Prat is a successful entrepreneur with more than 18 years of experience inventing next-generation data services and building strong teams in the technology sector. As senior vice president of strategy, products and marketing at IBM Netezza, he led a worldwide 400-person team that launched the latest Netezza data warehouse appliance, which became a market leader in price and performance, as well as IBM’s first big data appliance. Following Netezza’s sale to IBM for $1.7 billion in 2010, Prat drove the company’s growth strategy and was the force behind its thought leadership in appliances and analytics.
Prat has enjoyed success as a serial entrepreneur and strategic leader for various data-intensive analytics products. He was the founder and CEO of Tizor, a Netezza- acquired startup that provided behavioral auditing and analytics for data compliance, and StreamCenter, a startup that pioneered real-time data mining of large-scale Internet congestion data for video delivery. Prat started his career at Bell Labs, holds several patents and received a PhD in Electrical Engineering from UCLA. Prat was also recently President of TIE Boston, a non-profit where he led a group of over 150 successful entrepreneurs to mentor, invest in and accelerate Boston-based startups.