At StackState, we connect dev, ops and businesses through a unified view of the IT landscape and business processes.
Mission, Vision, Values
We strive at keeping our values, we let our vision guide us and we will fulfil our mission. This is what StackState is all about. This is what defines us.
StackState is on a mission to ease the complexities of running and evolving the digital enterprise by providing the means to achieve a high-quality, impact-free IT landscape.
It will become the new norm, world-wide, for any digital enterprise to have an AIOps platform like StackState at its core to regulate the high-level operation and evolution of its information technology.
No matter how diverse, complex and dynamic the IT landscape is, there will be a real-time and up-to-date platform that contains every corner at the right level of abstraction.
This platform will be the central nervous system of your IT landscape that enables human and artificial intelligence, automation and collaboration. StackState will lead the change in this new era.
Improving the quality of life – StackState does not exist for its own sake, but exists to improve people their lives. We want your train to arrive on time. Your mortgage payment to be processed in an orderly fashion. The bread to arrive to the bakery on time, so you can enjoy a nice breakfast, etc.
Team play – Large IT environments will always be heterogeneous and always evolving. Yesterday it was microservices, tomorrow it will be serverless and inevitably the day after tomorrow it will be the next new thing. StackState will not pretend to be the best at everything. However, we will help you integrate the tools and solutions you already love, so you will never be stuck.
Keeping it simple – IT is already complex enough, we’re trying to keep it simple. If there is a simpler way to achieve the same thing, or a way to not bother you with something you don’t need to know at all, we will aim for it.
Letting you steal the show – The imagination can run wild with the amount of things that StackState can be used for. We just can’t do all those things ourselves, so we will enable you to use StackState as a platform. You will be the one that truly steals the show.
Engineering culture – We love to build and to innovate. We take pride in a strong engineering culture that is focused on producing a high quality product that achieves more with less. Proof, logic, balanced trade-offs and reason always win over politics and status quo.
Open & direct communication – We strive to align ourselves to the truth of the matter, that is why we value open and direct communication. We encourage short and frequent feedback loops and don’t run away from difficult conversations.
Happiness is important – We care about the happiness of our people. We work hard, because we love what we do. We listen to each other and try to understand what drives us to make sure we don’t lose touch with our passions. It shows in the end result.
Our leadership team is comprised of industry veterans, with many years of experience as enterpreneurs, leaders and experts in the APM/monitoring space.
Throughout his career, Stephen has been able to combine both the creative and analytical aspects of his background into a successful career as a technology executive. He excels at identifying market needs that can be addressed through technology innovation and leading companies to success through rigorous execution. < His passion for building high-performing teams and purposeful cultures has provided him with the opportunity to take companies from $0 revenue to product/market fit to $1B+ exits. He has worked in a variety of contexts, from pre-revenue start-ups and F500 companies to hyper-growth organizations and companies in need of a turn-around.
Michel den Braver
Michel den Braver, who serves as overseer to the board and CFP, has more than 20 years experience within the IT industry. Michel fulfilled various finance roles, at Oracle, for almost 10 years, both domestic and international. After Oracle he was Finance Director for BroadVision in the Benelux area. After BroadVision Michel was responsible for both the Dutch and Belgian subsidiary of BEA Systems for a period of 3 years. Both BroadVision and BEA are listed at NASDAQ.
Kees van Bekkum
Kees van Bekkum is an experienced sales executive and is StackState’s managing director. Kees earned his chops in enterprise sales, building out successful sales organisations. In StackState, Kees is responsible for overall company performance as well as leading our sales team. In his spare time, Kees likes to spend time skiing, boating or admiring classic cars.
CTO & Co-Founder
Lodewijk Bogaards is a StackState co-founder and CTO. Lodewijk combines deep technical skills with high-level technical vision. If he’s not working on StackState, Lodewijk might be found playing squash, answering questions on StackOverflow or meditating.
Kees van Bekkum
VP EMEA & GENERAL MANAGER
Kees van Bekkum is an experienced sales executive and is StackState’s general manager. Kees earned his chops in enterprise sales, building out successful sales organisations. In StackState, Kees is responsible for overall company performance as well as leading our sales team. In his spare time, Kees likes to spend time skiing, boating or admiring classic cars.
Martin van Vliet
Martin van Vliet is a software development manager and part-time geek. He has experience building and scaling engineering teams at early-stage startups. At StackState, Martin works with our product and dev teams to optimise our ability to deliver a high-quality product. In his spare time, he volunteers to teach kids about coding and computers.
Product Owner & Co-Founder
Mark Bakker is a StackState co-founder and product owner. Mark is an experienced IT architect who lived the problems StackState is solving. With a deep knowledge of AIOps products and industry, Mark and his team design the StackState product. Outside of the office, Mark likes to climb rocks and runs a boyscout unit.
Daan Teunissen is the founder of Xebia Group, a collection of services organizations covering virtually all aspects of modern IT, and CEO of StackState. Under Daan’s guidance, Xebia Group has flourished and given birth to multiple new companies, among Instruqt and StackState.
Alex is an energetic top executive with 30+ years of experience in the software industry, skilled in developing, growing and directing global operations, sales, marketing, and services organizations. He is an inspiring leader with extensive knowledge and connections in cloud, security, IT infrastructure, open source, and related IT fields, specializing in sound positioning, growth, and go-to-market strategies. In addition to serving on public and private boards of directors, Alex has held four CEO positions, served as President and Section 16 officer in two public companies (Red Hat and Rackspace), and founded three companies on his own. He remains active on public and private boards and continues to advise and invest in startups and firms seeking global expansion, through his company Capri Ventures LLC.
Wim Heijting advises IT businesses on PE/VC financing and M&A from his boutique firm Finch Corporate Strategy Services B.V. which he found in 2005. Next to this he sits on the board of MaxGrip, MP Objects and is special advisor to the Noaber Foundation. Before Finch Wim has been General Counsel (IPO and Secondary Offering at NASDAQ and the Amsterdam exchange in 1995 and 1996 respectively), and COO (German speaking and Eastern Europe) at Baan Company, Managing Partner at Vanenburg Capital Management (investor in WebEx and TopTier), CEO at Watermark and COO at Cordys.