SDN For Fun and Profit – TEC Event


Last Thursday night, Matt and I had the privilege of presenting to a packed room at The Entrepreneur’s Club. Clearly, the announcement of the acquisition of Contrail by Juniper and the earlier buy of Cariden by Cisco certainly helps drive continued interest in all things SDN.

Our appreciation to Stas Khirman for inviting us to speak and for those of you who are interested, you can download a copy of our fun presentation below:

Register to download the slides:

SDNCentral Exclusive: Slides from TEC - SDN For Fun and Profit

Slides from Dec 13, 2012 event in Palo Alto

Original Event Description Follows:

TEC Event: Software Defined Networks (SDN) and OpenFlow for Fun and Profit (Dec 13,2012, Palo Alto)

On July 23, 2012, VMware bought Nicira for $1.26B validating this revolution in Networking. The following week, Oracle acquired Xsigo. Just recently Cisco acquired vCider. Upstarts claim they will commoditize the expensive networking gear sold by the incumbents, with standards like Software Defined Networking (SDN), and OpenFlow (OF).

Google and Facebook already deploy their own scaled-up network hardware and software instead of proprietary offerings of incumbent networking players. Many entrepreneurs are betting on SDN and OpenFlow to change the face of networking, but will they succeed?

TEC invited top industry experts Matt Palmer and Roy Chua (partners at Wiretap Ventures and co-curators at SDN Central) to discuss SDN technology, business and new opportunity for startups.


  • 6:00-6:30 Registration & Networking
  • 6:30-8:00 Keynote
  • 8:00-8:30 Startup pitches

Startup Pitch:

Please submit your application at

Confirmed Investors (to be updated ):

  • Anna Dvornikova, TEC Ventures
  • Anis Uzzaman, Fenox Venture Capital
  • Brian Wilcove, Sofinnova Ventures
  • Louis Schreier, Deutsche Telekom
  • Ammar Hanafi , Alloys Ventures
  • Asmeet Sidana, Foundation Capital

Pitching Startups :

Lyatiss provides software solutions for DevOps professionals that enable Cloud applications to define, control and adapt their networking so that they meet their business goals. Lyatiss’ Application-Defined Networking (ADN) products ensure optimization of performance across public and private cloud networks without compromising agility, portability or security. Founded by award winning pioneering experts in Cloud and network virtualization, Lyatiss is headquartered in Santa Clara, California with core R&D in Lyon, France creating the network abstraction and SDN modeling technology that power the Lyatiss CloudWeaver™ solution.
CPlane (LAYERZngn LLC) is rooted in cutting-edge carrier grade automation and provisioning technology developed by a stellar team from Cambridge University, AT&T, Cisco and Juniper. Our leading-edge products are designed to maximize performance, scalability and ease of use in the rapidly converging data center, cloud computing, software-defined networking (SDN) and application marketplace – providing a best of breed productivity platform for developing automation, provisioning and management applications across a variety of industry segments.
Quosap is the construction industry’s collaborative project management and procurement platform that streamlines the buying and selling of goods and services between businesses. Quosap is leveraging cloud technology to simplify the procurement workflow on complex construction projects. With Quosap, professionals can search and connect with multiple businesses for a single service and select based on pricing, supplier review, and much more. Once connected, Quosap provides a variety of collaboration and management tools including cloud file sharing, project tracking, version control, messaging, and real-time updates that streamlines the procurement and planning throughout the construction phases.

Leave a Reply