Douglas Murray

Douglas Murray Headshot
President and CEO
Doug was appointed President and CEO of Big Switch in 2013 to lead the company on its Cloud-First Networking mission. Under his guidance, Big Switch has more than quadrupled headcount; shifted to a software-only, subscription-based recurring revenue model; solidified key partnerships with Accton/Edgecore, Dell EMC, HPE, Nutanix, RedHat and VMware; developed Open Network Linux, an open source NOS foundational component; and he played an integral role in raising two-thirds of the company’s $125M of funding. Prior to Big Switch, Doug was at Juniper Networks, where he held the roles of SVP & GM of its $1B business across APJC, and SVP & GM of its Security business unit. Previously, Doug held executive positions at Extreme Networks, Sun Microsystems and AT&T. In board roles, he helped guide early stage companies to success including Altor Networks (acquired by Juniper, 2010) and FireEye (IPO, 2013). Alongside Kyle, Doug was named Finalist, EY Entrepreneur of the Year Northern California (2017). Doug holds a BA in History from Colgate University, an MBA from Johns Hopkins University and has completed Executive Education in Leadership at Columbia University.

Kyle Forster

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Kyle Forster founded Big Switch Networks in 2010 along with the key members of Stanford’s “Clean Slate” networking research team, the inventors of Software Defined Networking. Observing how these inventions were being embraced by the hyperscale data center community, and noting their approach to separating networking hardware and software suppliers, Forster saw an opportunity to combine a disruptive core technology with a disruptive business model to address the stagnating $54B networking industry. Prior to Big Switch, Kyle spent most of his career at Cisco, initially as the technical assistant to SVP Mike Volpi and later on the Product Management teams of the wireless LAN and cellular networking business units. He holds a BSE in Electrical Engineering from Princeton, an MS in Computer Science and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Bruce Armstrong

Board Member

Bruce has over 25 years of experience developing, marketing, selling, and investing in technology, with an emphasis in data warehousing and analytic applications. Bruce is currently an Operating Partner at Khosla Ventures working with enterprise technology portfolio companies. Prior to this, Bruce was the President & CEO of PivotLink, a leading provider of SaaS BI applications (acquired in 2014 by SmartFocus, a Francisco Partners-backed marketing automation company); Chairman and CEO of Kickfire, a pioneer in next-generation data warehouse appliances focused on the open source MySQL database market (acquired in 2010 by industry leader Teradata); President and CEO of publicly-traded KNOVA Software, a leading provider of search and analytic applications for unstructured data (merged with Onyx Software in 2007 to create Consona Software, which was acquired in 2013 by Oracle); EVP of Sales & Marketing at Broadbase Software, where he helped create the analytic application category for CRM (IPO in 1999); and VP & GM of the Server Products Group at Sybase, where he ran the company's $700M enterprise database management business. Bruce started his career at Teradata Corporation, where – after the company’s IPO and subsequent acquisition by AT&T/NCR – he was named VP & GM of the $500M Enterprise Solutions Division, President of Teradata, and a company officer of AT&T. Bruce has a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley.

Bill Meehan

Board Member

Bill is a Lecturer in Strategic Management and the Raccoon Partners Lecturer at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a Director Emeritus of McKinsey. His teachings and research are focused on two areas: general management and leadership; and nonprofits, social entrepreneurship and philanthropy. At McKinsey Bill’s focus was on working with executives in technology, private equity, retail, financial services and media on topics of corporate strategy, organization and leadership. Bill was Chair of the Client Committee and Chair of the McKinsey Investment Office, which oversees more than $5 billion in investments. He was also Vice-Chair of the Directors Review Committee, Founder and Chair of the Private Equity and Venture Capital Practice, Chair of the West Coast Practice and Managing Director of the San Francisco Office. He is currently a Director of Juniper Networks. He received a bachelor’s degree from Columbia and an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Gary Morgenthaler

Board Member

Gary, based in Menlo Park, CA, joined Morgenthaler as a Partner in December 1989. He has a national reputation as a successful executive in the software industry and currently emphasizes investments in information technology. He was a past Director of Siri, Inc., which was acquired by Apple in April 2010 and BlueArc Corporation which was acquired by Hitachi Data Systems in September 2011. Gary is a current Director of Nominum, NuoDB, OneChip Photonics and Overture Networks. Gary was also a co-founder and past CEO of Illustra Information Technologies, Inc., where he served as a Chairman of Illustra’s Board until its acquisition by Informix in 1996. He also served as Director of Catena Networks (acquired by Ciena (CIEN)), Nuance Communications, and Premisys Communications and led the firm’s investments in Force10 Networks and QuickLogic. From 1980 until 1989, Gary co-founded and served as CEO and Chairman of Ingres Corporation, a leading relational database software company. Previously he was with McKinsey & Co. as a management consultant, with Tymshare in software development and management, and with Stanford University in software research and development. He received a BA from Harvard in 1970.

Mike Volpi

Board Member

Mike is a Partner at Index Ventures, which he joined in 2009. He focuses on investments in Internet, telecom/networking and enterprise software. He also contributes to the firm’s later stage growth fund, and he currently sits on the boards of (CTRX), Sonos, Soundcloud, Lookout, Path, Zuora, Hortonworks, Pure Storage, Storsimple and EXOR SpA (EXO:IM). Mike was SVP & General Manager of the Routing and Service Provider Technology Group, where he led Cisco’s business for the Service Provider market, and was also responsible for all of Cisco’s routing and access products. In 2007, this was an $11 billion business for Cisco. He also served as the company’s Chief Strategy Officer. During this tenure, Mike was instrumental in the creation of the company’s acquisition and investment strategies, as Cisco acquired more than 70 companies during his tenure. He has an MS and BS in mechanical engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Dan Warmenhoven

Board Member

Dan Warmenhoven is the former executive chairman and CEO of NetApp. Dan served as chief executive officer from 1994 to 2009 and executive chairman of NetApp from 2009 to 2014. Under Dan‘s leadership, NetApp grew to become a multibillion-dollar company and a recognized market leader in networked storage, a concept the company pioneered. Dan led the company's initial public offering in November 1995. Previously, Dan served as chairman, president, and CEO of Network Equipment Technologies (N.E.T.), a telecommunications manufacturer. He is a veteran of Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP), where he held senior management positions, including general manager of the Information Networks group. Prior to working at HP, Dan was employed for 13 years at IBM Corporation. Dan holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering, with honors, from Princeton University.