Jeff has more than 25 years proven experience driving business and engineering at technology companies for datacenter infrastructure. Prior to founding Diamanti in 2013, Jeff was Senior Director of Engineering at Cisco Systems, responsible for driving the R&D strategy for Cisco Unified Computing Systems. Previously, he held Senior Engineering positions at various hi-tech start-ups in the domains of network, server, and datacenter storage where he led design and implementation, leading to multiple acquisitions by Cisco Systems and Brocade Systems. Jeff earned an MS degree in Computer Engineering at Stanford University and a BS at University of Texas.
Gopal is an engineering veteran bringing more than 25 years’ experience to the team. Gopal co-founded Diamanti in 2013 and oversees technical strategy as Diamanti’s CTO. Prior to Diamanti, Gopal was Principal Engineer at Cisco, defining Cisco Unified Computing System technical development and evolution. Before Cisco, Gopal held distinguished engineers’ positions at Veritas and then Symantec for more than 10 years enabling growth on their foundation storage solutions. Gopal earned an MS in Computer Science at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and a BS at Indian School of Mines.
Co-founder, VP of Engineering
Amitava co-founded Diamanti in 2013 and oversees Diamanti’s R&D operations as their VP of Engineering. Amitava brings 25 years engineering experience in network and storage at leading market players, such as Cisco, Symantec, AMD, Sun Microsystems and Packet Engines. Prior to joining Diamanti, Amitava was Principal Engineer at Cisco for their Unified Computing System division. Before spending more than 6 years at Cisco, he held various Senior Engineering positions at start-ups as well as large companies in datacenter infrastructure. Amitava earned an MS in Computer Science at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
VP of Business Development and Alliances
Steve is Diamanti’s VP of Business Development and Alliances and builds Diamanti’s leading partner network and ecosystem. Prior to Diamanti, Steve was VP of Solutions, Alliances and Technical Marketing at HP, following HP’s acquisition in 2010 of 3PAR where Steve was VP of Business Development and Alliances. At 3PAR and HP, Steve successfully developed and drove alliance strategies and initiatives with strategic partners to achieve revenue and market share goals. Steve holds MBA and MSME degrees from the University of California, Berkeley and a BSME degree from Union College, New York.
VP of Sales
Shawn is the VP of Sales of Diamanti, bringing over 20 years of sales and sales management experience across medium and large enterprise companies. He has focused on consultative selling to customers with complex challenges around their most demanding workloads. Prior to Diamanti Shawn was the head of Micron’s North America Enterprise Sales Group where he built a team focused on helping customers adopt modern containerized applications in the e-commerce, media and entertainment, oil and gas and financial services industries. Shawn earned a BS in Computer Science at Brigham Young University - Hawaii.
Max is a General Partner at CRV, focused on the areas of cloud, AI, security, enterprise software and IT infrastructure. Max was selected by Forbes for the 2014 Midas Brink List, named one of the top up and coming venture capitalists in the industry. Max supports CRV portfolio companies Xamarin (acquired by Microsoft in 2016), SimpliVity, CloudGenix, Diamanti, Usermind, Airtable, and several stealth projects. He joined CRV from Cisco Systems, where he led investments and M&A across data center and emerging technologies in Corporate Development. Max started his career at Oracle, in Business Development for the Server Technologies division. At Oracle, he was centrally involved in the acquisition of numerous software companies and established major technology, channel and strategic partnership relationships. Max has an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) from MIT, and a BS in EECS from UC Berkeley.
Andreas Stavropoulos is a partner at DFJ focusing on computing infrastructure and software investments. Prior investment exits include Appstream (Symantec), Centerpost(West Corp.), Epocrates(NASDAQ: ATHN), Everdream (Dell), Mobile 365 (Sybase), Silverpop (IBM), Vizu (Nielsen), and Yodle (Web.com).
Prior to joining DFJ, Andreas was with McKinsey & Company's San Francisco office, where he worked with senior management teams of corporate clients with an emphasis on information technology. Andreas was also a senior analyst at Cornerstone Research, a financial and economic consulting firm that helps resolve complex issues arising in high-profile business litigation.
Andreas is a summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Harvard College in computer science. He also holds an MS degree in computer science from Harvard University and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar and graduated first in his class.
Kevin Fong is a special advisor to GSR Ventures, which he helped start in 2004 to focus on investments in China. He has a 23-year track record of supporting entrepreneurs in early-stage companies to build industry leaders. Kevin currently serves on the boards of Mirabilis, DataVisor and Deepmap.
Prior to GSR, Kevin was at Mayfield Fund for 20 years as a Managing Director, where he contributed to the creation of companies with an enterprise value of US$13.4 billion—achieving more than $1 billion in returns to limited partners in the past 23 years from investments such as Alantec, Citrix, Crescendo (now Cisco Catalyst), Legato Systems, RedbackNetworks, and Velocity 11. His recent exits include 3Par, which was acquired by HP for $2.35 billion, Playdom, a mobile game company acquired by Disney, and a Li-Ion battery company SEEO, acquired by Bosch.
While at Mayfield Fund, Kevin's focus was on investments in the communications, wireless, semiconductor, software, and consumer media sectors. He has also served as an operating executive at David Systems, HP, and Nortel/Bell Northern Research. Kevin earned an MBA and an M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University, and a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He has been a board member of the Hua Yuan Science and Technology Association (HYSTA). He currently sits on the board of, Clean Focus, Mirabilis, DataVisor, Deepmap, and Diamanti.
Ashmeet is the Founder and Managing Partner of Engineering Capital. His experience includes managing venture capital funds, serving on multiple Boards of Directors, and helping build the industry leading products VMware ESX Server and Silicon Graphics WebFORCE. Before this last decade as a venture capitalist Ashmeet was an operating executive with hands-on operating experience as a CEO and Entrepreneur.
Previous investments/Boards include Freewheel (acquired by Comcast), InQuira (acquired by Oracle), Altor (acquired by Juniper), Appurify (acquired by Google) and PrivateCore (acquired by Facebook). Previous investments/Boards (not yet realized) include Zetta.net, SimplyHired and Azure Power.
Curentinvestments are Baffle (stealth), DatosIO, Kentik, Menlo Security, Palerra,SignalFX, StackStormand Xockets.
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 received an MBA from Wharton, MS in Computer Science from Stanford University and a BS in Computer Science from USC. In his spare time he can be found planning his second trip to Mt. Everest.
Mr. Claus serves as a Partner in Northgate’s Danville, USA office. He has experience in both venture capital investing and executive operational roles. Prior to Northgate, he was Principal at Next World Capital (NWC), an expansion-stage venture capital firm in San Francisco, focusing on investments in the areas of Big Data, Cybersecurity, and Enterprise Software. Before NWC, he was a Senior Investment Manager with T-Venture, the venture capital arm of Deutsche Telekom with over 1BN USD AUM, in the Silicon Valley. He worked closely with management teams, boards, and investors of T-Venture’s large US portfolio to enter and grow European and international business through investments in the areas of Mobile, IT and Network Infrastructure, and Enterprise Software. In 2005, he was awarded the Deutsche Telekom International Award for Excellence in Innovation. Thorsten was born in Germany, has a Master of Science in Information Technologies from Technische Universitat Darmstadt.
Sung is mainly interested in industrial Internet of things (IIoT) and big data, ranging from manufacturing, telecommunications to automotive. Sung is based in Korea, where he supports portfolio companies interact with their local customers and partners. His active current investments include Airplug, Nexenta, and Solinea.
Prior to co-founding TransLink, Sung founded SPK Inc. and Spark and Associates in Korea. Both of these companies have worked closely with US startups expanding into Korea, as well as large Korean enterprises collaborating with Silicon Valley. He also co-founded Soundpipe in the US, worked for 3Com as a router product manager and Mitsubishi Corporation in Japan.
Sung received his MBA from Stanford University and S.B. in Materials Science and Engineering from MIT. He serves on the board of TJ Park Foundation and the board of trustees of The Hill School. Sung enjoys playing squash and golf, is an advisor to Korea Squash Federation, and founded the Korea Junior Squash League.
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