The name Shakti comes from Sanskrit ┼Ťakti meaning 'power, divine energy.'

Shakti was designed from scratch to tackle the growth of traditional, alternative and machine-based data sets, merging high-speed analytics, and enterprise-standard security in one powerful system.

Executive Team

Arthur Whitney


Arthur is a Canadian computer scientist most notable for developing three programming languages inspired by APL: A+, K, and Q; and for co-founding the U.S. companies Kx Systems in 1993 and Shakti Software in 2018.

He studied pure mathematics at graduate level at the University of Toronto in the early 1980s. He then worked at Stanford University.

In 1988, he began working at Morgan Stanley developing financial applications.

In 1993, Arthur left Morgan Stanley and co-founded Kx Systems to commercialize his K programming language.

In 2018, Arthur co-founded Shakti Software. Shakti merges database, language, connectivity, and event processing into one powerful system.

Janet Lustgarten


Janet, originally from Barranquilla, Colombia, received an MS in Computer Science with a focus on Artificial Intelligence from Columbia University and a BS in Mathematical Logic from Mount Holyoke College in the 1980s.

In 1993, she co-founded Kx Systems, Inc. where she was CEO and then Chairman of the board until 2018.

Prior to Kx, Janet served as a Consultant of Price Waterhouse and two artificial intelligence companies. She led projects for customers including DuPont, General Motors, and P&G.

In 2018, Janet co-founded Shakti Software.