Liqid Inc. Announces
Advisory Board Members
IT Thought Leaders David Bradford, Brian Hinman and Anil Rao Join Forces to Help Drive the Stealth Startup to Success
Still in stealth, Liqid Inc.™ announced today that it has named its first official group of advisors. Liqid advisors include technology veteran, business leader and author David Bradford; serial entrepreneur and advanced-technology investor Brian Hinman; and data center technology visionary Anil Rao. The advisor committee consists of an elite team of individuals set to help Liqid build upon the company’s business strategy and accelerate time to market.
“The talent, expertise and caliber of our advisor committee is a testament to Liqid, our vision and the problems we are solving,” said Jay Breakstone, CEO of Liqid Inc. “It’s an honor to have each of these individuals onboard to help execute on our mission and to fundamentally change the way resources are used and managed in the data center. With the committee’s expertise and involvement, Liqid will accelerate its ability to cultivate strong partnerships and to build a world class organization. As a young company, augmenting our team with the best and the brightest individuals helps fortify a strong foundation for our future success.”
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David Bradford is working with Liqid on strategic planning, organizational effectiveness and groundwork for an esteemed team. A proven business leader with more than 30 years of experience in the computer industry, he has a reputation for accelerating the growth and performance of game-changing organizations. Most recently Bradford held CEO and board-level roles at HireVue, where the enterprise software company grew sales 1,400 percent and raised more than $90 million. From 2009-2010, Bradford was CEO and chairman at Fusion-io, where he prepared the company for a successful IPO and recruited Apple Co-founder Steve Wozniak as its chief scientist. During that time Fusion-io was named most innovative company in America. Prior to Fusion-io he was senior vice president and general counsel at Novell, where he led a series of acquisitions, public offerings and business development activities. During his time at Novell the company grew from $70 million in annual revenue to more than $2 billion. Bradford has served in an advisory role to a number of organizations including Omniture (acquired by Adobe) and Pervasive Software (acquired by Actian).
“Liqid is one of the most exciting young companies I’ve had a chance to work with in recent years,” Bradford said. “The team is truly innovative. It is delivering a fresh perspective and paramount change to data center solutions by solving real world problems in today’s rapidly changing IT landscape.”
Brian Hinman is co-founder and CEO at Mimosa Networks. He is actively helping the Liqid team shape its investment and business strategy and build valuable partnerships. As a serial entrepreneur Hinman has a 30-year track record of successfully building and investing in a variety of tech companies. He was a venture partner at Oak Investment Partners from 2006-2015, focusing on investments in information technology and clean energy. Before that Hinman co-founded and was CEO at 2Wire and Polycom Inc. He also co-founded and served as vice president of engineering and director at PictureTel. Hinman previously served on several Oak portfolio boards and currently serves as a director of Phononic Devices.
“The Liqid team is onto something big,” said Hinman. “They have the potential to bring a much needed transformation to the IT space. I’m excited to be a part of it.”
Anil Rao brings more than 20 years of experience in data center technologies to his advisory role at Liqid. He is helping the company establish key relationships to best define product-market fit. In 2007, Rao founded SeaMicro, bringing the concept of microservers into the industry and paving the way for new data center computing architectures. The company was acquired by AMD in 2012 for $350 million. Rao continued to serve as the corporate vice president of products at AMD. Prior to founding SeaMicro Rao served as the senior director of product management and marketing at Juniper Networks, where he led business strategy, product definition and product marketing for the $100+ million per year Application Acceleration business unit. Prior to Juniper he served as director of product management at Force10 Networks and played a key role in Force10's success in supporting many of the world’s largest data centers and carrier networks including Google, Yahoo! and Level 3 Communications.
“The solution Liqid has developed is impressive,” Rao said. “They are commercializing technology never before seen in the IT space. The team offers a unique vision to what’s required in order to keep up with the growing demands of data centers.”
In May Liqid announced it had secured $5.7 million in seed funding led by Kingston Technology, Phison Electronics Corporation, ABR Capital Management, and additional investments aggregated by DH Capital. The company is currently operating in stealth and has not announced details about its company and product launch plans.
Liqid is redefining how resources are used and managed within the data center by offering its customers an innovative solution to keep pace with the rapidly-changing IT landscape in real-time. Stay tuned – Big things are surfacing soon. For more information, visit www.liqid.com and follow Liqid on Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+.