Mode operates the world’s highest-performing software-defined core network (SD-CORE), built around a real-time network control breakthrough. Mode was co-founded by two Cornell computer scientists widely recognized for their discovery of the characteristic equations that define modern packet-switched networks, and their subsequent implementation of a mathematically optimal routing system, Mode HALO. Mode Core powers SD-WAN, Cloud Access, Unified Communications (UC), and Ultra Low Latency applications. Mode Core enhances any enterprise WAN by providing reliable, QoS connectivity in combination with cloud elasticity and business-internet pricing. Mode is based in San Francisco, and backed by GV, NEA and the NSF.
Paul Dawes has spent over 25 years in Silicon Valley creating, managing, and selling innovative technology products and services. Paul was CEO of icontrol, a leading provider of SaaS IoT smart home solutions purchased by Comcast in 2017. Paul led the sales team that enabled Liberate’s 1999 IPO.
Dr. Nithin Michael,
Dr. Michael received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Cornell University, where he was a Jacobs Fellow. His dissertation work solved a long-standing problem in networking, and is the basis of Mode Router and Mode HALO.
Dr. Kevin Tang,
Dr. Tang is an Associate Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University. His networking research has been recognized with multiple awards, including a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, awarded by the White House in 2012.
Dr. Forest Baskett,
General Partner, NEA
Forest joined NEA in 1999 as a Venture Partner and became a General Partner in 2004. Forest focuses on information technology investments and serves on the Board of Directors for several private and public companies. Some of his investments that became public companies are Atheros Communications, Audience, Data Domain, Fusion-io and Tableau Software. Prior to NEA, Forest was Senior Vice President of R&D and Chief Technology Officer of Silicon Graphics Inc. He founded and directed the Western Research Laboratory of Digital Equipment Corporation before joining SGI. Prior to that, he was a Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. Dr. Baskett received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin, is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and holds a BA in Mathematics from Rice University.
General Partner, GV
Dave is a general partner at GV (formerly Google Ventures) who leads the team’s investments in data, platforms, and infrastructure. His other investments include Slack, Segment, GitLab, Jet.com (sold to WMT), CoreOS (sold to RedHat), Lattice.io (sold to Apple), SambaNova Systems, and several others. Dave’ s background prior to investing was in building and leading enterprise software sales and operations teams for highly-technical products, under pressure in rapidly-changing markets. As a senior executive at Kiva Systems, he helped grow the enterprise-enabling robotics and software platform to $120 million in annual revenue before it was purchased by Amazon. Dave’s career prior to Kiva included management consulting for The Boston Consulting Group and leading teams as a Captain in the U.S. military’s most elite units. His military leadership roles ranged from running a high-tech organization in Europe; to serving as an Aide de Camp to the Four Star General responsible for U.S. forces in Europe, Africa, and Afghanistan; to deploying with elite special operations teams worldwide, ensuring they were enabled by the world’s most advanced technologies. Dave is a combat veteran and former paratrooper who holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS from Emory University in math and computer science.