Derek Collison, CEO and Founder of Apcera

Derek Collison

Founder, Chief Executive Officer

An industry veteran and pioneer in large-scale distributed systems and enterprise computing, Derek Collison has held executive positions at TIBCO Software, Google, and VMware. At TIBCO, he designed and implemented a wide range of messaging products, including Rendezvous and EMS. As TIBCO’s Senior Vice President and Chief Architect, Derek led technical and strategic product direction and delivery. He co-founded the AJAX APIs group at Google and went on to VMware to design and architect the industry’s first open PaaS, Cloud Foundry.

With numerous software patents and frequent speaking engagements, Derek is a recognized leader in distributed systems design and architecture, as well as emerging cloud platforms. He earned a bachelor’s degree with honors in Computer Science from the University of Maryland.