The Team

Based in Silicon Valley, the Avi Networks team brings together entrepreneurial as well as public company DNA. Before Avi, the founding team designed and managed products that generated multi-billion dollar revenues for Cisco Systems.

  • Murali Basavaiah
    VP Engineering and Co-Founder
    With 20+ years of expertise in Distributed Systems, Networking, and Storage, Murali was most recently the VP of Software Engineering for the Data Center group at Cisco, having joined Cisco through the acquisition of Andiamo.
    Prior to Cisco, Murali was Chief Architect at Shasta Networks (acquired by Nortel), where he led the architecture for the innovative Shasta Broadband IP Services Platform, a distributed multi-subscriber services engine. Murali has a Masters in CS from Arizona State University, a certificate from the Stanford Executive Program and over 20 patents to date.

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  • Ranga Rajagopalan
    CTO and Co-Founder
    Ranga has architected and developed several high performance distributed operating systems, networking, and storage data center products over the last 15 years.
    Most recently, he was Sr. Director at Cisco's Data Center business unit, responsible for platform software on the Nexus7000 product line. He joined Cisco through the acquisition of Andiamo where he was one of the lead architects for SAN-OS operating system. Ranga started his career at SGI as an IRIX kernel engineer for the Origin series of ccNUMA servers. Ranga has a Masters in EE from Stanford University and several patents in networking and storage.


  • Guru Chahal
    VP Product Management
    Guru leads Product Management at Avi Networks. Before Avi, Guru was an investor at Lightspeed Venture Partners focusing on networking, security, cloud, data analytics and infrastructure management.
    Before that, Guru was Director of Product Management at Cisco Systems for the Unified Computing System product line, a multi-billion dollar business for Cisco. Guru joined the UCS team before it shipped, helped define the product strategy and roadmaps, and was instrumental in ramping UCS traction. Before Cisco, Guru held operational roles at Nuova Systems (acquired by Cisco Systems), and Tropos Networks (acquired by ABB). Guru is an alum of Harvard Business School and Purdue University and holds several patents in networking.

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Our Investors

Our investors include two of the top infrastructure investors today, particularly in networking, Greylock Partners and Lightspeed Venture Partners. Their combined experience and guidance keep us focused on the ultimate goal - Build the next major Silicon Valley based network infrastructure company!

  • Greylock partners with game-changing entrepreneurs to build market-transforming companies. Our partner companies have made 150 public offerings and more than 100 of our companies have achieved profitable M&A events. Greylock-backed companies include Facebook (NASDAQ: FB), Imperva (NYSE: IMPV) LinkedIn (NYSE:LNKD), Palo Alto Networks (NYSE: PANW), Pandora (NYSE), Workday (NYSE: WDAY), Airbnb, Apptio, Cloudera,, Dropbox, One Kings Lane, Redfin, and tumblr. Greylock was founded in 1965 and has $2 billion under management. The headquarters are in Silicon Valley with offices in Cambridge, Beijing and Bangalore.

    Asheem Chandna

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    Asheem Chandna is a Partner at Greylock Partners, where he is focused on helping entrepreneurs create and build the next generation of enterprise IT companies. He has helped create and build multiple technology businesses to market-leading positions - both as a venture capitalist, and as a former product executive. His current company boards include AppDynamics, Aquantia, Avi Networks, Delphix, Palo Alto Networks (PANW), and Skyhigh Networks. Previous company boards and/or investments include Aruba Networks (ARUN), CipherTrust (INTC), Imperva (IMPV), NetBoost (INTC), Sourcefire (FIRE), PortAuthority Technologies (WBSN), Securent (CSCO), Xsigo Systems (ORCL), and Zenprise (CTXS). Asheem joined Greylock in 2003 from Check Point Software (CHKP), where he was vice-president of business development and product management. Born and raised in India, Asheem holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from Case Western Reserve University. Asheem was included in the 2013 and 2012 Forbes Midas lists of top technology investors, and the 2013 and 2012 AlwaysOn VC 100 lists.
  • Lightspeed Venture Partners is a leading venture capital firm with over $2 billion of committed capital under management and investment professionals and advisors in Silicon Valley, India, Israel and China with Lightspeed China Partners. Over the past two decades, Lightspeed partners have backed more than 200 consumer, enterprise and cleantech companies, many of which have become leaders in their respective markets, including Blue Nile, Brocade, Ciena, DoubleClick, eHealth, Flixster, Fusion-io, Informatica, Kosmix, LivingSocial, Lucky Pai, Nicira, Playdom, Pliant Technology, Provigent, Riverbed Technology, Solazyme, TutorVista, Virsa Systems, Waveset, and XtremIO.

    Barry Eggers

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    Barry Eggers is a Partner of Lightspeed and focuses primarily on information technology infrastructure, with a specific interest in cloud computing, big data, storage, consumerization of IT, and networking. He has 15 years of venture capital experience, 10 years of operating experience and has been named to the Forbes Midas List of top 100 investors multiple times. Barry works closely with Avi Networks, MapR Technologies, Nimble Storage, Pertino and youwho. His past investments include Pliant Technology (acquired by Sandisk), Calista Technologies (acquired by MSFT), Arbor Networks (acquired by DHR), Growth Networks (acquired by CSCO), Maker Communications (acquired post-IPO by CNXT), Metasolv Software (acquired post-IPO by ORCL), Sirocco Systems (acquired by SCMR), and Telogy Networks (acquired by TI). Prior to joining Lightspeed, Barry held executive roles in business development and general management at Cisco Systems from 1991-1997. Barry holds a BA in Economics and Business from the University of California, Los Angeles and an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Barry is a member of the UCLA Economics Board of Visitors.

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We value two things above all - engineering excellence and customer-centric innovation.
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  • An Open Culture

    An open and respectful team that actively fosters a culture of trust, ownership and empowerment.

  • A High-Caliber Team

    Some of the best minds from high performance Networking, Big Data, Virtualization, and Analytics with a history of building amazingly successful products.

  • Great Perks

    Awesome coffee, catered lunch everyday and a well stocked pantry, Ping-Pong, Foosball, walking distance from two gyms and biking distance to two Caltrain stations.

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