About Lightbend

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Who We Are

Lightbend is leading the enterprise transformation toward real-time, cloud-native applications. Our mission is to help our clients become real-time enterprises with systems that combine the scalability and resilience of microservices architecture with the real-time value of streaming data. We are the authors of the Reactive Manifesto, a founding member of the Reactive Streams Initiative, the creator of Reactive Summit, and the host of Scala Days.

We are also a founding member of the Reactive Foundation, now part of the Linux Foundation. The Reactive Foundation is a vendor-neutral home for Reactive projects and initiatives focused on the development of distributed systems and educating technologists and business leaders alike to take full advantage of the cloud.

Lightbend is the company behind OSS application frameworks Akka, Play and Lagom, streaming data pipelines framework Cloudflow, the next generation serverless project Cloudstate, and the Scala programming language.

What We Do

Lightbend technologies are built on the principles of reactive architecture for responsive, scalable, and distributed systems. So any digitally transformative business strategy no matter how ambitious, challenging or innovative can be implemented…fast.

Our Customers

Our customers are enterprises investing in digital excellence that are focused on taking full advantage of transformative business innovation such as mobile, big data, IoT, ML and AI.

What We Provide

Lightbend technologies are provided through an annual subscription. From development through production and well beyond, Lightbend subscriptions equip teams with the technology and expertise required for project success.

Who Trusts Us

Globally recognized brands (including a quarter of the Fortune 100) use Lightbend technologies.

Meet the leadership team


Jonas Bonér

Jonas Bonér

CEO & Founder

Jonas Bonér is CEO and founder of Lightbend, and the creator of the Akka event-driven middleware project. Previously he was a core technical contributor at Terracotta, working on core JVM-level clustering technology, and at BEA, as part of the JRockit JVM team. Jonas has also been an active contributor to open source projects including the AspectWerkz Aspect-Oriented Programming (AOP) framework and the Eclipse AspectJ project. He is an amateur Jazz musician, passionate skier and holds a Bachelors of Science from Mid Sweden University.

Sushila Sahay

Sushila Sahay

Chief Operating Officer

Sushila Sahay leads all Go-To-Market, People and Operational aspects at Lightbend. She has previously led Lightbend's Cloud business including Engineering, Evangelism, Operations. She has over 25 years of experience running cross functional groups for high growth tech and software companies. Sushila is classically trained singer, is based in Denver after living in San Francisco for 18 years, and has an MBA (Honors) in Strategic Management from the University of Alberta, Canada.

Brad Murdoch

Brad Murdoch

Executive Vice President
Strategy & Product

Brad Murdoch brings more than 25 years of enterprise experience to Lightbend. In this role he drives corporate strategy and product management as well as owning responsibility for all of Lightbend’s strategic alliances. Brad has filled a number of executive roles in business development, marketing, strategy and operations for early and growth stage companies in the professional open source, cybersecurity and enterprise mobility markets, including JBoss (acquired by Red Hat), Prevoty, Framehawk (acquired by Citrix), and Nukona (acquired by Symantec). Brad holds an honors degree in Computer Science from the University of Glasgow.

Jeff Vance

Jeff Vance

Executive Vice President
Global Field Operations

Jeff Vance is responsible for Global Field Operations including sales, services, alliances, and customer success. He brings more than 20 years of experience leading sales and revenue with enterprise software companies. Prior to joining Lightbend, Jeff was a key executive sales leader for North America at TIBCO Software and through their acquisition by Vista Private Equity. Prior to TIBCO, he has led revenue with other global enterprise software companies to rapid growth and acquisitions. Jeff earned his Bachelor in Marketing from Southern Methodist University (SMU), where he was also an All-American swimmer.

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Joanne Harris

Joanne Harris

Executive Vice President
Marketing

Joanne Harris leads Marketing for Lightbend globally and brings over 20 years of Enterprise Software Marketing experience. Previously she was CMO at Polyverse a leading edge cybersecurity start-up and before that Global Vice President of Marketing for SUSE, the world’s largest independent open source company. Prior to joining SUSE, Joanne served as an independent consultant for a number of US technology startups in the UK and earlier in her career, led EMEA Strategic Alliances and Partner Marketing for Veritas Software. Joanne holds an MBA in Marketing and lives and works in Seattle, WA, USA.

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