ZeroStack's mission is to empower IT organizations to scale beyond human constraints
Ajay Gulati Co-Founder, CEO and Board Member
Ajay leads ZeroStack’s innovative team and corporate strategy. Ajay was a senior architect and R&D lead at VMware where he designed flagship products including Storage I/O control, Storage DRS and DRS. He has been recognized as a prolific inventor by his peers and has more than a dozen patents to his name. Ajay has consulted with multiple startups including Nimble Storage and Velocloud Networks.
Ajay has a Ph.D. from Rice University and a B.S. from IIT Kharagpur.
Kiran Bondalapati Co-Founder, CTO and Board Member
Kiran is responsible for driving ZeroStack’s product innovation. Kiran was a founding engineer at Bromium where he architected Bromium’s security solution based on radically new techniques with hardware virtualization. Earlier, at AMD, he developed fundamental underpinnings for virtualization and power management impacting a wide spectrum of computing, from data centers to laptops.
Kiran has a Ph.D. from University of Southern California and a B.S. from IIT, Delhi.
Sean Cardenas Sales and Operations
Sean is responsible for driving ZeroStack’s domestic & international sales strategy. Prior to joining ZeroStack, Sean was the Vice President of Sales at Coho Data and held sales leadership positions at industry-defining companies including NetApp, Data Domain, and Nutanix. Sean graduated from UC Berkeley with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics.
Steve Garrison Marketing
Steve Garrison leads go-to-market, market creation experience and brand development strategies at ZeroStack, and is a seasoned Information Technology executive with nearly 20 years of technology marketing experience. Steve has held global marketing positions at several public and venture-backed companies, including Pica8, Infoblox (NYSE: BLOX) , Force10 Networks (acquired by Dell, Inc.) and Riverstone Networks (acquired by Alcatel-Lucent). He holds an MS in Materials Science Engineering from MIT, and a BS in Ceramic Science and Physics from Alfred University.
Rosa Lin Finance and Operations
Rosa holds responsibility for the Finance and Operation functions at ZeroStack. Previously, Rosa has had leadership roles at VMware, Cisco-Webex and Sigma Designs focusing on top-line growth and margin improvement. Rosa earned a MS in Finance, Investment and Banking from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and a BS in Economics from National Taiwan University.
General Partner, Foundation Capital
Ashu Garg is a General Partner at Foundation Capital, focusing on startups in MarTech, Analytics, and SaaS applications. He currently serves on the board of directors for a number of companies including TubeMogul, Localytics, and Conviva.
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. Mark Leslie was the founding Chairman and CEO of Veritas Software.
Shirish Sathaye is a General Partner at Formation 8. He focuses on investments in next-generation enterprise software, cloud-based software, wireless and wireline networking, storage infrastructure and systems.
Investors and Advisors
Founder and CEO, Cohesity
Mohit Aron is the Founder and CEO of Cohesity Inc. He is regarded as the pioneer of hyper-convergence, the first architecture to converge compute and storage to simplify virtualization.
President and CEO, ScaleArc
As President and Chief Executive Officer, Justin is responsible for ScaleArc’s day-to-day operations and leading the company’s go-to-market strategy. Justin also served as ScaleArc’s President and COO from Dec 2011 to Sept 2013.
Co-founder, Insieme Networks
Mike Dvorkin is a recognized thought leader in policy driven automation and operations. Mike’s work focus is on policy abstraction models and intent-based nonlinear automation methods applied to all aspects of infrastructure, applications and operations.
Founder and CEO, CIO Advisory Group, LLC; Partner, Benhamou Global Ventures
Marina Levinson has more than 25 years of corporate leadership experience leading all aspects of IT and business process transformation for both B2B and B2C enterprises, including 12+ years as a Global CIO of fast-growing high tech companies.
Co-founder and CTO, Nimble Storage
Umesh Maheshwari has over 20 years of experience building networked storage systems. Before founding Nimble Storage, he was a technical director at Data Domain, responsible for the core areas of deduplication and clustering.
VP of Worldwide Sales, Nimble Storage
Denis is responsible for leading the company’s global sales operations and team with a goal to increase engagement and customer acquisition across the enterprise. Denis has a 25-year track record of success in enterprise and channel sales, along with experience spearheading industry-leading sales organizations in hyper growth companies.
Partner, Foundation Capital
Adit Singh joined Foundation Capital as a Partner in August 2013. His areas of interest span enterprise IT infrastructure, systems, software and services. He has invested in companies in cloud computing, data center, networking, management, security and virtualization.
Independent Consultant, Ex-Principal Engineer, VMware
Carl Waldspurger is an independent consultant, working primarily with early-stage startups. For over a decade, he was responsible for core resource management and virtualization technologies at VMware.