I love working with talented, hungry people who have big ideas. It’s why I moved halfway across the world to Silicon Valley, and then started a company (CenterRun). When that was acquired, I tried again (Clearwell) – except better, because this time I had some relevant experience and was more able to cope with the terror and
I love working with talented, hungry people who have big ideas. It’s why I moved halfway across the world to Silicon Valley, and then started a company (CenterRun). When that was acquired, I tried again (Clearwell) – except better, because this time I had some relevant experience and was more able to cope with the terror and euphoria involved in leading a start-up.
Looking back, at both companies I was lucky to have a lead investor (Sequoia) who helped me recover from my rookie mistakes, and who enabled me to grow from an inexperienced founder into a confident CEO. I joined Sequoia with the goal of now helping other entrepreneurs do the same.
Partner @ Sequoia is dedicated to giving a small group of mission-driven founders the edge they need to build transformative companies. Our goal is to help entrepreneurs push the boundaries of what is possible. In partnering with Sequoia, companies benefit from the skills and lessons we’ve learned working with the founders of Apple, Oracle, Cisco, Yahoo, Google, PayPal, LinkedIn, Palo Alto Networks, Dropbox, AirBnB, ServiceNow, WhatsApp, Square, and many others. From 2012 to Present (3 years) Board of Directors @ Guardant Health is building a cancer management platform, starting with the world's first liquid biopsy. Its test analyzes cell-free DNA in blood to detect and monitor cancer, improving treatment and outcomes. For more, read this overview of the space (http://nyti.ms/1KI8owZ), or this profile of the company (http://read.bi/1GgMjEO) From March 2015 to Present (8 months) Board of Directors @ Keen IO provides a cloud-based service and API on which developers can build custom analytics. It fills the gap between products (e.g., MixPanel, KISSmetrics), which many developers find too constraining, and infrastructure technologies (e.g., Hadoop, Redshift), which require more work and specialized skills. For more, read this profile of the company (http://bit.ly/WEc8Zs), or its blog post about our partnership (http://bit.ly/1uHgZot). From June 2014 to Present (1 year 5 months) San Francisco Bay AreaBoard of Directors @ ThousandEyes solves network performance issues for cloud applications. It provides detailed information about the external factors impacting application availability, performance, and security, so that IT teams can identify and resolve problems caused by their increasingly complex network infrastructures. For more, read this overview of the company (http://onforb.es/1o9PGjL), or this explanation of why a new approach to network monitoring is needed (http://bit.ly/WNh7r7). From October 2013 to Present (2 years 1 month) Board of Directors @ Skyhigh gives companies visibility into, and control over, their cloud applications. It addresses the problem of “shadow IT” by enabling companies to discover what cloud apps are running on their networks, assess which are most risky, and then layer on security (e.g., encryption, DLP, etc) in way that’s completely invisible to the end user. For more, read about why we partnered with the company (http://bit.ly/1rUZEvk), or about how Skyhigh has helped CAA secure its cloud apps (http://bit.ly/1ooAvlG). From April 2013 to Present (2 years 7 months) Board of Directors @ Clari provides an integrated mobile and web application which massively increases the productivity of field sales teams. It improves the quality of data in the CRM system, improving forecast accuracy for management, while arming sales reps with the information they need to sell more effectively. For more, read a profile of the company (http://bit.ly/1xGtVR0), or about Clari's latest financing (http://onforb.es/1Br2vxc). From November 2012 to Present (3 years) Board of Directors @ Duck Duck Moose creates high quality, educational apps for kids on the iPhone or the iPad. It serves children aged from 2 to 10 years old, and their parents who would like to educate as well as entertain, with an integrated set of apps. For more, read about the company’s origins and mission (http://bit.ly/WNjUAO). From August 2012 to Present (3 years 3 months) Board of Directors @ MobileIron (NASDAQ: MOBL) invented a mobile IT platform for enterprises to secure and manage mobile applications, content and devices, while providing employees with device choice, privacy and a native user experience. Customers use its platform to become “Mobile First” organizations, embracing mobility as a primary computing platform for their employees. For more, read about our journey with the company from inception to IPO (http://bit.ly/1tHSiex). From June 2012 to Present (3 years 5 months) Vice President, Engineering @ Symantec helps consumers and organizations secure and manage their information. I was responsible for integrating Clearwell into the Information Management Group. From 2011 to 2012 (1 year) President & CEO @ Led company from the early stages of product development to its acquisition by Symantec for $410 million in 2011. Clearwell's SaaS analytics application transformed the way corporations and government agencies perform electronic discovery of email and documents. At the time of its acquisition, Clearwell's revenue run-rate was over $100 million, and the company had been profitable for the prior 10 consecutive quarters. From 2005 to 2011 (6 years) Founder & CEO @ Led company from inception to its acquisition by Sun Microsystems in 2003 for $66M. CenterRun pioneered data center automation, and later formed the basis of Sun's N1 product suite. From 2000 to 2003 (3 years) Manager, Business Development @ From 1999 to 2000 (1 year) Consultant @ From 1998 to 1999 (1 year)
MBA @ Harvard Business School From 1996 to 1998 MA, Economics @ McGill UniversityBA, Philosophy, Politics & Economics @ University of Oxford Aaref Hilaly is skilled in: Start-ups, SaaS, Enterprise Software, C++, Economics, Partner Management, Technology, Entrepreneurship, Venture Capital, Thought Leadership, Leadership, Private Equity, Web Development, Mobile Applications, Business Development, Management, Litigation Support, Salesforce.com, Mergers & Acquisitions, Product Marketing, CRM, Go-to-market Strategy, Strategic Partnerships, Cloud Computing, Product Management, Product Development, Corporate Development, Security, Strategy