MyStory featuring Khalid Raza, CEO & Founder of Graphiant
Jan 18, 2022
06:00 PM - 07:00 PM (America/Los_Angeles)

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My Story – Inspiring Journey of an Entrepreneur Featuring Khalid Raza - Creating a leading player in the software-defined networking market!

When is a market ripe for innovation? 

Technology changes rapidly. Cutting edge today, is legacy tomorrow. So why do markets remain stagnant with little or no innovation for years? 

This is the question Khalid Raza faced when he founded Viptela and created the Software-Defined Wide Area Networking (SD-WAN) market. At Viptela, Khalid created a solution that enabled companies to modernize their networks for multi-site connectivity in a more affordable, flexible, and secure way. Cisco acquired Viptela in 2017 for $610 million in cash and assumed equity awards.

Three years post-acquisition, Khalid was faced with the same questions and started Graphiant -- to focus on the next generation of networking technologies.

Join a group of your peers and us virtually on Tuesday, January 18, 2022, for this inspiring talk with Khalid Raza. He will share his experience building and scaling successful companies. Ask questions virtually, learn from the experience of a successful entrepreneur, and connect with other aspiring entrepreneurs. 

TiE Host & Moderator: Naveen Bisht, Chair, My Story Program, TiE Silicon Valley


About Khalid Raza

Khalid Raza, the CEO and Founder of Graphiant, is a visionary in routing protocols and large-scale network architectures. In a career spanning over 25 years, he has played an instrumental role in architecting networks for Global Tier-1 carriers and Fortune 100 companies and defining innovative solutions for the manufacturing, healthcare & telecom industries. Khalid was the Founder & CTO of Viptela. In this role, he was responsible for driving the architecture and vision of Viptela's technology solution and helping create the SD-WAN market. He returned to Cisco as part of Cisco's 610 million dollar acquisition of Viptela in 2017 and took on the role of Distinguished Engineer driving Cisco's innovations and market development. 

Over his 17 years at Cisco, Khalid was awarded the pinnacle of Cisco certifications: Cisco Certified Architect (CCAr) and Cisco Certified Design Expert (CCDE). While working at Hewlett-Packard, he was honored as Distinguished Technologist and created the vision for the company's Next-Generation Datacenter and Wide Area Network architectures. Khalid holds multiple patents in routing and security protocols and is the author of "Large-Scale IP Network Solutions." Khalid holds an MS from Wichita State University and a BSEE from NED University of Engineering and Technology.

Schedule: 6:00 PM – Introduction and Program 6:40 PM - Q & A 7:00 PM- Adjourn

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Want to know how he did it and how you can apply his learnings in your business? Then join us for this inspiring virtual session on Tuesday, January 18, 2022

For more information contact: 

Vrushali Malpekar [email protected]

My Story – TiE SV Original Program

This talk is part of TiE SV's monthly program "My Story – Inspiring Journey of an Entrepreneur" to celebrate entrepreneurship and bring stories from successful entrepreneurs in their own words that are inspiring and educational. The invited speaker(s) share their entrepreneurial journey and talk about lessons learned, mistakes they wish they had avoided, and critical decisions that helped them succeed in their venture. Audience questions are encouraged.

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