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Who We Are

We're creators of the first Search+SQL analytical database built for chaos scale!

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Founders Story

The catalyst for Chaos was simple, but profound. Thomas Hazel, the founder of Chaos, had spent 25+ years designing, building, and inventing new technology and science in the areas of large scale distributed systems and databases. Through this journey, he saw a need to reinvent how information is both represented and analyzed. The reason was simple: the tsunami of data being generated is simply outpacing Moore's Law and the existing computer science, full stop.

Thomas’ conclusion was that the existing data structures and algorithms used to store and access information would always result in costly and complex systems, no matter how the components were combined. The eureka moment was when Thomas mathematically worked out how to singularly fully index data, for large scale and high performance multi-model analytics, without exploding the size of the data representation or forcing complex sharding.

The insights culminated in a new representation (think data format) that provides extreme compression, but does not require massive compute. A representation that supports multiple access models such as text search and relational analytics. A representation that is uniquely designed to take advantage of pure cloud object storage, without the need of block storage. A representation that naturally handles complex and sparse schemas. A representation that is 100% stream based requiring no sharding, for a new kind of distributed architecture.

With this breakthrough and a seed of an idea, Thomas reached out to like-minded entrepreneurs and technologists. The team’s mission is to build ChaosSearch, a next generation data platform for massive scale analytics - extremely simple, cost-efficient, and fast.

Our Mission

At ChaosSearch, our mission is to help modern organizations Know Better® by activating the data lake for analytics.

With ChaosSearch, we don’t have to think about how we’re going to use the data before we access it. It’s just there for us to query. That helps us deliver new opportunities to the business.
Jeff Kinsherf, SVP Engineering Services & SRE
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Ed Walsh

Ed Walsh

Chief Executive Officer

Ed is a challenger, innovator and believer that great teams deliver amazing client experiences. He has founded multiple companies and been CEO or GM of large Fortune 50 businesses and startups alike. He cherishes any time with his two daughters and wife and his large extended family.

Thomas Hazel

Thomas Hazel

Chief Technology and Science Officer

Follower/Creator of bleeding-edge technology in distributed computing & information science, Tom splits his time walking his big Newfs, jogging down the Charles, and coding.

Melinda Smith

Melinda Smith

Chief Financial Officer

Melinda loves how numbers and data tell a story about the lifecycle of every company. She has been part of some great leadership teams building high-growth and acquired startups. Outside of work, Melinda spends time watching her kids play lots of soccer and cooking iconic recipes with her husband.

David Noblet

David Noblet

Chief Architect

David’s background is in distributed systems, databases, and formal methods. His love for functional programming languages is unconstrained. He eats monads for breakfast.

Dave Armlin

Dave Armlin

VP Customer Success

Dave loves technology and balances his addiction to coffee (not a snob, any will do) with quality time with his wife, daughter, and son as they attack whatever sport is in season.

Andre Rocha

Andre Rocha

VP Product & Operations

Andre loves building processes & systems to enable the hyper growth of disruptive technology companies. He embraces any opportunity to learn, travel or talk macroeconomics.


Marlan Hardie

Marlan K. Hardie

AVP, Chief Digital Officer - Global Service Provider | Board Member | CDO Club | Forbes Technology Council

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