A Track Record
of Distruptive

The team behind Pensando has worked together for more than 25 years. They are the #1 innovation team in the world with an unmatched track record of disruptive innovation. This will be their #9 $multi-billion market.

John Chambers Chairman of the Board

Founder/CEO of JC2 Ventures, helping disruptive startups around the world build and scale

Chairman of the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF)

Appointed Global Ambassador of the French Tech by President Emmanuel Macron of France

Promotes entrepreneurship, gender equality, and new business creation around the world to create startup nations and a startup world, as he believes startups will be the core driver of economic growth and job creation in the Digital Age

Prior to founding JC2 Ventures, spent 25+ years with Cisco, serving as CEO, Chairman, and Executive Chairman, and currently is Chairman Emeritus.

Mario Mazzola Vice Chairman of the Board, Investor

Previously at Cisco for 23 years, where he:

– Created several startups to enable Cisco’s entry into adjacent markets, including software-defined networks, computing systems, and data center and storage networks

– Delivered multiple billion-dollar products, paving the path for Cisco’s market leadership

– As Chief Development Officer, led overall R&D strategy and managed 11 engineering technology groups

– Served as SVP of New Business Ventures and SVP of the Enterprise Line of Business

Prior to Cisco, he was President/CEO and co-founder of Crescendo, growing revenues to a run rate of approximately $15 million

Holds several patents on networking-related technologies

Prem Jain Co-founder & CEO

Previously at Cisco for +20 years, Prem developed and honed many key innovations that helped the company evolve, including Routing & Switching capabilities and Software Defined Networks

Most recently served as SVP / General Manager of Cisco INSBU

Co-founder and part of the unprecedented spin-in team for Andiamo Systems, Nuova Systems (CFO) and Insieme Networks (CEO), which were acquired for an aggregate amount >$2bn

Prior to Cisco, worked at Crescendo Systems (acquired by Cisco) and David Systems

B.E. in EE from Birla Institute of Technology and Science; M.S. in EECS from UC Davis

Luca Cafiero Board member, Technical advisor, Investor

Co-founder in several startup ventures which enabled Cisco Systems to enter into several new markets, including software-defined networks, computing systems, and data center and storage networks

Helped deliver multiple billion-dollar products, enabling Cisco’s market leadership

SVP and GM of Cisco’s Switching, Voice and Storage (SVS) Group

VP and GM of Cisco’s Workgroup Business Unit (WBU), the largest BU within the Enterprise Line of Business

Instrumental in the rapid growth of Cisco's LAN switching business in key enterprise and service provider markets

Co-founder/VP of Engineering at Crescendo, acquired by Cisco in Sep 1993

Director of Engineering/Co-founder of David Systems, integrating PBX technology with LAN technology

Holds several patents on networking-related technologies

Soni Jiandani Co-founder & Chief Business Officer

Previously was at Cisco for +20 years, Soni has extensive experience in marketing and driving industry transformation through disruption and commercializing innovative technologies

Most recently served as Cisco’s SVP of Marketing

- Co-founder and part of the spin-in team for Nuova Systems and Insieme Networks

- During her time at Cisco, she led a team which was responsible for establishing multi-billion dollar revenue streams in the Switching, Storage Networking and Server markets

Prior to joining Cisco, Soni held marketing executive positions at UB Networks and Excelan

Independent Non-Executive Director of The Sage Group plc

B.S. in Computer Science from University of London

Randy Pond CFO/COO

Previously at Cisco for +20 years, Randy’s key accomplishments include the establishment of consistent processes and operational metrics, double-digit productivity growth and augmenting the manufacturing model

Most recently served as Cisco’s EVP of Operations

Board member and secretary for the Cisco Foundation

Serves on the Board for Miller College of Business and MetricStream and as Trustee of the Ball State University Foundation

B.S. in Accounting and Economics from Ball State University

Silvano Gai Pensando Fellow

Previously at Cisco for +10 years, Silvano is the author of several books and technical publications on computer networking as well as multiple Internet Drafts and RFCs

Most recently served as a Cisco Fellow

- During his time at Cisco, he was an architect of the Cisco Catalyst family of network switches, the Cisco MDS family of storage networking switches, the Nexus family of data center switches and the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS)

Prior to joining Cisco, Silvano was a full professor of Computer Engineering, tenure track, at Politecnico di Torino, Italy, and a researcher at the CNR (Italian National Council for Scientific Research)

Responsible for 50 issued patents

Diego Crupnicoff Pensando Fellow

Previously at Mellanox Technologies for +18 years, Diego has been a member of the InfiniBand Trade Association and took part in the definition of the InfiniBand RDMA Standard

Most recently served as VP of Architecture for Mellanox Technologies driving chip and system architectures for multiple generation of Ethernet and RDMA products

- Previously chaired the IBTA Technical Working Group and was one of the founding directors of the OpenFabrics Alliance

- Over the past two decades, has participated in multiple other SDOs and Tech Committees including the IEEE802, IETF, T11, NVME and the ONF

Holds multiple patents in the areas of computer networks and system architecture

B.Sc. in Computer Engineering (Summa Cum Laude) and M.Sc. in EE. (Summa Cum Laude) both from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology

Vipin Jain Founder and CTO

Previously at Cisco for +15 years, Vipin has built products in multiple areas including Switching, Routing, Network Protocols, Embedded Systems, Distributed Systems, Software-defined Networking, Containers, Orchestration, Security, Cloud Infrastructure, and DevOps

Most recently served as a Distinguished Engineer at Cisco Systems

- He joined Cisco via acquisition of Nuova Systems

- During his tenure at Cisco he worked on ASIC definition for Nexus and ACI products. He also worked on the software architecture for Unified Computing System (UCS) and three generations of very successful Nexus 2k and Nexus 5k data center product line.

- Built Cisco’s open source container networking software, evangelized as Contiv in the community, that provides networking in Docker and Kubenetes

Prior to joining Cisco, Vipin held positions at Lucent, Riverstone Networks, Nortel Networks and Cabletron Systems

Has authored 15 patents

B Tech degree with Honors in Computer Science from NIT Warangal, India

Francis Matus Vice President of Engineering

Previously at Cisco for +15 years, Francis is part of the Pensando founding team. He has developed over 20 production ASICs in the areas of CPU, storage, and network design and covering process technology nodes starting at .25 micron with his latest designs in 7 nanometer

Most recently served as SVP of ASIC Hardware at Cisco

Prior to joining Cisco, held senior roles at AMD, Nishan Systems, Andiamo Systems, Nuova Systems, and Insieme Systems.

Holds 17 patents in the area of microprocessors, networking switch silicon, and optics

BSEE from LSU and attended UT Austin graduate school pursuing an MSEE

Krishna Doddapaneni Vice President of Software

Previously at Cisco for +10 years, Krishna is part of the Pensando founding team. He is responsible for the development of the entire Pensando software stack

Most recently served as VP of Engineering at Cisco

- Founding engineer at Insieme networks where he lead the team that built ACI Switching Infrastructure (Insieme was acquired by Cisco Systems in late 2014)

- Worked at Nuova Systems (acquired by Cisco Systems in 2008) where he was responsible for the Nexus 2k/Nexus 5k/Nexus 6k product line software

- Krishna was one of the first employees at Greenfield Networks (later acquired by Cisco)

Has numerous patents in the field of Networking

Masters in Computer Engineering from Texas A&M, College Station

Victor Odisho Vice President of Hardware Engineering

Previously at Cisco for +10 years, Victor has a proven track record of bringing innovative systems to market with technical management and design experience in all stages of development from conception to production

Most recently served as VP of UCS Engineering at Cisco

- Lead all platform engineering activities in the Compute Systems Product Group, including all Cisco UCS-B, infrastructure, and UCS-C servers: Hardware, low level platform software, and Firmware

- Lead HW engineering activities in Cisco's Switching, Server Access and Virtualization Product Group including Cisco's blade servers (UCS-B series), Nexus 2K-5K Access Switches and UCS-B Adapter products

Prior to joining Cisco, Victor held senior roles at Sun Microsystems and Nexi Systems

Holds 7 patents

BS in Electrical Engineering from California State University Fresno

Mike Galles Founder, ASIC Architect & Designer

Previously at Cisco for +10 years, Mike has focused on Computer/Network Architecture and ASIC design for over 25 years

Most recently served as Distinguished Engineer at Cisco

Prior to joining Cisco, Mike held senior design roles at SGI, Growth Networks and Atheros Communications

Has 33 issued patents

BS/MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford

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