A short history

RAW has deep roots in academia, being born in 2011 from an database research project known as NoDB. In early 2015, RAW Labs was founded to further develop RAW commercially.


  natassa Anastasia Ailamaki

Professor of Computer and Communication Sciences at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland; currently on academic leave, to co-found and run RAW Labs SA. Ailamaki has a 20-year-long career on data-intensive systems and applications, with technological inventions on data layouts for emerging micro-architectures, data management on solid-state storage, and computational databases for data-intensive medical and other scientific applications. Her algorithms are in popular database products by Oracle, IBM, and Microsoft. She has several academic awards from ERC, ESF, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and eight best-paper awards for systems work at top database, storage, and computer architecture forums. She has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2000. She is an ACM fellow and the vice chair of the ACM SIGMOD, a senior member of the IEEE, and serves at the Global Agenda Council for Data, Society and Development of the World Economic Forum.

 miguel Miguel Branco

CTO of RAW Labs leading RAW’s technical team and product. Between 2003-2009, Miguel was at CERN where he developed the distributed data management system of the ATLAS Experiment of the Large Hadron Collider, a massive multi-PB data management infrastructure across 100+ computing centers. After CERN, and frustrated by the apparent limitations of existing database systems, Miguel was briefly converted into an academic database researcher working with Anastasia on in-situ query processing as the future of data management. He received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Southampton in 2009.  Miguel and Anastasia have been working together in the past 5+ years at EPFL before co-founding RAW Labs.

Ariel Lüdi

As a major shareholder and CEO of hybris software, Ariel helped the company to grow internationally and position it as a global omnichannel commerce leader. Ariel‘s role was also instrumental in driving the successful acquisition of the company by SAP in August 2013 for more than 1B USD. Prior to joining hybris, Ariel held senior positions at Oracle and He entered the realm of e-commerce in 1996 as SVP Europe at BroadVision. Ariel studied Physics at ETH in Zurich.