Sam Pullara is vice president and chief technologist at Yahoo!. While at Yahoo!, Pullara has led the Yahoo! Application Platform, played key roles in business and technology strategy, including business development and M&A, and also contributed to a variety of tech technology programs and initiatives, including work on grid computing (e.g. Hadoop), virtualization and large scale reliable data systems.
Before Yahoo!, Pullara founded Gauntlet Systems while an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Accel Venture Partners . Gauntlet was later sold to Borland, where Pullara became Chief Architect, and Gauntlet’s technology was integrated into Borland’s Lifecycle Quality Management products. Before Accel, Pullara was a member of the Technology Advancement Group at BEA Systems, where he worked on all aspects of the WebLogic Server product line. He was an early employee of WebLogic before it was acquired by BEA in 1998.
Pullara is a board member of the OpenSocial Foundation, founded by Yahoo!, Google and MySpace. He also contributes to open source projects and volunteers his time to the Java Community Process through participation in several expert groups. Pullara has a M.S. in Physics from Northwestern University and a B.S. in Physics from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).