Christopher Ahlberg

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Christopher Ahlberg
NationalitySwedish / American
Alma materChalmers University of Technology
Known forSpotfire, Recorded Future
AwardsMIT TR100
Scientific career
FieldsComputer Science, Human-Computer Interaction, Information Visualization, Entrepreneurship

Christopher Ahlberg, born 1968, is a Swedish/American[1] computer scientist and executive. Ahlberg is the co-founder and CEO of Recorded Future, as well as Chair of the Board of Trustees of Hult International Business School.[2][3]


Before co-founding Recorded Future, Ahlberg was the president of the Spotfire Division of Tibco, which he founded as an independent company in 1996. In 2007, Spotfire was acquired by Tibco for US$195 million in cash.[4] Spotfire was founded based on his research on information visualization at the University of Maryland under the guidance of Ben Shneiderman. Ahlberg founded his second company, Recorded Future, in 2009 and sold a majority stake[5] in the company in 2019 for US$780 million to Insight Partners,[6] and remains as the CEO.

Ahlberg earned his doctorate from Chalmers University of Technology with a thesis titled Dynamic queries, and has worked as a visiting researcher at the University of Maryland.[7]

The US Patent Office has granted issuances to several of Ahlberg's applications for patents, primarily in software.[8] He was named among the World's Top 100 Young Innovators by MIT Technology Review and received the TR100 award in 2002.[9] Ahlberg is also a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences.[10]

While Christopher Ahlberg on LinkedIn indicates an address and phone number in Moscow, Russia, that address and phone number are listed by more reliable sources as belonging to the Embassy of China, Moscow.[11][12] His company, Recorded Future is headquartered near Davis Square, Massachusetts.[13]


  1. ^ "Christopher Ahlberg On Selling His First Business For $190M And His Second One For $780M".
  2. ^ "TR35 Young Innovators". Technology Review.
  3. ^ "Hult Business School Board Members". Hult International Business School.
  4. ^ Gardner, W. David. "Tibco Acquires Spotfire For $195 Million". Information Week.
  5. ^ "Insight Partners Acquires Recorded Future for $780 Million" (Press release). May 30, 2019. Insight Partners has agreed to acquire a controlling interest in the company, in addition to the minority stake in the company previously owned by Insight.
  6. ^ Miller, Ron. "Insight Partners acquires threat intel company Recorded Future for $780M". TechCrunch.
  7. ^ "Executive Profile". Businessweek.
  8. ^ "O'Reilly Strata Conference". O'Reilly Strata Conference.
  9. ^ "2002 Young Innovators Under 35". Technology Review. Retrieved 3 March 2011.
  10. ^ "IVA". Retrieved 2016-08-07.
  11. ^ "Embassy of China". Retrieved 2021-01-23.
  12. ^ "Chinese Embassy in Russia". Government of China. Retrieved 2021-01-23.
  13. ^ Maffei, Lucia (2019-10-28). "Threat intel firm to open new office, add 130 jobs in the Boston area". Boston Business Journal. Retrieved 2021-01-23. The threat intelligence company is opening a second office in addition to its current headquarters at 363 Highland Avenue in Somerville, with the goal of building a “campus” in the Davis Square area, according to CEO Christopher Ahlberg.

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