Leadership


Vikash Varma
Vikash Varma, President & CEO
Vikash Varma brings 18 years of multi disciplined experience to Stoke. Vikash has a successful track record of building businesses from the early stages to market leadership. Vikash was most recently the President - Worldwide Sales, Marketing & Field Operations at CloudShield Technologies. Vikash helped establish CloudShield as a leader in the multi-function service control and security market, operating in over 35 countries. Before CloudShield, Vikash was the President - Worldwide Sales and Field Operations at P-Cube Inc. with overall responsibility for Sales, Channels, Partners, Professional Services, and Support. At P-Cube, he successfully grew the business with top tier carriers around the world and established P-Cube as the market leader in IP Service Control solutions. P-Cube was acquired in 2004 by Cisco Systems for $200M. Prior to P-Cube, Vikash was the General Manager at Hewlett-Packard Co. for the Internet Usage Manager (IP Mediation) Software business.


Dilip Pilapiakam
Dilip Pillaipakam, VP Product Management and Marketing
Dilip joined Stoke in 2012 from Juniper Networks, where he held several influential positions including evangelizing Juniper's Service Provider Mobility initiatives. He was most recently Head of Product Management for their Mobile Business Unit where he led the introduction of the Mobile Packet Core portfolio into the market. Prior to that, he led Juniper's foray into the Mobile Backhaul market. His other leadership roles in Juniper include driving venture investments and M&A activity for wireless. Preceding his tenure of 11 years at Juniper, Dilip worked at Infosys Technologies. Dilip has over 18 years of industry experience, and holds an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and an Electrical Engineering Degree from Bangalore University, India


Mark Verdun
Mark Verdun, VP Strategic Alliances
Mark has more than 25 years of global sales and business development success growing revenue and securing new markets for early stage companies in diverse areas of telecommunications, networking, and Internet software technologies. He was most recently VP of Partner Programs at NewStep Networks (acquired by Natural Convergence) where he developed strategic relationships with leading telecom equipment manufacturers. Mark co-founded and served as CEO of PlateSpin (acquired by Novell), and held senior management positions with Microsoft Canada, EveryWare Development (acquired by Pervasive Software), and CrossComm Corporation (IPO). Mark holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Toronto and an HBA in Business Administration from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.


Paul Cianci
Paul Cianci, VP Operations
Paul brings over 20 years of operations, supply chain and engineering experience in telecom, high-end computing and wireless hardware products to Stoke. Before joining Stoke, Paul led Manufacturing Operations for several successful, high technology start-ups including Good Technology, purchased by Motorola for over $450M. Paul was previously Director of Materials at 3COM corporation, responsible for the supply chain strategy supporting 3COM's west coast systems assembly operations. Prior to 3COM, Paul held senior operations and engineering positions in Digital Equipment Corporation's international supply chain and engineering organizations. Paul holds a bachelors degree in electrical engineering from Polytechnic University of New York.


Ash Nangia
Ash Nangia, VP Services and Support
Ash brings over 18 years of experience in software development, customer support and services, and has led programs in all aspects of development and delivery including R&D, Quality Assurance, Customer Advocacy, and technology acquisitions. Prior to joining Stoke, Ash was Vice President, Software Development at Oracle Corporation. Prior to Oracle, Ash spent eight years helping webMethods grow from startup to world-class company, resulting in its acquisition in 2007 for more than $500M. While at webMethods Ash was Vice President of Product Development, responsible for development of integration software and sustaining product implementations worldwide. Ash has also held senior management and program management positions at IBM-Tivoli and Tandem-HP. Ash holds a Master's degree in Computer Science from WPI in Massachusetts, and a Bachelor's degree from Birla Institute of Technology, India.


Ashim Roy
Ashim Roy, Country Head, India
Ashim brings over 30 years of experience in product development and general management and has led large product development and deployment initiatives in Australia, Canada, USA and India. Prior to joining Stoke, Ashim worked at Philips Microelectronics in Australia, Bell Northern Research in Canada, Hughes Network Systems in USA and a few start-up companies.

Ashim has a Bachelor's degree in Electronics Engineering from BITS, Pilani, India; a Master's degree in Communications Engineering from IIT Delhi, India and a doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Adelaide, Australia. Ashim has 3 patents to his name and has co-authored IEEE 1149.1 JTAG standard. Ashim is an avid runner, enjoys cooking and helping out social enterprises for rural development.


Sudhakar Padala
Sudhakar Padala, Vice President Engineering
Sudhakar oversees all Software Engineering and QA in Santa Clara and Bangalore. Sudhakar Joined Stoke in 2011 as Sr. Director of Engineering to head the SW Engineering group. He has been delivering StokeOS SW before taking on the responsibilities of heading Engineering at Stoke. He has 20+ years' experience in design, architecture, and development of networking products for mobile operators. Prior to Stoke, he held Senior Management and Director Positions at Azaire Networks, Ericsson, Trapeze/Juniper delivering security, FMC and related products for 3G/4G Mobile Operators. Prior to that, he was lead architect driving solutions for 3G CDMA operators at Tahoe Networks and Cisco Systems. Sudhakar holds Bachelor's degree in Mathematics, Physics, and Geology from Osmania University, Hyderabad and Master's degree in Computer Science from University of Hyderabad.

Randall Kruep, Founder
Randall Kruep founded Stoke in 2004, and led the company through its early stage of growth as CEO until February 2007.

Dan Warmenhoven - Executive Chairman

Dan Warmenhoven is the chief executive officer of Network Appliance, Inc., a leader in enterprise data management and open network storage solutions. Under Warmenhoven's leadership, Network Appliance has grown to become a multi-billion dollar company and is now recognized as a market leader in network storage - a concept the company helped pioneer.

Stephen Van Beaver - Pilot House Ventures Group, LLC

Stephen has broad management experience in the technology industry as an entrepreneur, manager, active investor and advisor for emerging information technology and telecommunications companies for more than two decades. He has led hardware and software products and services companies and divisions, working across many functional areas including technology and engineering management; operations; and sales and marketing strategy.

Matt Murphy - Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers

Matt Murphy is a Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers; he joined in 1999. His focus areas of investment include communications and computing infrastructure, mobile applications, and semiconductors. Matt is either a Director or works closely with the management teams of IPUnity, RGB Networks, Stoke, Peakstream, Xsigo, Dash, Kodiak Networks, eASIC, Scintera, and M2Z. Previously he worked with and was a board observer at Google (from initial investment to IPO), Kymata (acquired by Alcatel), and Sigma Systems (acquired by Liberate).

R. Thomas Goodrich - DAG Ventures

Before co-founding DAG, Tom was a principal at Bechtel Investments, where he was responsible for overseeing a number of management buyouts of mid-size growth companies and special situation investments. He was formerly a co-founder and Vice President of Dimensional Corporate Finance, Inc., a specialty corporate finance company with significant financial backing from Xerox. Prior to this, Tom served as an independent consultant to the office of the Chairman of Bank of America and as a consultant with the Stanford Research Institute. Tom holds an A.B. from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Vikash Varma, President & CEO, Stoke, Inc.

Vikash Varma brings 18 years of multi disciplined experience to Stoke. Vikash has a successful track record of building businesses from the early stages to market leadership. Vikash was most recently the President - Worldwide Sales, Marketing & Field Operations at CloudShield Technologies. Vikash helped establish CloudShield as a leader in the multi-function service control and security market, operating in over 35 countries. Before CloudShield, Vikash was the President - Worldwide Sales and Field Operations at P-Cube Inc. with overall responsibility for Sales, Channels, Partners, Professional Services, and Support. At P-Cube, he successfully grew the business with top tier carriers around the world and established P-Cube as the market leader in IP Service Control solutions. P-Cube was acquired in 2004 by Cisco Systems for $200M. Prior to P-Cube, Vikash was the General Manager at Hewlett-Packard Co. for the Internet Usage Manager (IP Mediation) Software business.

DAG Ventures

Duff Ackerman & Goodrich Ventures ("DAG Ventures") is a venture capital partnership investing in and helping outstanding entrepreneurs create leading, long-term companies across a range of markets. With roots from the 1980's in cable TV, infrastructure, media, and wireless industries, the partnership today is privileged to work with world-class entrepreneurs as they build tomorrow's leaders in the information technology, energy, and life science sectors.

Docomo Capital, Inc.

Established in July 2005, DOCOMO Capital is a corporate venture capital in Silicon Valley. As a corporate venture arm of NTT DOCOMO of Japan, we will add continued and expanding value to start-up companies that we work together with.

We believe that by introducing leading-edge mobile services based on highly advanced technologies, NTT DOCOMO will be much more competitive in future mobile communication markets in Japan and throughout the world.

Focus Ventures

Focus Ventures provides venture capital for leading expansion stage companies in the information technology industry. Companies in the expansion stage have finished their initial product development and are demonstrating growing customer acceptance. The firm was founded in 1997 and has $830 million under management.

Integral Capital Partners

Integral Capital Partners operates a family of partnerships that invests in expansion-stage private and growth-stage public companies in the information technology and life sciences industries.

Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers is committed to helping entrepreneurs build sustainable technology businesses. For nearly 30 years, they have invested in hundreds of market-defining ventures that have resulted in the creation of over 250,000 new jobs, over $100 billion in new revenue, and over $650 billion in market capitalization. Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers is constantly on the lookout for ideas with the promise to invent new business categories or radically alter existing ones. Their focus is on new technologies and new applications of technology that will drive high-impact change.

Pilot House Ventures

Pilot House Ventures is a Boston, Massachusetts-based venture capital firm that invests in promising early stage information technology companies, including Internet infrastructure, software, cable, telecommunications and networking technology companies. We look for companies with high growth potential that will be true partners throughout the lifecycle of the company.

Presidio Ventures

Presidio Ventures provides value added financial and business services to our customers and partners. As a subsidiary of Sumitomo Corporation, one of the world's leading integrated trading and investment firms, Presidio Ventures acts as the early stage IT investment vehicle for Sumitomo Corporation and its affiliates, and serves as a bridge for trade between the United States and Asia.

Reliance Technology Ventures Ltd.

Reliance Technology Ventures Ltd. ("RTVL") is the corporate venture arm of the Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group in India. RTVL has advised and / or invested in deals to the tune of over $1 billion. Yatra.com, India 's largest on-line travel portal, E-Band Communications Corporation, Seedfund are some of its portfolio investments. RTVL has also led the investment into an undisclosed technology company which formed the basis of the largest venture capital transaction in India. RTVL invests in leading edge technologies, disruptive business models and technology-enabled companies around the world.

Samsung Venture Investment Corporation

Samsung Ventures America is a venture capital firm specializing in investments in startups. The firm primarily invests in the information technology sector with a focus on consumer electronics, digital media, display technology, semiconductor, and telecommunications. It invests in companies based in North America, Europe, and Asia. The firm typically invests between $2 million and $5 million per investment round, at various stages of the startup company's life cycle. Samsung Ventures America is based in San Jose, California. It is a subsidiary of Samsung Venture Investment Corporation.

Sequoia Capital

Since 1972, Sequoia Capital has provided early stage and growth stage venture capital for very smart founders and executives who have turned great ideas into sustainable companies of enduring value. As the "Entrepreneurs Behind the Entrepreneurs", Sequoia Capital's Partners have worked with accomplished innovators and operators who built great franchises such as Apple Computer, Cisco Systems, Flextronics, Google, Informix, Linear Technology, LSI Logic, Microchip, NetScaler, NetScreen, Network Appliance, nVidia, Oracle, PayPal, Redback Networks, Yahoo!, YouTube and Zappos. To learn more about Sequoia Capital visit www.sequoiacap.com/us/technology.




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