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SaaS Startup Clumio Emerges With $51M Backing: 7 Things To Know

From channel strategy to technology differentiation, here are seven things you need to know about the backup-as-a-service startup Clumio.

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Who Is Leading Clumio?

Clumio CEO and co-founder Poojan Kumar became a star engineer at Oracle in the 2000s. He was responsible for building Oracle Exadata, the company’s popular database machine that is currently used by 77 percent of the Fortune 100 companies. In 2012, Kumar -- who was a teenage professional chess player -- founded and led storage software developer PernixData. His storage startup was quickly acquired by hyper-converged infrastructure pioneer Nutanix in 2016. After working for Nutanix for about a year, Kumar created Clumio in 2017.

The startup is led by other engineering veterans including Clumio CTO and co-founder Woon Ho Jung, who helped create VMware Cloud Foundry during his seven-year stint with the virtualization superstar from 2005 to 2012. Additionally, Kaustubh Patil – Clumio’s co-founder and vice president of engineering -- was previously senior director of engineering at Nutanix before joining Clumio.

“My co-founders have been with me since the VMware days,” said Kumar, who worked at VMware from 2010 to 2012 before founding PernixData. “They are very early VMware folks who built the guts of the VMware hypervisor.”

Additionally, Clumio has garnered top level sales experience including Brian O’Shea, vice president of sales for Clumio, who was previously Pure Storage’s vice president of sales in the Americas.

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