Josh Coates began his career in distributed systems research at the University of California, Berkeley and Microsoft’s Bay Area Research Center. He specialized in high performance and parallel disk and network I/O. In 1998 he 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 (Mozy.com.) which was an online, data, and remote backup service. 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 2009 Josh left EMC/Mozy/Decho and now volunteers as an adjunct instructor in the Computer Science Department at Brigham Young University.
His honors and awards include: 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, and Red Herring’s Top Ten Entrepreneurs, 2001