Dan and Alex have courage of conviction, which drives them to follow an independent path well outside the industry dogma. We have found that such orthogonal, cross-grain thinking stands behind the biggest entrepreneurial success stories.
Blue Jeans Network
Krish Ramakrishnan has an uncanny ability to detect fuzzy, early market signals and turn them into clear-eyed strategy. Blue Jeans is the latest example.
In 2011, I got a call from longtime friend and colleague Ed Bugnion, who wanted to introduce me to two guys working on a dangerous idea in data center networking – JR Rivers and Nolan Leake.
Varun Mehta and Umesh Maheshwari founded Nimble Storage based on an observation at the foundation of data storage – the physical media itself. Six years later Nimble became a multi-billion dollar publicly traded company, and along the way helped transform an industry.
I first met Jahangir Mohammed, founder and CEO of Jasper in 2002 when he was the CEO of Kineto Wireless. I was struck by his clarity and audacity.
I realized that there was a looming existential hurdle to the deployment of broadband networking itself.