Tech Leadership and Innovation

Yugabyte CEO awaits flywheel effect for cloud-native apps

Tech veteran Bill Cook is at it again with a database and managed service aimed at applications written for the cloud.


It’s fair to say that Bill Cook has been around a bit in the tech business. In the opening exchanges of our video call he namechecks Scott McNealy from his long stint at Sun Microsystems, another former cohort in Pat Gelsinger (now Intel head honcho) and several other Silicon Valley luminaries. Now he’s back as the CEO of Yugabyte, the company behind an open source distributed SQL database YugabyteDB, that’s squarely aimed at the very hot cloud-native applications segment.  

“I felt I had one more in me,” Cook says, modestly, but in reality this promising scale-up is lucky to have him, his deal-making nous and his far-reaching network. Ex-Sun CEO McNealy has been brought in as an advisor and Cook hopes to ride some familiar innovation waves.

“The last thing the world wants is ‘another database’ but the world does need the attributes of cloud-native scale and to be able to just turn the knob up and down on that scale,” he says. 

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