Why I Joined Tamr: Mahesh Pai

My name is Mahesh Pai, and I’m the new Head of Engineering here at Tamr. I’d like to share a little about my background, and the story about why I decided to join Tamr.

Mahesh Pai

For over 22 years, I have worked to build enterprise software products and platforms in the financial, pharmaceutical, and retail industries. With a degree in Computer Science and Engineering, I started my career working at Siemens. In 2000, I joined IntraLinks where we focused on simplifying online document management for M&A. Within a few years it was the leader in Virtual Dealrooms and by 2007, it had grown 10x. The growth I experienced there was phenomenal, as we had to find a way to persevere through the great crash in 2000 and succeeded. More recently, I was at Affinova starting in 2010. During the time that I was there, we grew 4x over the course of 4 years, until we were acquired by Nielsen in 2014.

Over the course of my career, I have experienced both the joys and the pains that come with growing a company. It is hard, but thrilling and addictive at the same time. Well worth it.

Which brings me to Tamr.

When I think about why I joined Tamr, there are a couple of major reasons (and many more small ones). What it comes down to is the people and the opportunity.

The People

Over the course of interviewing with Tamr, I met with over 20 of the company’s current team members. And I can honestly say that every conversation was an engaging one. What was most evident to me was the passion that Tamrs have for working here, and the intellect that’s concentrated at this small company.

It was also clear that Tamrs have high expectations when it comes to delivering and being innovative. And this is supported by a culture of honesty and transparency, as well as a good alignment of what’s working (and what’s not). That kind of focus & openness is so appealing to me. This reflected a positive culture that Andy Palmer is trying to nurture at Tamr.

The Opportunity

I believe over the next decade, the explosion in data will continue to force enterprises to look for better, faster and cheaper ways of getting value from their data. And Tamr is uniquely positioned to help meet those needs. From my own experience, I have worked with companies who have tried to do something similar to what Tamr has achieved with Unify, and I know how difficult of a challenge data unification presents for enterprises.

With new advances in machine learning and an enterprise-level demand for better data to drive decisions, I see the opportunities for Tamr as being endless. And the momentum that the company has created makes this a great time to join the team and help drive further innovation from the engineering team.

In his book The Hard Things About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers, Ben Horowitz says “take care of the people, the products, and the profits – in that order”. This is something that I firmly believe, and which I think Tamr has embraced as well. I’m excited to be at Tamr, where I will continue the company’s investment in engineering and help to build a great team to support our growth and further innovation for our products.

I am thrilled to be here and honored to be part of the Tamr team!

If you’re interested in learning more about what it’s like to work at Tamr, please contact us. You can also check out our open positions.



Mahesh is the Head of Engineering at Tamr, and has over 20 years’ experience building enterprise software products and platforms in the financial, pharmaceutical, and retail industries. Most recently at Nielsen, he served as Senior VP of Technology where he led the development and launch of the Nielsen Connected System -- a retail big data Software-as-a-Service and Data-as-a-Service offering. Pai joined Nielsen via the 2014 acquisition of Affinnova, where he was the VP of Engineering. During his four years at Affinnova, he led the start-up’s transition from a services-enabled solution to a successful product-based SaaS company. Earlier in his career, Pai held engineering leadership roles at Intralinks and Visual I/O.