Dinesh G Dutt, Cofounder
Dinesh G Dutt is a well known industry expert and author of three very popular and well-regarded books on data center networks, all published by O’Reilly. His most recent work is titled Cloud Native Data Center Networking. He has spent 20 years in the networking industry, first working for Cisco Systems where he started as software engineer and finished as a Cisco Fellow. His next stint–we’ll leave a more famous 2 week detour out of the discussion–was as the Chief Scientist at Cumulus Networks, the company that started the network disaggregation revolution. He’s passionate about networks and open source. At Cisco, he was one of the key architects behind many of Cisco’s mega switches such as Catalyst 6500, MDS Storage Switches, and the Nexus 7000 and 5000 family of switches. He is the coinventor of VXLAN.
Neela Jacques, Cofounder
Neela Jacques’s career has focused on bringing transformational enterprise infrastructure technologies to market. He was part of a small team who launched VMware’s vSphere, founded VMware’s vCloud efforts, and brought the Software Defined Datacenter strategy and vision to life. Neela led the industry’s largest Software Defined Networking open source project as Executive Director for the OpenDaylight Project. Prior to co-founding Stardust with Dinesh, Neela launched A16Z funded startup Isovalent out of stealth and built out their GTM function as VP of Marketing.