At Onna, we believe that fragmented, unstructured, and siloed data not only creates difficulty in managing it, but also hinders its ability to bring true business value. With Onna, legal, business, and IT leaders across organizations can swiftly and effortlessly uncover the complete story of their data, putting the power of the information in the hands of those who need it most.
Today, knowledge workers collaborate, communicate, and share content through a collection of tools that are growing faster than ever. As the digital workplace rapidly evolves, data proliferates, content sprawls, and knowledge becomes fragmented.
Our goal is to create a more flexible and equitable way of working by shaping and rethinking the way businesses use data. We aim to simplify how organizations access, manage, and use their data to unlock new opportunities for growth and innovation.
Data is a company's competitive advantage, and our mission is to unlock the power of that data, including the hard-to-access unstructured data.
The Onna platform brings order to heterogeneous unstructured data across multiple cloud environments to support eDiscovery collections, improve knowledge management, streamline manual processes, minimize security and compliance risks, and enhance data-based decision-making.Learn about our platform
Onna was founded
Onna became known as the company it is today by its founder and chairman, Salim Elkhou. The name originated in Barcelona, Spain, with the concept of "one" platform that transforms fragmented information into knowledge.
Opened headquarters in Barcelona
Onna opened its first office in the city that started it all - Barcelona. In 2018, the company expanded its global presence by opening an office in New York, NY, and in 2021, Onna opened another office in Raleigh, NC.
🚀 Raised Series A
Onna closed an $11 million Series A equity funding round, taking the next step in the development and expansion of its solution to meet the growing needs of its audience.
🦄 Raised Series B
Onna experienced rapid growth, securing a $27 million Series B funding round, bringing its total funding to $54 million to date. The company also surpassed the 100-employee milestone, with employees now representing 50 cities across the United States and Europe.
Onna became digital-first
Following the outbreak of the pandemic in 2020, Onna's priority was to create a safe, flexible, and productive environment for our employees. Embracing a digital-first approach has encouraged transparency, broken down team silos, and allowed us to be more agile.
Meet our leadership team
Get to know (just a few) of the visionaries behind Onna.
Chief Executive Officer
Kelly Griswold is responsible for day-to-day leadership of the company, including all aspects of Onna's strategic direction and business operations. She previously served as Onna's Chief Operating Officer and Chief Strategy Officer.
Prior to joining Onna, Kelly served as Senior Vice President at Axiom spin-out Knowable, where she led the go-to-market function and built the global partnerships and alliances teams. Kelly has also worked in finance and corporate development roles in renewable energy – she was previously the Senior Vice President of Business Development at Sungevity, co-founder of GSSG Solar, and part of the Global Special Situations Group at SunEdison.
Kelly lives in Alameda, California, with her husband, two young children, a dog, and a cat. She has a BA in English and Sociology with a Legal Studies focus from Bucknell University.
Chief Product Officer
Jose Lazares is responsible for leading product strategy and management, and accelerating the delivery of Onna’s Knowledge Integration Platform and enterprise solutions.
With more than 20 years of experience in building, delivering, and selling software and technology platforms that transform enterprises, Jose possesses deep expertise in defining and communicating product vision, positioning complex technical solutions, creating innovative business models, building go-to-market programs, and evangelizing products to customers, partners, developers, and employees.
Prior to joining Onna, he served as the Senior Vice President of Product Management and Innovation at Intapp, where he developed and led the company’s Industry cloud product and platform strategy targeting professional services industries including legal, accounting, consulting and financial services. He also previously led product, development and go-to-market teams at Cisco Systems, Thismoment, Avid Technology, and Oracle.
Jose earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Economy from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master of Business Administration degree in Marketing and Supply Chain from Harvard Business School.
Chief Revenue Officer
Grant Smith is Onna’s Chief Revenue Officer, responsible for leading Onna’s global sales teams, with a focus on market expansion and revenue growth.
Smith joins Onna from Platform9 Systems, where led the global go-to-market organization, responsible for the teams and associated strategies across sales, pre-sales, channel relationships, business development, and revenue focused customer operations. Prior to joining Platform9, Grant managed the enterprise sales business in the Western US for SecureWorks, a global leader in the MSSP space and division of Dell Technologies. Prior to this role, he held various sales, sales leadership, and operational roles at EMC Enterprise Content Management Division.
Out of work Grant is a passionate skier, cyclist and enjoys spending time with his family.
VP of Engineering
Shannon Smith leads Onna’s engineering organization in developing scalable software, systems and processes to support the growth of Onna’s Knowledge Integration Platform. He also oversees security and IT operations for Onna.
Shannon has 17+ years of experience working with both startup and enterprise software companies, leading teams to deliver high quality software products. Prior to joining Onna, Shannon was Director of Engineering Operations and Quality at K4Connect. He previously led teams within the research and development division of SAS Institute.
Shannon has a passion for helping others discover, develop and utilize their skills, while building company cultures that value learning and growth. Outside of Onna, Shannon is also the founder and executive director of Dynamic Water, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing local, clean water access to communities in need.
VP of People
Emoke Starr heads up Onna's Global People Team, with overall responsibility for the company’s Human Resources function.
Emoke joined Onna from Workday, where she was most recently Senior People and Purpose Partner with overall responsibility for HR within her aligned business units globally –– including Global Expansions, Enterprise Business Technology, Enterprise Program Portfolio Office, and Emerging Services. Before Workday, Emoke was VP of People at Benchling where she built the HR function from scratch during a period of hyper-growth for the company. Previous roles have included senior HR positions at Prezi, and Cisco Systems.
Originally from Romania, Emoke has a license in Psychology and started her career working for non-profit organizations, before pivoting to HR and leading the function for Financial Services companies in Romania. When not at work, Emoke enjoys staying physically active, cooking, and attempting DIY projects that involve power tools.
Our board of directors
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