Leadership

Pure Storage® is fortunate to be led by some of the brightest and most experienced minds in the storage and flash memory industries. They're focused on building the next great storage company – and transforming the landscape of enterprise storage in the process.

Pure Storage Executive Leadership Team

John "Coz" Colgrove

FOUNDER AND CTO

John "Coz" Colgrove was one of the founding engineers at VERITAS Software (merged with Symantec in 2005), where his 20-year career culminated as Fellow and Chief Technology Officer for the company's Data Center Management Group. Coz was the primary architect for the hugely successful VERITAS Volume Manager (VxVM) and VERITAS File System (VxFS), and later served in various other engineering, management, and consultative roles. During his time at VERITAS, Coz became one of the industry's foremost experts on optimizing I/O streams and data structures for the unique idiosyncrasies of rotational hard drives, a challenge he's now re-solving for solid-state Flash memory. Prior to VERITAS, Coz was with Amdahl Corporation, where he was a key contributor to the development of the UTS mainframe UNIX operating system kernel.

After leaving Symantec in 2008 to pursue personal interests, he joined Sutter Hill Ventures in the role of Entrepreneur in Residence. It was there he observed the growing acceptance of solid-state storage by enterprises that led him to co-found Pure Storage with John Hayes, with the goal of fully exploiting the advantages of the new technology. Coz is a graduate of Rutgers University, and holds over 70 patents in the areas of computer system and reliable data storage design.

John "Coz" Colgrove

FOUNDER AND CTO

John "Coz" Colgrove was one of the founding engineers at VERITAS Software (merged with Symantec in 2005), where his 20-year career culminated as Fellow and Chief Technology Officer for the company's Data Center Management Group. Coz was the primary architect for the hugely successful VERITAS Volume Manager (VxVM) and VERITAS File System (VxFS), and later served in various other engineering, management, and consultative roles. During his time at VERITAS, Coz became one of the industry's foremost experts on optimizing I/O streams and data structures for the unique idiosyncrasies of rotational hard drives, a challenge he's now re-solving for solid-state Flash memory. Prior to VERITAS, Coz was with Amdahl Corporation, where he was a key contributor to the development of the UTS mainframe UNIX operating system kernel.

After leaving Symantec in 2008 to pursue personal interests, he joined Sutter Hill Ventures in the role of Entrepreneur in Residence. It was there he observed the growing acceptance of solid-state storage by enterprises that led him to co-found Pure Storage with John Hayes, with the goal of fully exploiting the advantages of the new technology. Coz is a graduate of Rutgers University, and holds over 70 patents in the areas of computer system and reliable data storage design.

Scott Dietzen

CEO

Scott Dietzen is a three-time successful entrepreneur with WebLogic, Zimbra and Transarc, and currently serves on the board of big-data trailblazer Cloudera. Prior to Pure Storage, he was President and CTO of Zimbra, a vendor of open source messaging and collaboration software. Zimbra (acquired by Yahoo! and VMware) was a pioneer of the Web 2.0 and Open Core paradigms. Prior to Zimbra, Scott was CTO of BEA Systems, where he helped craft the technology and business strategy for WebLogic that drove BEA from $61m in annual revenues prior to the WebLogic acquisition to over $1B. Scott came to BEA in 1998 via the acquisition of WebLogic, an innovator in Java and web application server technology. Prior to WebLogic, Scott was Principal Technologist of Transarc (acquired by IBM), a developer of distributed transaction and file sharing systems. Scott earned his Ph.D. and M.S. in Computer Science and B.S. in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University.

Scott Dietzen

CEO

Scott Dietzen is a three-time successful entrepreneur with WebLogic, Zimbra and Transarc, and currently serves on the board of big-data trailblazer Cloudera. Prior to Pure Storage, he was President and CTO of Zimbra, a vendor of open source messaging and collaboration software. Zimbra (acquired by Yahoo! and VMware) was a pioneer of the Web 2.0 and Open Core paradigms. Prior to Zimbra, Scott was CTO of BEA Systems, where he helped craft the technology and business strategy for WebLogic that drove BEA from $61m in annual revenues prior to the WebLogic acquisition to over $1B. Scott came to BEA in 1998 via the acquisition of WebLogic, an innovator in Java and web application server technology. Prior to WebLogic, Scott was Principal Technologist of Transarc (acquired by IBM), a developer of distributed transaction and file sharing systems. Scott earned his Ph.D. and M.S. in Computer Science and B.S. in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University.

David Hatfield

PRESIDENT

With 23 years of experience building high performance global sales, marketing and product delivery teams, Dave Hatfield has held leadership roles at Akamai Technologies, VERITAS Software, Symantec, Limelight Networks and others. Prior to Pure Storage, Dave served as President of SaaS and EVP of Global Sales, Marketing and Services at Limelight Networks. He joined Limelight Networks when it was a small, privately held company and helped build customer operations and strong global channel to deliver its distributed caching, cloud storage and application acceleration solutions to Global 2000 enterprises and governments. Dave led the company to over 800% growth during his tenure, propelling the company into its successful IPO.

Similarly, Dave joined Akamai Technologies before its IPO. While there, he was promoted to lead North American Sales and played a key role in scaling the organization from four customers and $400,000 to nearly 1,400 customers and $160 million in revenue in less than three years. Dave developed his storage industry expertise at VERITAS and later Symantec, following one of the largest enterprise software mergers in history. At VERITAS, he led the #1 sales organization into record year over year revenue growth. He was then promoted to Group Vice President of Sales at Symantec, following the acquisition, where he led an extended organization of nearly 1,000 employees, growing revenues from $600 million to $750 million.

Corporate Environment at Pure Storage

David Hatfield

PRESIDENT

With 23 years of experience building high performance global sales, marketing and product delivery teams, Dave Hatfield has held leadership roles at Akamai Technologies, VERITAS Software, Symantec, Limelight Networks and others. Prior to Pure Storage, Dave served as President of SaaS and EVP of Global Sales, Marketing and Services at Limelight Networks. He joined Limelight Networks when it was a small, privately held company and helped build customer operations and strong global channel to deliver its distributed caching, cloud storage and application acceleration solutions to Global 2000 enterprises and governments. Dave led the company to over 800% growth during his tenure, propelling the company into its successful IPO.

Similarly, Dave joined Akamai Technologies before its IPO. While there, he was promoted to lead North American Sales and played a key role in scaling the organization from four customers and $400,000 to nearly 1,400 customers and $160 million in revenue in less than three years. Dave developed his storage industry expertise at VERITAS and later Symantec, following one of the largest enterprise software mergers in history. At VERITAS, he led the #1 sales organization into record year over year revenue growth. He was then promoted to Group Vice President of Sales at Symantec, following the acquisition, where he led an extended organization of nearly 1,000 employees, growing revenues from $600 million to $750 million.

John Hayes

FOUNDER AND CHIEF ARCHITECT

John Hayes joined John Colgrove to co-found Pure Storage in 2009 after serving in Yahoo!'s Office of the Chief Technologist, where he investigated web architectures for collaborative development of highly-reliable systems. He joined Yahoo! via the acquisition of Bix, where he was a founding engineer. John's work prior to Yahoo! focused on developing distributed platforms for real-time interpersonal interaction in a variety of areas including entertainment, medicine, psychology, and defense.

During this time, John became interested in the underlying architecture of reliable distributed systems, particularly those built from unreliable components. His diverse experiences have led him to develop new approaches to make today's increasingly complex distributed systems more reliable. John holds a degree in Computer and Systems Engineering from Guelph University in Ontario, Canada.

John Hayes

FOUNDER AND CHIEF ARCHITECT

John Hayes joined John Colgrove to co-found Pure Storage in 2009 after serving in Yahoo!'s Office of the Chief Technologist, where he investigated web architectures for collaborative development of highly-reliable systems. He joined Yahoo! via the acquisition of Bix, where he was a founding engineer. John's work prior to Yahoo! focused on developing distributed platforms for real-time interpersonal interaction in a variety of areas including entertainment, medicine, psychology, and defense.

During this time, John became interested in the underlying architecture of reliable distributed systems, particularly those built from unreliable components. His diverse experiences have led him to develop new approaches to make today's increasingly complex distributed systems more reliable. John holds a degree in Computer and Systems Engineering from Guelph University in Ontario, Canada.

Tim Riitters

CFO

Tim Riitters serves as CFO for Pure Storage, and leads the company’s financial and accounting operations worldwide. Tim joins Pure Storage from Google, where he spent 10 years in finance and was responsible for overseeing the company’s annual planning and budgeting processes. Additionally, he led the finance team responsible for predicting revenue trends and increasing revenue opportunities. Earlier in his career at Google, Tim was based in Dublin, Ireland and oversaw the company’s European financial operations, and served as CFO of its European payments business.

Prior to Google, Tim served as a product manager in Siebel Systems' business intelligence applications group and helped this team drive triple digit year over year growth in revenue. Tim began his career at Deloitte where he served both as a consulting manager and auditor and specialized in business intelligence application development, financial systems selection and implementation, business process redesign and M&A auditing and accounting.

Tim holds an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management (with Honors), and a Bachelor of Science in business from the University of Minnesota (with Honors).

Tim Riitters

CFO

Tim Riitters serves as CFO for Pure Storage, and leads the company’s financial and accounting operations worldwide. Tim joins Pure Storage from Google, where he spent 10 years in finance and was responsible for overseeing the company’s annual planning and budgeting processes. Additionally, he led the finance team responsible for predicting revenue trends and increasing revenue opportunities. Earlier in his career at Google, Tim was based in Dublin, Ireland and oversaw the company’s European financial operations, and served as CFO of its European payments business.

Prior to Google, Tim served as a product manager in Siebel Systems' business intelligence applications group and helped this team drive triple digit year over year growth in revenue. Tim began his career at Deloitte where he served both as a consulting manager and auditor and specialized in business intelligence application development, financial systems selection and implementation, business process redesign and M&A auditing and accounting.

Tim holds an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management (with Honors), and a Bachelor of Science in business from the University of Minnesota (with Honors).

Jonathan Martin

CMO

Jonathan Martin has nearly 20 years of experience developing marketing strategies for leading enterprise technology companies. In his role at Pure Storage, Jonathan is responsible for all aspects of global marketing including Brand, Communications, Events, Demand Generation, and Field and Channel Marketing. Jonathan was previously the Chief Marketing Officer at EMC, where he was responsible for the strategy and execution of all aspects of EMC's marketing efforts. He joined EMC as Senior Vice President of Corporate Marketing in 2011.

Jonathan has held executive marketing and product roles at HP Software, Salesforce.com, PortWise and VERITAS Software. He is a member of Marketing 50, CMO Council and was recently voted a "Top 20 CMO" by VentureBeat. He has a master’s in Computer Science and bachelor’s in Applied Science from Staffordshire University in Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom. Jonathan is a passionate supporter of STEM education, Board Member at The Tech Museum of Innovation and personal champion of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in the San Jose area.

Jonathan Martin

CMO

Jonathan Martin has nearly 20 years of experience developing marketing strategies for leading enterprise technology companies. In his role at Pure Storage, Jonathan is responsible for all aspects of global marketing including Brand, Communications, Events, Demand Generation, and Field and Channel Marketing. Jonathan was previously the Chief Marketing Officer at EMC, where he was responsible for the strategy and execution of all aspects of EMC's marketing efforts. He joined EMC as Senior Vice President of Corporate Marketing in 2011.

Jonathan has held executive marketing and product roles at HP Software, Salesforce.com, PortWise and VERITAS Software. He is a member of Marketing 50, CMO Council and was recently voted a "Top 20 CMO" by VentureBeat. He has a master’s in Computer Science and bachelor’s in Applied Science from Staffordshire University in Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom. Jonathan is a passionate supporter of STEM education, Board Member at The Tech Museum of Innovation and personal champion of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in the San Jose area.

Todd Engle

VP, OPERATIONS

Todd Engle serves as VP, Operations for Pure Storage, and is responsible for the company's overall strategic business operations, overseeing product forecasting, manufacturing and supply chain vendor relations. Todd joins Pure Storage after 12 years at Xiotech, where he served as VP of manufacturing. Under Todd's direction, Xiotech successfully expanded its global manufacturing operations, implemented an improved supply chain management system and streamlined its order fulfillment processes, achieving 99-percent on-time delivery and 95-percent production forecast accuracy rates.

Prior to Xiotech, Todd served as director of business operations at Computer Network Technologies, where he successfully automated the company's sales, revenue and production forecasting systems. He holds a BA in accounting from Metropolitan State University.

Todd Engle

VP, OPERATIONS

Todd Engle serves as VP, Operations for Pure Storage, and is responsible for the company's overall strategic business operations, overseeing product forecasting, manufacturing and supply chain vendor relations. Todd joins Pure Storage after 12 years at Xiotech, where he served as VP of manufacturing. Under Todd's direction, Xiotech successfully expanded its global manufacturing operations, implemented an improved supply chain management system and streamlined its order fulfillment processes, achieving 99-percent on-time delivery and 95-percent production forecast accuracy rates.

Prior to Xiotech, Todd served as director of business operations at Computer Network Technologies, where he successfully automated the company's sales, revenue and production forecasting systems. He holds a BA in accounting from Metropolitan State University.

Joe FitzGerald

VP AND GENERAL COUNSEL

Joe FitzGerald serves as VP, and General Counsel for Pure Storage and is responsible for overseeing and managing legal matters for Pure. With over 20 years of high technology related legal experience, Joe joins Pure after almost 12 years at Symantec (via the VERITAS Software acquisition), where he served as Senior Vice President, Legal & Public Affairs. During his time at Symantec, Joe successfully built a world-class IP program, growing Symantec’s patent portfolio from a literal handful of patents to almost 2000 today. In addition to active involvement in every major strategic transaction, Joe managed the technology licensing, product support, litigation, IP, and brand protection legal teams as well as the Global Government Affairs team that works with governments around the world on cyber security and other regulatory issues. In addition, Joe handled the strategic antitrust and competition related legal issues for this Fortune 500 software company.

Prior to Symantec, Joe worked in-house at a number of Silicon Valley companies including New Focus, Sun Microsystems and Nikon Research Corporation of America. Prior to Nikon, Joe was in private practice at Graham and James in Los Angeles. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University, and a JD from Catholic University of America.

Joe FitzGerald

VP AND GENERAL COUNSEL

Joe FitzGerald serves as VP, and General Counsel for Pure Storage and is responsible for overseeing and managing legal matters for Pure. With over 20 years of high technology related legal experience, Joe joins Pure after almost 12 years at Symantec (via the VERITAS Software acquisition), where he served as Senior Vice President, Legal & Public Affairs. During his time at Symantec, Joe successfully built a world-class IP program, growing Symantec’s patent portfolio from a literal handful of patents to almost 2000 today. In addition to active involvement in every major strategic transaction, Joe managed the technology licensing, product support, litigation, IP, and brand protection legal teams as well as the Global Government Affairs team that works with governments around the world on cyber security and other regulatory issues. In addition, Joe handled the strategic antitrust and competition related legal issues for this Fortune 500 software company.

Prior to Symantec, Joe worked in-house at a number of Silicon Valley companies including New Focus, Sun Microsystems and Nikon Research Corporation of America. Prior to Nikon, Joe was in private practice at Graham and James in Los Angeles. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University, and a JD from Catholic University of America.

Matt Kixmoeller

VP, PRODUCTS

Matt Kixmoeller is a storage veteran who saw first-hand the last major storage technology media upgrade: the move from tape to disk in the backup market. Matt was Vice President of enterprise product management for Symantec's Information Management products, including the NetBackup and Enterprise Vault. Matt oversaw product strategy and vision, engineering direction, and go-to-market activities for this $1B+ global product line. During his tenure, Matt also held similar roles managing other Symantec products such as the Storage Foundation and CommandCentral Storage.

Matt joined Symantec in 2005 as part of the merger with VERITAS Software Corporation. Prior to joining VERITAS Software, he was co-founder of Centrata, a leading provider of IT service management software. He has also held positions with Adaptec and Gemini Consulting (now Cap Gemini, Ernst & Young). Matt holds a degree in engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Matt Kixmoeller

VP, PRODUCTS

Matt Kixmoeller is a storage veteran who saw first-hand the last major storage technology media upgrade: the move from tape to disk in the backup market. Matt was Vice President of enterprise product management for Symantec's Information Management products, including the NetBackup and Enterprise Vault. Matt oversaw product strategy and vision, engineering direction, and go-to-market activities for this $1B+ global product line. During his tenure, Matt also held similar roles managing other Symantec products such as the Storage Foundation and CommandCentral Storage.

Matt joined Symantec in 2005 as part of the merger with VERITAS Software Corporation. Prior to joining VERITAS Software, he was co-founder of Centrata, a leading provider of IT service management software. He has also held positions with Adaptec and Gemini Consulting (now Cap Gemini, Ernst & Young). Matt holds a degree in engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Bob Wood

VP, ENGINEERING

Bob Wood joins Pure Storage from Harmonic/Omneon. Before joining Omneon in 2009, Wood served as Vice President of File System Engineering at NetApp, where he led a development team spanning five development centers worldwide and was responsible for NetApp's WAFL file system and their next generation clustered file system. Bob earlier served as a Vice President for all software engineering on the original executive team of Decru. Bob then led the integration of the Decru engineering organization into NetApp, after its acquisition. Wood also was a member of the founding team and Vice President of Engineering for a venture-funded software company.

Bob began his career managing development for the Fiery product line at Electronics For Imaging (EFI). Bob holds a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from University of Colorado, Boulder. He also holds three U.S. patents, has three patents pending, and has five published papers.

Bob Wood

VP, ENGINEERING

Bob Wood joins Pure Storage from Harmonic/Omneon. Before joining Omneon in 2009, Wood served as Vice President of File System Engineering at NetApp, where he led a development team spanning five development centers worldwide and was responsible for NetApp's WAFL file system and their next generation clustered file system. Bob earlier served as a Vice President for all software engineering on the original executive team of Decru. Bob then led the integration of the Decru engineering organization into NetApp, after its acquisition. Wood also was a member of the founding team and Vice President of Engineering for a venture-funded software company.

Bob began his career managing development for the Fiery product line at Electronics For Imaging (EFI). Bob holds a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from University of Colorado, Boulder. He also holds three U.S. patents, has three patents pending, and has five published papers.


Board of Directors

Aneel Bhusri

Aneel Bhusri is a Partner at Greylock and Co-Founder and Chief Executive at Workday. Aneel joined Greylock in 1999 from PeopleSoft, where he was named vice chairman after several years as the company's senior vice president in charge of product strategy, business development and marketing. At PeopleSoft, he was responsible for developing and guiding all product strategy, corporate and product marketing. He holds an MBA from Stanford University and a bachelor of science and arts in electrical engineering and economics from Brown University. Aneel currently serves on the Boards of Cloudera, Data Robotics, Pure Storage and Workday. Aneel is the former Chairman of Data Domain (acquired by EMC). In addition to PeopleSoft, Aneel formerly served on the boards of PolyServe (acquired by HP), Corio (acquired by IBM), Outlooksoft (acquired by SAP), Marimba (acquired by BMC Software), Perfigo (acquired by Cisco), SeeBeyond, (acquired by Sun Microsystems) and Vantive (acquired by PeopleSoft). Aneel was named to the Forbes Midas List in 2009 (#8) and 2008 (#16) and to the AlwaysOn Top 100 List of VCs in 2009.

John "Coz" Colgrove

John "Coz" Colgrove was one of the founding engineers at VERITAS Software (merged with Symantec in 2005), where his 20-year career culminated as Fellow and Chief Technology Officer for the company's Data Center Management Group. Coz was the primary architect for the hugely successful VERITAS Volume Manager (VxVM) and VERITAS File System (VxFS), and later served in various other engineering, management, and consultative roles. During his time at VERITAS Coz became one of the industry's foremost experts on optimizing I/O streams and data structures for the unique idiosyncrasies of rotational hard drives, a challenge he's now re-solving for solid state Flash memory. Prior to VERITAS, Coz was with Amdahl Corporation, where he was a key contributor to the development of the UTS mainframe UNIX operating system kernel. After leaving Symantec in 2008 to pursue personal interests, he joined Sutter Hill Ventures in the role of Entrepreneur in Residence. It was there he observed the growing acceptance of solid-state storage by enterprises that led him to co-found Pure Storage with John Hayes, with the goal of fully exploiting the advantages of the new technology. Coz is a graduate of Rutgers University, and holds over 70 patents in the areas of computer system and reliable data storage design.

Scott Dietzen

Scott Dietzen is a three-time successful entrepreneur with WebLogic, Zimbra, and Transarc. Most recently, he was President and CTO of Zimbra, a vendor of open source messaging and collaboration software. Zimbra (now part of VMware) was a pioneer of the Web 2.0 and Open Core paradigms. Zimbra was originally acquired by Yahoo!, where Dietzen served as interim SVP of Communications and Communities. Prior to Zimbra, Dietzen was CTO of BEA Systems, where he helped craft the technology and business strategy for WebLogic that drove BEA from $61m in annual revenues prior to the WebLogic acquisition to over $1B.

Dietzen came to BEA in 1998 via the acquisition of WebLogic, an innovator in Java and web application server technology. Prior to WebLogic, Dietzen was Principal Technologist of Transarc (acquired by IBM), a developer of distributed transaction and file sharing systems. He also currently serves on the board of big-data trailblazer Cloudera. He earned his Ph.D. and M.S. in Computer Science and B.S. in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University.

Mark Garrett

Mark Garrett is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Adobe Systems Incorporated. With more than 25 years of financial management experience in the technology sector, Garrett has worked with many of the industry's leading companies. Before joining Adobe in 2007, Garrett served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Software Group of EMC Corporation. From 2002 to 2004 and from 1997 to 1999, Garrett served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Documentum, Inc., including throughout its acquisition by EMC in December 2003. Garrett currently serves on the board of directors of Model N, Inc. He earned a BS in accounting and marketing from Boston University and an MBA from Marist College.

Anita Sands

Anita Sands has served on our board of directors since July 2015. From April 2012 to September 2013, Dr. Sands served as Group Managing Director and Head of Change Leadership and a member of the Wealth Management Americas Executive Committee of UBS Financial Services, a global financial services firm. From April 2010 to April 2012, Dr. Sands served as Group Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of Wealth Management Americas at UBS Financial Services. From October 2009 to April 2010, Dr. Sands served as Transformation Consultant at UBS Financial Services. From 2008 to 2009, Dr. Sands served as Managing Director, Head of Transformation Management at Citigroup’s Global Operations and Technology organization.

Prior to that, Dr. Sands also held several leadership positions with RBC Financial Group and CIBC. Dr. Sands currently serves on the board of directors of Symantec Corporation, ServiceNow, Inc. and a non-profit organization. Dr. Sands earned a B.S. in Physics and Applied Mathematics from The Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland, a Ph.D. in Atomic and Molecular Physics from The Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland and a M.S. in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University.

Frank Slootman

Frank Slootman currently serves as President and CEO of ServiceNow, an enterprise IT cloud company. Prior to joining ServiceNow, Frank Slootman served as a partner with Greylock Partners, as President of the Backup Recovery Systems Division at EMC, and prior to that was President and Chief Executive Officer of Data Domain, Inc., a data storage solution company, which was acquired by EMC in 2009. As the CEO of Data Domain, he blazed new trails creating a high-growth enterprise storage company that went public in 2007. Slootman holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Economics from the Netherlands School of Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Mike Speiser

Mike Speiser is currently a Managing Director at Sutter Hill Ventures. Mike joined Sutter Hill in 2008 from Yahoo!, where he was vice president of community products including Yahoo! Groups, Yahoo! Profiles and Bix. Mike joined Yahoo! in February 2007 through the acquisition of Bix, where he served as president and CEO. Prior to co-founding Bix, Mike served as vice president and technical advisor to Symantec Chairman & CEO, John Thompson. Previously, he was vice president of product marketing and product management at VERITAS, which was acquired by Symantec. Mike also co-founded Epinions.com, worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company, and was an analyst with CS First Boston. Mike holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, where he graduated as a Baker Scholar, and a B.A. from the University of Arizona.

Mike Volpi

Mike Volpi is a Partner at Index Ventures in the San Francisco office, focusing on investments in the Enterprise Software and Consumer Internet companies. He also contributes to the firm's later stage growth fund and he currently serves on the boards of Path, Sonos, Lookout, Hortonworks, Soundcloud, Big Switch Networks, Zuora, Foodily, and Storsimple. Mike is also on the board of Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC). Mike was previously a Director of Cloud.com (now part of Citrix).

Mike began his career at Hewlett Packard's optoelectronics division. He then moved to Cisco Systems where he was Senior Vice President & General Manager of the Routing and Service Provider Technology Group, where he led Cisco's business for the Service Provider market, and was also responsible for all of Cisco's routing and access products. In 2007, this was an $11 billion business for Cisco. Mike also served as the company's Chief Strategy Officer, where he was responsible for Cisco's corporate strategy as well as business development, strategic alliances, advanced Internet projects, legal services, and government affairs. During this tenure, Mike was instrumental in the creation of the company's acquisition and investment strategies, as Cisco acquired more than 70 companies during his tenure.

He has master's and bachelor's degrees in mechanical engineering from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Strategic Advisors

Mark Leslie

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. During his tenure as CEO the company went from 12 employees to 6,000 employees deployed globally, and from a revenue base of $95,000 per year to $1,500,000,000 per year. In 2000 VERITAS was the tenth largest independent software company by revenue, third largest by market capitalization, and achieved the distinction of becoming a Fortune 1000 company. 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, Pure Storage, 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.

Satish Dharmaraj

Satish Dharmaraj is a Partner with Redpoint Ventures. Prior to Redpoint, Satish was the founder/CEO of Zimbra. At Zimbra, he grew sales from inception to $20M in subscription sales in the first year of selling and nearly doubled sales the next year. Satish was directly responsible for leading the product vision, PR and the open source distribution strategy. Prior to founding Zimbra, Satish was VP of the Messaging Products Division at Openwave Systems, responsible for the email, unified messaging, voicemail, and instant messaging product lines selling to large carriers and ISPs. Satish came to Openwave as part of the founding team at the unified messaging company Onebox, where he led engineering and network operations, and was instrumental in the sale of Onebox to Phone.com for $850M. Prior to Onebox, Satish was at Sun Microsystems' JavaSoft Division from 1995 through 1998 where he was responsible for the conception, design and implementation of Java Server Pages (JSPs). Satish previously held several product and engineering positions at IBM and Transarc Corporations. Satish has B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer Sciences and an executive management degree from the Harvard Business School.

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