Krishna Prabhakar

COO & Co-Founder at Fanvana, Inc.

Location
San Francisco Bay Area
Industry
Computer Software

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Krishna Prabhakar's Overview

Current
Past
  • CEO & Co-Founder at MarketTools
  • CEO & Founder at Devsoft Corporation
  • Technical Leader at Sun Microsystems
  • Engineer at TVS Electronics
Education
Connections

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Krishna Prabhakar's Summary

Krishna has over 20 years of experience in the software industry. He is currently the COO of Fanvana, which he co-founded with his daughter. Fanvana is a well-funded early stage startup in the sports & tech space based in Palo Alto, CA. Prior to this, he was CEO & Founder of three Silicon Valley companies – Avenda Systems, Devsoft Corporation and MarketTools. Avenda was a leader in the network security space and was acquired by Aruba Networks. Devsoft was a pioneer in the user-based network policy management space and was acquired by Cisco Systems. Krishna was also the founding CEO and the idea-man behind MarketTools that was started as a spin-off from Devsoft. The initial seed funding came from the U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences. Krishna was the Principal Investigator for this DoD project. MarketTools went on to raise over $83M in funding that included investments from Procter & Gamble and General Mills. It helps turn data from surveys, social media and enterprise systems into valuable business information and actionable consumer insights that help leading companies driver product innovation, brand management and customer value. It was recently acquired by MetrixLab, a global provider of consumer insights and marketing analytics.

Krishna holds an M.S. degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.E. degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering with distinction from Regional Engineering College, Trichy, India.

Krishna Prabhakar's Experience

COO & Co-Founder

Fanvana, Inc.

Privately Held; 1-10 employees; Computer Software industry

July 2014Present (3 months) Palo Alto, CA

Fanvana is a well-funded early stage startup in the sports & tech space based in Palo Alto, CA. We have an incredible set of investors and advisors including former superstar athletes and the past head of MIT’s Computer Science Department. Our mission is to reinvent the fan experience.

VP/GM Network Services Group

Aruba Networks

Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; ARUN; Computer Networking industry

November 2011July 2014 (2 years 9 months) Sunnyvale

Krishna joined Aruba Networks through its acquisition of Avenda Systems. He ran their Network Services group which initially included ClearPass, AirWave and the first cloud product. The Avenda products are the basis for the highly successful Clearpass platform at Aruba. The ClearPass business is one of the fastest growing areas at Aruba. Avenda is viewed as a great strategic acquisition by Aruba, its customers and the leading industry analysts.

CEO & Founder

Avenda Systems, Inc

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Computer & Network Security industry

February 2006November 2011 (5 years 10 months) Santa Clara , CA and Bangalore, India

Avenda Systems introduced the industry's first multi-function platform for network access security that breaks through past deployment barriers – complexity, compatibility, compliance and cost. Avenda Systems is a leading developer of network security solutions that securely connect users and their personal mobile devices to business networks. These solutions allow Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives possible in workplaces. They also make it possible for enterprises to transition to a new era of mobile computing and cloud-based applications. Avenda also enables self-service provisioning of 802.1x and security credentials to a broad range of devices running iOS, Android, MacOS, or Windows. This enables users to quickly and securely connect without engaging IT helpdesk resources. Avenda delivers these solutions locally or as a cloud-based subscription service. Avenda Systems was acquired by Aruba Networks in December 2011.

Director of Engineering

Cisco Systems

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; CSCO; Computer Networking industry

March 1998October 2005 (7 years 8 months) San Jose, CA

Krishna joined Cisco through its acquisition of Devsoft Corporation. At Cisco he was Director of Engineering in the Security Technology Group. He also worked in the Voice Technology Group and the Network Management Group at Cisco. He led a high-performance team that successfully developed and released 18 different products in the seven years he worked at Cisco.

CEO & Co-Founder

MarketTools

Privately Held; 201-500 employees; Market Research industry

March 1996March 1998 (2 years 1 month) Fremont, CA

Krishna was also the founding CEO and the idea-man behind MarketTools that was started as a spin-off from Devsoft. Krishna and the other Co-Founder patented the underlying technology. The initial seed funding of around $1M for the product came from U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences. Krishna was the Principal Investigator for this DoD project (A96-123). It went on to raise over $83M in funding that included investments from Procter & Gamble and General Mills. MarketTools helps turn data from surveys, social media and enterprise systems into valuable business information and actionable consumer insights that help leading companies driver product innovation, brand management and customer value. It was recently acquired by MetrixLab, a global provider of consumer insights and marketing analytics. MetrixLab collects and analyses data from millions of consumers in more than 50 countries.

CEO & Founder

Devsoft Corporation

March 1994March 1998 (4 years 1 month) Fremont, CA

Devsoft was a pioneer in the user-based network policy management space and was acquired by Cisco Systems.

Technical Leader

Sun Microsystems

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; ORCL; Information Technology and Services industry

19931995 (2 years)

Engineer

TVS Electronics

19861987 (1 year)

Krishna Prabhakar's Volunteer Experience & Causes

  • Volunteer Interests

    • Causes I care about:

      • Children
      • Economic Empowerment
      • Education
      • Environment
      • Health
      • Politics
      • Poverty Alleviation
      • Science and Technology

Krishna Prabhakar's Skills & Expertise

  1. Network Security
  2. VoIP
  3. Cloud Computing
  4. WiFi
  5. Unified Communications
  6. Wireless Networking
  7. Linux
  8. TCP/IP
  9. Mobile Devices
  10. Start-ups

Krishna Prabhakar's Education

The University of Texas at Austin

MS, Computer Engineering

19871989

National Institute of Technology Tiruchirappalli

BS, Electrical & Electronics Engineering

19811985

Kendriya Vidyalaya

High School

19781981

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