Board of Directors & Strategic Advisors
Board of Directors
General Partner, Dallas Venture Partners
Dayakar is a serial entrepreneur turned visionary investor, who launched one of the first tech-focused venture fund. Headquartered in post-telecom Dallas, the fund invested in several pioneering early stage startups in cloud, AI/ML and mobile technologies in Dallas, Silicon Valley, Seattle and India. His mantra of “Entrepreneur investing in other Entrepreneurs”, has led to the creation of a like-minded ecosystem of Investors, Advisors and Startups for mutual success. Besides playing a key role in Dallas Venture Capital (DVC), he is also Executive Chairman at Motivity Labs, GlobalOutlook and KeepTrax, Board Member at CoreStack, FelixHealthCare, Kore.ai, Altia Systems, SnapOne, and Viviota, Board Observer at Minetta Brook and an Advisory Board Member at Boxfish and Glympse.
Arun is a Founding Partner of Z5 Capital, an early stage enterprise focused venture capital firm based in Palo Alto, CA. He has been an investor for over a decade and a half in both enterprise and consumer startups, most recently as a General Partner at Pinnacle Ventures, a Bay Area based venture capital firm. Prior to that Arun spent over 8 years at Intel in various operating roles spanning strategy, marketing, product development, supply chain, and investments. Arun has an MBA from the Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley, M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and B.Tech from the IIT Madras, India.
General Partner, Z5 Capital
Ezhilarasan Natarajan (Ez)
Ez is the Founder and CEO of CoreStack. An Entrepreneur and accomplished Technology Executive with 22+ years’ experience in architecting and delivering sophisticated and revenue-generating software products and business solutions that satisfy diverse technology requirements across multiple industry segments. At CoreStack, Ez is responsible for overall vision, company strategy & road map, growth, investments, finance and general company administration. Prior to CoreStack, he held leadership, strategy and business ownership roles at Capgemini Group and Mindtree Ltd. He has been part of the Microsoft Azure Business group building Public Azure services for the world, in China and Australia. Ez has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science Engineering and Master’s in Business Administration.
Saba is one of the Co-founders and CTO of CoreStack. A Technology driven professional with over 22 years of experience in various roles in IT across multiple domains and markets. He is a cloud solutions architect with deep understanding of cloud technology and market trends. He drives Product Strategy, Product Management and Technology Vision at CoreStack. A Forbes Technology Council member and Most Valuable Technology Blogger at Dzone. Saba mentors research scholars in universities by leveraging industry experience in Cloud technology. He is a guest speaker and an active participant in cloud conferences around the globe. Saba holds B.E in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Thiagarajar College of Engineering.
Sabapathy Arumugam (Saba)
Krishnakumar Narayanan (Kk)
Kk is one of the Co-founders and COO at CoreStack. A serial entrepreneur with over two decades of experience in building technology products. An early adopter and thought leader in the Cloud Infra Domain, he is responsible for Customer Success, helping customers get started with CoreStack Enterprise. Kk collaborates with customers across the globe to maximise the value they derive from the CoreStack Enterprise. He is also the Product Owner for CoreStack CLaaS, which is a solution built on top of CoreStack for technology education. Kk has an MBA in Finance from the Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies and a B.E in Mechanical Engineering from PSG College of Technology.
Jim led Microsoft in CIO and CISO roles. He was accountable for the company’s global security, IT infrastructure, collaboration and all business applications. In his role at Microsoft, he directed IT modernization through corporate growth, turnaround, acquisition integrations, and divestitures. He developed and delivered IT agile models globally, with a strong balance between financial value and creating effective processes and procedures to exceed business targets. Jim has been serving in board director, advisor, and senior leadership roles, shaping enterprise technology global vision, industry leadership positioning, and customer product and service delivery strategies. He has been instrumental in guiding IT and business transformation, corporate governance, customer-focused strategic product/service development, security, and risk management.
Abid currently serves on the board of the World Affairs Council of Dallas Ft. Worth and the Texas Economic Development Corporation. Prior to joining DVP, Abid was the CEO and Managing Director of Wipro Ltd overseeing US$8 B in revenue and 180,000+ employees serving global clients. His passion about nurturing innovation, mentoring startups and celebrating entrepreneurship roots back to stewarding Wipro Ventures, the strategic investment arm of Wipro Ltd that raised US$100 M in 2015 & US$150 M in 2020. A statesman of the services industry and a thought leader advising Global CIO’s on Digital Transformation, Abid brings in rich experience in business and technology along with an extensive network that can benefit the startup ecosystem in Dallas.
Sridhar is the Co-founder and CEO of Optio3. He is the Founding GM & VP of ITOM business unit at ServiceNow, having grown it to over USD $150M in under 4 years. As the VP of Engineering, he built Zero Touch Automation for the cloud to build and automate 16 global data centers. He has also led the acquisition of Neebula & ITapp. Prior to ServiceNow, Sridhar was at Microsoft for 18 years in several key leadership roles. He has an M.S in Computer Science; B.E in Electronics & Communications Engineering and has filed over 25 patents. He has filed over 25 patents at Microsoft and ServiceNow.