Leadership

Executive Management

Bhaskar Gorti

Bhaskar Gorti

CEO

Bhaskar Gorti

CEO

Bhaskar is a global software executive who brings decades of experience in building innovative and passionate dream teams focused on accelerating growth through customer-centricity, digitalization, and automation.

He joined Platform9 to build the open distributed cloud category.  Bhaskar believes the market opportunity for Platform9’s  products and technologies is extraordinary and that the company is uniquely positioned to democratize cloud computing. Bhaskar was impressed with the passionate team, their mission, and most of all, the culture and values of Platform9.

Prior to joining Platform9, he has previously held top industry positions including Senior Vice President at Oracle Corporation, President of Nokia Software and Chief Digital Officer.

Sirish Raghuram

Co-Founder, Chief Growth Officer

Sirish Raghuram

Co-Founder, Chief Growth Officer

Having experienced virtualization, IaaS and cloud-native industry transitions first hand, Sirish believes that there is a new digital divide emerging with the advent of cloud computing – the cloud-native-divide.  With the exception of a few elite technology companies, most enterprises are struggling to realize the benefits of cloud-native.  Sirish is passionate about empowering enterprises to cross that divide so they can thrive and grow.

As Chief Growth Officer, Sirish focuses his efforts on growth engineering initiatives that help accelerate time-to-value for our customers.  Previously, Sirish was Founding CEO at Platform9 and led the company from its inception through several team, product, revenue and fundraising milestones.

Prior to founding Platform9, Sirish was an early engineer at VMware who went on to technical and management roles. His work at VMware led to several products, features and patents.

Outside Platform9, Sirish follows cricket, makes his kids laugh, and builds his collection of fast lenses and unprocessed photos. His favorite books include the Harry Potter series, Crossing the Chasm, Blue Ocean Strategy and Innovator’s Dilemma.

Madhura Maskasky

Co-Founder and VP of Product

Madhura Maskasky

Co-Founder and VP of Product

Madhura leads Product Management at Platform9. Before co-founding Platform9, Madhura spent 7 years at VMware Engineering, where she grew to be technical lead for several key products including vCloud Director, Update Manager and ConfigControl.

Madhura helped spearhead vSphere’s transformation into a policy driven product suite, working broadly across groups to pull together the vision. Madhura holds a M.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University, specializing in databases and distributed systems.

When she isn’t sweating the details on product, Madhura can be found rock-climbing, swing dancing and exploring San Francisco.

Roopak Parikh

Co-Founder & CTO

Roopak Parikh

Co-Founder & CTO

Roopak envisioned the technology powering Platform9, and now leads our Engineering wizards in the quest to realize this vision. Roopak likes to work with customers in designing solutions and solving technical challenges. He also leads incubation projects within the organization and loves talking about everything from latest javascript frameworks to blockchain technologies.

Before co-founding Platform9, Roopak was a technical lead at VMware, where he helped architect and ship major vSphere products: Update Manager and vCloud Director. Before VMware, Roopak was an early engineer at an early stage Mobile computing startup.

Outside of work, Roopak is a fan of audiobooks, likes cooking, following sports, and keeping up with his kids on the soccer field.

Bich Le

Co-Founder and Chief Architect

Bich Le

Co-Founder and Chief Architect

In 14 years at VMware as Principal Engineer, Bich enhanced x86 virtualization performance, developed P2V Migration, USB emulation and virtualized application management. More recently, he got involved in web technologies through a secure web browsing product. That combined work resulted in the granting of more than 10 patents.

Before VMware, Bich spent 4 years at Hewlett Packard and HP-Labs, where he created ARIES, the dynamic translator enabling PA-RISC applications to run unmodified on Itanium hardware.

Bich’s idea of fun includes beaches, snow-boarding down fresh powder, cooking and trying great food, and catching up on sports and movies.

Celeste Ackert

VP of Finance

Celeste Ackert

VP of Finance

Celeste leads the Finance and G&A functions at Platform9. Most recently, Celeste built and led the FP&A function at Sumo Logic. Prior, she held various Finance and Operations positions at VMware, and other public and private companies.

Celeste holds a B.S. double major in Industrial Management and Economics from Carnegie Mellon University, and an MBA in Strategic Management from Pace University in New York City.

Outside of work, Celeste likes to cycle, play tennis and try to keep up with her son with any remaining energy.

Amrish Kapoor

VP of Engineering

Amrish Kapoor

VP of Engineering

Amrish leads Engineering at Platform9. Prior to Platform9 Amrish worked at Microsoft in various technical and management leadership roles, contributing to and delivering virtualization solutions including Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization and User Experience Virtualization as part of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack, along with some early contributions to Microsoft’s MDM solution – Intune.

Previously, he held engineering leadership roles at technology companies like Azingo (acquired by Motorola), Codito (acquired by Celunite) and Pace Soft-Silicon (acquired by Nvidia). Amrish has a Masters degree from King’s College London.

Outside his Platform9 world, Amrish follows sports – even the most obscure ones – obsessively, when his daughter allows it.

John Jamie

John Jamie

VP of Marketing

John Jamie

VP of Marketing

John has responsibility for Platform9’s marketing efforts and is responsible for bringing the company’s message about a better way to go cloud native to enterprises around the world.  He also worked closely with the Platform9 team to launch Platform9’s freemium service.  He has 15 years of experience in the technology industry at multiple company stages from startup to major enterprises in marketing and strategy roles.  Outside Platform9, John enjoys spending time with his family.

Grant Smith

Grant Smith

VP of Worldwide Field Operations

Grant Smith

VP of Worldwide Field Operations

Grant leads the global go-to-market organization for Platform9.  As such, he is responsible for the teams and associated strategies across sales, pre-sales, channel relationships, business development, and revenue focused customer operations.  Prior to joining Platform9, Grant managed the enterprise sales business in the Western US for SecureWorks, a global leader in the MSSP space and division of Dell Technologies.  Prior to this role, he held various sales, sales leadership, and operational roles at EMC Enterprise Content Management Division.

Out of work Grant is a passionate skier, cyclist and enjoys spending time with his family.

Board Members

Sriram Viswanathan

Founding Managing Partner, Celesta Capital

Sriram Viswanathan

Founding Managing Partner, Celesta Capital

Sriram is the Founding Managing Partner of Celesta Capital , a leading Silicon Valley based technology venture fund that focuses on investing in and scaling companies with disruptive technologies globally. Prior to Celesta Capital , Sriram was the founder of IndusAge Partners, a cross border Venture Firm investing in innovative companies in the US-India Technology corridor. Earlier in his career, Sriram spent nearly 20 years at Intel Corporation in various senior management roles, including Vice President of the Intel Architecture Group (IAG), Vice President of Intel Capital and General Manager of Intel’s Incubation and Innovation Group.

Rohini Chakravarthy

Partner, NGP Capital

Rohini Chakravarthy

Partner, NGP Capital

Rohini Chakravarthy is a Partner at NGP Capital where she focuses on investments in the Intelligent Enterprise area. Previously, she was an investing partner at New Enterprise Associates (NEA), where she focused on software, systems and technology investments and nurtured several companies to successful exits. Rohini also held investment and corporate development leadership roles at Intel Capital and Cisco and was an engineer at Bay Networks.

Diane Bryant

Diane Bryant

Chairman and CEO, NovaSignal

Diane Bryant

Chairman and CEO, NovaSignal

Diane Bryant is a global technology executive who has held top industry positions including COO of Google Cloud and Group President of Intel’s Data Center Group. She brings more than 30 years of experience spanning cloud technology, data center infrastructure, and artificial intelligence to Platform9. Bryant is currently the Chairman and CEO of the healthcare AI company NovaSignal, which is seeking to improve the outcome of stroke victims along with other brain illnesses.

Scott Raney

Partner, Redpoint Ventures

Scott Raney

Partner, Redpoint Ventures

Scott Raney is a Partner at Redpoint Ventures focusing on information and consumer technology with a particular emphasis on cloud computing, on-demand software, enterprise infrastructure and mobile apps and platforms. Scott serves on the board of directors or has been involved with Redpoint’s investments in adap.tv, Cloud.com (acquired by Citrix), Cyanogen, Expensify, Heroku (acquired by Salesforce), Jumptap, Path, RelateIQ, Stripe and Twilio.

Prior to joining Redpoint, Scott served as Senior Manager of New Products with NorthPoint Communications, a data CLEC providing nationwide DSL services. Scott managed NorthPoint’s first consumer product and led product development of other new products. Prior to NorthPoint, Scott worked as a management consultant at Bain & Company, where he helped clients in the private equity and telecommunications industries.

Mark Siegel

Managing Director,
Menlo Ventures

Mark Siegel

Managing Director,
Menlo Ventures

Mark joined Menlo Ventures in 1996 and focuses on investments in datacenter infrastructure, IT security, SaaS applications, and mobile services. Mark’s active investments and board seats include Dstillery, Getaround, Invidi, PernixData, Pluribus Networks, Riffsy, Tintri, and Warby Parker. Some of his previous board seats include 3PAR (acquired by HP), Dropcam (acquired by Google’s Nest), eXelate (acquired by Nielsen), Pliant Technology (acquired by SanDisk), RNA Networks (acquired by Dell), BlueGill Technologies (acquired by Checkfree), Rubric (acquired by Broadbase) and Voltage Security (acquired by HP).

Mark is a graduate of MIT (B.S. in Physics with Electrical Engineering) and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. At MIT, Mark did computer modeling of dark matter and galaxy formation which eventually landed him as a product manager for Oracle’s Massively Parallel Processing Group. In this role, he was part of the original team that developed and deployed one of the first true massively parallel and multi-threaded commercial software offerings – the Oracle Parallel Server. Mark then started and managed a consulting group at Oracle dedicated to serving early customers of this product. In business school, Mark got the startup bug and went on to work in business development for Netscape from the first year of its inception through its IPO in 1996.

Gary Little

Partner, Canvas Ventures

Gary Little

Partner, Canvas Ventures

Gary Little is a Partner and Co-founder of Canvas Ventures. He led the firm’s investments in Folloze, Totango and Platform9, and is on the board of Viewics. He focuses on innovative software and services investments. Twice in the past six years, Gary has been named to the Forbes Midas List which seeks to identify the venture capitalists that were instrumental in creating the most impactful and valuable companies of tomorrow.

Gary joined Morgenthaler Ventures in 1997 and continues to serve on the boards of Morgenthaler portfolio companies, including Adara, Evernote and MuleSoft (NYSE: MULE). He also led the investment in NexTag and PeopleMatter. Gary serves, or served, as a board observer of Lending Club, Practice Fusion and Sonatype.

Previously, Gary held several roles at Apple Computer, including SVP of Apple’s Power Macintosh Division, VP Sales Americas, and Sr. Dir. of Marketing for Apple’s Pacific division (China, Japan, Asia, Latin America, Canada). Prior to his time at Apple, Gary spent seven years at Sun Microsystems as Director of Product Marketing, Director of Asia Pacific Marketing (including a posting in Hong Kong), and as Group Manager of Industry Marketing. Before Sun, he held sales and marketing positions at IBM. Gary began his career as an IC design engineer for TRW’s microelectronics research labs. Gary earned an MBA from Harvard University and a BSEE from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Advisors

Bogomil Balkansky

Bogomil Balkansky

Bogomil Balkansky currently works at the stealth mode start up Bebop in San Francisco. Before this entrepreneurial endeavor, Bogomil was a key executive at VMware where he played pivotal role in steering VMware flagship server virtualization product line to cross the chasm and become the de-facto standard in every datacenter. Over his 8-year stint at VMware, the server virtualization product line grew 10X in revenue and its customer base increased from 5K to 300K customers.

Most recently, he was Senior Vice President leading product management and product marketing for the VMware’s Software Defined Datacenter product line. Prior to VMware, Bogomil worked in product management at Siebel Systems – the pioneer of CRM software and at CrossWeave – an innovative application integration start up. He started his career as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. Bogomil holds a bachelor of arts in mathematics from Cornell University and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Hans Robertson

Hans Robertson

Hans Robertson co-founded Meraki in 2006 and served as its Chief Operating Officer and VP Product. Cisco purchased Meraki in 2012 and Hans is currently a VP at Cisco. Before Meraki, he was in sales and partnerships at VMware and led the product team building a storage virtualization system at EMC. Hans began his career as a business analyst at McKinsey & Co. He holds an S.B. and M.Eng in computer science from MIT.

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