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Founded by Cornell University researchers, Waltz Networks is a venture-backed startup using breakthrough control schemes to enable networks of all sizes to be self-managing. For the first time, real-time control can be delivered seamlessly in any existing network for exponential improvements in resiliency and performance.

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Paul Dawes, CEO

Paul has spent over 25 years in Silicon Valley creating, managing, and selling high-tech products and services. Most recently, Paul was CEO and then General Manager for Icontrol Networks, a leading provider of SaaS IoT smart home software that was purchased by Comcast in 2017. Paul also led the sales team that closed deals with the largest US cable operators, enabling Liberate’s 1999 IPO.

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Nithin Michael

Nithin Michael, Co-founder, received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Cornell University, where he was a Jacobs Fellow. His dissertation at Cornell solved a long-standing problem in networking, which forms the basis of Waltz’s core technology.

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Kevin Tang

Kevin Tang, Co-founder, is an Associate Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University. His networking research has received multiple awards including the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers from the White House in 2012.

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Forest Baskett

Forest joined NEA in 1999 as a Venture Partner and became a General Partner in 2004. Forest focuses on information and energy technology investments and serves on the Board of Directors for several private and public companies. Some of his investments that became public companies are Atheros Communications, Audience, Data Domain, Fusion-io and Tableau Software.

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Dave Munichiello

Dave is a general partner at GV. His background is in building and leading enterprise software sales and operations teams for highly-technical products in rapidly-changing markets. Dave joined GV from the executive leadership team of Kiva Systems, where he helped grow the enterprise-enabling robotics company to $100 million in annual revenue before it was purchased by Amazon.

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