Board of Directors
Kirill Sheynkman is the Managing Director of RTP Ventures, the U.S. arm of a $750M international Venture Capital fund. Kirill is 20-year software industry veteran, who has spent 10 of those years as a CEO of software companies. He is a three-time founder of venture-backed enterprise software companies, including an early relational OLAP vendor acquired by IBM in 1995 and Plumtree Software (NASDAQ: PLUM), the creator of the corporate portal market, acquired by BEA/Oracle in 2005. Kirill’s companies were twice backed by Sequoia Capital where he was also an Entrepreneur in Residence.Kirill also held sales, product management, and business development positions at Oracle and Microsoft. Kirill is a passionate technologist, writes code in his spare time, and is fascinated by breakthrough software that can revolutionize or create big markets.
Kirill was born in Russia and had a chance to leverage his background when he was part of the first team that took Oracle’s technology to the former USSR in the early 1990′s.
President & CEO
Abe Kleinfeld joined GridGain in December 2013 and brings over 30 years of technology industry leadership to the company.
Prior to joining GridGain, Abe was president & CEO of network security leader nCircle, a company he led from early stage with a handful of customers through ten consecutive years of revenue growth, five consecutive years of profitability, two acquisitions, over 6,500 enterprise customers worldwide and $40M in annual sales. In April, 2013, nCircle was acquired by Tripwire.
Before nCircle, Abe was president & CEO of Eloquent, a leading provider of rich media communications solutions. While at Eloquent he attracted an experienced management team, implemented a high-growth strategy and guided the company through its successful $83 million IPO in February 2000.
Prior to Eloquent, Abe co-founded document management leader Odesta Systems Corporation. He played a key role in building the company from startup in 1991 through its merger with Open Text Corporation in 1995 and subsequent IPO in 1996 (NASDAQ:OTEX), where he led the company’s sales and later marketing through 1998.
Abe’s career spans four decades, going back to his start as a software engineer at Raytheon Data Systems, and includes marketing and sales management roles at Wang Laboratories and business development at Oracle Corporation. Abe holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from State University of NY at Oswego, and is an avid photographer and science fiction fan.
Geoffrey Baehr is a Partner at Almaz Capital, investing in diverse areas ranging from securty, to networking, analytics and big data problems.
From 2000-2012, Geoffrey was a General Partner and later Venture Partner at US Venture Partners in Menlo Park CA. He remains an Advisor to USVP.
From 1988-2000, Geoffrey Baehr served as Chief Network Officer for Sun Microsystems responsible for technical and strategic network directions. During his tenure at Sun, he developed advanced technical products and, with his team, obtained more than one dozen patents. Over the past several years, Mr. Baehr has worked as an advisor to the Skolkovo Foundation and is on the panel of reviewers for Computer science related proposal reviews.
Mr. Baehr earned a BA in Biochemistry and Natural Sciences from Fordham University.
Founder & CTO
As a founder of GridGain Systems Nikita Ivanov provides technological direction and vision for GridGain. Nikita brings almost 20 years of experience in software development, a vision and pragmatic view of where development technology is going, and high quality standards in software engineering.
In 1996, Nikita was one of the pioneers in using Java technology for server side middleware development while working at T-Systems GmbH, one of the largest European System Integrator.
Nikita has held various positions architecting and leading software product development for start-up companies and working with well-established companies such as Adaptec, Visa and BEA Systems. Nikita is an active member of Java middleware community and is a contributor to Java specifications.
Nikita holds a Master’s degree in Electro Mechanics from Baltic State Technical University, Saint Petersburg, Russia.
President & CEO
A former president, CEO and board member of Adaptec, Mr. Sundaresh brings a wealth of industry experience to GridGain Systems. Mr. Sundaresh has more than 15 years of experience in managing high-growth companies in the tech industry. Before becoming an advisor to technology companies and a board member of GridGain and SandForce, Mr. Sundaresh was the president and CEO of Adaptec, Inc. Prior to that, he was president and CEO of Candera Inc., where he launched the industry’s first network storage controller. As president and CEO of Jetstream Communications, he pioneered voice over broadband and achieved the leading market share with the company’s solutions. During a previous tenure at Adaptec, Mr. Sundaresh served in a number of positions, including corporate Vice-President and General Manager for the Personal I/O division and corporate Vice President of worldwide marketing. He has also held various positions at Hewlett-Packard and National Semiconductor.
Mr. Sundaresh holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, a Master of Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University, and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.