Entrepreneur, Advisor, Investor, “Data Geek,” Former Managing Director – India R&D @ BEA Systems and Informatica Corp.
Palo Alto, CA
Sanjeev Kumar has over 30 years’ experience in enterprise software, working at leading companies in Silicon Valley and Bangalore, including Informatica, BEA Systems, EMC, and Oracle Corporation. He has been an entrepreneur and intrapreneur at start-ups and Fortune100 companies building databases, middleware systems and, more recently, Machine Learning (ML) platforms. A self-confessed “data geek,” Sanjeev was instrumental in deploying the Geographic Information System (GIS) database software used on American tanks in the 1990 Iraq war.
More recently, Sanjeev was the Managing Director, India R&D at BEA Systems and Informatica Corp while based in Bangalore, India. At Informatica, he led ~40% of the world-wide engineering team at its largest software development center outside the US. He was responsible for initiating and scaling up new product teams and functions, driving cross-functional initiatives and engaging with strategic customers in the region. Sanjeev is most proud of starting the CTO Office at the India Lab while sponsoring research projects at tier-1 engineering schools in India – a la Silicon Valley style. Prior to Informatica, Sanjeev held GM/P&L roles for several products at BEA Systems in San Jose, CA. Earlier in his career, Sanjeev was a senior product manager for Oracle’s Oracle8i database.
Sanjeev holds an MS in Computer Science from Rutgers University, and a BS in Computer Science from BITS, Pilani, India. He still enjoys studying new developments in ML, data engineering and Ethical AI. Sanjeev resides in Palo Alto, CA with his wife, who is a Stanford alumna, and two sons; the elder one is a recent graduate from Princeton University, and the younger one is studying at Purdue University. Sanjeev’s other interests include squash rackets, watching test cricket, hiking and photography.