Josh Coates


Josh Coates began his career in distributed systems research at the University of California, Berkeley and Microsoft's Bay Area Research Center.  Josh specialized in high performance and parallel disk and network I/O.  In 1998 Josh graduated with a degree in Computer Science and began working at Inktomi Corporation developing network caching software.

In 1999 Josh founded Scale Eight, which developed scalable storage software technologies. Scale Eight’s customers included Microsoft, Viacom and Fujitsu.


Scale Eight closed operations in early 2003 and sold its intellectual property to Intel Corporation. Josh then moved on to the non-profit Internet Archive. Josh directed engineering and operations and was tasked to build out their Petabyte data center in San Francisco.

In 2004, Josh relocated his family to Highland, Utah. The following year he founded Berkeley Data Systems (  Within two years Mozy had acquired over 300,000 customers, including over 8,000 business contracts.  In October of 2007 Mozy was sold to EMC for $76 million and is now run as a wholly owned subsidiary of EMC.

In 2007 Josh began volunteering as an adjunct instructor in the Computer Science Department at Brigham Young University. He officially left EMC/Mozy/Decho in January of 2009.

Josh is now the CEO of Instructure, a software company focused on education.


University of California, Berkeley, BA Computer Science


UC Berkeley CS (1992-1993, 1995-1998)

NOW / Millennium Research Group

Microsoft Research (1998)

Bay Area Research Center (BARC)

Inktomi (1999)

Software Engineer, Traffic Server

Scale Eight (1999-2003)

Founder, CTO

Raised $65M Series-A to C

Red Herring Hot 100, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, etc.

Hired 200+ employees

Offices in Tokyo, London, New York, Virginia, San Francisco

It was kind of a bust.

Internet Archive (non-profit) (2003-2004)

VP/Director of Engineering Operations

Berkeley Data Systems (Mozy) (2005-2007)

Founder, CEO

Raised $1.9M Series-A

Sold to EMC for $76M

Venture Capital Consulting

Oak Investment Partners

Interwest Partners

Sierra Ventures

Focus Ventures

Warburg Pincus

Articles / Papers

Poison in the Well:Could Utah's Unorthodox Debt-Funding Term Sheet Tactics Be Hurting Economic Growth? Josh Coates, Connect Magazine, October 2005 (also see the "rebuttal" by BYU/Utah Angels)

Are You an Open Source Bigot? Josh Coates, ACM Queue vol. 2, no. 3 - May 2004

Millennium Sort: A Cluster-Based Application for Windows NT Using DCOM, River Primitives, and the Virtual Interface Architecture. Philip Buonadonna, Joshua Coates, Spencer Low, and David E. Culler, University of California, Berkeley, In Proceedings of the 3rd USENIX Windows NT Symposium, July, 1999

Performance/Price Sort and PennySort. Gray, J., Coates, J., and Nyberg, C. Technical Report MSTR -98-45, Microsoft Research, August 1998

Honors, Associations and Awards

Utah Entrepreneur of the Year, UVEF 2007

vSpring Capital Top 100 Venture Entrepreneurs 2005-2007

Editorial Advisory Board of ACM Queue Magazine (2002-2004)

Task Force on Digital Repository Certification (RLG / NARA) (2003-2004)

Carrot Capital (Business Plan Challenge Judge 2001-2003)

MIT Technology Review’s Top 100 Young Innovators 2002

Red Herring’s Top Ten Entrepreneurs, 2001

Patents [Issued]

Dynamic Replication of Files in a Network Storage System;  Patent Number 7203731; Filing Date 12/29/00; Issued Date 4/10/07

Methods and Apparatus for Accessing Remote Storage in a Distributed Storage Cluster Architecture; Patent Number 6952737; Filing Date 12/29/00; Issued Date 10/04/05

Conference Panel/Speaker Engagements

Dow Jones VentureOne Outlook, San Francisco,CA 2007

UVF Private Equity Summit 2007, Salt Lake City, UT

Wasatch Venture Partner Conference 2007, Deer Valley, UT

Forbes/Gilder Telecosm 2006, Lake Tahoe, CA

Dow Jones Datacenter Ventures 2006, San Jose, CA

UVF Private Equity Summit 2006, Salt Lake City, UT

Wasatch Venture Partner Conference 2006, Deer Valley, UT

Utah Valley Entrepreneurial Forum 2005, Provo, UT  Provo

Linux Users Group 2004, Lindon, UT

RHK StarTrax 2004, San Francisco, CA

Internet Developers Group 2003, Sunnyvale, CA

Forbes/Gilder Telecosm 2002, Squaw Valley, CA

Storewidth 2002, Laguna Niguel, CA

Dow Jones Datacenter Ventures 2002, Burlingame, CA

Streaming Media East 2001, New York, NY

Storewidth 2001, Laguna Niguel, CA

Digital Hollywood 2001, San Jose, CA

Oak Limited Partners Conference 2001, New York, NY

iHollywood Forum 2001, Los Angeles, CA

Streaming Media West 2000, Long Beach, CA

Herring on Hollywood 2000, Los Angeles, CA