Viptela is now part of Cisco.

Advisors

Bill Coughran

Bill Coughran

Known for his leadership of innovative teams, Bill works as an insightful coach to founders to help them build spectacular engineering-centric organizations. Bill currently sits on the boards of FireEye (FEYE) and Metaswitch and previously served on the board of Clearwell (SYMC). Bill was Senior Vice President of Engineering at Google, on the executive committee, and advisor to the founders and Eric Schmidt. Bill’s far-ranging activities at Google included Chrome (client software), YouTube (video), maps (complex data integration), google.com (search), underlying infrastructure systems (BigTable, GFS, MapReduce), and security (malware detection, SSL improvements). While Bill was at Google, its engineering organization grew from a couple of hundred to more than 10,000 across North America, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Before Google, Bill was founder & CEO of Entrisphere (ERIC). Earlier, he was Vice President of Bell Labs’ Computing Sciences Research Center where C, C++, Unix, Plan 9, and Inferno were created. Bill has held adjunct and visiting faculty roles at Stanford University, Duke University, and ETH Zurich. Bill has a B.S. and M.S. in Math from Caltech and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University.

Giancarlo

Charles Giancarlo

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.

Tony Li

Tony Li

Tony has been a leading Internet technologist, system architect, and software developer since 1991, having written 29 RFCs and 14 patents to date. Tony helped deploy BGP and design BGP4; designed and developed the system software for the Silicon Switch Engine, Cisco’s first L3 packet forwarding engine; helped instigate the GSR; invented HSRP; and pioneered MPLS Traffic Engineering. Tony has served stints in numerous startups, serving as a very early employee of Cisco Systems and Juniper Networks, and then founding Procket Networks. Tony has an ongoing interest in routing protocols, algorithms and data structures, packet forwarding silicon, switch fabric architectures, software architecture, system architectures, software engineering, and Internet architecture. Tony has been an active participant in the IETF/IRTF, has co-chaired the CIDRD, IS-IS, and MobileIP working groups and is currently chair of the Routing Research Group. Outside of work, Tony immerses himself in the challenges of parenting two kids with his wife. Tony enjoys hiking, biking, whitewater rafting, snorkeling, karting and other high-performance driving. 

Michael L. Lajoie

Michael L. Lajoie

Mike is the founding partner of Jinsei 2.0, a strategic advisory firm dedicated to the advancement of its clients in technology, telecommunication and leading development techniques. He brings decades of experience in the cable television industry, playing a significant role in the development of digital television, digital video recorders, on-demand video services, IP telephony and broadband access to the Internet. Mike has served as Time Warner Cable’s Executive VP and CTO from January 2004 to January 2015. Prior to that, he served as Executive VP of Advanced Technology from March 2003, and in the same capacity for Time Warner Cable’s Time Warner Entertainment (TWE) division from August 2002. He served as VP of Corporate Development of TWE from 1998 and President of Broadband Applications Development Group of TWE, starting in 1996. He has been a Series 7 Registered Representative and a NASDAQ Broker/Dealer and is registered as the inventor or co-inventor of over twenty patents in the United States and internationally. Mr. LaJoie has served on the boards of directors of several organizations, including the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) serving as its Chairman, SCTE Foundation, Beaumaris Networks, BigBand and others. Currently he serves as Chairman of the Board of Guavus, Inc. He also participates in advisory boards of several companies developing or investing in leading edge technology. He has won numerous awards in the Cable and Telecommunications sector and in 2011 hewas inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame.

Sudhir Ispahani

Sudhir Ispahani

Sudhir is the founder and CEO of Alpha Global Partners LLC. He serves on numerous boards and is an investor in emerging technology firms in Silicon Valley. Previously, he was the CTO and Chairman of the Technology Board for Liberty Global, United Pan European Communications and Chello Broadband. In these roles, Sudhir led the implementation of triple play services serving 15 million subscribers across Liberty Global Europe and its affiliated subsidiaries. He led the architecture, engineering and operations efforts to establish broadband video, voice and high-speed Internet across Europe. Sudhir was the first founding President of EuroCableLabs, the center for certification of emerging technology and development of standards for digital broadband technologies in Europe. He has been recognized with the Euro 50 award for the top 50 European executives (2003), and also the European Cable & Communications Association Award (2005). Prior to Liberty, Sudhir served as Executive Director at MCI (WorldCom). Sudhir has a BS in electronics and telecommunications and a postgraduate diploma from The Institute of Telecommunications, Vienna, Austria.

Amarjit Gill

Amarjit Gill

Amarjit Gill is a serial entrepreneur and is currently the Co-founder and CEO of Maginatics, Prior to Maginatics, Amarjit co-founded and helped lead three companies that built lasting technologies. He was co-founder and VP of business development and sales at SiByte (acquired by Broadcom), co-founder and EVP of business development and sales at PA Semi (acquired by Apple), and co-founder and CEO of Agnilux (acquired by Google). Earlier in his career, Amarjit was director of sales for strategic accounts in Digital Equipment Corporation’s semiconductor group. After that business unit was purchased by Intel, he served in a similar capacity for Intel. Amarjit also worked for many years at Texas Instruments in its technical sales organization. Amarjit received a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from San Jose State University.

Dr. Arjang Zadeh

 

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.

Mark Hayter

Mark Hayter

Mark is currently the Engineering Director of the Chrome hardware team at Google. He joined Google following the acquisition of Agnilux, Inc. a startup of which he was co-founder and COO. Prior to that he was involved in systems architecture at several semiconductor companies, being VP of Systems Engineering at P.A. Semi, Inc. (acquired by Apple Inc.), Senior Manager of Hardware Systems Engineering at Broadcom Corporation and System Architect at SiByte, Inc. Earlier, Hayter was at the Digital Equipment Corporation Systems Research Center, where he was the project lead for the VirtualBook, which inspired the Tablet PC, and hardware lead on Digital’s StrongARM Network Computer reference design. He also served as the lead hardware engineer in the development of the first hard-drive-based MP3 player, commercialized as the PJB-100. Hayter holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory.

John Wakerly

John Wakerly

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.

 

profile

 

 

Anup Singh

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. 

ParagPatel-imge  

Parag Patel

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.