Our culture

How we think and work is guided by three principles.

1. Have impact, leave a mark

We are on a mission to transform how networks are built and managed. We prioritize for impact and believe that everything else will follow.

2. Collaborate like a soccer team

We collaborate like a great soccer team. We all know the team strategy and everyone’s position. We take pride in our ability to adapt our positions and seamlessly link with our teammates. We never forget: there are no losers on a winning team and no winners on a losing one.

3. Innovate like adventurous musicians

Like a band of talented musicians, we are constantly innovating independently or together, hungry for feedback to help us improve, trying new ideas even at the expense of failure, and striving to reach new levels. And we know that taking the time to relax and reflect is also key to our success.

Our team

Matt Brown

Matt Brown is a Software Engineer at Intentionet. He holds PhD and MS degrees from UCLA and a BS from UC Santa Cruz, all in Computer Science. He has published multiple papers at POPL, a top venue in the field of programming languages, and has over six years of software engineering experience in industry. His research interests include analysis and verification techniques for computer networks and software.

Ari Fogel

Ari Fogel is the CTO and a co-founder of Intentionet. He is the creator and primary developer of the Batfish configuration analysis engine, which he developed during his Ph.D. studies at UCLA. Seizing an opportunity to commercialize and expand his research, he put his studies on hold and co-founded Intentionet with his Ph.D. advisor and his internship mentor. Ari holds a Master of Science in Computer Science and Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from SUNY Buffalo where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. He has (co-)authored publications in networking, artificial intelligence, and mobile security, with several papers at top conferences such as NSDI and OSDI.

Spencer Fraint

Spencer Fraint is a Software Engineer at Intentionet. Prior to that, he received a Master's in Computer Engineering from NC State while at Cree. There, he worked as an engineering manager focusing on identifying potential projects and developing software and process improvements. He also holds a Bachelor's in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech.

Dan Halperin

Dan Halperin is the Head of Engineering at Intentionet. From 2015-2017, he was a Senior Software Engineer at Google and from 2012-2015 he served as the Director of Research for Scalable Data Analytics at the University of Washington eScience Institute.

He is an experienced networking researcher, holding a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Washington with more than 30 published papers. His research has been awarded multiple best paper awards, and he has been awarded the Intel Foundation Ph.D. Fellowship.

He is a veteran of open source, serving as a co-founder and project committee member for Apache Beam since 2015 and also contributing over 40 patches to the Linux kernel.

Victor Heorhiadi

Victor Heorhiadi is a Software Engineer at Intentionet. His expertise is in software-defined networking and network optimization. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While there, he focused on solving network management problems and was awarded the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. He also holds an M.S. in Computer Science from UNC-CH and a B.S. from University of Minnesota. He has a number of publications on a variety of topics, including security and distributed systems.

Tae Kim

Tae Kim is a Software Engineer at Intentionet. Tae received his Ph.D. and M.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his B.S. from the Georgia Institute of Technology, all in Physics. Tae has held faculty positions at Northwestern University, DePaul University, and Lake Forest College and has tackled problems in a variety of domains including computational physics and biology, video games, and mobile apps.

Alberto Lerdo

Alberto Lerdo is the UX | UI Designer at Intentionet. He holds a bachelor's degree in Design | Media Arts from the School of the Arts and Architecture at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Erik Ljungman

Erik Ljungman is a Software Engineer at Intentionet. He holds a BS in Physics and German and a minor in Computer Science from the University of Michigan. Prior to Intentionet, Erik worked as a Software Engineer at an automotive IoT startup called Voyomotive.

Ratul Mahajan

Ratul Mahajan is the CEO and co-founder of Intentionet, and an Affiliate Professor at the University of Washington. From 2005-2017, he was a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research. He obtained his PhD from the University of Washington in 2005 and his B.Tech from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

He has helped develop several technologies in the areas of software-defined networking, network verification and debugging, and network telemetry that power the world's largest networks. He has published over 75 papers in top conferences in these and other areas.

He has been recognized as ACM Distinguished Scientist and ACM SIGCOMM Rising Star and has been awarded the ACM SIGCOMM Test of Time award, the IEEE William R. Bennett prize, and Microsoft Research Graduate Fellowship.

Todd Millstein

Todd Millstein is Chief Scientist and Co-Founder at Intentionet and a Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Los Angeles. Todd's research interests are broadly in programming languages and software verification as well as their applications to computer networks. Todd received his Ph.D. and M.S. from the University of Washington and his A.B. from Brown University, all in Computer Science. Todd has received several awards and honors, including an NSF CAREER award in 2006, selection to the DARPA Computer Science Study Panel in 2008, an IBM Faculty Award in 2008, an ACM SIGPLAN Most Influential PLDI Paper Award in 2011, the Northrop Grumman Excellence in Teaching Award from UCLA Engineering in 2016, and a Microsoft Research Outstanding Collaborator Award in 2016.

Corina Miner

Corina Miner is a Software Engineer at Intentionet. Before starting her career in software development, she was a top computer science tutor with Chegg Tutors. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in Physics and a minor in Chemistry from Oberlin College in Ohio.

Samir Parikh

Samir Parikh is the Head of Product at Intentionet. He has more than 15 years of product management and engineering experience in the networking and telecommunications industry.

Prior to Intentionet, he was Vice President, Product Management at Gainspeed, Inc (a venture backed startup acquired by Nokia in July 2016). During his tenure at Gainspeed, Samir was responsible for product management and marketing for the Gainspeed Virtual CCAP solution.

Prior to Gainspeed, he was Director, Product Management for the Carrier Routing System (CRS) product line at Cisco. In this role Samir was responsible for corporate strategy for the service provider core routing market. During his tenure at Cisco Systems, he also served as Software Engineer, Product Manager and Product Line Manager in Cisco Service Provider Routing Technology Group.

Samir holds a B.S in Computer Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Harsh Verma

Harsh Verma is a Software Engineer at Intentionet. He obtained his Master's in Computer and Information Science from the University of Pennsylvania, where he focused on Distributed Systems, Artificial Intelligence, and Data Science. Prior to that, he worked in the software industry for 3.5 years.

Yifei Yuan

Yifei Yuan is a Software Engineer at Intentionet. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in Computer and Information Science (2016) and then joined Carnegie Mellon University as a Postdoctoral Researcher. His research focused on the intersection of formal methods and computer networks. He has published several papers on network programming and network verification in top-tier conferences.

Our advisors

Greg Badros

Greg Badros earned bachelors degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science from Duke University. After founding the engineering team at a successful startup, he started graduate school and earned his doctoral degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Washington in Seattle. Starting from age 14, Greg has accumulated over twenty research and trade publications and has spoken at numerous conferences internationally. His research interests include software engineering, declarative representations and constraint satisfaction, distributed systems, programming language design and implementation, and mechanism design for online advertising auctions. His Ph.D. work on the Cassowary Constraint Solving algorithm is now an integral part of Apple’s OS X (starting with 10.7 Lion) and iOS. Since then, he worked at Google for over six years where he was a Sr. Director of Engineering, having led AdSense from 2004-2007 and then the Gmail+ and Google Apps teams from 2007-2009. From mid 2009 to October 2013, Greg worked at Facebook where he was VP Engineering & Products and led numerous teams including Ads, Search, Photos, Messages, Growth, Data Infrastructure and Data Science. After his nearly 4.5 years at Facebook, he founded Prepared Mind Innovations and builds prototypes. In his free time, he enjoys tennis, skiing, and home automation.

Dino Farinacci

Dino Farinacci is software engineer by trade and a technologist advancing the state of the art for the next-generation Internet. He holds over 40 patents and has been a major contributor and member of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) for 28 years. If you can name an Internet protocol, there is a good chance Dino has designed and implemented it in widely deployed products over his career working at the NSA, CDC, 3Com, Procket, and Cisco. Dino became one of the first Cisco Fellows in the late 90s and held that position through 2012.

Jeff Feinstein

Jeff Feinstein is the Founder and Principal of Catalyst Consulting where he provides management and investment consulting services to early stage technology startups. He is specialized in networking, enterprises services and software. For a decade, Jeff has been establishing go-to-market strategy at successful startups such as Backtrace, Volometrix and Context Relevant.

Most recently, Jeff served as the Senior Vice President of Field Operations at ExtraHop Networks, a leader in application network management. At ExtraHop, he was responsible for all customer-facing functions, including sales, customer support and business development. Prior to ExtraHop, Jeff served as Worldwide Senior Vice President of Global Sales, Business Development at Vallent Corporation, Metapath Software and Sequent Computer Systems. He was the executive team contributor for investor relations, fund-raising, marketing and developing strategic partnerships.

Jeff serves as a Member of Advisory Board of Taldan Capital, The Schuster Group, Tellwise and Ontella Software. He received his B.A. in Business from Washington State University and earned an Executive Program Certification from Stanford University School of Business and an International Business Certificate from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Om Malik

Journalist Om Malik founded technology blog Gigaom in 2001. With seed funding from True Ventures, he turned the one-man blog into a media company and research firm. Not long thereafter, Om became a venture partner at True Ventures. In 2014, he graduated to partner at True where he continues to invest in promising networking and internet infrastructure technologies.

Om regularly writes for The New Yorker and provides commentary on tech trends to broadcast channels including Bloomberg West, NPR, and BBC television and radio. Om started writing about tech in the early 1990s at Quick Nikkei News before joining the founding team at Forbes.com. After a short stint at H&Q Asia Pacific as an investment manager, he then returned to the media world as a senior writer for Red Herring and later at Business 2.0. He published his first book, Broadbandits: Inside the $750 Billion Telecom Heist, in 2003.

Born and raised in New Delhi, he is now happily situated in Northern California. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Stephen's College where he graduated with honors. His grandfather once told him, "Do not bank money. Bank people.” This advice remains core to Om as he considers new opportunities.

George Varghese

George Varghese is a Chancellor's Professor of Computer Science at UCLA. He received his Ph.D. in 1992 from MIT after working at DEC designing DECNET protocols and products. From 1993-1999, he was a professor at Washington University, and at UCSD from 1999 to 2013. From 2012-2016, he was a Principal Researcher and Partner at Microsoft Research. He has also been on the advisory boards of Memoir, Jibe, Sanera, and SwitchOn, and consulted for ST MicroElectronics, AOL, and Fujitsu.

In May 2004, he co-founded NetSift Inc., where he was President and CTO. NetSift was acquired by Cisco Systems in 2005. In addition, several of the technologies he helped develop appear in commercial systems including Linux (timing wheels), the Cisco GSR (DRR), Microsoft Windows (IP lookups), and Procket's 40 Gbps router (hardware lookup engine).

He won the IEEE Kobayashi Award for Computers and Communications in 2014, and the SIGCOMM Lifetime Achievment Award for networking in 2014. He has been a Fellow of the ACM since 2002 and an ONR Young Investigator.

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