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Hot Startups

Location: 2nd Floor Theater

Tuesday, March 4, 02:30P - 04:00P

Chair

Jim Smith
General Partner, Mohr Davidow Ventures

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Bio

Jim has long had an interest in networking and infrastructure and the ways in which companies can make better use of the mountains of data collected and stored during the course of doing business. Jim has led investments in companies including Aryaka, Mantara, Medio, ParAccel, Pluribus Networks and Xambala.

Jim received a doctorate in electrical engineering and a master's degree in industrial management from Stanford University. He also earned a bachelor's degree in computer systems engineering and a master's degree in electrical engineering from Stanford.

Learn more about the Mohr Davidow companies that leverage networking, cloud and applied analytics to drive large and emerging opportunities in verticals ranging from finance to online marketing to cleantech IT to healthcare.

Speakers

Hassan M. Ahmed
Chairman and CEO, Affirmed Networks

Hassan will discuss how NFV is one of the most significant architectural developments in telco and will dramatically alter how mobile networks are built, managed and monetized going forward.
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Dr. Hassan Ahmed is Chairman and CEO of Affirmed Networks and Senior Advisor at Charles River Ventures. He was previously chairman of the board of Sonus Networks. Hassan successfully lead Sonus as chairman, president and CEO from 1998 until June 2008. During that time he grew Sonus from its startup roots to the global market leader in IP-Voice infrastructure.

Prior to Sonus, Hassan was executive vice president and general manager of the Core Switching division of Ascend Communications, which grew to a $1 billion business under his direction. He served as chief technology officer and vice president of engineering of Cascade Communications prior to its acquisition by Ascend. Previously, Hassan was president and founder of WaveAccess, a pioneer in high-speed wireless network products. He has also led engineering at the DSP Division of Analog Devices, and founded and served as the director of the VLSI Systems Group of Motorola Codex, which brought the world’s first VLSI based high speed networked modems to the market and grew to lead market share.

Dr. Ahmed was Associate Professor of Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering and Associate Professor of Finance at Boston University. There his research focused on nonlinear signal processing and the pricing of options and derivatives with nonlinear models of asset returns. He is the author of over 50 professional publications and six book chapters. During his time at Boston University, he consulted with several global organizations.

In addition to the board of directors of Affirmed Networks, Ahmed also serves on the board of Vlingo, on the Board of Overseers of the Boston Museum of Science and on the Advisory Board of the LUMS (Lahore University of Management Sciences) School of Science and Engineering.

Hassan holds a BSEE and MSAE from Carleton University and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University.

Niel Viljoen
Chief Executive Officer & Founder, Netronome

The session will introduce a platform that implements OpenFlow 1.3.x and virtual machines capable of running virtual networking functions (VNF's) on the same platform. The OpenFlow implementation is a rich and fully featured OF 1.3.x implementation with multi-table support and extensive actions whilst capable of intelligently steering traffic to VNF's local to the platform.

The hardware of the platforms consists of standard ""commercial off the shelf"" (COTS) servers augmented with intelligent switching NIC cards. This allows these COTS platforms to scale to performance levels of closed fixed function systems platforms whilst still supporting scale out configurations. Customer use cases using the platform as a WAN gateway between SDN and MPLS networks as well as for security will be described.

In general terms this platform can be used for any intelligent control points in SDN (or hybrid) solutions that require cyber security, load-balancing and analytics applications. These virtual network functions (VNF's) can be found on SDN middleboxes, SDN gateways, SDN intelligent top of rack designs, NFV appliances and some OpenCompute platforms, and tightly marry the leading concepts behind NFV and SDN in real-world deployments.
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Niel Viljoen was the founding CEO of Netronome and also serves on the Board of Nujira, a mobile fabless chip company. Prior to founding Netronome, Niel served as group CTO for Marconi plc after serving as GM and SVP of the FORE Systems Service Provider BU. Niel was CEO of Nemesys Research acquired by FORE Systems and founded a number of startups. Niel attended the Universities of Stellenbosch and Cambridge.

Bruce Gregory
CEO, Corsa Technology

Bruce will talk about the role of innovative data plane hardware in an SDN world, and how advances in data plane technology are accelerating the deployment of OpenFlow based SDN.
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Bruce is leveraging a long history of early-stage start-up successes to lead Corsa as it emerges onto the world stage. Bruce previously served as President & CEO of Extreme Packet Devices (EPD), where he oversaw the growth of EPD from its genesis to a successful acquisition by PMC-Sierra in 2000. Prior to EPD, Bruce was the VP of Technology at Cadabra Design Automation, an EDA company that was acquired by Numerical Technologies in 2000.

In the last decade Bruce has helped found companies in wireless and healthcare, as an investor and board member, as well as co-founding and operating Calabogie Motorsports Park, a world class road racing circuit near his home town of Ottawa. Prior to Cadabra, Bruce was Director of ASIC Engineering for LSI Logic Corporation of Canada, and started his career as a design engineer at Newbridge Microsystems. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Carleton University in Ottawa.

Sunay Tripathi
CTO, Pluribus Networks

Sunay will speak about Distributed Bare Metal Network OS (Netvisor) on merchant silicon.
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Sunay is the Founder and CTO of Pluribus Networks Inc and was the Distinguished Engineer and Chief Architect for Kernel/Network Virtualization in Core Solaris OS. Sunay has an extensive 20+ year software background, and was one of the top code contributor to OpenSolaris. He also holds over 80+ patents encompassing network and server virtualization including virtual switching and H/W based virtual NICs in the server. At Pluribus Networks, Sunay is creating the Distributed Network Operating System, Netvisor, to run on switches to bridge the gap between server and network world. Netvisor brings server economics, programmability and innovation to the switching layer.

Tuesday, March 4, 04:30P - 05:15P

Chair

Jim Smith
General Partner, Mohr Davidow Ventures

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Bio

Jim has long had an interest in networking and infrastructure and the ways in which companies can make better use of the mountains of data collected and stored during the course of doing business. Jim has led investments in companies including Aryaka, Mantara, Medio, ParAccel, Pluribus Networks and Xambala.

Jim received a doctorate in electrical engineering and a master's degree in industrial management from Stanford University. He also earned a bachelor's degree in computer systems engineering and a master's degree in electrical engineering from Stanford.

Learn more about the Mohr Davidow companies that leverage networking, cloud and applied analytics to drive large and emerging opportunities in verticals ranging from finance to online marketing to cleantech IT to healthcare.

Speakers

Prasad Vellanki
One Convergence

SDN for Network and Service Overlays
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As a CEO, Prasad is responsible for the company's strategic direction and product development. Prior to One Convergence, Prasad was VP Engineering and Product Management and Founder at NetContinuum Inc., a leading provider of Web Security Firewalls. He was instrumental in successful acquisition of NetContinuum to Barracuda Inc in 2007. Before NetContinuum, Prasad was VP product development at Vxtreme, a leading streaming media company that got sold to Microsoft. Before that he held senior management positions at Integrated Systems that got acquired by Wind River Systems. Prasad holds Master's degree in Computer Science from University of Arizona and Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India.

Dan Conde
Midokura

Dan will talk about the importance of managing both the physical underlay and logical overlay networks for successful adoption of SDN network virtualization. He will also talk about the key role that policy control will play in consumption of network infrastructure by application owners and developers.
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Dan Conde is the Director of Products at Midokura, a network virtualization company. Dan has held product roles at VMware, Rendition Networks, NetIQ and Microsoft. He has also held software engineering positions at Digital Equipment Corporation and Xerox Corporation, both in Palo Alto, CA. His interests have mostly focused on system software and systems & network management but also had some detours into user interface design. Dan received his Masters of Business Administration from the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, and his Computer Science degree from the University of California at Berkeley.

VC Panel

Tuesday, March 4, 05:15P - 06:00P

Chair

Michael Howard
Co-founder and Principal Analyst, Infonetics Research, Inc.

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Michael Howard co-founded market research firm Infonetics Research in 1990, and today is recognized worldwide as one of the industry’s leading experts in emerging markets, network operator trends, and user buying patterns.

Michael leverages over 40 years of communications industry experience, including 22 years in market research, to author numerous works year-round, including quarterly vendor market share and forecast reports, service provider surveys, Continuous Research Service (CRS) analyst notes, white papers, and custom research. He specializes in mobile backhaul, small cells, carrier Ethernet, edge and core routers, IP/MPLS control planes, IP VPNs, cloud access, 40GE/100GE, software-defined networks (SDNs), OpenFlow, and packet-optical transport.

Speakers

Venture Investment as SDN moves from Hype to Reality!

John Vrionis
Partner, Lightspeed Venture Partners

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John joined Lightspeed in 2006 and focuses primarily on information technology infrastructure, with a particular investment interest in datacenter technologies; he was named a Top Investor in the Cloud market by GigaOm in 2012. In addition, John is the founder of Lightspeed’s Summer Grant Program.

Previously, he worked in product management and marketing with Determina (acquired by VMware). John was also an initial member of the executive team at Freedom Financial Network, where he helped design and implement the company’s customer relationship management software, drove its partnership strategy and managed the marketing and sales team.

John is privileged to be a continuing supporter of the management teams at Affirmed Networks, AppDynamics, Arctic Wolf Networks, Boundary, Click Security, CloudBees, DataStax, Delphix, Embrane, Nimble Storage, Mulesoft and Tintri. His past investments include Nicira (acquired by VMware), IO Turbine (acquired by Fusion-io) and Pliant Technology (acquired by Sandisk).

John holds an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business, an MS in Computer Science from the University of Chicago and a BA from Harvard University.

Kittu Kolluri
General Partner, NEA

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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.

Peter Levine
General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

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Peter Levine is a partner at the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. He was previously senior vice president and general manager of the Data Center and Cloud Division at Citrix where he was responsible for revenue, product management, business development and strategic direction. Peter joined Citrix in 2007 through its $500 million acquisition of XenSource, the leading provider of enterprise-class open source virtualization software, where he served as CEO, leading its 600 employees and establishing strategic agreements for the XenServer product family with customers such as Microsoft, Symantec, HP, NEC and Dell.

Prior to XenSource, Peter was a general partner at the Mayfield Fund. Before Mayfield, he was an early employee of VERITAS Software. During his 11-year tenure with the company, he helped to grow the organization to over 5,000 employees and more than $1.5 billion in revenue. Peter served as executive vice president and was responsible for worldwide marketing, OEM sales, business development and several product divisions. He began his career as a software engineer at Spectrum Software and was later a software engineer at MIT’s Project Athena.

Peter holds a B.S. in Engineering from Boston University and attended the Sloan School of Management at MIT. He is currently a management lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a former entrepreneurship lecturer at the Sloan School. Peter also serves on the board of Actifio, Bromium, Coho Data, DataGravity, GitHub, Instart Logic, Mixpanel and Udacity, and is on the board of trustees for Boston University and the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), and the Dean’s Advisory board for MIT Engineering.