Will Hayes is the CEO of Lucidworks, a San Francisco-based enterprise search company. He began his technology career at 18 as a software engineer at Genentech. Later in his twenties, he joined big data analysis company Splunk, where he spent eight years in a variety of roles across engineering and business development, opening new markets in 20 countries and helping build the company into a publicly traded, 1,500-person organization whose true disruption laid the foundation for the Big Data movement we see and know today. Will then joined Lucidworks as Chief Product Officer and eventually was appointed CEO, leading the transformation from a Apache Lucene/Solr consultancy to an enterprise product company powering search and data discovery for some of the world’s biggest brands.
Fun fact: Lucidworks employees contribute 70% of Apache Solr’s code.