Our Mission

Our mission is to enable analytics at "human scale." We want to put the power of search-driven analytics in the hands of 20 million users by 2020 so that every person can get instant answers to their business questions. It's a huge goal, but we're ambitious people who love solving hard problems with humility and empathy.

We describe our culture in two simple words: Selfless Excellence. We strive to be world class in everything we do (or we don't do it) and act in a selfless manner, putting the company and team ahead of self.

Leadership

  • Ajeet Singh

    Co-Founder & CEO

    Ajeet Singh

    Co-Founder & CEO

    Ajeet is Co-founder and CEO at ThoughtSpot. Driven by his passion for creating impactful businesses, Ajeet has had the experience of creating billion-dollar technology companies from scratch. Prior to starting ThoughtSpot, Ajeet was Co-founder and Chief Products Officer at Nutanix, an IPO-worthy company that’s revolutionizing the enterprise data storage industry. Ajeet and his team defined a “No SAN” market segment that is changing the landscape in the $20B storage market. Prior to Nutanix, Ajeet learnt the ropes of enterprise technology startups at Aster Data (acquired by Teradata for $300M), where he was Senior Director of Product Management. Prior to Aster Data, Ajeet worked at Oracle where he was part of the team that first launched Oracle Database to the Amazon EC2 cloud. Ajeet holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, where he graduated at the top of his class.

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  • Amit Prakash

    Co-Founder & CTO

    Amit Prakash

    Co-Founder & CTO

    Amit is Co-founder and CTO at ThoughtSpot and has deep experience in building large scale analytics systems. Prior to ThoughtSpot, Amit let multiple analytics engineering teams in the Google AdSense businesses, contributing $50M+ quarter-on-quarter growth to the business through improving analytical algorithms for AdSense. Prior to that, Amit was a founding engineering in the Bing team at Microsoft, where he implemented the pagerank algorithms for search from scratch. Amit received his PhD in Computer Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.

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  • Brian Blond

    CRO

    Brian Blond

    CRO

    Scott Holden is the CMO at ThoughtSpot where he is responsible for product marketing, demand generation, content marketing, PR, AR, and events. Prior to ThoughtSpot, Scott spent seven years at Salesforce running a number of marketing teams, including leading marketing for the Salesforce1 Platform, Sales Cloud, Chatter, Industry Marketing, Customer Marketing, and SMB Marketing.

    Previously, Scott ran the Transportation & Logistics team at Walmart.com. He began his career at JPMorgan as an M&A investment banker, covering Technology and Healthcare companies.

    Scott has an MBA from Stanford University and a BA from Colgate University in economics and philosophy.

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  • Scott Holden

    CMO

    Scott Holden

    CMO

    Scott Holden is the CMO at ThoughtSpot where he is responsible for product marketing, demand generation, content marketing, PR, AR, and events. Prior to ThoughtSpot, Scott spent seven years at Salesforce running a number of marketing teams, including leading marketing for the Salesforce1 Platform, Sales Cloud, Chatter, Industry Marketing, Customer Marketing, and SMB Marketing.

    Previously, Scott ran the Transportation & Logistics team at Walmart.com. He began his career at JPMorgan as an M&A investment banker, covering Technology and Healthcare companies.

    Scott has an MBA from Stanford University and a BA from Colgate University in economics and philosophy.

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  • Tom Weeks

    CCO

    Tom Weeks

    Chief Customer Officer

    Tom leads Customer Success at ThoughtSpot where he is focused on helping customers achieve the analytics goals they never thought were possible with traditional BI solutions. Prior to ThoughtSpot, Tom led Customer Success and Digital Strategy at Apigee, where he helped large global enterprises transform both organizationally and technically in order to deliver innovative digital products and experiences to their customers.

    Prior to Apigee, Tom has held various sales, marketing, and customer success roles including 6 years at Business Objects, where he built their global BI strategy and implementation business to over $250 million in revenue prior to being acquired by SAP.

    Tom has an MBA, MIM, and BA from Washington University in St. Louis.

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  • Chris Brozek

    VP of Operations

    Chris Brozek

    VP of Operations

    Chris is an experienced executive business and technical leader with a history of scaling global operations, developing strong teams, building collaborative relationships and delivering business results. Over the past decade, Chris has lead operations teams at several technology companies, including Cisco, Omneon, Arch Rock, Violin Memory, and Picarro. Prior to joining ThoughtSpot, he served as VP Operations at Violin Memory (NYSE:VMEM) where he scaled manufacturing, support, and IT as Violin grew from startup through IPO. Prior to industry, Chris had a distinguished career in the U.S. Navy, serving as Submarine Officer where he qualified as a Nuclear Submarine Engineer. Chris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Santa Clara University.

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  • Alonzo Canada

    VP of Experience

    Alonzo Canada

    VP of Experience

    Alonzo Canada is VP of Experience of ThoughtSpot and is responsible for product, design, brand and overall customer experience. Prior to ThoughtSpot, Alonzo was Head of Design at Interana, a big data analytics company born out of Facebook, where he defined the product strategy and designed and launched Interana’s product. Previously, Alonzo was a partner at Jump Associates, a strategy and innovation consulting firm. At Jump, he worked with executives at companies like Audi, Samsung, HP and Yahoo! to identify new market opportunities and design new products and services.

    Alonzo brings deep expertise in user experience design, team leadership, design thinking, product strategy, rapid prototyping, spearheading the design process, and uncovering product opportunities using qualitative research and quantitative analysis. Alonzo has taught classes in Needfinding and Design Strategy and Leadership at Stanford University’s D.School. Alonzo received holds an MFA in Design from Stanford University and BA in Humanities from Brigham Young University.

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  • Vijay Ganesan

    Co-Founder & Head of Product Management

    Vijay Ganesan

    Co-Founder & Head of Product Management

    Vijay is Co-founder and Principal Engineer at ThoughtSpot. Vijay has a strong application development background and brings his BI domain knowledge to the team. Prior to ThoughtSpot, Vijay was leading the BI-in-the-cloud effort at Oracle. In his prior life, Vijay has architected and developed business intelligence and analytics products at PeopleSoft and i2 Technologies. Vijay has Master of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering and Operations Research from North Carolina State University and a Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.

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  • Abhishek Rai

    Co-Founder & Principal Engineer

    Abhishek Rai

    Co-Founder & Principal Engineer

    Abhishek is Co-founder and Principal Engineer at ThoughtSpot. Prior to ThoughtSpot, Abhishek led a Borg development team at Google that manages all resources in Google’s data centers. He also worked on a virtual machine file system at VMWare. Abhishek has a Master of Science in Computer Science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and a Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. .

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  • Priyendra Deshwal

    Co-Founder & Principal Engineer

    Priyendra Deshwal

    Co-Founder & Principal Engineer

    Priyendra is Co-founder and Principal Engineer at ThoughtSpot. Prior to ThoughtSpot, Priyendra worked on scaling the performance of Google search index significantly, as well as on improving search ranking algorithms. Priyendra has a Master of Science in Computer Science from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.

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  • Sanjay Agrawal

    Co-Founder & Principal Engineer

    Sanjay Agrawal

    Co-Founder & Principal Engineer

    Sanjay is Co-founder and Principal Engineer at ThoughtSpot. Prior to ThoughtSpot, at Google he worked on the low latency, high throughput ads database. Sanjay has worked on query optimization in the cloud and automatic SQL tuning for SQL server while at Microsoft. Sanjay has a Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.

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Board Members

  • Ajeet Singh

    Co-founder and CEO, ThoughtSpot

    Ajeet Singh

    Co-founder and CEO, ThoughtSpot

    Ajeet Singh is Co-founder and CEO at ThoughtSpot. Driven by his passion for creating impactful businesses, Ajeet has had the experience of creating billion-dollar technology companies from scratch. Prior to starting ThoughtSpot, he was Co-founder and Chief Products Officer at Nutanix, an IPO-worthy company that’s revolutionizing the enterprise data storage industry. Ajeet and his team defined a “No SAN” market segment that is changing the landscape in the $20B storage market.

    Prior to Nutanix, Ajeet learnt the ropes of enterprise technology startups at Aster Data (acquired by Teradata for $300M), where he was Senior Director of Product Management. Prior to Aster Data, he worked at Oracle where he was part of the team that first launched Oracle Database to the Amazon EC2 cloud. Ajeet holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, where he graduated at the top of his class.

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  • Ravi Mhatre

    Partner and co-founder, Lightspeed Venture Partners

    Ravi Mhatre

    Partner and co-founder, Lightspeed Venture Partners

    Ravi Mhatre is a founder of Lightspeed and focuses primarily on software infrastructure, applications and Internet investments. He has fifteen years of venture capital experience and six years of operating experience. Before joining Lightspeed, he was with Bessemer Venture Partners and invested in NetGenesis Software (NTGX), Verio (VRIO), VIA-Networks (VNWI), Webspective Software (acquired by Inktomi) and InCert Software (acquired by Geodesic). Before entering the venture capital industry, he was with Silicon Graphics, where he was a product manager and later directed the company’s workstation market development efforts.

    Previously, Ravi spent time in Lehman Brothers’ technology investment banking group and in management consulting with Booz Allen Hamilton. Ravi began his career as a software engineer at BDIS, a Silicon Valley-based analytical instrument manufacturer. He has served on the Board of Directors for The Indus Entrepreneurs Group (TiE) in Silicon Valley, has been recognized as a Top 100 dealmaker on Forbes’ Annual VC Midas List and has served as a judge for the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Competition. Ravi holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, and an MBA from Stanford University.

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  • Arif Janmohamed

    Partner, Lightspeed Venture Partners

    Arif Janmohamed

    Partner, Lightspeed Venture Partners

    Arif Janmohamed joined Lightspeed in 2008 and focuses primarily on investments in the areas of cloud and datacenter technologies, as well as enterprise mobile and SaaS solutions. Prior to joining Lightspeed, he worked in the Corporate Business Development group at Cisco Systems. Before joining Cisco, he was with Novitas Capital, an early-stage venture capital firm. Earlier in his career, he worked in technical development and product management roles at WebTV, Andes Networks, and Sun Microsystems. Arif holds an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a BSc in Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada.

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  • Keith Rabois

    Partner, Khosla Ventures

    Keith Rabois

    Partner, Khosla Ventures

    Keith is an investment partner at Khosla Ventures. His focus includes consumer Internet, education, enterprise, financial services and digital health. Since joining KV, he’s led investments in Stripe, Timeful, HealthTap and Piazza, among many others. He also started real estate startup, OpenDoor, which aims to transform the process of selling a home through technology. Keith has a unique and unparalleled track record as an entrepreneur, executive and investor. Over the last decade, he has forged several of the most important new social and commerce platforms. Keith began his career in the industry as a senior executive at PayPal and subsequently served in influential roles at LinkedIn and as chief operating officer of Square.

    As a board member, Keith guided Yelp and Xoom from inception to successful initial public offerings. Simultaneously, he also invested in other like-minded entrepreneurs with early stakes in YouTube, Yammer, Palantir, Lyft, AirBnB, Eventbrite and Quora. Earlier in his career, Keith was a litigator at the preeminent Wall Street law firm Sullivan and Cromwell, after clerking for the United States Court of Appeals for the fifth circuit. Keith holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Stanford University and a juris doctor degree with honors from Harvard University.

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  • Hemant Taneja

    Managing Director, General Catalyst Partners

    Hemant Taneja

    Managing Director, General Catalyst Partners

    Keith is an investment partner at Khosla Ventures. His focus includes consumer Internet, education, enterprise, financial services and digital health. Since joining KV, he’s led investments in Stripe, Timeful, HealthTap and Piazza, among many others. He also started real estate startup, OpenDoor, which aims to transform the process of selling a home through technology. Keith has a unique and unparalleled track record as an entrepreneur, executive and investor. Over the last decade, he has forged several of the most important new social and commerce platforms. Keith began his career in the industry as a senior executive at PayPal and subsequently served in influential roles at LinkedIn and as chief operating officer of Square.

    As a board member, Keith guided Yelp and Xoom from inception to successful initial public offerings. Simultaneously, he also invested in other like-minded entrepreneurs with early stakes in YouTube, Yammer, Palantir, Lyft, AirBnB, Eventbrite and Quora. Earlier in his career, Keith was a litigator at the preeminent Wall Street law firm Sullivan and Cromwell, after clerking for the United States Court of Appeals for the fifth circuit. Keith holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Stanford University and a juris doctor degree with honors from Harvard University.

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Investors

  • Lightspeed Venture Partners

    Lightspeed Venture Partners

    Lightspeed Venture Partners combines extensive venture capital and operating experience to assist entrepreneurs in creating industry-leading technology companies. Lightspeed manages over $2 billion of committed capital and focuses on early stage investments in the US, Asia and Israel. The firm's partners have invested in more than 150 technology companies over the past two decades and have contributed to the success of market leaders Including Blue Nile, Brocade, Ciena, Doubleclick, eHealth, Galileo Technology, Growth Networks, Informatica, Kiva Software, LightLogic, Maker Communications, Metasolv, Phone.com, Quantum Effect Devices, Riverbed, Sirocco, Transmeta, Virsa and Waveset. For more information, please visit our website at www.lightspeedvp.com.

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  • Khosla Ventures

    Khosla Ventures

    Khosla Ventures provides venture assistance and strategic advice to entrepreneurs working on breakthrough technologies. The firm was founded in 2004 by Vinod Khosla, co-founder of Sun Microsystems. With over three billion dollars under management, the firm focuses on a broad range of areas including consumer, enterprise, education, advertising, financial services, semiconductors, health, big data, agriculture/food, sustainable energy and robotics. Khosla Ventures is headquartered in Menlo Park, Calif.

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  • General Catalyst Partners

    Khosla Ventures

    Khosla Ventures provides venture assistance and strategic advice to entrepreneurs working on breakthrough technologies. The firm was founded in 2004 by Vinod Khosla, co-founder of Sun Microsystems. With over three billion dollars under management, the firm focuses on a broad range of areas including consumer, enterprise, education, advertising, financial services, semiconductors, health, big data, agriculture/food, sustainable energy and robotics. Khosla Ventures is headquartered in Menlo Park, Calif.

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  • Geodesic Capital

    Khosla Ventures

    Khosla Ventures provides venture assistance and strategic advice to entrepreneurs working on breakthrough technologies. The firm was founded in 2004 by Vinod Khosla, co-founder of Sun Microsystems. With over three billion dollars under management, the firm focuses on a broad range of areas including consumer, enterprise, education, advertising, financial services, semiconductors, health, big data, agriculture/food, sustainable energy and robotics. Khosla Ventures is headquartered in Menlo Park, Calif.

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  • Frank Slootman

    President & CEO, ServiceNow

    Frank Slootman

    President & CEO, ServiceNow

    Frank Slootman serves as ServiceNow's President and Chief Executive Officer and as a director. Prior to this, Frank served as a partner with Greylock Partners from January 2011 to April 2011, and served as an advisor to EMC Corporation from January 2011 to February 2012. From July 2009 to January 2011, he served as President of the Backup Recovery Systems Division at EMC. From July 2003 to July 2009, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Data Domain, Inc., which was acquired by EMC in 2009.

    Prior to joining Data Domain, Frank served as an executive at Borland Software Corporation from June 2000 to June 2003. From March 1993 to June 2000, he held consecutive general management positions for two enterprise software divisions of Compuware Corporation. Frank holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in economics from the Netherlands School of Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam.

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  • Lane Bess

    COO, ZScaler

    Lane Bess

    COO, ZScaler

    Lane Bess serves as ZScaler's Chief Operating Officer. He has more than 30 years of security expertise as an operational executive, including global sales, marketing and leadership experience with NCR Corporation and AT&T. From 2008 to 2011,he served as President and CEO, Palo Alto Networks, a network security company, where he led its pre-IPO fundraising and grew its revenue run rate to more than $200M and cash flow positive. From 2002 to 2007, he served as EVP of Worldwide Sales and General Manager, Trend Micro, a global leader in Internet security, where he grew worldwide revenues to more than $1B. Lane has extensive experience in building technology businesses in the Europe, Asia Pacific and Japan as well as other International regions. He earned his MBA from the University of Dayton and his BS in Managerial Economics from Carnegie Mellon University.

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  • Steve Sommer

    CMO, Splunk

    Steve Sommer

    CMO, Splunk

    Steve Sommer serves as the Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President of Marketing at Splunk. Prior to Splunk, Steve served as Vice President, Marketing at WideOrbit Inc., a software company, from 2007 to 2008. From 2006 to 2007, he served as Vice President Global Marketing at SuccessFactors, Inc., a business execution software company. Previously, he held a variety of executive positions in fast-growing enterprise software companies including SVP Marketing at ArcSight, SVP Marketing & Business Development at Portal Software and VP Worldwide Marketing at Informix. Earlier in his career he worked as a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Company. Steve holds a B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

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  • Sudheesh Nair

    President, Nutanix

    Sudheesh Nair

    President, Nutanix

    Sudheesh is President of Nutanix, the leader in enterprise cloud infrastructure. As organizations rapidly change the ways in which they consume IT, manufacturers must also evolve their composition, thinking and methods. Sudheesh focuses on building a world-class team of enablers and disrupters who believe that innovation can, and should, happen in every function and at every level.

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  • Dheeraj Pandey

    Founder and CEO, Nutanix

    Dheeraj Pandey

    Founder and CEO, Nutanix

    Dheeraj is the Founder, CEO & Chairman of Nutanix. He brings a wealth of experience of working at high growth enterprise software companies. Prior to founding Nutanix, Dheeraj was the VP of Engineering at Aster Data (now Teradata), where he helped build the product and its engineering team from the ground up. At Oracle, he managed the storage engine group for Oracle Database/Exadata, and co-authored numerous patents in the area of distributed databases. Dheeraj’s entrepreneurial spirit has been recognized with a number of prestigious awards including Dell’s Founders 50 and the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year, Silicon Valley. Dheeraj is a Ph.D. dropout from University of Texas (Austin), where he was a Graduate Fellow of CS. He holds a BS in CS from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT, Kanpur), where he was adjudged the “Best All-Rounder Student Among All Graduating Students in All Disciplines” and bestowed with the Distinguished Alumnus Award.

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  • Mark Leslie

    Managing Director, Leslie Ventures

    Mark Leslie

    Managing Director, Leslie Ventures

    Mark Leslie is currently the managing director of Leslie Ventures, a private investment company. He is also a Lecturer in Management at Stanford Graduate School of Business where he teaches courses in Entrepreneurship, Ethics and Sales Organization.

    Mark Leslie was the founding Chairman and CEO of Veritas Software. From 1980 until 1990 he served as president and chief executive officer of two Silicon Valley high- tech start up companies. Prior experience included sales management, sales executive, systems engineer, and software engineer. Mark Leslie designed and developed the first software hypervisor while employed at IBM in 1969. Mark currently serves on the boards of a number of privately held high-technology corporations, including Librato, Liquid Robotics, Model N Software, PureStorage, SeaMicro Systems, Skybox Imaging, Sugar CRM, Wall Street Systems and Xsigo Corporation. In addition he serves on the board of Overseers for the NYU Faculty of Arts and Sciences, as Chairman of the NYU Science Advisory Board, and as a member of the Executive Board of the NYU Innovation Fund.

    Mark received a Bachelor of Arts degree in physics and mathematics from New York University in 1966 and completed Harvard Business School's program for management development in 1980.

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  • Aaron Levie

    Co-founder and CEO, Box

    Aaron Levie

    Co-founder and CEO, Box

    Aaron Levie is Co-founder and CEO of Box, which he launched in 2005 with co-founder and CFO Dylan Smith. Levie is the visionary behind Box's product and platform strategy, which is focused on incorporating the best of traditional content management with an easy to use user experience suited to the way people collaborate and work today. Levie leads the company in its mission to help businesses of all sizes be more productive, competitive and collaborative by connecting people and their most important information. Aaron studied at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California before leaving to found Box.

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Advisors

  • Ken Rudin

    Head of Growth and Analytics for Search, Google

    Ken Rudin

    Head of Growth and Analytics for Search, Google

    Ken Rudin leads Analytics at Facebook, where he's focused on leveraging Facebook's massive analytics platform to generate high-impact insights that optimize both the Facebook user experience and Facebook's overall business. Prior to Facebook, he was the VP of Analytics and Platform Technologies at Zynga. Before that, he was the founder and CEO of LucidEra, a company that pioneered the creation of the on-demand analytics market. Before founding LucidEra, he was VP and General Manager of Siebel CRM OnDemand and also VP of Marketing for Siebel Analytics (now Oracle Analytics) at Siebel Systems.

    Before Siebel, Ken served as Senior VP of Products at Salesforce.com, and prior to that was co-founder and CEO of Emergent Corporation, a consulting company focused on building large-scale data warehousing solutions for Fortune 500 companies. Ken started his career at the Scalable Systems Division at Oracle, where he focused on large scale data warehouses. Ken holds a bachelors degree in computer science and electrical engineering from Harvard University and a masters degree in business from Stanford University.

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  • Bask Iyer

    CIO, Dell EMC and VMware

    Bask Iyer

    CIO, Dell EMC and VMware

    Bask joined VMware in March 2015 and serves as the company’s senior vice president and chief information officer (CIO). With more than 25 years of experience in both traditional Fortune 100 manufacturing companies and Silicon Valley-based high-tech firms, he now leads VMware’s global information and technology organization, managing critical technology systems supporting the company’s worldwide business operations. Prior to joining VMware, Bask was senior vice president and chief information officer at Juniper Networks. He has also served as chief information officer at Honeywell, and at GlaxoSmithKline Beecham for consumer healthcare research and development, where he was also the company's e-commerce leader.

    Bask holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Annamalai University in India and a master’s degree in computer science from Florida Institute of Technology.

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  • Ash Kulkarni

    SVP and GM of Web Experience, Akamai Technologies

    Ash Kulkarni

    SVP and GM of Web Experience, Akamai Technologies

    Ashutosh “Ash” Kulkarni is senior vice president and general manager of Informatica’s Data Integration and Data Quality business units. Prior to Informatica, he spent many years at Sun Microsystems in various product management and development roles. He earned his Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Mumbai, his Master of Science from the University of Texas at Austin, and his Master of Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley.

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  • Brad Terrell

    Ex-VP and GM, Netezza and Big Data Platforms, IBM

    Brad Terrell

    Ex-VP and GM, Netezza and Big Data Platforms, IBM

    Brad Terrell most recently was VP and GM of Netezza and Big Data Platforms at IBM with global responsibility for sales, marketing, and product strategy. Prior to joining IBM through the Netezza acquisition, he launched and grew Netezza’s digital media business to over $100 million in annual revenue. Before joining Netezza, he developed and executed the verticalized go-to-market strategy that helped fuel Endeca’s rapid growth from $10M to over $100M in annual revenue.

    Prior to Endeca, Brad helped design and launch products including the Spyglass Mosaic web browser (which became Microsoft’s Internet Explorer), IBM PowerPC microprocessor, H&R Block online investing website, and FlightSafety Internationals FAA Level C-certified flight simulators. He co-founded and served as president of ElectricWish.com, ranked among the top 5 e-commerce sites on the web by ZDNet in 1999, and M-Nova, a pioneer in product development outsourcing to Eastern Europe. Brad earned his Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science from Rice University and his Master of Business Administration from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

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  • David Sangster

    EVP of Operations, Nutanix

    David Sangster

    EVP of Operations, Nutanix

    David brings more than 20 years of product development, manufacturing and operations experience to the company. Most recently, he was at EMC, where he held the position of VP of Manufacturing Technology. Prior to EMC, he was VP of Operations at Data Domain (acquired by EMC in 2009) where he built out the manufacturing and supply chain capabilities to scale the company through a successful IPO in 2007. Previously, David held senior positions at Hewlett Packard and McDATA in a variety of engineering and manufacturing management positions.

    David holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, a MS in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Stanford University, and an MBA from Santa Clara University.

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  • Howard Ting

    CMO, Nutanix

    Howard Ting

    CMO, Nutanix

    Howard has extensive experience building and scaling enterprise software and infrastructure companies. At Nutanix, Howard leads a high-performance team responsible for all aspects of marketing, including global marketing strategy, product and solutions marketing, corporate communications, demand generation, channel marketing, and communities.

    Prior to Nutanix, Howard was Senior Director of Corporate Marketing at Palo Alto Networks, where he established and built the demand generation and marketing operations functions, which were significant contributors to the company’s growth, ultimately leading to a highly successful IPO in 2012. Before that, he was Senior Director of Product Management and Marketing at Securent, which was acquired by Cisco in 2009. Earlier in his career, Howard held product management and corporate development roles at RSA Security, Microsoft, and Identity Engines. Howard started his career in investment banking after receiving his B.S. degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

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  • Irene Au

    Ex-Head of User Experience, Google

    Irene Au

    Ex-Head of User Experience, Google

    Irene Au is an operating partner at Khosla Ventures, where she works with portfolio companies to make their design great. Irene has unprecedented experience building and leading User Experience teams, as she has led the entire UX team at Google (2006-2012), Yahoo! (1998-2006), and Udacity (2012-2014). She began her career as an interaction designer at Netscape Communications.

    Irene also teaches yoga and meditation at Avalon Art and Yoga Center, one of Palo Alto’s oldest and most established yoga studios. She co-chairs the Board of Trustees at Bowman International School, a K-8 private Montessori school in Palo Alto.

    Irene holds a bachelor’s of science in electrical and computer engineering from the University of South Carolina Honors College where she graduated summa cum laude and a master’s of science degree in industrial engineer and human-computer interaction from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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  • Bipul Sinha

    Co-founder and CEO, Rubrik

    Bipul Sinha

    Co-founder and CEO, Rubrik

    Bipul has over 18 years of experience in building billion-dollar products and companies from the ground up. Previously, he was a partner at Lightspeed, where he invested in Nutanix, PernixData, and Numerify. Before that, Bipul worked at Blumberg Capital where he was the founding investor and board member of Nutanix, a “multi-billion dollar unicorn” company that has revolutionized the enterprise data storage industry. Previously, Bipul was Director of Database Products at Oracle Corporation, where he led development of core data and transaction processing technologies. Bipul also held sales and engineering positions at American Megatrends and IBM.

    Bipul received a Bachelor of Technology (Honors) in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and an MBA from The Wharton School where he was a Palmer Scholar. Bipul also holds several patents in distributed computing.

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  • Deepak Malhotra

    Professor, Harvard Business School

    Deepak Malhotra

    Eli Goldston Professor of Business Administration in the Negotiations, Organizations & Markets Unit, Harvard Business School.

    He teaches courses on Negotiation in the MBA program, and in a wide variety of executive programs, including the Owner/President Management Program. Deepak has won numerous awards for his teaching, including the HBS Faculty Award by Harvard Business School’s MBA Class of 2011, and (twice) the Charles M. Williams Award from the Harvard Business School. In both 2011 and 2012, the MBA students selected Deepak to give the end-of-year speech to graduating students.

    In 2014, Deepak was chosen by Poets & Quants to be among their “40 under 40”, a listing of the world’s best business school professors under the age of 40.

    Deepak’s first book (with Max Bazerman), Negotiation Genius: How to Overcome Obstacles and Achieve Brilliant Results at the Bargaining Table and Beyond, was awarded the 2008 Outstanding Book Award by the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution. His most recent book, I Moved Your Cheese, is a Wall Street Journal Best-Seller, and has sold translation rights in over 20 languages.

    Deepak’s work focuses on negotiation strategy, deal-making, conflict management, competitive escalation, and international and ethnic dispute resolution, and has been published in top journals in the fields of management, psychology, conflict resolution, and foreign policy. His work has also received considerable media attention, including multiple appearances by Deepak on CNBC. Deepak’s professional activities include training, consulting, and advisory work for firms across the globe. He is also an advisor to InterMediate, a non-profit organization that advises heads of state on peace process design and negotiating the end to armed conflicts.

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  • Sanjay Poonen

    COO, VMware

    Sanjay Poonen

    COO, VMware

    Sanjay Poonen joined VMware in August 2013 and is responsible for worldwide sales, services, ecosystem and alliances, global marketing and communications and cross-portfolio product marketing.

    Previously, Poonen held the role of Executive Vice President and General Manager for the End-User Computing business unit at VMware. In this role, he was responsible for strategy, products, engineering, marketing and sales across all of VMware's End-User Computing offerings.

    Before VMware, Poonen was president and corporate officer of Platform Solutions and the Mobile Division at SAP AG. During his more than seven years at SAP, Poonen held several executive-level roles in product development and sales, including leading SAP’s Analytics, Big Data, Mobile and all Industry Business Units, driving many solutions to industry-leading market positions.

    Prior to SAP, Poonen held executive roles at Symantec, VERITAS and Informatica, and he began his career as a software engineer at Microsoft, followed by Apple. Poonen holds two patents as well as an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he graduated a Baker Scholar; a master's degree in management science and engineering from Stanford University; and a bachelor's degree in computer science, math and engineering from Dartmouth College, where he graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.

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  • Shashank Gupta

    Co-Founder & Advisor

    Shashank Gupta

    Co-Founder & Advisor

    Shashank is Co-founder and Director of Engineering at ThoughtSpot. Shashank is a strong systems generalist who brings his technical expertise and fast-paced execution oriented engineering management skills to the team. Prior to ThoughtSpot, Shashank was in senior engineering roles at Amazon, Yahoo and Cisco where he worked on search, distributed systems and networking. Shashank was one of the early engineers at Andiamo, a company that redefined networking for enterprise storage and was acquired by Cisco for $750M. Shashank has a MS in Computer Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

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