At Impira, we believe that technology can make the messy, monotonous, and complex melt away, creating space for meaningful work. And that’s our mission: to make work meaningful.
Impira was founded in 2017 and is backed by top institutional investors and industry leaders.
Co-Founder and CEO
Ankur previously built and scaled the engineering team at MemSQL as employee #2 and VP of Engineering. Ankur received his B.S. in Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon's School of Computer Science. He also holds several patents in database technology.
Co-Founder and Head of Technology
Richard is responsible for driving Impira's technology and architectural vision. A Rhodes scholar, Richard has a deep background in AI and Machine Learning, completing his PhD at Oxford University in Computer Vision while working at Microsoft Research (Cambridge, UK). Prior to Impira, he directed Machine Learning at Primer AI.
Chief Revenue Officer
As Impira’s Chief Revenue Officer, Steve is responsible for overseeing Impira’s growth and customer success. Prior to Impira, Steve had over 20 years of consistent, high performance sales execution at various stage companies, and has taken part in three successful IPOs, as well as three company acquisitions.
VP of Engineering
Previously, as Senior Director at Reddit, Anand led their charter for Machine Learning, Search, Data and Redesign. As Principal Engineering Manager at Microsoft, he was responsible for shipping Power BI's app experiences & cloud services. He holds a MS from Purdue University.
Lightspeed Venture Partners
Barry Eggers is a founding partner at Lightspeed. In addition to building out the firm over the past 20 years, Barry specializes in information technology infrastructure with a focus on analytic platforms, cloud, IoT, networking, and emerging infrastructure. Prior to founding Lightspeed, he was a partner at Weiss, Peck & Greer.
Dr. Steve Herrod is a managing director at General Catalyst, a venture capital firm with approximately $5 billion in capital raised. At GC, Steve focuses on deeply technical investments in cybersecurity, networking, developer tools, and machine learning technologies. Prior to joining General Catalyst, he was CTO and SVP of R&D at VMware.
Yan-David Erlich ("Yanda") is a Managing Director at Coatue where he co-leads the $700M early-stage venture fund and the enterprise software investing practice. Prior, Yanda was a 4-time venture-backed Founder/CEO, most recently of Parsable: the Connected Worker platform for industrial teams. He also founded ChoiceVendor (acquired by LinkedIn), Mogad (acquired by Qualcomm) and Happiness Engines.
Lightspeed Venture Partners
Gaurav Gupta is a Partner at Lightspeed and is primarily focused on investing in enterprise software. Previously, Gaurav was VP of Product at Elastic, where he led product management, product marketing, and developer relations, and also worked at Splunk as VP of Products, where he was responsible for the overall user experience of the company's core enterprise product.
Entrepreneur, Startup Advisor,
and Public Speaker
Jody Vandergriff is an entrepreneur and chief executive with over 15 years experience building passionate teams and award-winning products. She is the founder of WebDAM, the first cloud-based digital asset management platform for enterprise marketing teams. She launched WebDAM in 2010, bootstrapping the company to a market leadership position and doubling revenue year over year until acquisition by Shutterstock in 2014.
Chief Marketing Officer,
Sumaiya Balbale is the Chief Marketing Officer at Sequoia Capital. She has extensive experience building, scaling and operating high-growth, user-centric businesses, both early-stage and at scale. Prior to Sequoia, Sumaiya held a variety of senior executive roles in general management and marketing at Walmart, Jet.com (acquired by Walmart), and Quidsi Inc. (acquired by Amazon).
We’re a quickly growing team headquartered in San Francisco.