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Springpath is the pioneer in hyperconvergence software, turning standard servers of choice into a single pool of compute and storage resources. Springpath Data Platform eliminates the need for network storage, provides adaptive scaling, and uses data management and optimization capabilities to achieve transformative levels of utilization and truly agile IT infrastructure.

Mallik Mahalingam Founder, CTO

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Mallik brings over 20+ years of experience in building and shipping enterprise system software products from the ground up. Before founding Springpath, he was a principal engineer at VMware, where he led both networking and storage product development for almost a decade—and built high quality enterprise virtualization products. At VMware, he also led ground-breaking industry-wide initiatives such as VXLAN and PCI SR-IOV. Mallik was the face of VMware on guiding VMware Partners and customers on technical matters. Prior to VMware, he held research roles at Hewlett Packard Laboratories and engineering roles at Intel and NetFrame Systems. Mallik was a research associate at IIT Kanpur and has a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Madras. He holds over 60 US patents on building complex system software products.

Krishna Yadappanavar Co-Founder

Krishna Yadappanavar

Krishna brings over 15+ years of experience in building system software. Before founding Springpath, he held senior engineering roles at VMware for eight years, where he led various efforts in storage and data services such as VMFS, VMware’s clustered file system, and vFlash, the flash virtualization framework. Prior to VMware, he drove the development of the backup and recovery product at Commvault and the NAS product line at EMC. He also played an instrumental role at Veritas in the development of a distributed storage appliance. Krishna has a B.S. in Computer Science from BITS Pilani.

Brett Flinchum VP of Customer Success

Brett Flinchum

Brett serves Springpath as the Vice President of Global Customer Success. Brett has led innovative customer programs for over 20 years as COO at Covad Communications and Megapath Networks and as Vice President of Worldwide Operations at EVault. Brett also has managed large Data Center and IT Operations teams globally and understands the unique demands and needs of IT professionals and customers working to optimize infrastructure costs, deploy infrastructure quickly and serve their businesses. Brett has a BA in economics from Davidson College and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

Ravi Parthasarathy VP of Product Management

Ravi Parthasarathy

Prior to Springpath, Ravi led the storage business at Omneon (acquired by Harmonic) where he helped double storage revenues in one year. Prior to Omneon, Ravi was at NetApp for 10 years, where he had various roles in product management and product marketing, including General Manager of the NAS Business Unit where he drove NetApp’s clustered storage strategy. Ravi holds an M.B.A from the University of Chicago and an M.S. in Computer Engineering from Louisiana State University.

Suresh Ravoor VP of Engineering

Suresh Ravoor

Before joining Springpath, Suresh held senior engineering leadership roles at VMware and led the teams for key products such as Site Recovery Manager (SRM) and new product initiatives such as View Composer and VMware Update Manager (VUM). Prior to VMware, he led the development of several SAN management products at Brocade and Sanrise. He has an M.S. and a B.S. in Computer Science from Iowa State University and BITS Pilani respectively.


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Jim Goetz

Jim Goetz is a Partner at Sequoia Capital. He has helped create and grow a number of technology companies and product lines to market-leading positions both as an entrepreneur and as an investor. He currently leads Sequoia’s investments in Appirio, Barracuda (CUDA), Carbon3D, Chartboost, Drawbridge, Jive (JIVE), Metaswitch, Nimble Storage (NMBL), Palo Alto Networks (PANW), Pocket Gems, and Sencha. He was previously involved with AdMob (GOOG), Clearwell (SYMC), Peribit (JNPR), Rhapsody (BRCD), Karma (FB), Timetra (ALU) and WhatsApp (FB). Jim also serves as Vice Chair of the Stanford Engineering Venture Fund (SEVF). Prior to joining Sequoia Capital, Jim served as a General Partner at Accel Partners. In 1996, he co-founded VitalSigns Software (ALU) where he assembled and led the team that pioneered end-user performance management with Net.Medic and application performance market with VitalSuite. Prior to VitalSigns, Jim was the Vice President of Network Management for Bay Networks (Synoptics). Jim has a B.S. in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

Krishna ‘Kittu’ Kolluri

Kittu joined NEA in 2006. As a General Partner, he focuses on information technology and energy technology investments. Kittu serves on several boards for NEA portfolio companies. Prior to NEA, Kittu was Executive VP and GM for the Security Products Group at Juniper Networks, after NetScreen’s acquisition by Juniper in 2004. Kittu served briefly as GM of NetScreen’s Secure Access Products after NetScreen’s acquisition of Neoteris in 2003. Kittu was President and CEO of Neoteris, the leader of SSL-based Application Security Gateway market, where his leadership resulted in multiple corporate and product milestones. Kittu co-founded Healtheon/WebMD, and initially managed engineering before moving through key operational and general management roles, and eventually Senior VP and GM of Provider Services. Previously, Kittu worked at Silicon Graphics, Inc. (SGI) managing developer products and later high-profile Interactive TV projects. Kittu earned a B.Tech. (M.E.) from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India, and an M.S. in Operations Research from SUNY, Buffalo, NY.

Satish Dharmaraj

Satish Dharmaraj is a Partner with Redpoint Ventures. Prior to Redpoint, Satish was the founder/CEO of Zimbra, which he sold to Yahoo! for $350M. Before founding Zimbra, Satish was GM of the Messaging Products Division at Openwave Systems, responsible for mobile email, mobile unified messaging, mobile voicemail and mobile instant messaging product lines selling to large carriers and ISPs. Satish managed both the engineering and product management teams. Satish came to Openwave as part of the founding team at the unified messaging company Onebox, where he led engineering and network operations and sold Onebox to Openwave for $850M.

Michael Klayko

Michael Klayko currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of MKA Capital, an investment company focused on technology investments. From 2005 until 2013, Mr. Klayko was Chief Executive Officer of Brocade Communications Systems, Inc., a comprehensive network solutions provider. Additionally, Mr. Klayko has held executive positions at Rhapsody Networks (including as its Chief Executive Officer), McDATA, EMC Corporation, Hewlett-Packard Company, and International Business Machines Corporation. Mr. Klayko brings 35 years of experience in the storage, computer, and telecommunications industries. He currently serves on both public and private boards. He is Chairman of Allscripts (nasdaq:MDRX) and a board member of PMC Sierra (nasdaq:PMCS). In addition, he serves on multiple private company boards focused on technology innovation.

Rob Salvagno

Rob leads the Corporate Development team at Cisco and is responsible for driving Cisco’s M&A and Corporate Venture Capital activity. A veteran of Cisco’s Corporate Development organization, Rob has executed dozens of acquisitions and investments, constructed its major spin-ins such as Nuova and Insieme and helped launch new innovation projects within Cisco. Rob earned his B.A. in Economics from Stanford University.


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Springpath’s fast growing team is comprised of top-notch professionals who architected breakthrough products at leading companies like VMware, NetApp, Brocade, Dell, Data Domain, and IBM Research. We are passionate about paving the way to true Independent IT Infrastructure. Our hardware agnostic approach brings the freedom of deployment to enterprise IT with all the benefits of high performance, cloud-like economics and simplicity.

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