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About Onna



The popularity of cloud-based and hosted apps means more and more information is siloed in different places making search between applications manual and time consuming. Onna is a central information access point that connects any data source, including Slack, Quip, Jira, Confluence and more, to deliver a streamlined, simplified search and management experience in one place. In-house legal departments use Onna’s platform for eDiscovery, preservation, knowledge management and enterprise search. 

Onna’s technology consists in bringing three revolutionary things together, (i) a framework that combines distinct technologies found in enterprise search, archiving and eDiscovery, thus removing the need for multiple products, (ii) an API that is capable of handling millions of changes per minute across multiple platforms, and (iii) an ultramodern processing engine capable of applying deep learning across any data set. The latter, in order to comply with legal requirements, extracts more information than any enterprise search platform.

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Leadership Team


Salim Elkhou, Founder and CEO

Salim Elkhou has over 10 years experience in eDiscovery and knowledge management. He had started a successful eDiscovery business when, in 2015, he realized that a technology-based solution was needed to address the growing discovery problem at scale.

Prior to Onna, he founded E-STET, a service provider acquired by EY that created custom technology solutions to enhance the litigation strategy of corporations, AmLaw 100 firms, and boutique law firms.

Since its founding, E-STET was recognized on the Inc. 500 | 5000 list of fastest growing companies, Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 list, and ranked one of the Best Places to Work in Los Angeles.

Currently, Salim leads Onna’s global team and is dedicated to providing the best enterprise search and archiving experience across all company data sources.

Ismael Alaoui, VP of Engineering

Ismael Alaoui has been leading the technical team at Onna since its inception in 2015. As VP of Engineering, Ismael oversees and manages engineering teams in US and Europe.

Ismael holds a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science and a Masters Degree in IT from Virginia Tech. Ismael has an extensive security engineering background as he also worked at Virginia Tech for several years where he specialized in smart card based development and cryptography. Ismael is very passionate about the vision of Onna and is excited about the team being at the forefront of industry leading innovations.

Ismael is also passionate about his family, athletic competitions and races, and fishing. If you don’t see him behind the screen of a computer, you most likely will find him on a running trail or on the water with a rod and reel in hand.

Russ Grant, VP of Revenue

Russ Grant leads Onna’s business team in the New York HQ. He’s spent his career in IT, starting with strategy consulting for IBM, where he  ran enterprise sales team for the entire IBM software portfolio. Following his time at IBM, Russ started the enterprise business at Dropbox and built a team at Blackboard before joining Onna.

He focuses on high-value strategic enterprise initiatives. Throughout his career, Russ has closed over $1B of multi-year, multi-brand partnership agreements across the legal, technology and finance industries.

Russ has two undergraduate degrees in IT and History and an MBA with a focus on Technology Strategy, all from Carnegie Mellon University. He served as a Captain in the US Army and was published in the HBR while deployed overseas.

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