About Us

KonaSearch™ is an AppExchange-certified, relevancy-based, full-text search application for Salesforce® that accelerates business workflows by automating the flow of information into and out of the search step of a business process. KonaSearch uses the full context of a task, a user, and other clues, then applies the same “best results first” principles to Salesforce objects and other sources of information, such as Microsoft SharePoint®. The results are displayed in a single universal Salesforce search tab.

KonaSearch is a division of Basis Technology, with headquarters in Cambridge, Mass., U.S. and offices in Tokyo, Japan, Washington, D.C., London, and Tel Aviv.

Management Team

Meet the management team behind KonaSearch.

Andrew McKay

CEO & Co-Founder

Andrew has been a principal contributor to the enterprise search market for 15 years as VP Sales & Marketing at FAST (Microsoft); co-founder at Attivio (currently the leading cognitive search company); and co-founder, CTO, and now CEO of Kona DataSearch. He acquired his SaaS experience as an executive at GetConnected (Allconnect) and VCI (Cisco), analytics experience as CTO at Praedictus, and database, BI, and ETL experience as principal architect and engineer at Hummingbird (OpenText) and Sybase (SAP).

Kevin Watters

CTO

Kevin is the architect of the KonaSearch system. He has more than 15 years of experience working with search and information retrieval technologies. He applies his considerable expertise to designing and implementing solutions to complex search problems with a strong focus in custom security models, relevancy tuning and performance optimizations. He is also experienced in big data solutions, machine learning, natural language processing, artificial intelligence, and robotics. Previously he was a principal software engineer at Attivio and Senior Solution Architect at Fast Search & Transfer.

Koichi Kobayashi

Japan Sales Director

Koichi heads up business development for KonaSearch in Japan. Working side by side with his customers, he helps firms solve their search problems and meet their business goals with the flexible solutions of KonaSearch. With a long career in high-tech consulting, Koichi brings deep experience in artificial intelligence and product management lifecycle.

Oliver Harriehausen

Business Development

Oliver brings years of experience kickstarting sales for startups, taking them from zero to their first million in revenue. He is a hands-on sales executive who is skilled in setting high-level strategy, formulating messaging for marketing, and developing prospective partners and new deals.