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TechCrunch on UW CSE alum Christophe Bisciglia’s startup Odiago

Cloudera founder Christophe Bisciglia is debuting his new startup today, called Odiago. Odiago develops a product called WibiData, which leverages Apache Hadoop to manage and analyze large amounts of data. And the company is launching with a number of major backers including Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, Cloudera CEO Mike Olson, and SV Angel.”

Christophe received his Bachelors degree from UW CSE in 2003 and joined Google.  In 2007, he returned to UW on his Google 20% time to create the nation’s first “Google-scale programming” course, which landed him on the cover of Business Week and stimulated Google and IBM to invest in an Academic Datacenter Initiative to spread the curriculum – an effort later joined by the National Science Foundation.

In 2008, with the support of Eric Schmidt, Christophe left Google to found Cloudera, now the leading provider of Apache Hadoop-based software and services.   (Hadoop had been co-developed by UW CSE Ph.D. alum Mike Cafarella, now a faculty member at the University of Michigan, and Doug Cutting, now at Cloudera.)  Christophe lured Aaron Kimball, a UW CSE graduate student who had worked with him on the course, to take a leave of absence and join Cloudera.

In 2010, Christophe and Aaron left Cloudera to found Odiago.  UW CSE alum Garrett Wu is also on the Odiago team.

Read the TechCrunch post here.  A more technical description of Odiago’s WibiData offering appears in DBMS2 here.