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About Cambridge West Ventures

Cambridge West Ventures is designed to power innovation by providing resources to early stage start-ups. We know that the process of turning a great idea into an amazing company can be tough, especially the first steps. We have a track record of advising successful teams in the earliest days of founding. Our network includes top Angels and VCs in both Boston and Silicon Valley.

Cambridge West Ventures is not making any new investments. Stay tuned for the next chapter -- Start Smart Labs!

Raymie Stata, Managing Director

Raymie Stata is Managing Director of Cambridge West Ventures and CEO of VertiCloud, a startup building a hosted Big Data platform for data-driven applications. Stata comes to VertiCloud from Yahoo!, Inc., where he most recently held the position of Chief Technical Officer. At Yahoo, he played an instrumental role in the development of Yahoo!’s infrastructures for algorithmic search, display advertising, and cloud computing. He also helped set Yahoo’s Open Source strategy and initiate its participation in the Hadoop project. Prior to joining Yahoo!, Stata founded Stata Laboratories, maker of the Bloomba search-based e-mail client, which he sold to Yahoo! in 2004. He has also worked for Digital Equipment’s Systems Research Center, where he contributed to the AltaVista search engine, and was an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at UC Santa Cruz. Stata received his PhD in Computer Science from MIT in 1996.

Ellen Salisbury, Executive Director

Ellen Salisbury is Executive Director of Cambridge West Ventures and VP of Business Operations at VertiCloud. She was previously 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 BA in Humanities and attended the MBA program at Loyola University of Chicago.