Lew Cirne

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Lew Cirne
Born (1970-02-21) February 21, 1970 (age 53)
Alma materDartmouth College
Occupation(s)Computer Scientist, CEO
EmployerNew Relic
Known forApplication Performance Management

Lew Cirne is a Canadian-American Silicon Valley-based technologist and entrepreneur who promotes software analytics technology. He was the founder and CEO of Wily Technology, which was acquired by CA, Inc. in March 2006.[1] Cirne founded the company New Relic in 2008.[2][3] "New Relic" is an anagram of Lew Cirne's name.[2]


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.[4] After college, Cirne held senior technical positions at Apple[5] 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.[6]

In 2008, Cirne began focusing on software as a service (SaaS) while an entrepreneur in residence for Benchmark Capital and founded New Relic. New Relic is a provider of Web application performance management. New Relic's technology monitors Web and mobile applications in real-time that run in cloud, on-premises, or hybrid environments.[7]

Cirne stepped down as CEO on July 1, 2021, becoming executive chairman of the company's board of directors. Former Microsoft and Adobe vice president Bill Staples became CEO.[8][9]


Cirne has been described as a pioneer in the development of application performance management (APM).[10][11] He holds 19 patents in this area of expertise.[12] Cirne has also made major contributions to several other software systems.[citation needed]

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.[13]

In 2016, Cirne funded two full scholarships, and the construction of the Cirne Learning Commons, at Trinity College School.[14][15]

Cirne is sometimes referred to as the "Coding CEO".[16] He dedicates every Thursday and Friday to coding.[4] Cirne has been known to take week-long coding retreats at his Lake Tahoe cabin, often inviting New Relic developers.[17]


Cirne was named as a finalist in the 2013 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in Northern California.[18]


  1. ^ "Lew Cirne, New Relic Inc: Profile and Biography". Bloomberg Businessweek. Archived from the original on December 3, 2013. Retrieved 1 October 2013.
  2. ^ a b Harris, Derrick (15 February 2011). "Startup Strategies: How Lew Cirne Made New Relic a SaaS Success". GigaOM. Retrieved 1 October 2013.
  3. ^ Taulli, Tom (5 February 2013). "New Relic Nabs $80M To Upend the Software Biz". Forbes. Retrieved 1 October 2013.
  4. ^ a b Wasserman, Noam. "Wily Technology: Interview With Lew Cirne and Henry McCance, Video". Video case study. Harvard Business Review. Retrieved 1 October 2013.
  5. ^ "How a Coder Launched A $375 Mil Company from His Living Room - with Lew Cirne".
  6. ^ Clarke, Gavin (18 October 2010). "Wily founder returns with cloud management". The Register. Retrieved 1 October 2013.
  7. ^ Shinal, John (3 June 2013). "New Relic headed for an IPO". Market Watch. Retrieved 1 October 2013.
  8. ^ "New Relic CEO Lew Cirne steps down, replaced by industry veteran Bill Staples". SiliconANGLE. 2021-05-13. Retrieved 2022-06-13.
  9. ^ "New Relic to Promote Cloud Industry Veteran Bill Staples to CEO". ir.newrelic.com. Retrieved 2022-06-13.
  10. ^ Taulli, Tom. "New Relic Nabs $80M To Upend the Software Biz". Forbes. Retrieved 2022-06-13.
  11. ^ "Lew Cirne '89 | Trinity College School". www.tcs.on.ca. Retrieved 2022-06-13.
  12. ^ "Lewis K Cirne - Inventor". Patent listings website. IPEXL. Archived from the original on 9 February 2015. Retrieved 1 October 2013.
  13. ^ Haas, Genevieve (20 October 2006). "Gift goes to support undergraduate entrepreneurship". Dartmouth News. Retrieved 1 October 2013.
  14. ^ "Northumberland County News - Latest Daily Breaking News Stories".
  15. ^ "Cirne Hall is officially dedicated and blessed | Trinity College School".
  16. ^ "The rise of the app economy". Web video. GigaOM. Retrieved 1 October 2013.
  17. ^ Williams, Alex (27 May 2013). "What Would Square's Jack Dorsey Do?". TechCrunch. Retrieved 1 October 2013.
  18. ^ "New Relic Lewis Cirne Named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 Finalist in Northern California". Market Wired. 20 May 2013. Retrieved 1 October 2013.

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