About hack/reduce

Our mission is to help Boston create the talent and the technologies that will shape our future in a big data-driven economy. At hack/reduce you’ll get access to our large-scale compute cluster, hands-on workshops, and a physical space in the heart of Kendall Square.

hack/reduce is a non-profit established in partnership with the State of Massachusetts, a number of local and global firms committed to innovation, and in collaboration with MIT, Harvard and other local universities. Working closely with our partners and the community, we’ll bring developers, data scientists and domain experts across disciplines together to create the next generation of Big Data technologies and applications.

Board of Directors

Frederic Lalonde – Frederic Lalonde is the founder and CEO of Hopper. Previously, Fred was a vice president at Expedia, running product planning for Hotels and Packages for Expedia.com. Prior to Expedia, Fred co-founded Newtrade Technologies, which grew to become one of the world’s largest connectivity platforms for the hospitality market after it was acquired by Expedia in 2002. Fred also sits on the board of directors of MakeMyTrip, India’s leading online travel company.


Christopher Lynch – Chris Lynch is a partner at Atlas Venture, focusing on Big Data technologies and business models.  Chris is a serial entrepreneur and was most recently SVP & GM of HP’s Data Analytics Business Unit, after the acquisition of Vertica Systems where he was CEO. He has been at the forefront of market tsunamis for the last 25 years, most recently Big Data, and specializes in bringing highly disruptive technologies to market. Chris’ resume includes executive leadership positions at Arrowpoint, Cisco, Acopia Networks, F5 Networks, Vertica Systems, and Hewlett Packard.

Advisory Board

Daniel Abadi – Daniel Abadi is an associate professor of computer science at Yale University where his reasearch focuses on database system architecture and implementation, and cloud computing. He received his PhD from MIT, where his dissertation on column-store database systems led to the founding of Vertica (which was eventually acquired by Hewlett Packard). In 2009 his research lab published a seminal paper on combining Hadoop and database system technology (called HadoopDB), and this research project was subsequently commercialized by Hadapt, where Professor Abadi serves as Chief Scientist. He is a recipient of a Churchill Scholarship, an NSF CAREER Award, a Sloan Research Fellowship, the 2008 SIGMOD Jim Gray Doctoral Dissertation Award, and the 2007 VLDB best paper award.

Rick Forcier – Rich Forcier is Chief Financial Officer of DataXu, a leader in digital marketing management solutions. He has extensive experience in the financial and operational management of high-growth private and public technology companies, and is responsible for leading corporate development, finance and administration as DataXu continues to expand both domestically and into new global markets.

Prior to DataXu, Rich held senior finance leadership positions and was instrumental in the growth and sale of three enterprise technology companies: Precise Software Solutions (PRSE), an application performance management company acquired by Veritas Software (VRTS); Maker Communications (MAKR), a semiconductor company focused on networking switches acquired by Conexant Systems (CNXT); and Tenebril, a security and privacy software company acquired by Halo Technology Holdings (HALO).

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Samuel Madden – Samuel Madden is an associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science in MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. His research interests include databases, sensor networks, and mobile computing. Research projects include the C-Store column-oriented database system, and the CarTel mobile sensor network system. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 2003 where he worked on the TinyDB system for data collection from sensor networks. Madden was named one of Technology Review’s Top 35 Under 35 in 2005, and is the recipient of several awards, including an NSF CAREER Award in 2004, a Sloan Foundation Fellowship in 2007, best paper awards in VLDB 2004 and 2007, and a best paper award in MobiCom 2006.


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Adam Fuchs – Adam Fuchs is the Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of sqrrl Data, INC. As a hack/reduce resident hacker, Adam’s goal is to share his knowledge of technology and techniques for processing big data while learning about more of the challenges faced by practitioners across a wide array of sectors. Before founding sqrrl, Adam spent most of the last decade at the National Security Agency, originally as a data scientist and then in infrastructure research and development. He specializes in building systems to support secure big data analysis application development. At NSA, Adam was an innovator and technical director for several database projects, handling some of the world’s largest and most diverse data sets. He is also co-founder of the Apache Accumulo project. Adam has a BS in Computer Science from the University of Washington and has completed extensive graduate-level course work at the University of Maryland. In his spare time, Adam enjoys racing sailboats, trail running, and getting lost in the woods.

Andrew Lamb – Andrew Lamb is Chief Architect at Nutonian, working on software to automatically distill insights from raw data and has over a decade of experience writing high performance software systems. Previously, at Vertica Systems (acquired by HP), he personally designed, implemented, debugged and supported substantial portions of the distributed query planning and execution, monitoring, SQL language features, and performance optimizations for the flagship Vertica Analytic Database while Vertica scaled from 0 customers to over 1000 customers and several Petabyte plus deployments. At DataPower (acquired by IBM), Andrew worked on an embedded compiler for XSLT, and the low level memory management subsystem. He is a graduate of MIT with a masters degree in compilers and the author of 2 granted US patents with several more applications pending.

Chuck Bear -Chuck Bear has been programming computers for nearly 30 years, and has spent his professional career at a variety of startup technology companies. It’s all just ones and zeros to him. Currently Chuck is serving as the “construction engineer” at Vertica Systems (an HP company), where he has translated the rough architectural vision of Vertica’s distributed massively parallel RDBMS system into a market-leading commercialized product.

Chris Wysopal – Chris Wysopal, co-founder and chief technology officer of Veracode, is responsible for the security analysis capabilities of Veracode technology. Chris is recognized as an expert and a well known speaker in the information security field and was recently named one of InfoWorld’s Top 25 CTO’s and one of the 100 most influential people in IT by the editorial staffs of eWeek, CIO Insight and Baseline Magazine. His groundbreaking work in 2002 while at the company @stake was instrumental in developing industry guidelines for responsibly disclosing software security vulnerabilities. Chris, along with Steve Christey of MITRE, proposed an IETF RFC identified as the “Responsible Vulnerability Disclosure Process,” which became the foundation for the Organization for Internet Safety (OIS). Chris is a founder of OIS, which established industry standards for the responsible disclosure of Internet security vulnerabilities. He is the author of The Art of Software Security Testing: Identifying Security Flaws, published by Addison Wesley and Symantec Press in December 2006. Chris earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer and Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Matt Burke – Matt Burke helps hack/reduce with marketing and communications. Matt has been working with tech and biotech startups get their messages out for more than fifteen years. He has run the marketing and communications programs for Atlas Venture since 2005 and has consulted to, or run marketing programs for, Aura Biosciences, Castle Networks (acquired by Siemens), Ellacoya Networks (acquired by Arbor Networks), MicroCHIPS, Myomo, Orthogon Systems (acquired by Motorola), Pathogenica and Polatis among others. Matt has a BS in Business Management from Chaminade University and completed the certificate program in Marketing Strategy at Harvard Business School.

Dave Balter -  Dave Balter is the founder and CEO of BzzAgent, Inc., which he founded in 2001 and was sold in 2011 to dunnhumby. In addition to BzzAgent CEO duties, Dave now serves on the Global Executive Team for dunnhumby. Dave co-founded the Word of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA), and he currently serves on its Board of Directors and as Chair of the Association’s International Committee. The author of two books on the subject, Grapevine and The Word of Mouth Manual: Volume II, Dave lectures around the world on trends in word of mouth and social media. In 2007, Harvard University dubbed him one of Boston’s “Hottest Technology CEOs.” In 2008, Dave was recognized as a Future Legend by the AdClub and he was named to the “40 under 40″ list by The Boston Business Journal and Advertising Specialty Institute. Dave also sits on the advisory boards of the Wharton Future of Advertising Project the Massachusetts Innovation & Technology Exchange and the Boston Boys & Girls Club Marketing and Communications Committee, is a mentor with Tech Stars, is Executive Chair of Smarterer and is an investor and/or advisor to a dozen startups.