Appian Ventures

Juan Rodriguez has pioneered the development of advanced computer data storage technologies across four decades. After designing and testing IBM’s earliest tape storage products, Juan co-founded StorageTek in 1969, now a $2 billion global company, where he served as VP of Engineering, VP and GM of Hard Disk Operations, and VP and GM of Optical Disk Operations. In 1985, he left StorageTek to co-found Exabyte, where he held the positions of chairman, president and CEO. In 1996, he co-founded Ecrix Corporation and, as its chairman and CEO, led the charge for its development of the breakthrough VXA packet-format tape drive, ultimately merging Ecrix with Exabyte in 2001. Juan has also served as a director of Maxtor, Vixel and Iomega.

For the last decade, Juan has been a professor in the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado. He is also the co-founder of the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship, a joint venture between the College of Engineering and the College of Business at the University of Colorado. He was elected a Fellow of the IEEE in 1990 and was awarded The CCNY Engineering School Alumni Group's Career Achievement Award in 2002. Juan holds a B.S.EE from The City College of New York and a M.S.EE from New York University.