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David Friend of Wasabi Recognized on CRN’s 2019 Top 100 Executives List

July 31, 2019

BOSTON, MA, July 31, 2019 – Wasabi, the hot cloud storage company, announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named David Friend, CEO, to its 2019 list of Top 100 Executives. This annual list recognizes technology executives who lead, influence, innovate, and disrupt the IT channel.

David Friend is the CEO and co-founder of Wasabi, the hot cloud storage company. Before founding Wasabi, Friend was a co-founder and CEO of Boston-based Carbonite, the world’s largest back up company. He is a seasoned data storage expert and spent two years ahead of launch building innovative technology with his co-founder Jeff Flowers (also from Carbonite). Wasabi makes saving data simple, affordable, fast and secure at 1/5th the cost and up to 6x faster than Amazon S3, and has no fees for egress or API requests. Most notably, Wasabi hot cloud storage is infinitely scalable and instantly available.

“I am honored to be recognized and included on the CRN 2019 list of Top 100 Executives who impact the IT channel. Cloud object storage is a critical component to fully realizing the value of enterprise data and to fuel innovation in data dependent industries. My seasoned team at Wasabi is on a mission to deliver the fastest and most affordable cloud storage at commodity pricing. I appreciate CRN recognizing me as an influential person in the IT industry alongside other highly esteemed technology business leaders,” shares David Friend, CEO of Wasabi.

The 2019 CRN Top 100 Executives list honors technology visionaries who shape the IT channel. It is broken down into four sub-lists: The 25 Most Influential Executives, Top 25 Channel Sales Leaders, Top 25 Innovators, and Top 25 Disruptors.

The Top 100 Executives being recognized drive cultural transformation, revenue growth, and technological innovation across the IT channel. In doing so, they help solution providers and technology suppliers survive — and thrive — in today’s always-on, always-connected global marketplace.

“The IT channel is rapidly growing and navigating this fast-paced market often challenges solution providers and technology suppliers alike,” said Bob Skelley, CEO of The Channel Company. “The technology executives on CRN’s 2019 Top 100 Executives list understand the IT channel’s potential. They provide strategic and visionary leadership and unparalleled guidance to keep the IT channel moving in the right direction — regardless of the challenges that come their way.”

The Top 100 Executives list will be featured in the August 2019 issue of CRN Magazine and online at

About Wasabi:

Wasabi is the hot cloud storage company delivering disruptive storage technology that is 1/5th the price and up to 6x the speed of Amazon S3 with no fees for egress or API requests. Unlike first generation cloud vendors, Wasabi focuses solely on providing the world's best cloud storage platform. Created by Carbonite co-founders and cloud storage pioneers David Friend and Jeff Flowers, Wasabi is on a mission to commoditize the storage industry. Wasabi is a privately held company based in Boston, MA. Follow and connect with Wasabi on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and our blog.

About The Channel Company

The Channel Company enables breakthrough IT channel performance with our dominant media, engaging events, expert consulting and education and innovative marketing services and platforms. As the channel catalyst, we connect and empower technology suppliers, solution providers and end users. Backed by more than 30 years of unequalled channel experience, we draw from our deep knowledge to envision innovative new solutions for ever-evolving challenges in the technology marketplace.


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