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VC-backed Interana appoints VP of engineering

Menlo Park, California-based Interana, a provider of self-service analytics for event data, has named Rich Sanzi as vice president of engineering. Previously, Sanzi worked at NetApp, where he served as vice president of engineering. Interana is backed by Battery Ventures, Data Collective, Fuel Capital, Index Ventures, SV Angel and Y Combinator.


MENLO PARK, CA–(Marketwired – Apr 16, 2015) – Interana, the self-service analytics solution for event data, today announced the appointment of former NetApp executive Rich Sanzi as vice president of engineering. Sanzi joins an impressive leadership roster at Interana as well as skilled engineers, product designers, and customer-service and sales support personnel from leading technology companies such as Facebook, Intel, LinkedIn, Google, Apple, Microsoft, Netflix, Oracle, Symantec, SAP and VMware.

In his new role, Sanzi is responsible for all aspects of software delivery and driving customer success and reports to Interana co-founder and chief executive officer Ann Johnson. Leveraging over 20 years of software delivery and enterprise delivery strategy experience, Sanzi will help accelerate Interana’s global growth and further the mission of giving people a clear picture of their business, so they can make the best data informed decisions.

“Rich is an amazing addition to our team at Interana,” said Ann Johnson, CEO and founder of Interana. “He fits perfectly into our low ego, high curiosity culture. Rich has a magical combination of entrepreneurial spirit, enterprise experience, and leadership ability. Together, he and our CTO are a serious engineering management force.

Rich Sanzi comes to Interana from NetApp, where as vice president of engineering, he led the development of Data ONTAP, the industry’s leading storage Operating System. Sanzi was responsible for leading the integration of Spinnaker Networks and NetApp technologies in the creation of Clustered Data ONTAP. Prior to NetApp, Sanzi was the co-founder and vice president of engineering of Spinnaker Networks. Sanzi has also served in leadership roles at FORE Systems and IBM/Transarc Corporation.

“I’ve worked at startups several times in my life and it really brings out my passion. You get the opportunity to wear many hats, as there are many different problems to solve, and work with bright people.” said Sanzi. “And there are plenty of great people with lots of energy at Interana! The founders are truly amazing and have a tiger by the tail with their approach to self-serve analytics. As cloud and SaaS have gained in popularity, the real value has moved up through the data storage layer into analytics in order to enable business leaders to make better and timelier decisions for their business. Interana has not been around very long; however, their revenue growth is impressive and customer feedback has been fantastic. I look forward to helping the company scale.”

Rich Sanzi enjoys cycling and swimming, was board president of a USAA Swim Team and participates in philanthropic efforts, like providing a scholarship to Carnegie Mellon. He is also married with three daughters and loves Italian cuisine.

About Interana
Interana is the full-stack self-service analytics solution for event data that answers critical business questions on how customers behave and products are used. Interana makes understanding behavior — or the patterns of events people, products, or machines make over time — straightforward, providing fast answers to critical business questions on conversion, growth, retention, engagement, and more. Interana is smart enough for the data team, but simple enough for everyone to use, allowing people to explore massive, rich data sets to power their business analytics. Based in Menlo Park, CA, Interana is founded by top technology experts from Facebook, Intel, LinkedIn, Google, Apple, Microsoft, Netflix, Oracle, Symantec and VMware, and is backed by venture capital firms Battery Ventures, Data Collective, Fuel Capital, Index Ventures, SV Angel, and YCombinator. To find out more about Interana, visit and follow us on Twitter at @InteranaCorp.