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CRN Exclusive: Rubrik CEO Bipul Sinha On IPO, Getting Acquired, And John Chambers' Investment

Bipul Sinha tells CRN that Chambers' investment in Rubrik is less about the money and more about him being there to provide mentoring and advice as the data protection and management vendor continues its fast growth.

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Rubrik, John Chambers, And The Future

Data protection and data management technology developer Rubrik in August got an endorsement of its technology and its future path that many companies could only wish for: an investment from John Chambers.

Chambers, Cisco's Chairman Emeritus and former CEO, took an unspecified investment stake in Palo Alto, Calif.-based Rubrik and joined the company as a board adviser. He said in a blog post at the time that he had seen Rubrik co-founder and CEO Bipul Sinha build his company into one with a clear path to becoming a multibillion-dollar business and "one of the world’s next great enterprise technology companies."

For Sinha, the investment from Chambers was more than a source of funding to help carry the company toward an IPO. Sinha told CRN recently that Chambers, with his experience running large enterprise companies, would actually become a mentor to him, offering advice on how to grow Rubrik.

Sinha, in a wide-ranging conversation with CRN, also discussed Rubrik's plans for the future, and dispelled any notions that Rubrik might be looking at being acquired.

Here’s insight from Sinha into how hot data management company Rubrik is doing.

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