Chris C. Kemp is an entrepreneurial executive with a passion for igniting innovation in high-tech organizations.  Chris is the CEO of Nebula, Inc., a company Chris founded after serving for five years in various roles at NASA. Chris also co-founded the OpenStack project.

As the Chief Technology Officer for IT at NASA, Chris was responsible for pioneering work in cloud computing, open source, and open government. Chris served on the White House Cloud Computing Executive Steering Committee, and chaired the Cloud Standards Working Group.  Previously, Chris served as the CIO of NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley where he forged partnerships with Google and Microsoft and helped create Google Moon, Google Mars, and Microsoft World Wide Telescope, and was responsible for NASA’s Nebula Cloud Computing Project and co-founded the OpenStack project.

Prior to joining NASA, Chris helped create the third largest online community, was the founding CEO of the leading web-based vacation rental platform Escapia (AWAY), and as the founding CEO of Netran, developed the first online grocery shopping platform for Kroger, the world’s largest grocery store chain.

In 1997, Macmillan published Kemp’s book, Web Programming with Perl 5.

Recent Posts


Today marks the one year anniversary of my last day at NASA – March 18th 2011 – and as such, begins a series of upcoming one year anniversaries that each mark the beginning of exciting new chapters in what has turned out to be an extraordinary adventure.

What better opportunity to update my website, than to look back at this incredible year of “firsts.”  In my final NASA blog post, I wrote that I hoped to “find a garage in Palo Alto to do what I love.”  I found that garage – more or less – and some of the most talented engineers and entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley to join me there.

In the next few posts, I will share my story of leaving NASA to build a new kind of computer company that aims to democratize large scale computing and ignite a new era of global innovation by making big data and large scale computing accessible to all businesses.