Team

Sachin Smotra

Co-Founder and CEO

Sachin Smotra’s career spans more than 15 years split between startups and large corporations building products for the enterprise software market. Most recently, he was Director Product Management at Couchbase where he was responsible for Couchbase Analytics, Mobile & IOT product lines. Sachin was instrumental in launching Couchbase Analytics and establishing it as a differentiated offering in a the NoSQL space.

Before joining Couchbase, Sachin was a Senior Manager, Product Management, at Cisco WebEx where he led the product team responsible for transforming the end to end Customer Experience across the WebEx product lifecycle - consideration, purchase, usage and renewals. Prior to his time at Cisco, Sachin worked at different startups -- July Systems (acquired by Cisco), Pramati Technologies -- in a multitude of roles across engineering, architecture and product management.

Nikhil Smotra

Co-Founder and CTO

Nikhil’s wealth of knowledge and robust experience working with data management at scale led him to co-found Dataworkz. His vision is to create self-service data enablement tools for users across different skill levels. Prior to Dataworkz, Nikhil worked as SVP, Head of Data Engineering at iQor, a leader in BPO and Product Support, where he led development and management of BigData platforms. Nikhil helped launch the enterprise data initiative and built a high-performing global data engineering team. During his tenure at iQor, Nikhil also managed QeyMetrics – a Business Intelligence and Operational Analytics SaaS offering. Prior to iQor, Nikhil spent several years at Lockheed Martin(R&D) where he harnessed the potential of NoSQL technology, prior to it gaining popularity, and used it along with semantic web technologies to build a massively scalable Digital Archive with automated data preservation, curation and classification.  

Nikhil is an executive alumnus of Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley (Data Science and Analytics Program) and holds a B.E in Computer Science from University of Pune, India. Nikhil also serves on Advisory Board of Rutgers University’s BigData certificate program for executives.

Board

BV Jagadeesh

Board Member

BV Jagadeesh is Managing Partner at KAAJ Ventures. He has successfully invested and guided companies such as Nutanix (IPO), Yodlee (IPO), Arkin (acqd: VMWare), Elastic Box (acqd: Century Link), NetMagic Solutions (acqd: NTT), Ocarina Networks (acqd: Dell) and Ankeena (acqd: Juniper) to name a few.

Before founding KAAJ, BV Jagadeesh served as a founding investor and CEO of NetScaler. NetScaler pioneered the concept of Application Delivery and was successfully sold to Citrix for $325M and served as Group VP and GM for Citrix's Application Networking division. Prior to Netscaler, he co-founded and served as CTO of Exodus communications in 1993 that pioneered the concept of Internet data centers. He was instrumental in the successful IPO of Exodus in 1998.

Currently Jagadeesh is an active investor and serves on the board of several Silicon Valley startups. He is also an adjunct faculty at the Leavey School of Business, SCU.

Jagadeesh is also very actively involved with several non-profits for the betterment of the world such as UVCE Foundation - providing scholarships to deserving students, One School At A Time - Constructs School buildings for the under privileged, Akshaya Patra - providing mid-day meals to 1.6 Million children every day.

Ashmeet Sidana

Board Observer

Ashmeet is the Founder and Chief Engineer of Engineering Capital. His experience includes managing venture capital funds, serving on Boards of Directors, and helping build the industry leading products VMware ESX Server and Silicon Graphics WebFORCE. Before becoming a venture capitalist, Ashmeet was an operating executive with hands-on operating experience as a CEO and entrepreneur. Ashmeet came to venture from VMware, where he ran product management for their flagship product—ESX Server. Before VMware, Ashmeet was the Founder and CEO of Sidana Systems, Inc. He started his career at Hewlett Packard and Silicon Graphics as an engineer.

Ashmeet’s previous investments include Azure (NYSE: AZRE), Netsil (acquired by Nutanix), Palerra (acquired by Oracle), Freewheel (acquired by Comcast), InQuira (acquired by Oracle), Altor (acquired by Juniper), Appurify (acquired by Google), PrivateCore (acquired by Facebook) and StackStorm (acquired by Brocade). He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Baffle, Passage.ai, Sail Internet, vFunction and Kontain. His current investments also include Rubrik, Diamanti, Kentik, Menlo Security, Nexla, Prismo Systems, SignalFx, vFunction, and YotaScale.

Ashmeet received an MBA from Wharton, MS in Computer Science from Stanford University and a BS in Computer Science summa cum laude from USC. In his spare-time he can be found planning his second trip to Mt. Everest.

Pradeep Aswani

Board Observer

Pradeep Aswani is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur with a long history of building successful companies based on disruptive, innovative ideas or technologies. Most recently, he founded Cloud Harmonics, which pioneered value-added distribution throughout the lifecycle of a product or subscription. Cloud Harmonics uniquely identified and closed gaps between technology vendors and resellers to help drive demand, close deals, and promote ongoing customer satisfaction. After reaching a $400 million run rate in just five years, Ingram Micro acquired the company. This was the third venture of Pradeep’s that Ingram Micro acquired. He actively supports the ongoing development of cutting edge technology companies as an early investor in companies like Palo Alto Networks (PANW), Netskope, SentinelOne, Menlo Security, Abnormal security, Auditoria.ai, Attivo, Shift Right.AI, Awake, acquired by Arista Networks( ANET), Preempt Security acquired by Crowdsrike (CRWD), SecureDynamics, Mobilematics. Pradeep received a Bachelor of Science degree from Bombay University.

Advisors

Shubhra Sinha

Advisor

Shubhra Sinha is a portfolio marketing leader with deep experience in the enterprise software industry. She has successfully led global product marketing initiatives, driven corporate success through partner ecosystems, and created and implemented strategic initiatives. She is known and respected for her thought leadership and dynamic execution. Shubhra is passionate about driving business value for customers by bridging the business and technology divide. She leverages her enterprise software background with Fortune 500 and Unicorn start-up companies—which included leading marketing strategy and execution across Digital Transformation, Enterprise Mobility Platforms, Emerging Solutions, Smart Communities, Software-as-a-Service, and Data Platforms—in her client engagements.

Most recently, she was VP of Portfolio and Strategic Marketing at DataStax. Prior to DataStax, Shubhra was VP, Strategic and Partner Marketing, at Apigee, a Google company. Earlier in her enterprise software career, Shubhra was Managing Director of Emerging Solutions at Cisco, Sr. Director of Product Marketing at HP Software, and a Sr. SAP Functional Consultant with Deloitte.

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