20 Odd Tech Startup Names And The Real Stories Behind Them


Nutanix

CEO: Dheeraj Pandey

Headquarters: San Jose, Calif.

Nutanix, a startup that's embracing the "scale-out" approach to data center infrastructure used by Amazon, Google and Facebook, got its name in a pretty random way.

The three Nutanix co-founders -- Dheeraj Pandey, Dr. Mohit Aron and Ajeet Singh -- were playing Scrabble, and N, U, T, A, N, I and X were the tiles left in the trays of the two losing co-founders at the end of the game, a company spokesperson told CRN.