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Ajit Gupta, (BE ’84 Electrical Engineering), founder, President and CEO, Aryaka Networks

posted Mar 25, 2013, 7:37 PM by Iitraana Sysadmin
Ajit Gupta is a Silicon-Valley based entrepreneur and the founder, President and CEO of Aryaka Networks (www.aryaka.com), a cloud-based WAN Optimization and application acceleration company. Founded in 2008, and headquartered in Milpitas, CA with offices in Bangalore, India, Aryaka employs more than one hundred people worldwide. Ajit and his team raised $50 million USD in three rounds of funding from InterWest Partners, Presidio Ventures, a Sumitomo Corporation Company, Trinity Ventures, Mohr Davidow Ventures, and Nexus Venture Partners. Ajit holds 18 technology patents for Internet content delivery and global traffic management and in March 2013, Aryaka was granted a U.S. patent for their WAN Optimization as-a-Service technology. 

Ajit's first successful venture was a company he founded in 1999 - Speedera Networks. Speedera became one of the fastest growing private companies in Silicon Valley and in the North American technology industry in five years, as ranked by both Deloitte & Touche and PricewaterhouseCoopers. In 2004, he successfully launched Speedera India in Bangalore to drive the company’s accelerated global expansion. Speedera was acquired in 2005 by Akamai Technologies (NASDAQ: AKAM) for a stock transaction worth more than $500 million one year later. After Speedera, he founded AAyuja (www.aayuja.com), a technology sales acceleration company, serving as its CEO. He is currently Chairman of the company. He is also the Chairman and Founder at JantaKhoj, an India-based, comprehensive people search engine and background verification service.

Ajit was recognized by the Golden Bridge Awards for leadership and innovation in October 2012 for launching Aryaka's WAN Optimization as-a-Service offering. Ajit has spoken at conferences around the world, including GigaOM Structure 2011, Cloud Connect, Red Herring, Kagan Digital Media Summits, Datacenter Ventures events, and Streaming Media. 

In 2003, Ajit established a philanthropy program for Speedera called "Giving Back", which provided free Internet infrastructure services to non-profit organizations including Unicef.org, Goodwill Industries International, Autism.org, and the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Under his leadership, Speedera assisted UNICEF during the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami by providing pro-bono services to enable UNICEF websites to accept contributions and to help victims and families communicate with each other.

Ajit holds a BE in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology-Roorkee, a MS in Electrical Engineering from University of Alabama, is a notable alumni of the Boys' High School & College (Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh), (BHS), an independent school in Allahabad, India and is a founding board member of the IIT-Roorkee Heritage Fund.
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