Charles Giancarlo is an Internet Pioneer, Entrepreneur, Investor and Fortune 50 senior executive with more than 30 years of experience in the semiconductor, communications and networking industries. He worked as Executive Vice President, Chief Technology and Development Officer for Cisco Systems from 1993 through 2007. Currently, he serves on the boards of Accenture, Arista, Imperva and ServiceNow and several private startups. His first startup, Adaptive, created the original high speed backbone for the nascent Internet in 1991. As part of Kalpana in 1993 his team created the first Ethernet Switch. In 1999 at Cisco, his team created the first WiFi product ever sold as well as the first IP Telephone system and Telepresence system. From 2008 until 2013 he was a Managing Director of private equity firm Silver Lake. He has also served as interim CEO of Avaya in 2008 and is currently Chairman of the Board. Mr. Giancarlo holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Brown University where he served on the Board of Trustees, an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley where he serves on the Board of Advisors, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Dr. Arjang Zadeh
Dr. Arjang Zadeh has been a pioneer in broadband, telecom, cable and software industries for over 20 years. Arjang is currently the CEO of Azdio (www.azdio.com) a premier Digital TV and Broadband System Integration company as well as the CEO of SwiftClass (www.swiftclass.com) an advance app middleware for STBs and other embedded application and devices.
Prior to creating Azdio, Dr Zadeh was the Global Managing Partner of Network Practice for Accenture Communications & High Tech Operating Group. In 2000, Dr Zadeh founded Imagine Broadband a world leading Digital TV and Network Design, Integration and NGOSS Products company. Under his leadership Imagine broadband successfully delivered some of the most complex and largest projects for many of the major Telecom and Cable operators around the world. Dr Zadeh was the CEO of the company until its acquisition and integration into Accenture in Jan 2004. In this role, Arjang was selected as one of the top 50 European executives in broadband Industry (“Broadband Euro 50 – 2003”). Dr Zadeh has a BSc(Hons.) and a PhD degrees in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from the University of Birmingham, UK.
John Wakerly is a startup advisor and a technical consultant to computer and communications companies in the areas of patent and trade-secret matters. Before that he was co-founder and CTO of Agnilux, Inc., a technology company that was acquired by Google. Prior to that he was in Cisco Systems for 10 years, where most recently he was the Vice President and CTO for Cisco’s Routing Technology Group. Prior to joining Cisco, John was co-founder and Executive VP of Alantec Corporation (acquired by Fore Systems), and went on to become the CTO of the LAN Switching Division at FORE Systems. John has authored more than 50 engineering publications including books on digital design, microcomputer architecture, and computer reliability. He is the inventor or co-inventor on over thirty patents and published patent applications in telecommunications and networking technology. John earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and his M.S.E.E. from Stanford University.
Anup Singh joined Nimble Storage as Chief Financial Officer in 2011. His responsibilities currently include financialaccounting and reporting, planning and analysis, legal, compliance and internal audit, investor relations, and global real estate and facilities. Anup, together with the executive team, is leading Nimble through a period of hyper growth including the completion of a successful IPO in December 2013. Prior to Nimble Storage, Anup served as CFO at Clearwell Systems (acquired by Symantec) and CFO at Warranty Corporation of America (an Asurion company). Previously, Anup was an executive officer at Trimble Navigation, and also held leadership positions in finance at Excite@Home, 3Com, and Ernst & Young LLP. Anup holds BA and MA Honors degrees in Economics and Management Science from Cambridge University, where he was a Cambridge Commonwealth Trust scholar, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Anup was recognized as CFO of the Year by the Silicon Valley Business Journal in 2009 and as a Finalist for the Bay Area CFO of the Year in 2014.
Parag Patel is Vice President of Worldwide Sales for Software-Defined Storage (SDS). He is responsible for building and managing VMware’s storage business, including sales to end customers, GTM initiatives across all routes to market, and field operations. He is an eleven-year veteran of VMware and a part of the leadership team that has grown the company from $200M to almost $6B in revenues. He previously held executive sales & marketing positions at Bowstreet Software and Trilogy Software.
Mr. Patel earned a BAS in Electrical Engineering & History from Stanford University as well as an MBA from Harvard University. He has served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Mali, West Africa, where he worked on rural development projects such as farm cooperatives. Mr. Patel is a past Term Member of the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations and a Fellow with the Asia Society, both in New York.