Sunil Gaitonde Advisory Board Member (Founder of GSLab/Kpoint)
Sunil Gaitonde is an Indian-American, engineer, businessman, entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of Great Software Laboratory Pvt. Ltd. (GS Lab). He also founded and chaired the board for Sarvega, which was acquired by Intel, and he founded Internet Junction, which was acquired by Cisco Systems.
Gaitonde began his career in 1988 at IBM where he designed the models, formats and protocols for several IBM data connectivity architectures. In 1994, he founded Internet Junction, which focused on making Internet connectivity more easily used by Novell users with PCs. Internet Junction developed Internet connectivity technology for Novell PC users. After Cisco acquired Internet Junction in 1995 and until June, 2000, Gaitonde worked for Cisco where he led teams that built cutting edge appliance products, including Cisco’s Cache Engine.
In 2000, he co-founded Sarvega (with others he met through TiE- Midwest, USA, a non-profit network of entrepreneurs), in Chicago and served as chairman of its board. He raised over $20M in venture capital in 2000 when the dot-com bubble was bursting, one of the worst times for high-tech and Internet related companies, of which Sarvega was both. Sarvega provided products that secured and scaled ML-based Web services applications. Intel acquired Sarvega in August 2005.
After Intel acquired Sarvega, Gaitonde founded Great Software Laboratory (GS Lab). Based in Pune, India, GS Lab provides end-to-end product development services (in the area of next-generation data communication and network security), mainly in the US. Gaitonde has forged partnerships between GS Lab and several cutting edge start-ups.
Additionally, Gaitonde is a member of TiE’s board of directors. He holds numerous patents in the field of data communications and has had several of his papers published.
Gaitonde earned a Ph.D. from Iowa State for his work in computer networking. Prior to this he earned a Bachelor of Technology degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in 1983.