Abhijit is the CEO of UnitedLayer. He is also the Managing Partner of Accelon Capital, a private equity firm, where he led the acquisition of UnitedLayer in 2010. He has 17 years of experience in starting, growing, and operating technology businesses.
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Previously, Abhijit co-founded Scintera and was its CEO. Scintera is funded by August Capital, Kleiner Perkins, Sevin Rosen Funds, and Ridgewood Capital and is the leading provider of CMOS processors for enhancing wireless base station efficiency.
Abhijit was also involved in bringing together an international consortium of 60 companies in North America, Europe, and Asia, to support an IEEE standard for 10G networking. Before Scintera, Abhijit held senior management positions at National Semiconductor where he led the development and commercialization of three generations of Ethernet networking products. He was also involved in many mergers, acquisitions, and partnerships.
Abhijit has an MS in Management from the Stanford Business School, an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Central Florida, and a B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. He has authored numerous publications and has over 50 US patents. Abhijit enjoys wind surfing and playing the guitar. He and his wife, Prajakta, have 2 young sons.
VP Services and Support
Edward Buck is Vice President, Services and Support at UnitedLayer. Buck's executive responsibility includes the design, delivery and support of all UnitedLayer services.
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Prior to joining UnitedLayer, Buck founded ASPextra, a company focused on providing scalable and highly available managed hosting solutions. At ASPextra, Buck built a network and services delivery infrastructure comprising multiple, geographically dispersed data centers serving customers in the US, Europe and Asia. ASPextra was acquired by UnitedLayer in 2006.
Prior to ASPextra, Buck was senior manager at Oracle, where his responsibilities included corporate business development, technology acquisitions and strategic alliances. While serving at Oracle, Buck was deeply involved in the technical evaluation, acquisition and implementation of Internet and e-commerce technologies that shaped much of how the Internet evolved in its early years.
Buck is a regular contributor to a number of open source projects. He received his B.A. from Pomona College.
Chief Network Architect
Aaron joined UnitedLayer in December of 2007 and is currently its Chief Network Architect. He brings more than 15 years of experience in the telecommunications industry and is responsible for all network topology planning, design and operations.
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Aaron also works with the design team at Lockheed Martin Transformational Satellite (TSAT) Communications ground-based Mission Operations System (TMOS) program (a $2.02 billion cost-plus award fee contract).
Prior to joining UnitedLayer, Aaron was VP of Technology at Terremark World Wide, Inc., a leading operator of integrated Tier-1 Network Access Points (NAPs) and best-in-class network services. Prior to joining Terremark, Aaron led operations, sales engineering and planning and design as VP of Operations at YellowBrix - a content distribution company based on proprietary technology which uses Artificial Intelligence, linguistic pattern analysis, and entity identification to contextually analyze information and deliver it to clients.
Aaron has also held network and system architecture roles at Certainty Solutions, Quest Technologies, RCN, UltraNet and Channel(1) Communications.
Vice President Sales
Tom Kress brings more than 20 years of sales and management experience to UnitedLayer.
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Prior to UnitedLayer, Tom was SVP of World Wide Sales Channels and Alliances for Dimension Data’s Cloud Solutions business unit. During his two years at Dimension Data, Kress rebuilt the CSBU sales unit and increased subscription revenue substantially while growing public cloud revenue and continually adding new customers. Prior to Dimension Data, Kress was head of Global Sales for DotNetNuke, the world’s largest Open Source WCM “dot.net” solution, now owned by Microsoft.
Prior to DNN, Kress was VP of Sales at Hyperic, an open source application management company. Kress built the sales team and revenue model, generating more than 30x Hyperic’s original revenue in two years. Hyperic merged with Spring Source in April 2009 and the combined entity was eventually sold to VMware.
Kress also spent 5 years at Internap Network Services (NASDAQ:INAP). He joined Internap while they were still a 15-people company as the first Sales Director and eventually rose to VP of North American Sales. During Kress’s first 2 years, revenue grew from $10k to $11M per month. He also exceeded his regional and national monthly quota for a record 32 consecutive months that helped facilitate a $2B IPO.
Previous to software and infrastructure sales, Kress spent 10 years with telecom pioneer MCI Communications in their Global Accounts group as a Global Accounts Manager and Director of National Accounts. Kress holds the distinction of selling as an individual contributor the largest commercial deal in the history of MCI, valued at $450M to Bank of America. Tom holds a bachelors degree from The University of California at Berkeley.
Chief of Facilities Engineering
Dell has 30 years of experience as a California State C-10 Electrical Contractor designing complex electrical systems. He has been designing and building physical environments like power, cooling, and connectivity of UnitedLayer's datacenters. He is responsible for retrofitting existing datacenters and doing new datacenter build outs and expansions.
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Dell oversees regular preventative maintenance of all electrical and mechanical systems to ensure customer uptime and is also responsible for driving UnitedLayer's green datacenter initiatives.
Dell is trained in shipboard operations and engineering. He attained leadership rank, rising from leading seaman and midshipman to chief helmsman and navigations officer, for a private oceanic research firm as a young 21-year old. Dell has done coursework in oceanography and limnology at University of Washington, Seattle, which has added to his scientific and engineering background.
Dell is an avid golfer and sometimes musician with recording credits. Raised in San Francisco, he currently lives in nearby Sonoma County with his uber-tolerent wife of 31 years, Karen, and they have proudly produced two kids, now aged 20 & 23 years and going to nearby colleges.
VP Finance and Administration
Alan Wong, Vice President of Finance and Administration, is responsible for the company’s finance, accounting, financial planning and administrative operations.
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Prior to joining United Layer, Alan managed the finance and information technology organizations at Alta Devices, a solar technology company. He was responsible for running the finance and accounting operations and ensuring the seamless operation of IT services for the company. Alan has also held finance positions with Leadis Technologies, Spansion and AMD.
Previously, he was a co-founder of Practice Fusion, the fastest growing electronic medical records company in the country. Alan was responsible for the growth of the company, including the development of its business model, business development and strategic partnerships.
Alan holds a master's degree in business administration and an undergraduate degree in accounting. Outside of work, you will find Alan spending time with his wife, Kelli, playing with his two young daughters and throwing the ball for his Boston Terrier.