Amir Khan is a computer networking visionary who founded and led Viptela’s market-leading, cloud-first, Software-Defined Wide Area Networking (SD-WAN) business before the acquisition by Cisco. As prescient as he was in identifying the $8B opportunity for SD-WAN, Amir recognized that network hampered the cloud journey and founded Alkira in 2018 with Atif Khan to reinvent networking for the cloud era. Amir’s vision is to deliver the cloud network as a utility. As CEO/Founder, he has led Alkira’s delivery of the industry’s first on-demand, as-a-service, point and click, unified multi-cloud networking service that enables cloud architects to design, build, and deploy a global multi-cloud network in minutes.
Board Member CTO and Founder, Alkira
Atif Khan is a renowned routing expert with extensive experience bringing ground-breaking networking solutions to market and in architecting some of the largest and most sophisticated global networks. He is responsible for Alkira’s technology vision and overall engineering and product development of Alkira Cloud Services Exchange. Atif was VP Technology and Solutions, and a founding team member at Viptela, where he developed a world-class, cloud-first, highly scalable SD-WAN solution with advanced routing, segmentation, and security capabilities. Following the Viptela acquisition, Atif was Senior Director of the Enterprise Networking Business at Cisco.
Board Member Partner, Sequoia Capital
Bill Coughran works as a founders’ coach and partner at Sequoia Capital to help build spectacular technology-centric companies. Previously, Bill was Senior Vice President of Engineering at Google with oversight of Chrome, YouTube, maps, google.com, underlying infrastructure systems, and security.
Board Member Partner, Kleiner Perkins
Mamoon Hamid is a Partner at Kleiner Perkins. Mamoon has been an early investor in and served on the boards of some of the most innovative software companies of recent times including Slack, Box, Yammer, Figma and Netskope. Prior to joining Kleiner Perkins, he was a Co-Founder of Social Capital, and prior to that a Partner at U.S. Venture Partners (USVP). He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, an MS from Stanford University, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Board Member Managing Director, Koch Disruptive Technologies
Jason Illian is the Managing Director of Koch Disruptive Technologies (KDT), the investing arm of Koch Industries. Jason serves on the board of D2iQ and is also a Board Advisor for 8VC, Rise of the Rest and Trust Ventures. Jason is a published author and nationally renowned speaker. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas Christian University with a BBA in International Finance and continued his education with TCU and the London School of Economics.
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