. in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Anna University.

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Ellen Salisbury, SVP, Business Operations

Ellen was critical to the establishment and growth of numerous companies during her tenure as Managing Director of Start Smart Labs, including Altiscale (aquired by SAP), MinHash (acquired by Salesforce), Innovacer, and Zyudly Labs. She was previously VP of Business Operations at Altiscale and the VP of Engineering, Office of the CTO at Yahoo!, where she drove cross-functional technical initiatives and process improvements. Prior to Yahoo!, Ellen was the Vice President of Engineering and Operations at TimeBridge, where she managed the engineering, operations and support organizations in San Francisco and Israel. Before joining TimeBridge, Ellen was at Yahoo! as director of Yahoo! Research Berkeley. She joined Yahoo! with the company’s acquisition of Stata Labs, where she was senior vice president of products and services and most notably introduced new development processes to improve the organization’s overall product quality and timely delivery. Ellen also served as the vice president of engineering at Brightmail and as vice president of data warehousing at Sybase, Inc.

Ellen graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.A. in Humanities and attended the MBA program at Loyola University of Chicago.

Raymie Stata, Executive Chairman

Aqfer is the realization of Raymie’s vision for a marketing data lake environment that would empower enterprises to realize the full value of their data. Raymie was the founder and CEO of Altiscale, sold to SAP in 2016. Previously he was Chief Technical Officer at Yahoo!, where he played an instrumental role in algorithmic search, display advertising, and cloud computing. He also helped set Yahoo!’s open-source strategy and initiated its participation in the Apache Hadoop project. Prior to joining Yahoo! Raymie founded Stata Laboratories, maker of the Bloomba search-based e-mail client, which Yahoo! acquired in 2004. He has also worked for Digital Equipment’s Systems Research Center, where he contributed to the AltaVista search engine.

Raymie received his PhD in computer science from MIT in 1996.

Scott Sprunger, Head of Technology

Scott is a leading expert on privacy-safe attribution technology and digital data collection. He brings more than three decades of engineering and operational experience, creating scalable, low latency, and resilient platforms and applications. Most recently he led the creation of the first privacy-safe, online-to-offline attribution system (O2O) with J.D. Power. Nearly every automotive brand has utilized O2O to provide an unbiased measurement of campaign and web site performance.

Before J.D. Power, Scott lead software and infrastructure engineering efforts, with high performance, high volume operations at Gilt Group and WebMD.

Christopher W. Martin, Enterprise Solutions Lead

Chris has worked in and around advertising, data and technology doing marketing, business development and account management for over 20 years. 

During that time he has worked for both agencies and related networks including Omnicom Media Group, GroupM, WPP and Dentsu as well as with a host of top-level brands.  Key new business wins and accounts managed have encompassed a broad spectrum of industries including pharma, automotive, technology, telecom, spirits, beverage, financial, sports, entertainment, apparel, travel, hospitality and government.  Chris has also worked consulting with advertising agencies and networks on how to develop their business, maintain relevancy, market themselves and pitch strategy.

Rob Cantave, VP Solution Consulting

Rob Cantave has been immersed in marketing technology and data for over 20 years, and along the way he’s amassed a client list that is truly top of the line: He’s run programs for brands such as Marriott, Barclay Cards, Johnson & Johnson, and General Motors, while working for Adobe, Epsilon, and Virtusa. And that’s just a sampling. 

Rob began his career as a web developer and database administrator, gaining experience in fields as diverse as healthcare, financial services, telecom, and hospitality. Over time, he developed deep expertise in website conversion optimization engagements for Fortune 500 companies, developing digital marketing solutions, building strategy and enablement plans for large enterprises and delivering on the promise of digital transformation. Combining his experience and knowledge with a Johnson MBA from Cornell University, Rob is well positioned to help his clients achieve their goals using aqfer’s technology.

Paul Kurrie, Enterprise Sales, Chicago

Paul has been involved in MarTech for 25 years, starting with campaign strategy, development and execution within Publicis (Starcom). He specialized in automotive and QSR, where he was involved in some of the early campaign launches within General Motors and McDonald’s. Paul then transitioned to sales in 1999, where he worked with the Tribune Company, and then to some very early startups, including Real Media, TACODA, Tremor Video and DoubleVerify. Some of his earliest work helped establish three of these startups into viable, long lasting businesses including an IPO and two acquisitions.

Paul Cimino, Co-Founder

Paul – merchant turned internet entrepreneur – is a 20-year veteran, pioneer and innovator of digital marketing and e-commerce. Paul co-founded Brilig, creating a powerful cooperative DMP/Data Exchange, which bridged direct marketing and digital marketing and was acquired by Merkle in 2012.

Before founding Brilig, Paul served as CTO at, a digital health media company, where he conceived and patented Healthographic targeting. Prior to that he was co-founder/CEO of Snickelways Interactive, a 300 person, leading e-commerce solutions provider, where he created the first B2B Extranet. Previously Paul worked at AT&T/Downtown Digital, a Bell Labs ITV think-tank producing the first interactive television e-commerce programs. Paul began his career as a merchant and IT change agent at Saks 5th Avenue.  Paul holds a B.A. from New York University.

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