Meet the ActiveState Leadership Team
Bart Copeland, CEO & President
Favorite part of my job: Getting the right people in the right roles at ActiveState so they can excel and we can build and grow a great company
I got hooked on tech: Because of the amazing people, rapid change, endless opportunities.
I love to also: Spend time with my sons & amazing wife, stretch my physical limits through sports, mentor and invest in tech companies
Leaders who inspire me: My Father, Warren Buffet, Eric Schmidt, Jimmy Pattison, Morgan Sturdy
Fictional Alter Ego: Gandalf
Superpower: Seeing the Future
Bart has over 32 years in tech spanning roles from VP Corporate Strategy, GM to CEO. He’s had the privilege of leading ActiveState since 2006. Bart drives our strategic direction with three tenets: happy Activators, solutions ‘geeks’ love to use and making open source languages easy for the enterprise. He also helped define and lead the private PaaS market with the ActiveState product, Stackato. Bart subsequently negotiated the successful sale of the Stackato product to HPE in 2015.
Bart is the keeper of the ActiveState culture and the reason why culture is considered our best product. He holds an MBA in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering from UBC.
Scott Robertson, CTO & VP Engineering
Favorite part of my job: Making things people love to use & making it possible for others to be creative as well.
I got hooked on tech: When I took an Atari apart when I was 4. Still haven’t been able to put it back together again.
I love to also: Cut dovetails, the old timey woodworking way.
Leaders who inspire me: Steve Jobs
Fictional Alter Ego: Pinky and the Brain
Superpower: The ability to misplace anything and find it again when it’s least needed.
Scott is passionate about creating products that solve real problems. He drives ActiveState’s technology vision and has spent over 20 years knees deep in code. His background includes everything from lead dev to CEO to CTO. He’s authored a book, founded 3 startups and sold one of them. Most recently he normalized Fortune 500 BI data and ETL to scale. He understands the pains faced in pushing software into production and the challenges big business has to stay fast and relevant. He helps companies do both.
Angie Hirata, VP Sales & Corporate Development
Favorite part of my job: Helping customers implement the right tools to get their innovation to market & closing deals.
I got hooked on tech: Working with smart people, in a fast & forward-thinking/innovative environment.
I love to also: Travel, ski, play with my kids, hang out with friends, dine out, invest in real estate.
Leaders who inspire me: Bill Gates
Fictional Alter Ego: Wonder Woman with Bionic Woman’s technology
Superpower: Stealth Ninja Moves
Angie brings more than twenty years of experience in the software industry. She has held previous roles in Marketing and Business Development. Her range of skills is part of her secret arsenal in being a ninja when it comes to solving customer needs. Angie was also a pivotal component in building Stackato’s market share, ActiveState’s private PaaS product, and joined HPE in its 2015 acquisition of the Stackato product. Angie re-joined ActiveState in 2017 and is part of the team morphing ActiveState to a SaaS platform for open source languages. Angie earned her B. Comm. at UBC and her successful career includes start-ups to enterprises.
Zak Greant, VP Marketing
Favorite part of my job: That it keeps me deepening my understanding of systems, people and myself.
I got hooked on tech: Because of how welcoming the early free software and open source communities were.
I love to also: Spend time with family and friends, cook, read, listen to music, play guitar and start random geeky projects.
Leaders who inspire me: Rasmus Lerdorf for his pragmatism and humility. Mitchell Baker for her tenacity and integrity. Larry Wall for his sense of play and kindness.
Fictional Alter Ego: For better or worse, I am my own fictional alter ego.
Zak’s career started as a hitchhiker on the information superhighway in 1994. In the years since then, they have worked as an advisor, developer, community advocate, marketer, executive and factotum with some of the most interesting organizations in free software and open source, from the Free Software Foundation and Open Source Initiative to MySQL AB and the Mozilla Foundation. Most recently, they served as the Head of Global Marketing for Magnolia, a Swiss open source CMS vendor.
As a person and leader, they are committed to principles that underpin great communities and great companies: be accountable; communicate openly and with consideration; create real value; take care of others and self; build up, nurture, and protect our shared commons.
Jacqueline Winter, CFO & VP Finance
Favorite part of my job: Developing and implementing new concepts for overcoming obstacles, complexities and achieving scalable growth.
I got hooked on tech: It’s as close to magic as you can get! I love the innovation, fast pace, and of course, the people.
I love to also: Spend time with family and friends, volunteer as a hospice and palliative caregiver, resistance train, and travel
Leaders who inspire me: Queen Victoria, Mary Barra, and Melinda Gates
Fictional Alter Ego: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Superpower: Seeing things others cannot
A senior financial and business operations leader dedicated to making the impossible possible, Jacqueline brings over 20 years of experience across a variety of industries. As a highly creative, conceptual thinker, Jacqueline brings a unique blend of vision, critical thinking and technical expertise to problem solving, increasing profitability and maximizing return on investments.
She has spent the majority of her career working with companies to build financial and operational infrastructure to create strong foundations for sustainable growth.
In all roles, what Jacqueline values most is building teams and mentoring others to support them in realizing their full potential.
Jeff Rouse, VP Product
Favorite part of my job: Working with talented people to collaboratively solve tough problems.
I got hooked on tech: With early exposure to computers & the amazing things you could do with them.
I love to also: Spend time w/ my family, tennis, chess, programming, biking, gaming
Leaders who inspire me: Best attributes from: Einstein, Feynman, Jobs, Musk, Federer, Andreessen, Sacca.
Fictional Alter Ego: Sherlock Holmes
Jeff is passionate about innovation, entrepreneurship, and building great products. He oversees ActiveState’s product strategy and has spent over 26 years in tech at companies ranging from startups to publicly traded companies and in roles from team lead to Project Manager to VP Development & Services. His experience includes managing the successful integration of two merged companies to replacing a founding CTO and stabilizing and growing a company. Jeff earned his degree in Computer Science from the University of Calgary.