With Dheeraj Pandey, Co-Founder & CEO of Nutanix
By Ashu Garg
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Dheeraj Pandey is founder, chairman, and CEO of Nutanix, one of the fastest growing enterprise companies of the past decade. Nutanix went from idea to public company in less than seven years. Dheeraj spoke with Ashu about his journey from India to Silicon Valley and from engineer to CEO.
In 2006, Dheeraj Pandey applied to MBA programs at the top schools in the country and was rejected by them all. He now sees this as one of the best things that happened to him. Instead of graduating in the middle of a recession, he went on to lead engineering at Aster Data. Believing the company was not adjusting its business model to keep up with the changing tech world, he left Aster Data with two of his co-workers to found Nutanix in 2009. The gamble paid off: Nutanix became a unicorn company in 2014 and went public in 2016 with a valuation of $2.18 billion. Dheeraj tells me how his underdog mentality, “less is more” philosophy, and focus on reliable products — and the ability to change them when necessary — made Nutanix so successful.
From the beginning of Nutanix, Dheeraj’s philosophy was “less is more.”
At every step, Dheeraj and Nutanix had to prove themselves.
As CEO, Dheeraj sees himself as an “intense product manager,” and he brings a “design mind” to the role.
Nutanix is in a “red ocean”: an existing market full of competition that has become a bloodbath.
Dheeraj always tells his son “focus, listen, respect.” He also applies this mantra to Nutanix.competition that has become a bloodbath.
Published on 07.27.2018
Written by Ashu Garg