Founded in 2018 by a team from Stanford University, Clockwork’s technology enables time-sensitive applications in areas such as financial trading, high-tech, and online gaming. Being software-based, its solutions can run anywhere: in on-premises data centers, public clouds, or hybrid environments. Taking aim at the “clockless architecture” prevalent in distributed systems and networks, Clockwork aims to redefine a large part of the way these technologies (which underlie the cloud) are currently practiced.


Balaji Prabhakar
Co-Founder and CEO

Balaji is the VMWare Founders Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University. His research interests are in computer networks; notably, in Data Center Networks and Cloud Computing Platforms. Previously, Balaji was the Co-Founder and Chief Scientist of Urban Engines which developed a new type of database which maps objects in motion. The company was acquired by Google in 2016.

Mendel Rosenblum
Chief Scientist

Mendel is a Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. He has published research in the areas of disk storage management, computer simulation techniques, scalable operating system structure, virtualization computer security, and mobility. He was also a co-founder of VMware Inc. where he served as the Chief Scientist for the company’s first 10 years.

Deepak Merugu

Deepak was previously a co-founder of Urban Engines which was acquired by Google. He received his PhD and MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and his Bachelor of Technology, Electrical Engineering from IIT, Mumbai.

Yilong Geng

Yilong received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University where his research led to the Huygens clock synchronization system that serves as the foundation for Clockwork's technology. He received his Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Tsinghua University.

Dan Zheng
VP of Partnerships and Operations

Previously, Dan was a Sr. Research Engineer, at Stanford University. Prior to that, Dan was the General Manager, Product and Partnerships for Urban Engines. Dan also worked at Google in New Business Development. Dan holds a BSE, CS from Princeton University.


New Enterprise Associates, Inc. (NEA)
Lead Series A investor, $21M

John Hennessy
Ex-President of Stanford, Chairman of the Board of Alphabet

Ram Shriram
Investor, Member: Stanford Board of Trustees and Board of Alphabet

Jerry Yang
AME Cloud Ventures, Co-Founder of Yahoo!

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