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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

Amy Chang

Advisory Board Member
Amy serves on the board of directors for Disney, Procter & Gamble, Marqeta, SambaNova, Pragma and has previously served on the boards of Cisco, Splunk and Informatica, which encompass nearly a trillion dollars in total market cap.
After the acquisition of her startup Accompany (an AI/ML-based relationship intelligence platform serving Fortune 500 companies) by Cisco, she led Cisco’s multi-billion dollar Collaboration business. Prior to Accompany, Amy was at Google, where she led the teams for Google Analytics, Website Optimizer, Trends, and multichannel attribution. Further, She previously led product for the paid search and affiliates channels at eBay, as well as worked in the semiconductor and software industries at McKinsey. She started her career in hardware with Intel, AMD and Motorola.
Amy serves on the UCSF Hospital Executive Committee, the Stanford School of Engineering Dean’s Advisory Board, and as an advisor to Panther Labs, DataRobot, Greenlight, DataChat,, PerfectDay, KatanaGraph, Galileo,, NoviConnect, Hubspot (now public), Datorama (acquired by Salesforce), Skyhigh Networks (acquired by McAfee), Optimizely (acquired by Episerver), BloomReach, Origami Logic (acquired by Intuit).
Amy holds a BS in Electrical Engineering with a hardware subspecialty and an MS in Electrical Engineering with a network systems subspecialty, both from Stanford University.

Team Members

Hakim Weatherspoon – CEO
Robbert VanRenesse – Chief Scientist
Zhiming Shen – CTO
Scott Terhaar – Senior Manager, Operations
Rohan Prakash – Sr. Business Development Manager
Nayan Lad – Business Development Manager
Tian Ren – Senior Software Engineer
Tammy Fischer – Senior Software Engineer
Bryton Choates – Software Engineer
Nathan Fasick – Software Engineer
Kevin Negy – Software Engineer
Tycho Nightingale – Software Engineer
John Patek – Software Engineer
Clara Steinhoff – Software Engineer
Brynn Szczesniak – Software Engineer
Eric Gailloux – Software Engineer
Shashi Mallela – Software Engineer
Ning Zhong – Solutions Architect
Venkat Namala – Solutions Architect
Kevin Smith – Solutions Architect
Ashley Rattanasengchanh – General Administrator



Join Our Team

Exotanium is searching for an Enterprise Support Software Engineer to provide in-depth front-line support for our customers, working across the stack from code to infrastructure configuration to diagnose and resolve production issues.

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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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