Gridstore™ is the leader in HyperConverged All-Flash Infrastructure for the Microsoft Cloud-Inspired Data Center. Our customers gain a 10X performance improvement over traditional storage as we put all-flash as close to the workload as possible. They realize 4X lower TCO by consolidation of three layers of infrastructure into one built on X86 hardware, and 10X less management effort due to less management points and less infrastructure to manage. Gridstore’s HyperConverged Appliances (HCA) include both compute and storage in a single system with the flexibility for nodes being compute and storage or storage only and can scale from a minimum of three nodes to 256. Gridstore’s patented software architecture delivers native Windows integration, per-VM I/O control, and elastic and independent scaling of resources. The Gridstore HCA is an ideal platform for infrastructure refreshes and specific Windows workloads such as VDI, SQL Server, Private Cloud, and ROBO. Gridstore is headquartered in Mountain View, CA. and its products and services are available through a global network of value-added resellers. Gridstore was founded in 2009 by Kelly Murphy, Tomasz Nowak, and Antoni Sawicki, all of whom remain in key technical roles for the company.
Gridstore is a Microsoft Gold OEM and Gold Data Center Partner, a member of the Microsoft Enterprise Cloud Alliance and Certified in the Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track Program.
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, Chief Executive Officer
George Symons brings over 20 years of IT infrastructure experience to Gridstore as its CEO and a member of its board of directors. 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, 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 joined 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.
James Thomason, Chief Strategy Officer
James Thomason joins Gridstore from Dell, where as CTO he led the vision, technology strategy, and product roadmap for Dell Cloud Marketplace, an online platform that makes it easy for businesses to compare, consume, and control cloud services. Mr. Thomason joined Dell through the acquisition of Gale Technologies in 2012, where as CTO he headed the product roadmap, architecture, and engineering of the company’s flagship cloud and converged infrastructure automation software, GaleForce. Prior to joining Gale Technologies, Mr. Thomason was the CTO and Founder of Virtiv, a San Francisco cloud automation startup focused on Linux virtualization, acquired by Gale Technologies in 2011. For over 17 years, as a specialist in distributed systems and large-scale infrastructures, Mr. Thomason has been an entrepreneur and innovator at a number of notable Silicon Valley start-ups, including Exodus Communications, Digital Island, Netli, NetVMG, Netscaler, 3Leaf Systems, and Ning.
Kevin Rains, Chief Financial Officer
Kevin Rains has over 25 years of financial and operations management experience specializing in small and mid-sized technology organizations with global footprints. He has served as the CFO of numerous technology based companies in software, hardware, services and SAAS industries. Kevin’s expertise includes guiding organizations through strategic planning, new product implementations, accounting system implementations, contract negotiation, and equity financing. He has served as a consulting CFO for Ravix Group and was Director of Operations with Dell Inc. for the ESG (Enterprise Software Group) division. Kevin joined Dell through its acquisition of Gale Technologies in 2012 where he was the CFO. He has held numerous senior roles in Silicon Valley rapidly-growing technology firms including Quantum3D, MultiGen and The Complete PC. He began his career as a senior auditor at Arthur Young & Company (now EY) with clients such as Intel Corporation and Apple Computer. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from California State University, East Bay.
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 2013, 2014 and 2015, and was awarded the Tribute to Women in Technology award and has served on a number of industry boards.
Phil Lavery, Vice President of Sales, the Americas
Phil has enjoyed a 25 year career as a senior sales and channel executive, management consultant, and startup entrepreneur. Phil’s expertise is leading world-class sales and business development teams accelerate revenues thru effective direct and channel sales models. Prior to Gridstore, Phil was BayArea Practice Director for Bridge Partners Consulting helping clients increase revenues through solution sales, strategic partner alignment, and channel execution. He was founding team member and Vice President WW Sales & Business Development with two startups Scalix and Ondemand, Inc. where he was responsible for all revenue activities from launch to acquisition. Phil was General Manager of Microsoft Federal establishing Microsoft’s presence across Dod and Civilian agencies and drove revenues from start-up to $250m. He was also Director Microsoft Enterprise Partner organization focused on global partnership strategy and sales execution.
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.
Ajay Nilaver, Vice President of Engineering and Product Management
Ajay Nilaver is Vice President, Engineering and Product Management at Gridstore. He has over 20 years of experience in Enterprise Technology products with functional expertise in Engineering, 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
Nariman Teymourian, Chairman of the Board, Gridstore
Nariman Teymourian brings his tremendous insight and extensive career history in high technology coupled with a proven track record of success with startups to the Gridstore Board. He commands a wealth of experience and expertise in the fields of cloud computing, enterprise software, business and strategic planning, go-to-market strategies, and program management. Throughout his career Nariman has established a reputation for outstanding leadership and business acumen, most recently as senior vice president and general manager Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Prior to HPE he was CEO and Chairman at Gale Technologies guiding it to its successful acquisition by Dell. Other executive leadership positions include his role as Chairman and CEO at QuikCycle (Acquired by Gale), Founder & CEO of Caspian Consulting (Acquired by Delta Dental) Prism Health Software (Acquired by BCG) and Software Reliability (Acquired by Lockheed). Nariman has an MA and is a Ph.D candidate in international business from the University of Southern California.
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, 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.
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, 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, 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, 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.
Kevin Dillon, Atlantic Bridge Capital
Kevin has 30 years’ operating experience in the technology sector, including a total of 13 in Paris, London and Dublin as an executive in the software industry and five years in Silicon Valley. Kevin served as Vice President, Microsoft EMEA and helped grow the regional business from $500 million in 1991 to $9.5 billion in 2004. At Microsoft, Kevin was a member of Microsoft EMEAs’ senior management team responsible for various roles in Finance, Operations, and Sales and Marketing including establishing the European Operations centre in Dublin which today employs over 1,900 staff. Kevin has also held senior roles with Price Waterhouse and the South African Navy, and holds various degrees in Business, Finance, Taxation & Law. He is a frequent industry speaker and was ICT Ireland Industry Person of the Year in 2001 and elected a fellow of the Irish Management Institute in 2000.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Atlantic Bridge Capital
Atlantic Bridge Capital is a Global Growth Equity Technology Fund, investing in companies in Europe, the US and China. The Atlantic Bridge team have a thirty year operating history working together as entrepreneurs and investors, having raised four successful technology funds. Atlantic Bridge has developed a unique and differentiated strategy which focuses on specific technology themes and the implementation of the “Atlantic Bridge Model” for scaling companies internationally. They focus on areas with very strong growth potential where they have specific knowledge and experience such as Big Data, Cloud Computing, semiconductors, security & IoT. Atlantic Bridge have offices and staff based in London, Dublin, Silicon Valley, Beijing & Hong Kong.