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Graphiant is a Silicon Valley-based provider of next-generation Edge services. Led by Khalid Raza, the co-founder of SD-WAN pioneer Viptela, Graphiant has developed the Graphiant Network Edge, an “as-a-Service” solution that provides connectivity between the enterprise WAN, hybrid cloud, network edge, customers and partners.

Graphiant’s Network Edge combines MPLS-like performance (guaranteed delivery and privacy) and Internet-class agility to enable network architects to build enterprise-grade networks at the speed of business.

The Graphiant Story

When enterprise networks included only data centers, office workers, and maybe a cloud connection, provisioning the network was easy. IT owned, had visibility into, and controlled everything.

Today’s sprawling enterprise networks comprise hybrid cloud, remote workers, edge networks, and IoT devices. Traffic crosses a “digital wilderness” that IT doesn’t own, control nor has visibility into. This makes it impossible for IT to provision enterprise–grade networks with the agility today’s business requires.

MPLS and SD-WAN don’t work in this environment. While MPLS offers enterprise–grade performance (SLA–level reliability, security and privacy), it is expensive and cumbersome to provision. SD-WAN isn’t robust and agility disappears when faced with the number of tunnels IT must build for today’s complex networks.

This is the problem Graphiant, led by Viptela co–founder Khalid Raza, set out to solve. Their flagship service, The Graphiant Network Edge, combines MPLS performance with Internet–class “as–a–Service” agility to enable IT to deliver enterprise–grade networks with agility.

Leadership

Khalid Raza

CEO & Founder

Adnan Ansari

VP Operations & Finance

Dave Knuth

VP of Engineering

Stephanie Anderson

Chief of Staff

Ali Shaikh

Chief Product Officer

Matt Krieg

VP of Sales & Marketing

Board of Directors

Khalid Raza

CEO & Founder

Bill Coughran

Board of Directors

Michael Elmore

Board of Directors

Advisors

Joseph Pinto

Joseph Pinto

Advisor

Joe Pinto joined Pure Storage in 2019 as Chief Customer Experience Officer, responsible for leading the Global Services teams and Pure PEAK education and certification program, and overseeing the continued scale and evolution of the Pure’sCustomer Experience model. In the new digital world, his team continues to build capabilities around automation, migration services, and customer success, while holding an industry-leading NPS score of83.5

Prior to joining Pure, Joe was Senior Vice President at Cisco, overseeing the Technical Services team. During his 28-year tenure at Cisco, his team also developed Cisco’sfirst Technical Support website and created an industry-leading Solution support offer for global customers and partners, including lifecycle capabilities (onboarding and adoption), plus education and learning capabilities. He also created the Cisco Certification Program which has over three million technical certifications issued to individuals across the globe. His organization garnered numerous industry awards under his leadership.

Curwood Sessoms

Curwood Sessoms

Advisor

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Scott Harrell

Scott Harrell

Advisor

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Bill Coughran

Bill Coughran

Advisor

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Brian Long

Brian Long

Advisor

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Michael Elmore

Michael Elmore

Board of Directors

Michael Elmore holds the position of Chief Information Security Officer at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). Prior, he was Operational Technology Security at GlaxoSmithKline, where he joined in April 2019.

Before joining GSK, Michael was the Chief Customer Success Officer at Cisco, and before Cisco, he was the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Cigna Healthcare.

Michael has spent his entire career building and leading technology teams across several functional areas, including cyber security, IT infrastructure, and contact center technology. He has executive experience on both the customer and vendor sides of the table, leading large infrastructure and cybersecurity transformations at UnitedHealth Group and Cigna as well as driving customer experience transformation at Cisco. He brings a unique view toward digital-enabled transformation, while continuously improving security and compliance posture and driving cost optimization.

Mike Goguen

Mike Goguen

Board of Directors

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Khalid Raza

Khalid Raza

CEO & Founder

Khalid Raza, CEO and Founder of Graphiant, was the co-founder and CTO of Viptela and is widely regarded as the “Father” of SD-WAN. He is a visionary in routing protocols and large-scale network architectures. In the past 25 years, he has redefined expectations and delivered innovative solutions across all industries for Tier-1 carriers and Fortune 100 companies.

Ali Shaikh

Ali Shaikh

Chief Product Officer

Ali Shaikh, CPO, is responsible for the strategic direction for Graphiant, technical alliances, and driving the product roadmap. He led Systems Engineering for Meraki & Viptela at Cisco and was the first Solution Architect and Customer Success Engineer at Viptela. He was responsible for designing and deploying the largest SD-WAN implementations globally.

Arsalan Mustafa Khan

Arsalan Mustafa Khan

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Dave Knuth

Dave Knuth

VP of Engineering

Dave Knuth, VP of Service Engineering, has 25 years of experience in engineering, service delivery, and leadership. He runs the cloud development organization, site reliability team, backbone engineering group, and Graphiant QA test team and is responsible for all things DevOps at Graphiant. Dave has a history of delivering projects and services on time and on budget. From his earliest days at MCI, Dave has built an industry reputation as the person to turn to when you have to “get it done.”

Phil Davis

Phil Davis

Product strategy

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Kristen Gee

Kristen Gee

Product Manager

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Matt King

Matt King

Director of Sales

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Matt Krieg

Matt Krieg

VP of Sales & Marketing

Matthew Krieg, VP of Sales and Marketing, is responsible for Marketing, Sales, Channels, and Business Development worldwide. He brings a 20+ year track record of success that includes sales and technical leadership positions at Elisity, Open Systems, and Viptela. Matt has strong experience growing companies in all phases of the technology lifecycle and is a powerful communicator about the benefits of adopting disruptive technologies for business transformation.

Stefan Olofsson

Stefan Olofsson

CTO & Founder

Stefan Olofsson, CTO and co-founder of Graphiant, has spent his 25-year career focusing on various networking technologies and is recognized for his unique and innovative problem-solving abilities. Working at such network giants as Cisco and Viptela, he pioneered VoIP, IPv6, and high availability and fast convergence network architectures. Stefan has played an essential role in assisting global enterprises and carriers in successfully evolving and adapting their infrastructures.
Adnan Ansari

Adnan Ansari

VP Operations & Finance

Adnan Ansari, VP of Operations and Finance, is a 20+ year veteran of the networking industry with a strong track record of building and managing business operations, support, distribution, and alliances. At Graphiant, he is responsible for finance, logistics, supply chain and order management, regulatory and export compliance, and facilities.

Stephanie Anderson

Stephanie Anderson

Chief of Staff

Stephanie Anderson, Chief of Staff, wears many hats and uses her leadership and problem-solving skills to assist with the daily operation of an organization. Her experience in program management, project management, and early education allows her to provide department leaders with recommendations and consultation to improve teamwork.

Ida Khodami

Ida Khodami

Advisor

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Andrew Smyth

Andrew Smyth

Advisor

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Our Investors

Graphiant is funded by a renowned group of venture capitalists with a decades-long track record of disrupting the status quo in technology.

The Sequoia team helps a small number of daring founders build legendary companies. We spur them to push the boundaries of what’s possible. In, Sequoia-backed companies account for more than 20% of NASDAQ’s.

Atlantic Bridge is a Global Growth Equity Technology Firm with over 1 billion assets under management across seven Funds, investing in technology companies in Europe and the US. We have offices and staff based in Palo Alto.

Two Bear Capital’s goal is to build a virtuous cycle of economic opportunity, create high-impact companies along with jobs for communities, and in the process, change the world for the better. We invest early in founder-led companies with disruptive innovations that can deliver dramatically better solutions to the world’s most challenging problems.
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