Pivotal Company Overview
Pivotal transforms how the world builds software. Pivotal combines the Silicon Valley state of mind, modern approach, and infrastructure with organizations’ core expertise and values.
We enable the leading companies in the world to innovate by employing an approach focused on building software.
Our methodology is about evolving, in both development and innovation, and our culture is empowering. Our team uses agile and lean approaches to teach next-generation developers to create and build new solutions. We optimize for change so enterprises can move at start-up speeds and with greater business agility.
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Chairman of the Board
Paul Maritz serves as Pivotal’s Chairman of the Board.
In 2013, Paul led the founding of Pivotal, having previously served as Chief Strategist of EMC and CEO of VMware. During his tenure at VMware, he led transformation of the company from a leader in virtualization to an industry leader in cloud computing. Maritz remains a member of VMware’s board of directors.
Prior to joining VMware, Maritz was President of the Cloud Infrastructure and Services Division at EMC after the company’s February 2008 acquisition of Pi, where he was the Founder and CEO. Before founding Pi, Maritz spent 14 years working at Microsoft, where he served as a member of the five-person Executive Committee that managed the overall company and was responsible for the product development and marketing of the Windows Client.
Chief Executive Officer
Rob Mee is CEO of Pivotal and serves on its Board of Directors. He frequently advises the world's most admired brands, government agencies, and fast-rising startups about the value of agile software development using an open cloud platform.
A software engineer by trade, Rob started his career working at an artificial intelligence laboratory in Tokyo, writing natural language translation systems in Lisp.
In 1989, Rob founded Pivotal Labs. The company, based in San Francisco, focused on rapid, Internet- style software development known as agile programming. Over the years, Pivotal Labs has been credited for shaping the software development cultures of some of Silicon Valley’s most influential and valuable companies. In 2012, Pivotal Labs was acquired by EMC Corporation.
In 2013, Rob was part of Pivotal’s founding team, alongside Paul Maritz, Scott Yara, and Bill Cook. Pivotal merged Pivotal Labs with assets from EMC and VMware.
Rob graduated from the University of California at Berkeley.
President and Chief Operating Officer
Bill Cook is Pivotal’s President and Chief Operating Officer.
He leads the company’s day-to-day operations, including its rapidly growing global sales organization.
Bill has over 30 years of IT industry experience in enterprise software, data warehousing, business intelligence, and storage. Prior to Pivotal, he served as President of EMC’s Greenplum Division, as well as CEO through EMC’s acquisition of Greenplum in 2010. Bill was instrumental in growing Greenplum from a startup to helping EMC become a leader in Big Data.
In 2012, Bill was instrumental in EMC’s acquisition of Pivotal Labs, which remains Silicon Valley’s gold standard in agile software development. Prior to EMC, Bill has held various leadership positions, including 19 years at Sun Microsystems where he most recently served as Senior Vice President of US Sales.
President and Head of Products
Scott Yara is Pivotal’s President and Head of Products
Scott co-founded Greenplum and previously served as Senior Vice President of EMC’s Greenplum Division. He’s credited with having a deep knowledge of product development and go-to-market—spanning engineering, product management, and marketing.
Prior to Greenplum, Scott served as Vice President at Digital Island, a publicly-traded Internet infrastructure services company, which was acquired by Cable & Wireless in 2001. Prior to Digital Island, Scott served as Vice President at Sandpiper Networks, an Internet content delivery services company. During his tenure at Sandpiper, Scott helped create the industry's first content delivery network (CDN)—a globally distributed computing infrastructure comprised of several thousand servers and used by many of the industry's largest Internet services such as Microsoft and Disney.
Andy Cohen is Pivotal's General Counsel as well as Corporate Secretary.
In this role, Andy is responsible for Pivotal’s legal, governance, risk, and compliance functions—and focused on organizational ethics, worldwide legal compliance, corporate governance, open source software, intellectual property protection, transactions, and data security and privacy.
Andy has held the role of General Counsel since Pivotal's formation in 2013, and has over 20 years of experience at public and private companies. He also combines legal expertise with business and operational acumen to advise management teams and Boards of Directors.
Prior to joining Pivotal, Andy spent over ten years at EMC, where he held various leadership positions. Prior to EMC, Andy worked at the law firms of Wilmer Hale and Goodwin Proctor.
Andy graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and History. He then received his law degree (J.D.) from the University of Michigan.
Vice President, R&D for Cloud
Onsi Fakhouri is Pivotal’s Vice President of Cloud R&D.
In this role, Onsi is responsible for the development of Pivotal's cloud offerings including Pivotal Cloud Foundry, Spring, and the umbrella of Spring offerings, and Pivotal Tracker.
Onsi began his career at Pivotal Labs in 2010 as an agile software consultant helping convey the labs culture to a number of labs clients. He has been a part of the Cloud Foundry team since 2013, first as an engineer, then a product manager, and now in his current role. For Cloud Foundry, he is dedicated to cultivating and expanding the labs disciplines to the scale of hundreds of engineers and to empower our Cloud Foundry engineers and product managers to build the platform that's transforming how the world builds software.
Onsi graduated from MIT with Bachelor's degrees in Physics and Mathematics. He then graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a PhD in Astrophysics.
Principles & Practices
The pair is our fundamental work and decision-making unit and provides two sets of eyes on every line of code. Great ideas evolve from the pairing environment and you always have somebody to help solve a problem.
Do The Right Thing
It’s not about us. User experiences are the bookends to pairing. We don’t make decisions based on titles or chains of command. We collaborate, test, and do the right thing.
Do What Works
We write software in the best way because we apply continuous integration. The pair tests, iterates, makes the call, and ships what works. You close a story, and move on.
We write software for humans and we walk the distance in the customer’s shoes. We respect others. We don’t blame. We build things, fix things, and we collaborate.
Dinner at Home
Challenge how things are done, build new worlds...and make it home for dinner too.
Every morning we start our day with an office-wide stand-up. This five minute get together is where we share interesting articles we've read, cool events teammates are planning, and a call for help on a project
We pair with our client engineers every day. We practice XP which focuses on fast feedback, TDD, and small releases, and pair programming.
We are a team of continuous learners and invite speakers to our event space to share insights and knowledge.
We take lots of breaks, either filling in a puzzle, brewing coffee, or playing a game of ping pong.
Our entire team is co-located and we sit together as a product team. The open space lowers the communication barrier, so we end up answering a lot of team questions by sitting next to each other instead of scheduling meetings. Most teams only have two one hour meetings a week; an iteration planning meeting and a retrospective.
Pair programming means that two engineers are constantly collaborating on the code they are writing. This means they use one computer with a mirror display, two keyboards, and two mice. Only one developer can type at a time so we have to think through our implementation and testing strategy out loud.
Two designers on different projects chat over a coffee break. We have lots of pour over coffee options and equipment.
We're conveniently located in Kendall Square. Most of us walk, bike, or take the T in to work.
We have 3 values at Pivotal: do the right thing, do what works, and be kind.
Every Monday, we take a break and offer sushi to Pivots and Clients that play board games together. We have a great boardgame collection. We've been playing a lot of Suspend, Sushi Go, and Yokora. We also use this room for our Thursday yoga class during lunch and a good video game break any day.
We work together in balanced teams of product manager, product designers (UX / UI designers), and software engineers.
We stay true to the Agile manifesto's value of 'working software over documentation'. Our teams will usually jump to a whiteboard to discuss and explain a problem instead of writing emails, scheduling meetings, or documenting tasks.
Our teams have access to healthy and less healthy snack options.
Product designer and software engineers collaborate on how to implement accessible design on an agile product team.