|Alma mater||Dartmouth College|
|Occupation||Computer Scientist, CEO|
|Known for||Application Performance Management|
Cirne pioneered application performance management (APM) software technology as the founder and CEO of Wily Technology, which was acquired by CA, Inc. in March 2006. Cirne founded the company New Relic in 2008.
Lew Cirne was raised in Port Hope, Ontario. His parents, Geoff and Jean Cirne, were immigrants to Canada from Manchester, England. Cirne attended Trinity College School and in 1993 received an A.B. from Dartmouth College with a major in Computer Science. After college, Cirne held senior technical positions at Apple and Hummingbird Communications.
In 1998, Cirne founded Wily Technology. He was responsible for developing Wily Technology's vision of enterprise class application performance management and is credited with bringing it to the Java platform. Cirne was one of the chief technologists and driving force in enterprise application performance and availability. He served as Wily Technology's President and Chief Executive Officer until October 2001. After eight years of growth, Wily was acquired by CA for $375 million in March 2006. Cirne holds patents in the area of software related to application performance management, some of which were sold in the acquisition in 2006 of Wily Technology by CA, Inc.
In 2008, Cirne began focusing on the software as a service model while an entrepreneur in residence for Benchmark Capital and founded New Relic. New Relic is a SaaS provider of Web application performance management. New Relic's technology monitors Web and mobile applications in real-time that run in cloud, on-premise, or hybrid environments.
Cirne is a pioneer in the development of application performance management. He holds 19 patents in this area of expertise. Cirne has also made major contributions to several other software systems.
In 2006, Cirne and Wily chairman David Strohm announced a $1 million gift to Dartmouth College. The gift supported the creation of an endowed scholarship called the Wily Scholars Fund, and to establish a fund for undergraduate internships in early-stage technology companies, called the Wily Initiative Fund.
Cirne is sometimes referred to as the 'Coding CEO.' He dedicates every Thursday and Friday to coding. Cirne has been known to take week-long coding retreats at his Lake Tahoe cabin, often inviting New Relic developers.
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