Ursheet Parikh


“I am a fitness advocate who needs no motivation to work out, but I still recognize the value of a personal trainer to strengthen my resolve, improve my techniques, and find new ways to achieve my goals.…I fill a similar role with our portfolio companies: I function as a kind of ‘personal trainer’—a coach and champion for entrepreneurs and their teams to build delightful, winning products and scalable businesses.”

I'm currently championing:

Cloudgenix: Software-defined enterprise WAN

Versa Networks: Network function virtualization provider

I’m currently focusing on:

Deep technology innovation that is redefining the cloud, mobile, enterprises, SaaS and service providers.

Some of my pre-Mayfield investments:

  • Memoir Systems: Memory acceleration (acquired by Cisco Systems in September 2014)
  • Xpliant: 10/40/100Gbps Switching (acquired by Cavium in July 2014)

Some of my notable successes:

  • Cisco WAN Optimization (2008): Taking business from concept to $100M/quarter and market leadership
  • Co-founder & CEO of StorSimple (2012): Playing a key role in building the industry leader in cloud-integrated storage; StorSimple was the largest IaaS/PaaS infrastructure acquisition (as of Q4 2013) and has been highlighted by Microsoft as one of its most successful acquisitions

Companies Co-Founded:

  • StorSimple (2009-2012) – Acquired by Microsoft
  • Jalva Media (2000-2002) – RIP

My first job was to:

Reverse engineer floppy disk manufacturing controller microcode to deploy used manufacturing equipment.

I have worked at:

  • StorSimple/Microsoft
  • Cisco Systems
  • Andiamo Systems
  • Deloitte Consulting

Assigned Patents

  • Patent #8452932: “System and method for efficiently creating off-site data volume backup” (i.e., cloud snapshots) (Issued May 2013)
  • Patent #7774538: ”Dynamic, on-demand storage area network (SAN) cache” (Issued Aug 2010)

Greatest insight provided by an entrepreneur

“When building your team, don’t compromise on passion, intellect & attitude. Everything else can be taught.” – Jayshree Ullal, CEO, Arista Networks

My formal education includes:

  • University of Pennsylvania/Wharton School, MBA
  • IIT Bombay, Bachelor’s of Technology, Computer Science and Engineering

I keep current by reading:

I am passionate about:

  • Helping entrepreneurs hit escape velocity
  • The San Francisco 49ers: “Who got it better than us? NOBODY!”
  • Health and fitness

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