Mike Gustafson / Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board
Mike Gustafson joined Virident in September 2012 as CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors. He is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the company and leading the executive team across all operational aspects of planning and execution.
Mr. Gustafson was most recently with Hitachi Data Systems an Enterprise Storage Solutions Company where he was SVP and GM of the File & Content Business following the acquisition of BlueArc Corporation in September 2011. The product portfolio he led offered integrated hardware and software solutions to help customers manage unstructured data growth and was the foundation for company strategy for big data. He served as president and CEO of BlueArc Corporation from 2005 until the acquisition of the company in September 2011. There he led a team that built the company over 7 years into a top 3 market share player in the Enterprise Network Attached Storage (NAS) market. He has more than 20 years of experience in the storage, server, networking systems and IT industries.
Prior to BlueArc, Mr. Gustafson was senior vice president at McData an enterprise SAN company, from 1998 – 2004 and was responsible for worldwide sales, services and marketing. He was a key member of the leadership team that led the McData initial public offering, global sales expansion and partnership strategy development. He helped McData gain industry-leading share in the enterprise storage area network (SAN) market, growing annual revenues to more than US$400 million. Prior to McData, he worked at IBM from 1989 – 1998 in multiple roles including direct and channel sales of high volume compute, server and connectivity products for various divisions and geographies.
He is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis - John M Olin School of Business.
Vijay Karamcheti, Ph.D. / Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder
Dr. Karamcheti has over 15 years of experience in designing and developing technologies at the leading edge of parallel and distributed computer systems architecture, middleware, and application frameworks.
From 1998 through 2009, Dr. Karamcheti was a member of the faculty of the Computer Science Department at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University, most recently holding the position of Associate Professor with tenure. Dr. Karamcheti led the Parallel and Distributed Systems group and conducted research in the area of high-performance cluster and grid computing. Dr. Karamcheti also spent a sabbatical year as a Visiting Research Scientist at Google, Inc. as part of the core Systems Infrastructure team, gaining a deeper understanding of the opportunities and challenges of massive web scale-out system infrastructures.
Dr. Karamcheti received his undergraduate degree from the Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur, India, and his master's degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Michael Goguen / Sequoia Capital
Mr. Goguen works with energy, internet and technology companies. Prior to joining Sequoia Capital in 1996, Michael spent 10 years in various engineering, research, and product management roles at DEC, SynOptics and Centillion, and was a director of Engineering at Bay Networks (NT). Michael was also a Technical Chairman of the ATM Forum.
Mr. Goguen has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and an MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.
Yatin Mundkur / Partner, Artiman Ventures,
Yatin Mundkur focuses on early-stage Technology and Medtech investments. As a Partner of Artiman Ventures, he is currently on the boards of Cellworks, InfiniteZ, Pricelock, Prysm, Virident Systems and XTRM.
Before joining Artiman Ventures in 2004 as a Partner, Mr. Mundkur was Managing Director at TeleSoft Partners, where he led investments in over twenty companies, in the early stage semiconductor and software sectors. Prior to joining TeleSoft Partners, he founded and served as President of Equator Technologies, a developer of Programmable MediaProcessors. His prior experience also includes VP/Group Manager at Conexant, and Chief Architect/Design Manager at Sun Microsystems, Ross Technology and Cypress Semiconductor.
Mr. Mundkur has over 17 years of overall experience working with technology companies in venture capital. He also holds ten patents in areas of computer architectures, digital consumer electronics, semiconductor design, and software.
Mr. Mundkur holds a B.S.E.E. from MSU of Baroda, India, and a M.S.E.E. from the University of Texas at Austin.
William J. Raduchel Ph. D.
Bill Raduchel is an independent board member and brings a wealth of experience at the executive management and board level from start-ups to multi-billion dollar public companies in the technology space. He is strategic advisor to DMGT PLC and Naspers, Ltd. In addition, he serves as a director of Silicon Image, ePals, LiveIntent, and moka5. He currently teaches corporate strategy at the McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University, is a member of the Conference of Business Economists and at the National Academy of Sciences is chair of the Committee of Copyright and Innovation in the Digital Era and a member of the Board on Science, Technology and Economic Policy.
Dr. Raduchel served as CEO and Chairman of the Board of Ruckus Network, a digital entertainment network. Prior to Ruckus, he served as Executive Vice President and CTO of AOL Time Warner, Inc., and as Senior Vice President and CTO of AOL. Prior to AOL, he was Chief Strategy Officer and a member of the executive committee at Sun Microsystems. In his eleven years at Sun, he also served as CIO, CFO, acting Vice President of Human Resources and Vice President of Corporate Planning and Development. Bill has also held senior executive positions at Xerox Corporation and McGraw-Hill, Inc. He has received honors as CIO of the year, CTO of the year and the best CFO in the computer industry. Until June of 2011, he was chairman of Opera Software ASA.
Dr. Raduchel is a past member of the National Academy Committee on Internet Navigation and Domain Name Services and the STEP committee which produced A Patent System for the 21st Century. He served on the National Advisory Board for the Salvation Army from 2000 to 2009 having achieved the position of vice chairman and chairman of its Committee on Business Administration and rejoined the board in 2010. In 2003, he served as the Castle Lecturer on Computer Science at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Dr. Raduchel received his B.A. in economics from Michigan State University in 1966, and earned his A.M. (1968) and Ph.D. (1972) degrees in economics at Harvard. At Harvard, he taught economics, econometrics and public policy for ten years. He was Assistant Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid for Harvard and Radcliffe colleges. In 2002, Michigan Technological University, which he had attended in early 1960s, honored him with an honorary doctorate in business. He has eight issued and several pending patents.
Sanjay Pichaiah / Investment Director, MGI – Mitsui Global Investment, Inc
Sanjay Pichaiah focuses on venture and growth equity investments in technology and select energy technology companies and has 12+ years of experience in Principal Investments, Investment Banking/M&A, Operations and Engineering.
Prior to Mr. Pichaiah, he was an Investment banker at Bear Stearns & Co. advising companies in the Technology, Media & Telecom (TMT) sectors before which he worked at Millennium Technology Ventures, where he was involved in venture investments and launch of a Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC). He also held various roles within Intel Corporation's New Business Initiatives Group and as an engineer at Level One Communications (acquired by Intel). He started his career as an entrepreneur developing and selling applications for warehouse and logistics management.
Mr. Pichaiah holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from University of Madras, India, MS Electrical Engineering from California State University and a MBA from Cornell University. His other investments/board representations include OpenX, Mobeam, Location Labs, 4info, Solaria and Redwood Systems.
Andy Goldfarb / Executive Managing Director/Co-Founder - Globespan Capital Partners
Mr. Goldfarb sources new investment opportunities, evaluates and negotiates investments, and serves on the boards of portfolio companies. The Forbes Midas List has recognized him as one of the Top 100 Technology Deal Makers in 2006 and 2007 (with a ranking of 60 in 2007). He was also included on Boston Business Journal's 40 under 40 List in 2007. Most recently, he was recognized on the 2009 AlwaysOn Top 100 Venture Capitalist list and the 2010 AlwaysOn Top 50 Venture Capitalist East list.
As the Senior Managing Director of JAFCO Ventures, Mr. Goldfarb built JAFCO's presence on the east coast and, along with Barry Schiffman, led the seamless transition and spinout of Globespan Capital from JAFCO Ventures in 2003.
Prior to JAFCO, Mr. Goldfarb founded and directed Trans National Group's venture investing, TN Ventures, where he negotiated TN's investment in Infoseek (NASDAQ:SEEK), Interzine (acquired by TimesMirror), Tickle (acquired by Monster; NADAQ:MNST) and International Data Response Corporation (acquired by Telespectrum, NASDAQ:TLSP). He was also integral in the sale, to MBNA, of TNFS, one of the largest credit card origination companies in the U.S.
He earned an AB degree in East Asian Studies and Economics, magna cum laude, from Harvard College and an MBA, with distinction, from Harvard Business School.
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