Leadership & Investors
Ushur's fearless leaders.
Co-Founder & CEO
Simha Sadasiva’s passion centers on creating elegant products that support completely frictionless communication for higher value relationships and building global teams and massively scalable infrastructure. Prior to Ushur, Simha was the head of the Session Delivery Network Solutions Business Unit at Dialogic (formerly Veraz), and was part of the team that led the company through a successful IPO in 2007. Simha has held leadership roles at a number of technology companies including 3COM and Lucent Technologies.
Co-Founder & CTO
Henry Peter brings his expertise in cloud-based complex communications technology and massively scalable architectures to creating exacting yet beautiful solutions to frictionless interactions. His detailed analysis of intricate software systems ensures his team builds solutions in the right way for users. Henry was previously the software architect for session management and border security solutions for VoIP at Dialogic, and prior to that, Systems Architect at Veraz, which followed on from six years at Lucent Technologies as part of a team of pioneers in software-based call processing and routing.
VP of Customer Growth
Vandana is responsible for helping customers transform their business processes, maximizing customer experience and engagement with the Ushur platform. Vandana has 20+ years of experience building teams, solutions and products in roles across Engineering and Services at Nutanix, VCE and HP.
VP & GM India
With two and half decades of product engineering and management experience covering areas such enterprise wireless networks, 3D graphics & gaming engines, audio tools, embedded, middleware & application software - is responsible for the overall operations of Ushur R&D innovation centre in India. Prior to Ushur, Vathsa was the director of engineering at embedUR Systems and was responsible for managing teams that built solutions for some of the largest networking & telecommunications enterprises. His earlier career has spanned companies such as Analog Devices, Intel, Netlogic Microsystems and Mphasis, with contributions in management as well as various engineering roles.
VP of Product and Operations
Michael is responsible to ensure the Ushur Platform helps our enterprise clients achieve their customer automation goals in delightful, secure and operationally-efficient ways. Michael has over 20 years of experience building teams and strategies in operations, contact center and product-development roles at companies like AT&T, Comcast, Dish Network and Slingbox.
Senior Vice President of Marketing
Kashif is driven by his two passions: creating category-defining global brands and platforms and building high-performance teams of quietly amazing people who make it all happen. In a career spanning 20+ years, Kashif has built and led marketing, product and growth functions in fast-scaling startups in Robotic Process Automation (RPA), intelligent automation, customer engagement and experience management and intelligent document management. At Ushur, Kashif leads the company’s marketing function, spanning brand, communications, community, and all aspects of its growth operations.
Senior Vice President of Sales
Ron brings 15+ years sales experience to lead Ushur’s revenue generation with its ethos of valuing every customer as a partner.
Ron joins from contract lifecycle management platform Conga. He led one of Conga’s largest revenue engines while simultaneously launching two additional global markets, contributing to a period of growth where Conga more than doubled its annual revenue to over $400M. At billion-dollar enterprise software company TIBCO, Ron led all functions of its government subsidiary and was instrumental in the acquisition of several of TIBCO’s largest customers. Other leadership roles include Senior Vice President and Head of Global Sales at Zephyr (acquired by SmartBear) and Sales Director at BPM company Pegasystems.
Board of Directors
Entrepreneur, Investor, & Board Member
Pankaj Patel was Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer at Cisco Systems,Inc. where he reported into the CEO as the Engineering head of the company’s $38 billion product and solution portfolio. He drove the business and technology strategy across Cisco’s Routing, Switching, Wireless, Security, Mobility, Video, Collaboration, Data Center and Cloud offerings delivered by a global team of over 26,000 engineers. Mr. Patel is a proven results-oriented and seasoned technology leader with 25+ years of experience developing highly scalable products and services by building and leading large, high-performance global engineering organizations, setting clear vision, directing strategy and delivering against goals.
Partner & CTO, 8VC
Bhaskar Ghosh (“BG”) is the CTO at 8VC, having initially joined the company as an Advisor in December 2015. Since receiving his PhD in Computer Science from Yale, BG has had a distinguished career in Silicon Valley, working for 20+ years in technology leadership in diverse domains including enterprise data and web infrastructure, digital advertising, social networks, and consumer fintech. Previously, he ran technology at Nerdwallet as VP of Engineering, helped build the teams and back-ends that helped fuel LinkedIn’s meteoric growth as its Head of Data Engineering, and led engineering for the pioneering Yahoo! Right Media Display Advertising Exchange. BG built his deep technology and data chops developing RDMBS kernels at top enterprise data-platform companies like Oracle and Informix. At 8VC, BG is excited to work with the entrepreneurs and leaders in our portfolio as a virtual CTO, and in finding the next big investment idea across technology domains.
Principal, 8VC (Board Observer)
Prior to joining 8VC, David completed his Ph.D. in Biomedical Informatics at Stanford University, where he concurrently received an M.S. in Statistics. His research focused on the development of statistical and machine learning approaches for analyzing genomics data, and the characterization of epigenetic changes associated with aging in T cells. Previously, David was a Bioinformatic Analyst at Einstein College of Medicine, where he worked on the genetics of aging and human disease. He performed his undergraduate studies in Computational Biology at Brown University.
Ushur is backed by premier Silicon Valley Venture firms
One of 8VC’s core investment theses centers around the “Smart Enterprise” wave that will re-invent and revolutionize decades-old technology infrastructure behind major enterprises, with a strong focus on high-leverage, verticalized platforms for complex workflows, data integration and data intelligence. For more details, see 8vc.com and The Smart Enterprise Wave