Ken Gardner is a software industry veteran with more than 35 years in the enterprise software industry. He is currently the Founder and Executive Chairman of SOASTA, Inc. SOASTA has harnessed the power of cloud computing to become the leading provider of cloud testing, which businesses use to test the real-world performance of their web applications. From 2002 until June 2005, he was the Founder, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Istante Software (originally Iteration Software) which was sold to Oracle Corporation in December 2004.
Prior to founding Istante, Ken co-founded Sagent, a business intelligence software company, in June 1995, and served as the company’s President and CEO through the company’s 1999 IPO on NASDAQ. Prior to Sagent, He was Vice President of Products at Borland International from March 1994 to March 1995. Previously, he was President, CEO and a Founder of ReportSmith, Inc., from February 1992 until the company was purchased by Borland in 1994. From 1988 to 1991, Ken was President, CEO and Founder of Viewpoint Systems. From 1985 to 1988 he was the Vice President of Technology at Tesseract. From 1978 to 1985 he held various research and development positions at Tymshare.
He has been a board member at each of his own startups and has served as a board member at Commerce One, Kabira, DataSage, Everdream and The Application Group. He is currently on the Board of Directors of Accept Software.
Ken is a 1972 graduate of the University of Louisville and holds a BS degree in Finance. In 2000, he was named an Alumni Fellow of the University of Louisville College of Business. He holds many patents for inventions in business intelligence and real-time analytics.