David Friend

David Friend

David Friend is the co-founder and CEO of Wasabi, a revolutionary cloud storage company and game changer for media and entertainment. As storage needs explode and the leading storage options become competitors to many media companies, Wasabi provides bottomless storage that's six times faster, 80% cheaper and even more reliable than the competition. You may not know David but in his long history as an entrepreneur and inventor he has touched your life, likely in several ways. One of the most iconic opening riffs in rock music--The Who's Baba O'Riley--used the synthesizer developed by David's first company, ARP Instruments. David and his ARP synthesizers also jammed with Stevie Wonder, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin and even helped Steven Spielberg communicate with aliens providing that legendary five-note communication in Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

A career for most, that was just the beginning for David. He also founded or co-founded five other companies: Computer Pictures Corporation - an early player in computer graphics, Pilot Software - a company that pioneered multidimensional databases for crunching large amounts of customer data for major retail companies, Faxnet - which became the world's largest provider of fax-to-email services, Sonexis - a VoIP conferencing company, and immediately prior to Wasabi, what is now one of the world's leading cloud backup companies, Carbonite. Currently valued at over $1B dollars, Carbonite also provided David the foundation to develop the ground-breaking technologies that distinguish Wasabi.

David's impact is not limited to his inventions. He is a respected philanthropist and supporter of the arts in Boston. He is on the board of Berklee College of Music, where there is a concert hall named in his honor, and serves as president of the board of Boston Baroque, an orchestra and chorus that has received 7 Grammy nominations. He is an avid mineral and gem collector and donated the David Friend Gem and Mineral Hall at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History.

David graduated from Yale and attended the Princeton University Graduate School of Engineering where he was a David Sarnoff Fellow. He lives in Boston where if you do meet with him and he's a little sweaty don't be alarmed, there's a good chance, he ran, rode a bike or took the stairs to get there.

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