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

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

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

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.

Vishwa Kapadia

Vishwa Kapadia

Chief People Officer

Vishwa Kapadia

Chief People Officer

Vishwa spearheads people-centric programs that will build upon Platform9’s entrepreneurial culture while supporting its rapid growth in the cloud-native market where retaining and recruiting top talent is key for success.

Vishwa has held executive leadership positions at multiple global technology companies including Intel, Dell, Infineon, and GE John F. Welch Technology Center. She has led various business practices including talent management and HR business partnering, in addition to establishing several people and employee development programs. At Intel India, she was instrumental in institutionalizing the Diversity and Inclusion charter.

Most recently, Vishwa was an HR leader at Maxim Integrated (a wholly owned subsidiary of Analog Devices Inc.) for its India and Singapore markets. In this position, she engaged with a matrix stakeholder group across numerous international locations, spearheaded the translation of business objectives to people strategies, and implemented change management initiatives. An avid supporter of social and environmental causes, she has also been an active participant on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) committees throughout her career.

Amrish Kapoor

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.

Emilia A'Bell

Emilia A’Bell

Chief Revenue Officer

Emilia A’Bell

Chief Revenue Officer

Emilia comes to us with a fantastic track record of success from some of the industry’s most respected enterprise organizations. A wide and varied experience from start-ups like Portal Software and TOA Technologies to large globals including SAP, Nokia and Oracle, leading GTM teams with SaaS and on-prem solutions. Her focus and drive, combined with a highly personable style, has led to consistently driving teams to deliver significant growth.

Most recently, Emilia accelerated growth for Oracle’s Communication Applications Business as vice president of sales. In this role, she focused on customer-centricity, long-term engagements, GTM strategy, and structured accountability. Prior to that, she was a sales leader for Nokia’s Cloud and Network Services business where she led the GTM strategy as well as account strategy execution and tactics, including managing orders, revenue, and profitability. Throughout her career, she held various sales executive leadership positions at global technology companies including SAP, Portal Software, ComTech Communications and TOA Technologies.

Emilia holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of South Australia.

Married to Nathan, with two spirited children Seraya and Ezra you will most likely find them enjoying outdoor adventures on weekends.

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.

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.

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.

Upal Basu

Upal Basu

General Partner/North America Head, NGP Capital

Upal Basu

General Partner/North America Head, NGP Capital

Upal has been an investor and operator in the technology industry for over 25 years. At NGP Capital, Upal leads its North American investments, and Enterprise software theme globally. He has led over 20 investments over 14 years with 7 significant exits.
Prior to NGP Capital, he was Founder and CEO of Mformation Technologies, the world’s largest mobile device management company which grew to $50M annual revenues, and acquired by Nokia. Previously he was a strategy consultant for McKinsey & Company in New York and London. Prior to McKinsey, Upal led Product Management activities for Risk Management Solutions (RMS), a leading provider of insurance software technologies. Upal has an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MS in Engineering from Stanford University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Imperial College, London.

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