Mike Olson

Mike Olson co-founded Cloudera in 2008 and served as its CEO until 2013, when he took on his current role of chief strategy officer (CSO.) As CSO, Mike is responsible for Cloudera’s product strategy, open source leadership, engineering alignment, and direct engagement with customers. Prior to Cloudera Mike was CEO of Sleepycat Software, makers of Berkeley DB, the open source embedded database engine. Mike spent two years at Oracle Corporation as vice president for Embedded Technologies after Oracle’s acquisition of Sleepycat in 2006. Prior to joining Sleepycat, Mike held technical and business positions at database vendors Britton Lee, Illustra Information Technologies, and Informix Software. Mike has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley.


The enterprise data cloud

March 28, 2019

Mike Olson describes the key capabilities an enterprise data cloud system requires, and why hybrid and multi-cloud is the future.

Journey to consolidation

September 27, 2017

Cesar Delgado joins Mike Olson to show how Apple is using its big data stack and expertise to solve non-data problems.

Enabling data science in the enterprise

May 25, 2017

Tom Smith explains how the UK's Office of National Statistics is using data science to create repeatable, accurate, and transferable statistical research.

The machine learning renaissance

March 15, 2017

Mike Olson says without big data and a platform to manage big data, machine learning and artificial intelligence just don’t work.

The new dynamics of big data

September 28, 2016

Mike Olson discusses the new dynamics of big data and how a renewed approach focused on where, who, and why can lead to cutting edge solutions.


Modern data strategy and CERN

June 2, 2016

Cloudera's Mike Olson and CERN's Manuel Martin Marquez discuss how CERN is using Hadoop to help drive operational efficiency for the Large Hadron Collider.