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About Nile

We make networks

invisible.

About Nile

We make networks

invisible.

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Our Mission

Deliver network independence through a system so disruptively simple; designed from the outset to care for itself, reject threats, unleash productivity and instill peace-of-mind. To be invisible yet impenetrable. An always-on-never-off system that’s as natural and intuitive to use as taking a breath.

WHY NOW?

While the world has changed, networking hasn't. Now is the time to evolve the enterprise network and make the experience so disruptively simple it's practically invisible.

Our History​


Our journey is all about a once in a decade opportunity to create something disruptive – not just for the sake of disruption – but to create something that can resolve the insane complexity of networking and deliver simple access to a very reliable, extremely high-performance network. This journey began in 2018 with a shared vision between Pankaj Patel and Suresh Katukam who were joined by John Chambers and Sri Hosakote, making up Nile’s original founding team.

Achieving this vision necessitated bringing together the best and the brightest; a team of pioneers and visionaries in networking, security, and artificial intelligence.

Within four years the team built a new standard for the enterprise network, and what it truly means to be a Network as a Service.

In four short years, we've built a new system, team, and a new standard for Network-as-a-Service.

2018

Nile Founded

  • Series A completed with $15m raised.
2018
2019

Development Underway

  • Nile running on Nile

  • First prototypes developed

  • R&D centers opened in California and India
2019
2020

First Field Trials

  • Series B, $110M raised

  • Begin first field trials
2020
2021

More Expansion

  • 40+ patents

  • 12 trials underway
2021
2022

Company Launched

  • Nile solution is generally available

  • 20+ Nile Service customer deployments

  • Nile comes out of stealth-mode
2022

Our Culture

We understand that to take care of our customers, we must take care of our team members. To be the best company, we must be our best selves. Every team member has a voice at Nile, one that is always valued, respected, and appreciated. These values define each of us and all of us, with innovation at the center of all we do. Culture is a key ingredient of a company’s success. We have focused a lot in building these cultural tenets and believe these will help us to build a great company.

Our Culture

We understand that to take care of our customers, we must take care of our team members. To be the best company, we must be our best selves.

Every team member has a voice at Nile, one that is always valued, respected, and appreciated. These values define each of us and all of us, with innovation at the center of all we do.

Culture is a key ingredient of a company’s success. We have focused a lot in building these cultural tenets and believe these will help us to build a great company.

Our Culture

We understand that to take care of our customers, we must take care of our team members. To be the best company, we must be our best selves.

Every team member has a voice at Nile, one that is always valued, respected, and appreciated. These values define each of us and all of us, with innovation at the center of all we do.

Culture is a key ingredient of a company’s success. We have focused a lot in building these cultural tenets and believe these will help us to build a great company.

Our Leaders

Chief Executive Officer

Chief Product Officer

Chief Marketing Officer

Chief Development Officer

Chief Revenue Officer

Our Board Members

Our Investors

SUSTAINABILITY

Our Responsibility

At Nile, we understand the world is changing. Changing faster than ever before. Technology, prosperity, and unbridled ambition have led to disruption, innovation, and unimaginable invention.

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The Nile Culture

Start with the customer and work backwards. Immerse in the world of customer to understand their context and needs. Work vigorously to earn and keep customer trust by listening and addressing their challenges.

Innovate and invent on behalf of customers. Challenge current practices, and find ways to simplify.

Respectfully challenge, disagree even when it is uncomfortable. No need to compromise for the sake of cohesion. Once a decision is made, commit wholly.

Fail fast and fail often; Efforts matter but results count. Measure progress & celebrate outcomes.

We are a team, and we support and lift each other. We strive to achieve our common mission of serving the customer. We keep our egos outside of Nile.

Pankaj Patel

Chief Executive Officer

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You have achieved the pinnacle of career achievement after decades of hard work and become one of the most respected executive leaders in Silicon Valley. What do you do for a curtain call?

For Pankaj Patel, the decision to co-found Nile as a disruptive startup was the only logical answer. A self-proclaimed “geek,” he doesn’t dwell or take solace in past achievements; his passion for contributing to the world and to the industry that has given him so much is what drives him.

Nile’s commitment and strength lie in making overly and unnecessarily complex networking infrastructure solutions simple – this is Pankaj’s vision. Leaning on his obsession and superpower of customer delight, he is spearheading a culture here at Nile which values transparency, diversity of thought, leadership accessibility.

Prior to Nile Pankaj was a partner and Chief Strategy Officer at JC2 ventures, and a senior advisor to March Capital. Before that, Pankaj was Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer at Cisco Systems, Inc where he served for nearly 14 years. As the engineering head of the company’s $38 billion product and solution portfolio, he drove the business and technology strategy across Cisco’s entire product offerings.

Pankaj also serves on the board of directors of several technology startups.

Suresh Katukam

Chief Product Officer

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Suresh Katukam is the Chief Product Officer and co-founder of Nile. Internally, Suresh is endearingly referred to as the “Chief Disrupter” due to his unending drive to tackle seemingly unsolvable problems. Suresh has infused this attitude into Nile’s culture, creating a company-wide obsession to both reimagine and redefine the decades-old field of networking.

Suresh has over 20 years of leadership experience across engineering, product management, business development, and M&A from notable technology leaders including Cisco, Aruba Networks, and AWS. At AWS, Suresh led Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning, and Internet of Things technology partnerships.

Suresh’s innovative mindset is evident in his work. He has co-authored technology standards, published AI research papers, and has 40 patents in networking and security. Suresh has an M.B.A. from the Anderson School of Management, UCLA, an M.S. in C.S. from Arizona State University, and a B.S. in Computer Science from BITS, Pilani, India.

Scott Gainey

Chief Marketing Officer

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Scott Gainey joined Nile in June of 2021 as Chief Marketing Officer overseeing the creation and execution of the company’s marketing strategy, and development of its global brand. Scott brings over 20 years of marketing experience to Nile, gained while serving as CMO and other leadership positions for some of the most innovative and disruptive technology companies including Palo Alto Networks, SentinelOne, Cisco, and NetApp.

Scott is driven by a competitive spirit which has naturally driven him to take on roles within challenger brands. This spirit is what attracted him to Nile and its focus on disrupting an industry complacent in complexity. An opportunity to play an integral role in bringing value to customers eager for a more simple, secure, and reliable network experience.

Scott received his B.S. from Humboldt State University, business and leadership studies from Stanford GSB and West Point’s Thayer Leadership Development Group.

Sri Hosakote

Chief Development Officer

Sri Hosakote is the Chief Development Officer and co-founder of Nile. He brings more than 25 years of business, technology, and executive management experience. In that time Sri built multiple products from the ground up that ultimately generated multi-billion-dollar revenue streams for some of the world’s leading networking and technology companies.

Before Nile, Sri held SVP and EVP roles at notable companies like Infinera, Seagate, and Cisco. At Cisco, he held multiple senior leadership positions across various networking groups leading small teams to large organizations. He is particularly proud of building and delivering the most compelling routing platform at Cisco, the ASR9000.

Sri has a passion for being in the trenches while leading teams to think outside of the box to deliver what customers need. His decision to help launch Nile stems from his confidence that the company will upend traditional business and technology models. His love for creativity and pushing paradigms are foundational to what Sri strives for in his teams to deliver on and create the best customer experience with Nile.

His passion for inspiring and helping people extends beyond the corporate framework. Sri is also an advisor for various companies. Sri cares deeply about education and guest lectures at universities. Near and dear to his heart, Sri is actively engaged in initiatives for children with special needs. Sri holds a B.S and M.S in Computer Science and MBA in technology management.

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Louis Serlenga

Chief Revenue Officer

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Lou Serlenga joined Nile as Chief Revenue Officer leading global sales and solutions architects. Lou brings over 20 years of sales management and leadership experience to Nile. Before Nile, Lou was Vice President of America Sales at Aruba where he guided the company through IPO and rapid market growth. Upon leaving HPE Aruba, his organization consisted of over 1,000 employees, generating over $1.5B in revenues. Lou previously held sales leadership roles at Tenable Network Security, Internet Security Systems, Cabletron, and AT&T.

Lou’s decision to join Nile reflects shared principles focused on creating value and delivering service excellence to customers. Lou believes in Nile’s potential as an industry disruptor, and his leadership approach lends itself well to achieving Nile’s mission. Lou’s leadership is grounded in humility and competitiveness, with a singular focus on the customer.

He earned a B.S. from Drexel University and an MBA from Temple University. Lou volunteers with Turning Points for Children, Philadelphia’s oldest charity, supporting his passion for serving underprivileged children.

John T Chambers - Nile BOD

John T. Chambers

Founder & CEO, JC2 Ventures
Former Chairman & CEO, Cisco, Nile Cofounder

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John Chambers is founder and CEO of JC2 Ventures, where he focuses on helping startups from around the world build and scale. He invests in companies that are leading market transitions, such as ASAPP, Aspire Food Group, Balbix, Bloom Energy, Cloudleaf, Dedrone, IoTium, Lucideus, OpenGov, Pensando, Pindrop, Privoro, Quantum Metric, Rubrik, SparkCognition, Sprinklr, and Uniphore. He serves on the Board of Directors for Bloom Energy, OpenGov, Pindrop, Sprinklr, and Uniphore.

Prior to founding JC2 Ventures in 2018, Chambers spent 25+ years with Cisco, serving as CEO, Chairman and Executive Chairman. He currently holds the title of Chairman Emeritus of Cisco.

Chambers is the author of Connecting the Dots: Lessons for Leadership in a Startup World, where he shares lessons for lasting success in the Digital Age.

Chambers is the Chairman of the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) and the Global Ambassador of the French Tech under French President Emmanuel Macron.

Sumant Mandal

Co-Founder &
Managing Partner,
March Capital

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Sumant is a Co-Founder & Managing Partner of March Capital. Sumant leads investments in cloud driven enterprise platforms, cloud infrastructure, AI/ML, and network infrastructure as well as companies supporting the Indian market. In his two decades of venture capital, Sumant has generated multiple meaningful exits in companies that he has either incubated or been the first institutional investor. His most recent exits include BillDesk (acquired by Prosus) and CarTrade Tech (NSE: CARTRADE), both valuable companies capitalizing on the digitization of the Indian Economy in their respective industry sectors.

Sumant’s previous exits include VeloCloud Networks (acquired by VMware), Magnite (NASDAQ: MGNI), Kosei (acquired by Pinterest), Appcito (acquired by A10 Networks), Deep Forest Media (acquired by Rakuten), Kazeon Systems (acquired by EMC), Mimosa Systems (acquired by Iron Mountain), Ankeena Networks (acquired by Juniper), Cetas (acquired by VMware), Apture (acquired by Google), and Perspica Systems (acquired by Cisco). He currently serves on the Board of Directors of market-leading technology companies SparkCognition and Uniphore.

Sumant has an M.B.A. from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University. He is a Charter Member of TiE.

Joe Lonsdale - Nile BOD

Joe Lonsdale

Managing Partner,
8VC

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Joe Lonsdale is a technology entrepreneur and investor. He is the managing partner at 8VC, a US-based venture capital firm that manages several billion dollars in committed capital. He was an early institutional investor in many notable technology start-ups including Oculus (acq.FB), Guardant Health (NASDAQ: GH), Oscar (NYSE: OSCR), Illumio, Anduril, Wish (NASDAQ: WISH), JoyTunes, Blend (NASDAQ: BLND), Flexport, Joby Aviation (NASDAQ: JOBY), Cityblock, Orca Bio, Qualia, Synthego, RelateIQ (acq.CRM), and many others. Joe has been on the Forbes 100 Midas List since 2016 and was the youngest member included in 2016 and 2017, and ranked 18th in the world last year.

Before focusing on institutional investing, Joe co-founded Palantir (NASDAQ: PLTR) a global software company known for its work in defense and other industries, as well as for providing the platform to run the COVID-19 common operating picture for key decision makers in over 35 countries. After Palantir, he founded and remains as Chairman of both Addepar, which has over $3 trillion USD managed on its wealth management technology platform, and OpenGov, which provides software for over 2,000 municipalities and state agencies. More recently, he is also a co-founder of Affinity, Epirus, Resilience Bio, and other mission-driven technology companies, which he continues to create with his team out of the 8VC Build program. Joe began his career as an early executive at Clarium Capital, which he helped grow into a large global macro hedge fund. He also worked with PayPal while he attended Stanford.

George Kurtz - Nile Board of Directors

George Kurtz

CEO & Co-Founder,
CrowdStrike

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George Kurtz is the CEO and co-founder of CrowdStrike, a leading provider of next-generation endpoint protection, threat intelligence, and services. Kurtz is an internationally recognized security expert, author, entrepreneur, and speaker. He has more than 29 years of experience in the security space, including extensive experience driving revenue growth and scaling organizations across the globe. His entrepreneurial background and ability to commercialize nascent technologies have enabled him to drive innovation to market throughout his career. His prior roles at McAfee, a $2.5 billion security company, include Worldwide Chief Technology Officer and GM as well as EVP as EVP of Enterprise.

Prior to joining McAfee, Kurtz started Foundstone in October 1999 as the founder and CEO responsible for recruiting the other founding team members. Foundstone, a worldwide security products, and services company, had one of the leading incident response practices in the industry and was acquired by McAfee in October of 2004. Kurtz has been quoted or featured in many major publications, media outlets, and television programs including CNN, Fox News, ABC World News, Bloomberg, CNBC, New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Associated Press, Network World, and many others. He also authored the best-selling security book of all time, Hacking Exposed: Network Security Secrets & Solutions.

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