Leadership

Executive Team

  • Manav Ratan Mital

    CEO and Founder

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    Manav Ratan Mital

    CEO and Founder

    Manav is a co-founder of Instart Logic and has been CEO since we started in late 2010. Previously, he was with Aster Data, where he led the design of major components of their flagship product, including the core database engine and all query processing. Aster Data, a pioneer in the big data market, was acquired by Teradata Corp for $263M. Before Aster, Manav was part of Yahoo's Web Search team, where he helped design and build systems to improve search rankings by better webpage classification. Manav has a MS in Computer Science from UCLA and a BS in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.         

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  • Hariharan Kolam

    CTO and Founder

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    Hariharan Kolam

    CTO and Founder

    Hariharan is a co-founder and CTO of Instart Logic and is responsible for focusing on long-term innovation and competitiveness. Previously, Hariharan was with Aster Data where he worked on all features across the entire development stack, ranging from the kernel to the BI application layer (distributed workload management, backup and data re-partitioning services). Prior to Aster, he was part of the Solaris Cluster group at Sun, where he contributed critical modules of software responsible for high availability on Solaris zones. Hariharan has a MS in Computer Science from Stony Brook and a BS in Computer Science from NIT Nagpur, India.

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  • Justin Fitzhugh 

    VP of Technical Operations

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    Justin Fitzhugh 

    VP of Technical Operations

    Justin is responsible for expanding the company’s world-class endpoint-aware application delivery infrastructure and ensuring impeccable reliability and scale. He brings over 17 years of experience to Instart Logic, most recently as CIO and Vice President of Technical Operations at Jive. Prior to Jive, Justin ran Engineering Operations at Mozilla for over 5 years where his team scaled the infrastructure from 2 racks to 7 global data centers serving over 25% of the internet and 500 million users. In addition Justin bootstrapped the business intelligence group while also managing the web development, support, infrastructure security, operations and architecture groups, growing the team to over 90. Previously he has worked at Cisco, Macromedia, Currenex and holds a degree in CS from University of the Pacific.

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  • Samrah Khan

    VP of Business Development

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    Samrah Khan

    VP of Business Development

    Samrah is responsible for all Business Development and Partnership functions at Instart Logic. Prior to Instart, Samrah was with MuleSoft, where she was responsible for Strategic Global Partnerships that focused on driving channel revenue via sales and services. Earlier at MuleSoft, she also focused on alliances for go to market of joint MuleSoft cloud solutions with ISV’s. Before MuleSoft, she spent 7 years at TeleNav that went public in 2010. At TeleNav she held variety of client facing roles ranging from technical sales to business development that focused on large Telcos and OEMs in the mobile space. Samrah has a BS in Computer Science from Santa Clara University.

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  • Shane Lowry

    VP of Engineering

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    Shane Lowry

    VP of Engineering

    Shane is responsible for product development at Instart Logic. Previously, he was director of R&D at VMware, where he spent seven years overseeing a global team of engineers building the Lab Manager and vCloud Director solutions. Shane came to VMware through its acquisition of Akimbi Systems, where he was the director of engineering. Prior to Akimbi, Shane served three years as director of application & web development at Affinity Internet, where he was responsible for developing powerful hosting and e-commerce applications. Shane has an MA in Philosophy from the National University of Ireland, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Internet Systems Development from Dublin Institute of Technology.         

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  • Shailesh Shukla

    VP Products and Marketing

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    Shailesh Shukla

    VP Products and Marketing

    Shailesh has a wealth of business and technology leadership experience in software, networking and mobility. Most recently he was the VP/GM of the Mobility Software and Applications Business Unit at Cisco, where he set up this new entrepreneurial business focused on monetizing and optimizing mobility and wireline networks. Prior to joining Cisco, Shukla was part of the management team at two Silicon Valley networking companies: Juniper Networks for three years and Redback Networks for seven years, in a variety of roles including Vice President of Marketing, Strategy and Corporate Development. His broad range of experience includes previous stints at Mercer Management Consulting (now Oliver-Wyman) as a Principal, and Booz-Allen and Hamilton as an Associate. Shukla holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from BITS Pilani, India, a MS in electrical engineering from the University of Kansas, and an MBA (SM) from MIT Sloan School of Management.

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  • Christopher Smith

    VP of Worldwide Field Operations

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    Christopher Smith

    VP of Worldwide Field Operations

    Mr. Smith is a highly successful Global Sales Executive, evidenced by two IPOs and 2 separate Billion Dollar acquisitions. His track record for building elite sales & sales operations teams is impressive. He brings nearly 25 years of sales and business operations knowledge to Instart Logic. When asked about his success, he replied, "The key is to understand the market challenges and how to solve complex business problems in a practical way. I drive a customer focused culture where each employee is accountable for the customers success. That culture will inevitably breed excellent service, solutions and sales; the result being a category king brand." He most recently served as Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales at Invincea, the global leader in endpoint security. In 4 years he drove product sales to over 25,000 Customers and 3 Million Active Users, leveraging a newly structured Dell OEM. Before Invincea, Christopher was Eastern Vice President of Sales at ArcSight where he helped drive sales to $360M, which resulted in a successful IPO and ultimately a sale to HP for $1.5B.

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  • Rafael Torres 

    CFO

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    Rafael Torres 

    CFO

    As CFO, Rafael is responsible for leading the company towards its short term and long term strategic financial objectives. Rafael plays a key role in developing, monitoring and evaluating overall corporate strategy with the CEO and leadership team, with an emphasis on bottom line performance, working capital management and enhancing shareholder value. He currently serves on the board of directors for Ubiquiti Networks. Previously, he was the CFO at OCZ Storage Solutions, a Toshiba Group Company. Rafael has also held senior leadership roles at Capella Photonics, Power Integrations and PLX Technology Inc. Rafael holds a BS in Accounting from Santa Clara University - Leavey School of Business and is a Certified Public Accountant (Inactive).

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Investors

Board of directors

  • Ashvin Bachireddy

    Geodesic Capital (Observer)

  • Bobby Yerramilli-Rao

    Independent Director

  • Brian Melton

    Tenaya Capital

  • Gaurav Garg

    Independent Director

  • Hariharan Kolam

    Instart Logic

  • Manav Ratan Mital

    Instart Logic

  • Matt Murphy

    Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (Observer)

  • Peter Levine

    Andreessen Horowitz

Advisors

  • Anthony Alles

    Founder/CEO Shasta Networks, Pioneer of MPLS, Advisor Aruba

  • Dan Boneh

    Professor of Computer Science and Cyber Security, Stanford University

  • Peter Danzig

    Former VP Technology at Akamai and early investor in Riverbed

  • Gary Traver

    Director of Media at Telstra