Christopher Stolte

Christopher Stolte

Christopher Stolte is a co-founder of Tableau and served as its original Chief Development Officer from inception until August 2016. It was Dr. Stolte’s seminal work as a Ph.D. candidate in the Stanford University Computer Science department that formed the basis of the patented technology behind Tableau, VizQL. Working with Professor Pat Hanrahan, Stolte developed VizQL as the core invention of his thesis project, Polaris. Funded by a Department of Defense (DOD) project, Polaris aimed at increasing people’s ability to analyze information visually. In 2003, Stolte, together with Hanrahan and Christian Chabot, decided to commercialize Polaris under the name Tableau Software. Chris then led product development at Tableau for 13 years. He has served as a member of our board of directors since 2003. His early career as a database programmer helped him see the problems with existing data analysis tools.

Chris currently serves as Tableau’s Technical Advisor. Prior to joining us, he was the Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of BeeLine LLC. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University and a B.S. from Simon Fraser University.