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>A business leader in the computer software and Internet industries, Michael Baum developed a method to combat the proliferation of machine-generated databy harnessing divergent IT information and turning it into intelligence for security, compliance and operations professionals. As Founding CEO of Splunk, he led the company to a position as the industry standard for the management of IT data, allowing users to organize and extract operational intelligence from terabytes of logs, alerts, messages and configuration data. Under Michael's direction Splunk grew more than 100 percent 6 years in a row, to 175 employees, more than 2,000 customers globally,, including the U.S. Department of Energy, New York Life Insurance Company, NASA, Facebook, Zynga, Dow Jones & Company, and Chevron Corporation.

A graduate of Drexel University in Philadelphia, where he earned a B.S. in Computer Science, Michael Baum completed an M.B.A. with a concentration on marketing and finance at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. While still in college, he started an early Internet service, Reality Online, later acquired by Thomson Reuters. AT&T acquired his next company, Pensoft, which created a mobile device database platform. Several other major companies also acquired companies Michael founded. Infoseek acquired 280, which developed an application server for collaborative web services; Yahoo! Inc. bought dotBank, a pioneer in online payments; and IBM acquired Collation, Inc., developer of application dependency mapping software.

Michael Baum served as a Venture Partner at Prism Venture Partners in Needham, Massachusetts; as Vice President of e-Commerce Services for Yahoo! Inc. in Sunnyvale, California; and as a Principal of Advent International Corporation in Boston. At present, he acts as a Board Member and Advisor for several cutting-edge technology companies, including Loggly, Inc. in San Francisco, a log management service; and Mu Dynamics in Sunnyvale, which provides NGN and cloud testing services. Michael is also an advisor to Delfigo Security, headquartered in Boston providing multi-factor authentication security software and Veloxum in Scotts Valley, California - providers of continuous optimization software for VMware, Citrix, Microsoft and other virtualization environments.

He has been a regular speaker in Interop, an IT conference and expo featuring the latest Internet innovations.

Also active in his community, Michael Baum holds membership on the Board of Directors of the Ross School Foundation and the Town of Ross Citizen Oversight Committee. Michael also enjoys snowboarding, biking, and traveling in his leisure time.

Work experience


Board Member

Ross School Foundation

CEO, Chief Business Development Officer & Founder

Splunk Inc.



Marketing & Finance

University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

Drexel University