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Leadership

Partha Seetala

Founder and CEO

Mehran Hadipour

Vice President of Business Development and Tech Alliances

Subha Shrinivasan

Head of Customer Success

Narasimha Subban

Head of Storage Engineering

Ashok Mishra

Head of SQA, DevOps, IT & IS Engineering

Ravikumar Alluboyina

Head of Platform Engineering

Anirban (Oni) Chakravartti

Head of Sales

Board

Oskar Mielczarek de la Miel

Rakuten
Board Member

Rajeev Madhavan

Clear Ventures
Chairman

Partha Seetala

Founder and CEO

Steve Schlenker

DN Capital
Board Member

Francisco (Paco) Rivera

USAA
Board Member

Advisors

Ben Verghese

VP of Engineering
Illumio

Fred van den Bosch

Investor
Former CEO
Librato

Steve Papa

Founder and CEO
Parallel Wireless

Premal Buch

VP and GM of Custom Logic FPGA Engineering, Data Platforms Group
Intel Corporation

Arpit Joshipura

GM Networking + Edge/IoT
Linux Foundation

Ira Goldfarb

Former VP of Global Sales Specialists, SP Products
Cisco

Dipty Desai

Head of West Coast Division
USISPF

Jai Menon

Chief Scientist
Fungible, Inc.

Chet Kapoor

Chairman and CEO
DataStax

Henri Richard

Former Corporate Executive. Chairman / Board member. Co-Founder at CARVAULT RRS LLC

Investors

Partha Seetala

Founder and CEO

Partha Seetala is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Robin.io. With more than 20 years of technology and product vision and expertise, he has taken multiple fully-featured products from concept to market. He has conceived, designed and built products in Scale-out distributed storage, File Systems, Networking, Distributed Systems, Big Data, and Information Analytics and Containers/Kubernetes space.

Previously he was a Distinguished Engineer at Symantec’s information and storage management business, known as Veritas. In that capacity, he conceived, architected and led engineering teams to take multiple products from concept to market. He was also an adviser on multimillion-dollar product lines including NetBackup, Cluster File System, Veritas Cluster Server, and Information Fabric. He holds a master’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Minnesota.

Mehran Hadipour

Vice President of Business Development and Tech Alliances

Mehran leads alliances at Robin and is responsible for Robin’s industry Partnerships and Alliance strategy. A respected industry veteran, who is passionate about driving business success through alliances and win-win partnerships, Mehran brings to the table years of experience in executing and driving change at major infrastructure and Enterprise software players such as EMC and IBM as well as at several Silicon Valley-based startups and high technology firms.

Prior to joining Robin, Mehran was Director of Global Business Development at Boston-based Zerto Inc, an enterprise level IT Resiliency Platform. Before that, Mehran was Director of Sales at EMC and Director of Business Development at Kashya. He holds an MSCE degree from Syracuse University and an MBA.

Subha Shrinivasan

Subha Shrinivasan has more than 22 years of experience in Engineering & Technology with proven leadership in new product development, customer relationship management and engineering services delivery in Datacenter & Cloud native technologies. She brings a rich expertise in customer portfolio management that includes P&L ownership, business strategy, customer success and delivery leadership for some of the largest technology companies across the globe.

In her prior role, she was a General Manager & Delivery Unit head of Data center systems & software Business unit at HCL technologies. In this capacity, she has led multiple transformational deals that included acquisitions & joint GTM and new services launch in geographies in and outside of India. She carries a Masters in computer applications from MKU University, India.

Narasimha Subban

HEAD OF STORAGE ENGINEERING

Narasimha Subban is an engineering leader specialized in storage technologies and a proven track record of on-time delivery of innovative products for cloud and enterprise. Subban has been part of multiple start-ups since the beginning of his career, with Robin.io being his fifth. Earlier start-ups include StorSimple (acquired by Microsoft), Ocarina (acquired by Dell), Scalable storage, and Agami Systems. He has broad and deep experience in all aspects of products and business, invests in people and relationships, thrives successfully in highly collaborative environments, and truly believes in great teams accomplishing greater things.

ASHOK MISHRA

HEAD OF SQA, DEVOPS, IT & IS ENGINEERING

Ashok Mishra is an engineering leader with more than 20 years of experience. He has a proven track record of delivering products on-time with exceptional quality for multi-cloud and enterprise. As a passionate and hands-on technical leader, he manages a globally distributed team that leverages his expertise in policy direction, strategic business planning, contract negotiations, personnel optimization, and IT & IS expense management. He works and supports key business objectives in the areas of Software Quality Assurance, DevOps, Product Operations, Software engineering, Server platforms, Cloud Mobility, Business applications, Network infrastructure, Cloud operation & Systems management. Prior to Robin.io, Ashok worked as a Senior SQA Manager at Symantec-Veritas, and has worked at companies like Brocade and HP. He holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Berhampur University.

Ravikumar Alluboyina

HEAD OF PLATFORM ENGINEERING

Ravikumar Alluboyina is the Senior Technical Director and head of platform engineering at Robin.io. With more than 15 years of experience in storage and server management products, he has deep technical expertise in distributed systems and scale out systems design. At Robin.io, he is responsible for building the orchestration layer for the Robin Cloud Native Platform (CNP) and leading the teams. He is also instrumental in creating a new product line at Robin.io, the Multi-cluster Automation Platform (MDCAP). Previously, he was at Symantec’s information and storage management business, known as Veritas. He had worked on storage and server management products which include InfoScale Access, Symantec Intelligent Data Store, NetBackup Appliance, and Veritas Cluster Server. He holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the BITS, Pilani.

Anirban (Oni) Chakravartti

Anirban (Oni) Chakravartti is joining Robin as Head of Sales.

In his last role Oni was Global Channel VP for WW sales in Forcepoint. Prior to joining Forcepoint, Oni was member the leadership team in Optiv managing partners business and solutions globally. Oni was also the global head of strategic partners for Cisco/Symantec. With more than 25 years of experience in multi-faceted senior leadership roles at companies like Cisco, AMD, and HP/Compaq, he specializes in enterprise sales, global marketing, and strategic solution partner, Product Management. Oni has managed P&L and business units on a worldwide scale and was instrumental in launching major brands and products and scaled grounds up.

Oni had a degree in mechanical engineering from National Institute of Technology (NIT-A India) and attended Stanford School of Business- Executive Marketing Program. Oni is based in Silicon Valley with his family.

Oskar Mielczarek de la Miel

Oskar Mielczarek de la Miel is the Managing Partner in charge of Rakuten’s growth venture investments comprising a variety of rapidly expanding disruptive industries such as Fintech, Mobility, Digital Media, Healthcare and Telecommunications. At Rakuten Capital, Oskar has led a multinational team that developed a global investment strategy which resulted in a diversified portfolio of innovative start-ups in North America, Europe and Asia, in close cooperation with Rakuten’s various business units. Previously, Oskar acquired extensive investment, advisory and operational experience in the financial industry, including investment banking at JP Morgan and Merrill Lynch, private equity and retail financial services in North America and Europe. Oskar is responsible for Rakuten’s mobility and digital media investments, including notable exits such as Lyft in North America (publicly traded), and Careem, in the Middle East, which was recently sold to Uber, as well as leading on-demand delivery leader Glovo (exit IRRs of 30%+). Other key investments sourced by Oskar include online lending platforms Bluevine, Upstart and Insikt, payment networks WePay (sold to JPMorgan), Azimo and Currency Cloud, insurtech disruptors PremFina and Simplesurance, Cyndx, a B2B SaaS search engine and Acorns, a millennial investment platform. As an active investor, Oskar has been instrumental in advising on the digital strategy of these rapidly growing start-ups, a few of which have reached unicorn status. Oskar’s background presents a unique global view on cutting edge technological developments and strategy. Oskar holds or has held board seats at all of these companies. Most recently Oskar has been involved in sourcing key strategic investments for the deployment of Rakuten’s state-of-the-art 5G network. Recent investments include Fever, a millennial data-driven entertainment curation platform. Oskar earned his MBA at Harvard Business School and his BA at ICADE in Spain. Oskar is fluent in Spanish, French and Polish, and has strong command of Japanese. Oskar is an avid supporter of theatrical productions and wine culture.

Rajeev Madhavan

Chairman

Rajeev Madhavan is a serial entrepreneur and investor. He is perhaps best known as the founder of software company Magma Design Automation, where he served as chairman and chief executive officer from its founding in 1997 through its acquisition by Synopsys in 2012. He also co-founded software companies LogicVision (acquired by Mentor Graphics) and Ambit Design Systems (acquired by Cadence Design Systems). Red Herring magazine named Madhavan to its “Top Innovators” list in 2002. Madhavan makes angel and venture investments in start-up companies competing in a range of industries, including data science and machine learning, mobile technology and social media.

Steve Schlenker

Board Member

Steve Schlenker co-founded DN Capital in June 2000 and is currently Managing Partner based in the Sand Hill Road office, running DN Capital’s US operations. Schlenker began his career in venture capital and private equity in 1990. His investment experience has been in software and software related businesses. His sectors of focus include enterprise software, and to a lesser extent business on-line marketplaces and consumer mobile services. Among his select investments are Apsalar, ClusterHQ, Datanomic (acquired by Oracle), Endeca (acquired by Oracle), Familybuilder (acquired by Intelius), Geckoboard, Lagan/Kana (acquired by Verint), Ombud, Peak, Shiphawk, Recarga, and Robin Systems.

Francisco (Paco) Rivera

Board Member

Paco Rivera is Assistant Vice President, Corporate Development. He executes and oversees venture capital investments in support of USAA Bank and enterprise efforts and leads due diligence for acquisitions and divestitures. Paco currently serves as a Board Member for Narrative Science and Robin and as a Board observer for BillGO and ID.me. He previously served as Board observer for MindMeld (acquired by Cisco) and ObserveIT (acquired by Proofpoint) where USAA realized successful exits.

Paco has led financial planning and analysis teams in Corporate Finance and USAA Bank since joining in 2011. He previously held corporate finance and strategy roles at Verizon, Merck & Co., Banco Popular de Puerto Rico and Bank of America. Key efforts include support for the 2011 Terremark ($1.4B) and 2007 Cybertrust ($450M) acquisitions, and for the launch of the Verizon Digital Media Services business unit. Paco began his career as an analyst covering Telecommunications for Banc of America Securities LLC. He held the Series 7 and 63 licenses.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Puerto Rico and an MBA from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

Ben Verghese

As vice president of Engineering, Ben leads the team that delivers Illumio’s products. Prior to Illumio, Ben was vice president of Engineering and chief management architect at VMware. During his 13-year tenure at VMware, he was part of the ESX Server product founding team, led and delivered the VirtualCenter product from its inception, and led a number of the company’s strategic engineering initiatives.

In his career, Ben has spanned product development and research in networking, operating systems, and computer architecture at HP, Apollo Computers, DEC Research, and Compaq. Ben has a BS from IIT Madras, an MS from Cornell University, and a PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University.

Fred van den Bosch

Fred is a private investor and business consultant. Previously he served as the CEO of Librato, Inc., as CEO of PANTA Systems, Inc., as Executive Vice President Engineering, CTO and Director at VERITAS Software, Inc, and in various engineering and management positions at the Computer Systems Division of Philips Electronics. Fred serves as a director of Varonis, Reposify, and Trailze, and as an advisor to Today Ventures, Ultimaker, OSNexus, Robin Systems, Codota Dot Com, Thehintbox! and RepliXio.

Steve Papa

Steve Papa is founder and CEO of Parallel Wireless.

Previously, Papa founded Endeca in 1999 and served as CEO through the company’s $1.1 billion acquisition by Oracle in 2011. Under Papa’s leadership, Endeca achieved $750 million in cumulative worldwide revenue and pioneered Guided Navigation, one of the leading search innovations of the decade and now an industry standard. Prior to founding Endeca, Papa was part of the original Akamai team and an early member of the Inktomi team. Papa is a Board Partner at Andreessen Horowitz.

Premal Buch

Dr. Premal Buch is vice president and general manager of Custom Logic FPGA Engineering in the Data Platforms group at Intel Corporation. Buch’s team is responsible for the architecture and implementation of Intel’s FPGA fabric, chiplets, and product portfolio.

Buch joined Intel in 2019 from Robin.io. As the CEO of Robin, he built the company, team, and product from seed stage thru Series-B to become a recognized leader in storage and data management for containers and Kubernetes.

Prior to Robin, Buch was the Vice President of Software Engineering at Altera, responsible for all its FPGA design tools. Under his tenure, Altera overhauled its Quartus-II tool suite, leading to the first release of Quartus Prime Pro and Fast Forward Compile, the first OpenCL compiler in the industry for FPGA based hardware acceleration and Altera’s first ARM-based embedded developer tool suite.

Buch started his career at EDA software provider Magma Design Automation, joining it at its inception as engineer #2 and growing with the company to serve as a member of the executive team. As the Corporate Vice President and GM of Magma’s Design Implementation Business Unit, Buch was responsible for all aspects of the RTL-to-GDSII products that fueled Magma’s IPO and led to Magma becoming the fourth largest EDA company in the world.

Buch holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering from BITS Pilani and a masters and Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer sciences from the University of California, Berkeley.

Arpit Joshipura

Arpit Joshipura is an executive leader and open source software evangelist across carriers, cloud and enterprise IT – spanning technology areas like networking, orchestration, operating systems, security, AI, edge, hardware and silicon. He was voted “Top 5 Movers and Shakers” in the Telecom Industry. At the Linux Foundation, Arpit leads open source projects in Networking (ONAP, OPNFV, ODL, FDIO, OvS, DPDK, OpenSwitch, DENT and others) as well as Edge/IOT (Akraino, EdgeX, EVE and others). As an industry thought leader, he is driving major disruptions including 5G, Edge, AI, Cloud Native (VNFs to CNFs). Arpit brings 30 years of networking expertise and vision to The Linux Foundation, with both technical depth and business breadth across IP, broadband, optical, mobile, routing, switching, L4-7, cloud, disaggregation, SDN/NFV, Cloud Native, open networking, and has been an early evangelist for open source. Arpit has served in CMO/CTO, VP, and Engineering leadership roles within both startups and larger enterprises.

Ira Goldfarb

Ira was Vice President of Global Sales Specialists, Service Provider Products at Cisco until December 2019. His team was responsible for orchestrating a Global consistent Go-to-Market strategy for the Service Provider Products which included Routing, Optical, Cable Access, network automation and 5G Mobility.

Ira joined Cisco in September 2014 first as Vice President, Global Solutions Services and Custom Engineering for the Service Provider Video Software and Solutions business entity leading a team of 600 services professionals and 700 software engineers. Following that role, Ira was Vice President of Business Development and Commercial Planning for the Service Provider Business Unit where he created a Go-To-Market team that standardized the global go-to-market for all products and solutions between the Business Unit, Cisco Partners and the Sales teams. Ira also served as the Ericsson Alliance General Manager managing the Business Unit’s strategic relationship with Ericsson and Cisco.

Prior to Cisco Ira has over 35 years of experience in the technology marketplace. Ira has held senior leadership roles at two publicly traded companies, as Senior Vice President, Global Sales and Services for Envivio and Executive Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Services for SeaChange International.

Ira started his career at Digital Equipment where he held several Sales and National Account Management positions. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Clark University and a Master of Business Administration from Boston University.

Dipty Desai

Dipty is the Head of West Coast Division of USISPF where she works with the US and Indian Government, Enterprises/MNCs and Late Stage Startups supporting their needs for Policy Advocacy, State Engagements and Business to Business interactions for cross border growth across sectors including Healthcare.

She was the co-founder and CEO of FalconX, a leading startup engine and investment vehicle focused on building, growing and scaling technology-driven startups. Dipty was Senior Director of Operations and Business Development at TiE Silicon Valley where she helped create programs focused on inspiring, educating, mentoring, incubating, funding and connecting the entrepreneurs. She is the co-chair of TiE Global Health and TiEcon Healthcare Track and heads AI ML Healthcare for Pluto7. She is an advisor for healthcare startups and has contributed to due diligence, screening and curating of entrepreneurial ideas for pitch presentations and venture investments.

With strong science and business expertise she has been responsible for industry research, company analysis, business development, and thought leadership, which has helped position Dipty at the forefront of disruptions in the tech industry.

Dipty carried out her doctoral work on cancer research at the UCSF Med Center and her post-doctoral research in human genomics at Stanford University. She has worked for NASA, Roche and Hoechst in addition to a few startups. Her scientific expertise and peer-reviewed publications are in the fields of biochemistry, molecular biology, genomics and cancer research. Her passion for innovation and entrepreneurship and solving problems that impact the world has led her to work with entrepreneurs at the cutting edge of science and technology.

Jai Menon

Jai is the Chief Scientist at Fungible, which he joined after having served as CTO for multi-billion dollar Systems businesses at both IBM and Dell.

Jai was an IBM Fellow, IBM’s highest technical honor, and one of the early pioneers who helped create the technology behind what is now a $20B RAID industry. He impacted every significant IBM RAID product between 1990 & 2010, and he co-invented one of the earliest RAID-6 codes in the industry called EVENODD. He was also the leader of the team that created the industry’s first, and still the most successful, storage virtualization product.

When he left IBM, Jai was Chief Technology Officer for Systems Group, responsible for guiding 15,000 developers. In 2012, he joined Dell as VP and CTO for Dell Enterprise Solutions Group. In 2013, he became Head of Research and Chief Research Officer for Dell.

Jai holds 53 patents, has published 82 papers, and is a contributing author to three books on database and storage systems. He is an IEEE Fellow and an IBM Master Inventor, a Distinguished Alumnus of both Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and Ohio State University, and a recipient of the IEEE Wallace McDowell Award and the IEEE Reynold B. Johnson Information Systems Award. He serves on several university, customer and company advisory boards.

Chet Kapoor

Chet Kapoor is Chairman and CEO of DataStax. He is a proven leader and innovator in the tech
industry with more than 20 years in leadership at innovative software and cloud companies,
including Google, IBM, BEA Systems, WebMethods and NeXT. As Chairman and CEO of
Apigee, he led company-wide initiatives to build Apigee into a leading technology provider for
digital business. Google (Apigee) is the cross-cloud API management platform that operates in
a multi- and hybrid-cloud world. Chet successfully took Apigee public before the company was
acquired by Google in 2016. Chet earned his B.S. in engineering from Arizona State University

Henri Richard

Henri Richard is former executive vice president of NetApp’s world-wide field and customer operations and played an instrumental role in NetApp’s turnaround. Before NetApp he was senior vice president of world-wide sales and support at SanDisk. During his 40-year global sales career, Richard held executive level sales positions spanning hardware, software and services at numerous IT companies such as AMD, IBM, Seagate and Connor. Richard is now applying his knowledge and experience as a CEO advisor, board member, advisory board member and public speaker. He recently joined Gartner as an executive partner in its Global CSO practice.