Entrepreneurs Unplugged: John Giacomoni and Manish Vachharajani, Founders of LineRate

Monday, October 21, 2013; 6:15 - 7:45 PM
@ University of Colorado, ATLAS, Room 100

Silicon Flatirons, ATLAS, and Computer Science present John Giacomoni and Manish Vachharajani as our featured entrepreneurs with moderators Brad Bernthal and Jill Dupre. Please join us for a special evening as John and Manish come back to CU-Boulder to discuss their experience building LineRate Systems, from their time at CU-Boulder into a company acquired by F5 Networks.

Entrepreneurs Unplugged is a meeting place where faculty, students and community members with technical backgrounds learn about and get involved in entrepreneurship. In particular, the program offers students, faculty and the Front Range startup community an opportunity to learn how a successful startup is created as well as an opportunity to network. Each Entrepreneurs Unplugged meeting features food, drink and - most importantly - an experienced entrepreneur to discuss his/her start-up experiences.

Speaker: John Giacomoni, Senior Architect, F5 Networks, Previously Founder and Chief Technology Officer, LineRate
John Giacomoni is a Senior Architect at F5 Networks. Prior to his position at F5, John was the Founder and Chief Technology Officer of LineRate, which was acquired by F5 Networks in February 2013. The LineRate acquisition is just one in a line of large and exciting acquisitions and exits in the Boulder area during recent months. As the Founder and Chief Technology Officer of LineRate, John was responsible for product direction as well as the design and development of LineRate Operating System (LROS) that is based on his doctoral research in high-performance networking and systems design at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Notable previous projects include NCSA Mosaic, Argus Systems Groups' Pitbull trusted operating system (military certified), and a data center wide performance visualization system for Google.

Speaker: Manish Vachharajani, Senior Architect, F5 Networks, Previously Founder and Chief Software Architect, LineRate
Manish Vachharajani is a Senior Architect at F5 Networks. Prior to his position at F5, Manish was the Founder and Chief Software Architect of LineRate, which was acquired by F5 Networks in February 2013. LineRate Systems' core technology is based on Manish's research group's work on high-performance networking at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Prior to LineRate, Manish dedicated 13 years studying software performance on general purpose processors. He co-authored 50 publications on processor performance in a range of fields including optimizing compiler design, on-chip optics, performance modeling, parallel programming, and high performance networking. His work has been recognized by best paper and presentation awards at top-tier conferences, support from the National Science Foundation, and support from industry leaders such as Intel and NVIDIA.