Strategic Advisory Board Member

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Erik Troan, Founder & CTO



Erik is co-founder and chief technology officer of Pendo, a venture-backed software company headquartered in downtown Raleigh.

Erik started his career at Red Hat, where he worked as its first engineer and led the engineering team through the development of Linux, RPM and Anaconda and eventually, the company’s IPO. He later led product marketing at Red Hat and assisted in the acquisition and integration of nine other companies.

He went on to found rPath in 2005, which sold to SAS in 2012.

Erik earned a bachelor's degree in computer science and computer engineering from NC State University and a master's degree in economics from the University of Virginia.

In October 2018, Erik was inducted into the NC State Computer Science Alumni Hall of Fame.

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