Mansour Karam

Mansour Karam
CEO & Founder - Apstra

I am an entrepreneur and executive with a passion and successful track record for building high tech infrastructure companies from the ground up.

We are working with industry heavyweights to deliver a very cool product at the center of a disruptive trend in the infrastructure space. We are well funded and seeking highly motivated engineers who want to join our exceptional team and work on products that will change the industry.

I was an early recruit at several startups and lead critical efforts in various functions: engineering, product management, business development, and sales. 

In 2000, I joined Routescience as a Principal Architect, where I helped architect the company’s product and lead various customer and partner engagements that ultimately resulted in the company’s acquisition by Avaya. 

In 2006, I joined Arista Networks as their first business leader, where I worked closely with early customers to define key product requirements and deliver the company’s first product to market. I also developed vertical markets, marketing, sales and partnership strategies and as Arista grew I became head of all global business development and alliances. Arista Networks (ANET) went on to become a public company in 2014 with a $4B valuation. 

Due to my close ongoing customer relationships, I identified early the need for change in how networks are built. I was recruited to join the executive team at SDN pioneer Big Switch Networks to help develop the company’s product, business model, and partnership strategy. 

I hold a portfolio of patents in networking technologies. I have an MS and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and a BEng in Computer & Communications Engineering from the American University of Beirut.


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