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A new age cloud company that

works for you.

Exotanium, Inc. is a cloud resource optimization and management platform that uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) to help enterprises reduce spending in the cloud by up to 90%, while enhancing both operational security and performance. We are dedicated to developing the future of affordable cloud computing technology that empowers enterprises to command a finer level of control over their cloud computing resources.

How we do it

Meet the Team

With a team of leading researchers from Cornell University, the Exotanium engineers have a world-class understanding of cloud-based software engineering. But creating ‘smart’ technology requires more than deep expertise in technology. It also requires an appreciation of the pain points our clients face in their cloud computing services, and how to deliver a product that will make their lives significantly easier.


Hakim Weatherspoon

Co-founder & CEO

Hakim Weatherspoon is a Co-Founder and CEO at Exotanium. He is also a Computer Science Professor at Cornell University. He received his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley and is credited for cloud storage foundation for paper published in 2000. He received the 2018 ACM ASPLOS most influential paper award and was a PAC-10 football conference champion from U. Washington 1995.

Zhiming Shen

Co-founder & CTO

Zhiming Shen is a Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer for Exotanium. Zhiming received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Cornell University in 2017. His Ph.D. thesis focused on improving security, flexibility, and efficiency of cloud infrastructures and proposed new designs for cloud-native containers and cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) platforms.

Robbert van Renesse

Co-founder & Chief Scientist

Robbert van Renesse is the Chief Scientist for Exotanium. He is also a Computer Science Professor at Cornell University. He received his Ph.D. from Vrije University Amsterdam, is a ACM Fellow, Co-founded & sold two companies. Robert was also a technical advisor to Microsoft & Amazon. In his career he has authored 12 patents, published 200+ papers and graduated 28 Ph.D. students.

Board and Advisory Board

Lip-Bu Tan

Board Member

Amarjit Gill

Board Observer

Kenneth S. Rother


Ken Rother is a visiting lecturer at the Cornell Johnson Graduate School of Management where he teaches several entrepreneurship courses including NBA 6910 Entrepreneurship of Physical products and is also Managing Director of Cornell’s eLab student accelerator program.

Neel Purohit

Advisory Board Member And Board Observer

Neel Purohit is a member of the board of directors. Through this position, Neel advises on the overall operation of Exotanium. Neel works for Barclays as a portfolio manager and has worked for several other banks and asset managers in the past. He began his career as a management consultant. Neel hold a BS in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and an MS in Computational Finance from Carnegie Mellon University.

Daniel Sturman

Advisory Board Member

Daniel Sturman serves as an Advisory Board member for Exotanium. In this role, he advises Exotaniun on their product development efforts. Daniel has a rich and deep background in product development of the industry’s most powerful platforms for data management and analytics. He currently works as the CTO for Roblox.  Other positions and companies he has worked with are as a Sr Vice President at Cloudera, Google where he led the development of cloud products, and IBM as a researcher.

Ben Boyd

Advisory Board Member

Ben was previously the Chief Technology Officer of USATestprep and an Advisory Board Member for Exotanium. He began his career as a software developer working on environmentally-focused web properties for Discovery, Inc. and has led globally-distributed product and development teams across multiple industries, including media, non-profit online campaigning, and ed tech. Ben resides in Roswell, GA, with his wife, two boys, and feisty dog.

Ronnie Lott

Advisory Board Member

Niraj Tolia

Advisory Board Member

Team Members

Benjamin Boyd – VP Product and Engineering
Bryton Choates – Software Engineer
Nathan Fasick – Software Engineer
Eric Gailloux – Software Engineer
Nayan Lad – Business Development Manager
Kevin Negy – Software Engineer
Tycho Nightingale – Software Engineer
John Patek – Software Engineer
Rohan Prakash – Sr. Business Development Manager
Ashley Rattanasengchanh – General Administrator
Tian Ren – Software Engineer
Zhiming Shen – CTO
Ivan Sim – Software Engineer
Clara Steinhoff – Software Engineer
Scott Terhaar – Senior Manager, Operations
Robbert VanRenesse – Chief Scientist
Hakim Weatherspoon – CEO



Join Our Team

Exotanium is searching for Solution Architects to integrate our next-generation cloud-native container management platform with customer applications.

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Exotanium is searching for Software Engineers in Test to build test automation for our next-generation cloud-native container management platform with customer applications.

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Exotanium is searching for Cloud Integration Software Engineers to build out our next-generation cloud-native container management platform.

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Exotanium is seeking full-time Software Engineers and Research/Development Interns to join our team. Internship positions are not listed specifically and will be determined case by case.

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