Company

Gridstore™ is the leader in converged infrastructure purpose-built for Microsoft Hyper-V and designed to accelerate applications in virtualized environments. Gridstore’s converged infrastructure includes all flash and hybrid versions of HyperConverged Appliances that include both compute and storage in a single system, and Storage Nodes that provide external storage and work with any Windows servers and the HyperConverged Appliance, all driven by Gridstore’s patented software. Gridstore software architecture delivers native Windows integration, per-VM I/O control, and elastic and independent scaling of resources. Benefits include easy deployment, predictable and controllable high performance, scaling that fits your needs, and up to 50% lower TCO. Founded in 2009 by Kelly Murphy, Tomasz Nowak, and Antoni Sawicki, all who remain in key technical roles for the company, Gridstore is headquartered in Mountain View, CA.  and its products and services are available through a global network of value-added resellers.

Executive Team

Leadership with a track record of innovation. The leadership of Gridstore brings together expertise in scale out storage, highly available systems, distributed computing, cloud computing and the business experience of building technology businesses from idea to IPO. The team brings a proven track record of seeing and realizing innovative new technology markets.

George Symons

George Symons, Chief Executive Officer

George Symons brings over 20 years of storage experience to Gridstore as a member of its board of directors and CEO. Mr. Symons previously served as Chief Strategy Officer at Nexsan, resulting in its acquisition by Imation. Prior to Nexsan he held executive roles in storage companies including Xiotech Corporation (COO), EvoStor (CEO), Yosemite Technologies (CEO), EMC (CTO for Information Management), and Legato (CTO, VP of Development and Product Management). He has also held senior roles at FullTime Software, Software Research, PROCASE Corporation, and Sun Microsystems. Mr. Symons has bachelor degrees in Computer Science and Management Science from UCSD, and an MBA from UCLA.

Kelly Murphy

Kelly Murphy, Founder and Chief Technology Officer

As a serial entrepreneur with a track record of bringing disruptive technologies to market, Kelly Murphy brings 15 years CEO experience with disruptive venture backed software companies. In 1998, almost a decade before the cloud became popular, Murphy founded Marrakech, the first software company that offered on-demand procurement and supply chain systems to over 30,000 trading partners including some of the world’s largest retailers, consumer food producers, packaging companies and utilities. After selling Marrakech in 2007, he turned his sights onto what was his largest obstacle in growing his previous business — storage. In 2009, Murphy founded Gridstore — a pioneer of software-defined storage that is set to disrupt the traditional storage industry. Currently, he serves on Gridstore’s Board of Directors and is also the Chief Technology Officer. Originally from Canada, Murphy obtained his BS in Computer Science from Michigan Technological University, played Division I hockey and was the seventh pick of the New York Islanders in the 1984 entry draft.

Mark Herbert

Mark Herbert, Vice President of Engineering

With over two decades of experience Mark brings a wealth of broad technology experience with multiple start-up firms from stealth to profitability. At Gridstore, he is chartered with building a world-class engineering team to implement and expand the architecture proven by the market-leading Gridstore Scale-out Storage products. Before joining Gridstore, Mark served as the Senior Vice President of Engineering for Drobo where he led the software, firmware, hardware and quality teams responsible for successfully shipping over 400K systems to the consumer and SMB markets. Prior to Drobo, Mark held the positions of Vice President of Systems Engineering at Cradle Technologies and Director of HW at Redback Networks. Mark holds a BSEE from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MS in Engineering Management from Santa Clara University.

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Victoria Grey, Chief Marketing Officer

Victoria has over 20 years experience in technology sales and marketing, with a specialty in the data storage business. She joins Gridstore from Soonr where she was chief marketing officer of worldwide marketing. While at Soonr she initiated a complete overhaul of the company’s channel program, winning the XCellence Award from CRN’s XChange, and resulting in dramatic growth in North American channel partners and sales. Prior to Soonr she was at Nexsan, a leader in unified hybrid storage, where she was senior vice president of worldwide corporate and product marketing. While at Nexsan she drove the complete rebranding of all aspects of the company, driving significant growth rates through a network of partners. Before Nexsan Victoria has held a number of senior positions at market leading companies, including Quantum, EMC, and Legato. She was named a “Woman of the Channel” in both 2013 and 2014, and was awarded the Tribute to Women in Technology award and has served on a number of industry boards.

John Ferraro

John Ferraro, Vice President of Global Sales

20-year IT industry veteran John is responsible for overseeing the planning, strategy and execution of Gridstore’s global sales and channel initiatives. John plays a key role in helping lead the company through its next phase of growth and continued leadership in delivering the industry’s foremost optimized storage solutions for Windows Servers and Hyper-V that address today’s storage challenges. Prior to joining Gridstore, John held the position of Vice President, Worldwide Sales, at Moka 5. Prior to Moka 5, he served as CEO of InMage Systems. Ferraro also served as CEO of SeeCommerce, Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales for Securant Technologies and Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales for LEGATO Systems. John Ferraro earned a B.S in Accounting from the University of Colorado.

Andy Hill

Andy Hill, Vice President of EMEA Sales

Storage industry veteran Andy Hill is chartered with the planning, strategy and execution of Gridstore’s EMEA sales and channel operations. Andy brings an extensive career history of consistent over-delivery against targets, goals and objectives coupled with the proven ability to build, drive and retain high-performance sales teams across multiple EMEA geographies. Most recently Andy served as EVP of EMEA sales for Nexsan (acquired by Imation) where he was responsible for establishing a 100% channel model. Andy has also held senior sales and management positions with VERITAS, Sungard Availability Services, Sequent, Solid State Solutions (S3), and Siemens. In 2013, Andy was awarded the Storage Magazine “Channel Excellence” award.

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Ajay Nilaver, Vice President of Products

Ajay Nilaver is Vice President, Products at Gridstore. He has over 20 years of experience in Enterprise Technology products with functional expertise in Product Management, Product Marketing, Business Development, Operations Strategy and Corporate Strategy. Before Gridstore, he was Vice President, Products at Fusion-io responsible for their $400M+ PCIe flash hardware portfolio as well as their Software Caching products. Ajay joined Fusion-io just before the company’s IPO, and helped double their revenue in less than 3 years while expanding their product portfolio into multiple market segments. Prior to Fusion-io, Ajay worked at Brocade, Opsware (now part of HP), and Oracle

Board of Directors

Geoff Barrall

Geoff Barrall, Chairman of the Board, Drobo CEO

Geoff Barrall has brought his tremendous insight and storage industry experience to the Gridstore board. Geoff currently serves as CEO of Drobo, a company he founded in 2005. Previous to this he was CEO and Founder of Connected Data. Geoff has founded five companies including BlueArc Corporation, a supplier of enterprise Network Attached Storage (recently acquired by Hitachi), as well as several IT and consulting services firms. With more than a dozen storage-related patents to his credit, Geoff brings rich technology expertise and deep hands-on executive-level operational experience to Gridstore. In addition to his roles at Drobo and BlueArc, he serves on the board of directors for Nevex, Nexsan and Tacit Networks and was an executive consultant to the senior team at Brocade Communications. His storage experience also includes sitting on the boards of advisors for Data Domain and Nasuni amongst others.

George Symons

George Symons, Chief Executive Officer, Gridstore

George Symons brings over 20 years of storage experience to Gridstore as a member of its board of directors and CEO. Mr. Symons previously served as Chief Strategy Officer at Nexsan, resulting in its acquisition by Imation. Prior to Nexsan he held executive roles in storage companies including Xiotech Corporation (COO), EvoStor (CEO), Yosemite Technologies (CEO), EMC (CTO for Information Management), and Legato (CTO, VP of Development and Product Management). He has also held senior roles at FullTime Software, Software Research, PROCASE Corporation, and Sun Microsystems. Mr. Symons has bachelor degrees in Computer Science and Management Science from UCSD, and an MBA from UCLA.

Kelly Murphy

 

Kelly Murphy, Founder and Chief Technology Officer

As a serial entrepreneur with a track record of bringing disruptive technologies to market, Kelly Murphy brings 15 years CEO experience with disruptive venture backed software companies. In 1998, almost a decade before the cloud became popular, Murphy founded Marrakech, the first software company that offered on-demand procurement and supply chain systems to over 30,000 trading partners including some of the world’s largest retailers, consumer food producers, packaging companies and utilities. After selling Marrakech in 2007, he turned his sights onto what was his largest obstacle in growing his previous business — storage. In 2009, Murphy founded Gridstore — a pioneer of software-defined storage that is set to disrupt the traditional storage industry. Currently, he serves on Gridstore’s Board of Directors and is also the Chief Technology Officer. Originally from Canada, Murphy obtained his BS in Computer Science from Michigan Technological University, played Division I hockey and was the seventh pick of the New York Islanders in the 1984 entry draft.

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Dr. Chris Horn, Director, Independent Consultant

Prior to co-founding IONA Technologies, Dr. Horn was a faculty member of the Computer Science Department of Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland) until 1991 when he co-founded and became CEO and Chairman of IONA. In 1991, IONA pioneered the emerging area of distributed computing and played a lead role in the development of the distributed computing standards known as CORBA. Without any venture capital, IONA went on to become the 5th largest IPO in the history of the NASDAQ in 1997. During this period, IONA was one of the largest top ten software companies by revenue in the world. IONA customers included the largest telco, financial and manufacturing companies in the world and its products continue to form the backbone of many of their high performance, mission critical systems. In June 2008, IONA was acquired by Progress Software NASDAQ (PRGS).

Glenn Solomon

Glenn Solomon, GGV Capital

Since joining GGV Capital as a Partner in 2006, Glenn has led GGV’s investments in Pandora (NYSE: P), Successfactors (NYSE: SFSF/Acq by SAP), Isilon (NASDAQ: ISLN/Acq by EMC), Quinstreet (NASDAQ: QNST), Square, Conviva, Nimble Storage and Zendesk, helping the first four successfully navigate the initial public offering process. He is also actively involved with GGV’s investments in Appirio, BlueKai, Buddy Media (acquired by Salesforce.com) and China Talent Group (CTG). Glenn focuses on enterprise software-as-a-service (Saas), cloud infrastructure and mobile.

Prior to GGV, Glenn was a General Partner with Partech International, where he led successful investments in Broadbase Software (acquired by Kana), Datacenter Technologies (acquired by Veritas/Symantec), Digital Island (acquired by Cable & Wireless), Pentasafe (acquired by NetIQ) and Vignette (NASDAQ:VIGN). Earlier in his career, Glenn worked with Goldman Sachs and also with SPO Partners, a San Francisco-based private investment partnership. Glenn graduated from Stanford University, where he started on three NCAA championship tennis teams, and also earned an M.B.A from Stanford where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar. He co-founded and remains active with The Spotlight Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to funding social entrepreneurs focused on education. Check out Glenn’s blog where he discusses the intersection of technology and finance, follow @GlennSolomon, or check out his profile LinkedIn.

Shomit Ghose

Shomit Ghose, ONSET Ventures

Shomit Ghose joined ONSET Ventures in 2001 after 19 years of working at high-tech companies in the Silicon Valley. During his career he participated in several successful IPOs, including those of Sun Microsystems and Broadvision. Prior to joining ONSET, he was Sr. VP of Operations at Tumbleweed Communications, where he managed the marketing, professional services, applications engineering and corporate development departments. He helped the company through a successful IPO in 1999. Previously, he was VP of the Worldwide Professional Services Organization at BroadVision and helped that company through a successful IPO in 1996.

His first job was as network protocol engineer at Metaphor Computer Systems, a company acquired by IBM. Later, he was an engineer in the original pre-IPO software development team at Sun Microsystems. He has also been Director of Marketing and then Director of Asia/Pacific Operations for nCUBE, a manufacturer of video-on-demand servers, and a board member of Alier, a data integration software company that is now part of webMethods.

Shomit was awarded two academic scholarships to the University of California, Berkeley, at age 15. He graduated in 1982 with a degree in Computer Science.

Rami Elkhatib

Rami Elkhatib, Acero Capital

Rami is general partner at Acero Capital, a venture-capital firm focused on investments in enterprise IT (mobile, cloud, analytics and infrastructure). He serves on several boards of directors, including Gridstore (Software-Defined Storage), Argyle Data (big data/real-time analytics), LiveHive (channel-sales analytics platform), Banyan Energy (non-imaging optics technology), and others. Until its acquisition by Oracle, Rami also served as the lead investor and board member at Bitzer Mobile (enterprise mobility).

Prior to Acero, Rami was General Partner at Southeast Technology Funds, where he focused on IT infrastructure and software investments, and served on the boards of several investments, including Pixel Magic (acquired by Dai Nippon), Waveguide Solutions, Elumens Corporation, Arsenal Digital (acquired by IBM).

Rami has also held multiple roles in technology and finance. He co-founded Datacme Software, held multiple senior management roles at Oneworld Software Solutions and worked as a technology investment banker at UBS Warburg, where he led the execution of several public offerings and M&A deals that — in aggregate — raised over $800M for high-tech companies.

Rami is a graduate of Purdue University, where he earned a B.S. in Computer & Electrical Engineering and a graduate of M.I.T., where he earned an MBA in finance, and where he was named the Henry du Pont III Scholar.

Investors

GGV Capital

GGV Capital

GGV Capital is a $1.6 billion expansion stage venture capital firm based in Silicon Valley (Menlo Park, CA) and Shanghai, China. Founded in 2000, the firm leverages a unique operating model — one team investing across the US and China, the two largest economies in the world. The firm invests across a range of sectors including Internet/Digital Media, Cloud/SaaS and Mobile sectors in the US and China as well as the Consumer sector in China.

GGV portfolio companies include 21Vianet (NASDAQ: VNET), Alibaba Group (HKSE:1688.HK), AAC Acoustic (2018.HK), AthenaHealth (NASDAQ: ATHN), Buddy Media (acquired by Salesforce.com), China Talent Group, Citrus Lane, Duowan/YY (NASDAQ: YY), Endeca (acquired by Oracle), Houzz, Meihua Group (SHSE: 600873.SS), Meilishuo, Pactera (fka hiSoft; NASDAQ: PACT), Pandora (NYSE: P), QuinStreet (NASDAQ: QNST), Qunar, SuccessFactors (NYSE: SFSF; Acq: SAP), Square, Tudou (NASDAQ: TUDO/acquired by Youku.com), UCWeb, Vocera Communications (NYSE: VOCR), Zendesk and more. For more information, visit www.ggvc.com and follow GGV Capital on Twitter @GGVCaptial.

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ONSET Ventures

ONSET Ventures helps entrepreneurs transform great ideas into successful businesses. We invest in information technology and medical markets, leveraging both disruptive technologies and disruptive business models. In information technology, we focus on mobility, new media and infrastructure software. Within medical technology, we focus on medical devices, drug delivery, diagnostics and healthcare information technology. We invest in businesses at all stages. Our specialty is working with inventors and entrepreneurs at the earliest stages to help them create a business from their vision. We get in the trenches with you to help identify markets, build business models and find the ideal management team. It’s our personalized approach that makes us different — “venture craftsmanship” — and it’s why so many entrepreneurs choose to work with ONSET Ventures again and again. You want to change the world. We want to help.

Our approach is proven with eight funds and over 130 start-ups backed since 1984. With over $1 billion under management, ONSET Ventures has the financial resources to match the strong personal commitment of each of our partners.

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Investec Ventures

Investec Ventures is part of the Investec Group in Ireland, and manages the €75 million Ulster Bank Diageo Venture Fund. Investec in Ireland, a member of the Investec Group, is a leading specialist bank and wealth and investment manager in Ireland and is based in Harcourt Street, Dublin 2. The Investec Group is a leading international, specialist-banking group, with headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa. The group was founded in 1974 and currently has approximately 8,000 employees with offices in 14 countries.

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Acero Capital

Acero Capital is a Menlo Park-based venture capital firm focused on enterprise IT. Acero is currently investing its inaugural $150 million fund, and has recently led investments in IT infrastructure, enterprise mobility, data analytics and enterprise cloud applications. Acero’s investment philosophy centers around innovative and new approaches to large and established markets, management teams with exceptional foresight and resourcefulness, deep intellectual property and an emphasis on capital-efficient business models. For more information, please visit www.acerovc.com.