What is Pied Piper Anyway?

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Season Three of HBO’s Silicon Valley continued to build on two solid seasons and drawing more fans. For those of us who actually work in tech, I think we can appreciate the humor more than your average non-tech crowd. I have said on more than one occasion that the show mimicked real life in more ways than one, and that when you study the challenged that the crew of Pied Piper has to overcome, it is not unlike the challenges real-life tech firms face on a daily basis. When I sat down with Sudheesh Nair, President of Nutanix, Inc. he said “Hyperconvergence was never the end game. It was simply a pitstop on the journey.” He could not have said it any better. Continue reading “What is Pied Piper Anyway?”

Thirty Minutes with Ajay Aggarwal, Nutanix Vice President for Systems Engineering, Americas

Ajay AggarwalI recently had the opportunity to sit down my boss, Ajay Aggarwal, Nutanix Vice President for Systems Engineering, Americas, to talk about a very broad range of topics. A veteran of the start-up world, Ajay has “been there and done that” and what started off as a discussion about start-ups quickly went on to other topics such as the perfect Systems Engineer and what it is like to manage a team that spans two continents, four languages and any number of cultures. It was a fascinating conversation, and if only one thing shows as true, Ajay has a passion not only for technology and the business, but the people who work for him. Continue reading “Thirty Minutes with Ajay Aggarwal, Nutanix Vice President for Systems Engineering, Americas”

Thirty Minutes with Dheeraj Pandey, Co-Founder and CEO of Nutanix

Dheeraj PandeyI am really excited to share with you the interview I did with the CEO of my company, Nutanix. It is exciting to me because I get to bring you a personal side to one of the most dynamic and fastest growing companies in the tech industry. I have never worked for a company where the CEO would give me any time (except to meet with a really large customer) but as I was new at Nutanix I thought “what the heck…just ask him”. So I did…and he graciously accepted. I think you’ll discover at the end of this why I am so happy to call Nutanix home and why Dheeraj has not only been named to the CNBC Top 50 Disruptors list, but also the EY 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year in Northern California for Emerging Technologies. Continue reading “Thirty Minutes with Dheeraj Pandey, Co-Founder and CEO of Nutanix”

Thirty Minutes with Sudheesh Nair, Nutanix SVP of World Wide Sales & Business Development

SudheeshWhen I first arrived at Nutanix a few months ago, I was amazed at the energy of the people and the excitement they had for not only the product, but the company as a whole,and where it is heading. I was really pleased to be able to sit down with the Senior Vice President of World Wide Sales and Business Development, Sudheesh Nair. His enthusiasm is infectious. His management style is priceless and his vision of what can be is limitless. Continue reading “Thirty Minutes with Sudheesh Nair, Nutanix SVP of World Wide Sales & Business Development”

Thirty Minutes with Steven Poitras

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This week I am beginning a series of articles entitled “Thirty Minutes With…” because I wanted to expose you to the raw talent and genius not only here at Nutanix, but also in the Silicon Valley region. For those of you who have never worked for a Silicon Valley company before, you really should try it. The people are amazing. The culture is a breath of fresh air and the sheer genius of the people out here continue to boggle my mind. In this series you will hear from Dheeraj PandeySudheesh NairSteven Poitras and Suda Srinivasan. As I expand this I’ll have some other surprise guests and will announce those as soon as they are confirmed. This week’s installment will feature Steven Poitras, Principal Solutions Architect and creator of the Nutanix Bible. Continue reading “Thirty Minutes with Steven Poitras”

What an AMAZING week

DPUMXUWxThis is an exciting week because as I sit here in the San Francisco airport I am thinking over the incredible people I have spent this week with, and I am excited for the articles to come. I was blessed to be able to sit down with Nutanix Founder and CEO, Dheeraj Pandey, SVP for Sales and Business Development, Sudheesh Nair, Director of Product Marketing, Suda Srinivasan and Solutions Architect, Steven Poitras. Over the coming weeks I will be sharing articles on my time with each of them. I think you will find them as interesting and as insightful as I did. Until then, this is Memorial Day Weekend. Please take time out to remember the fallen. This is their weekend.