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Gargi Adhav

    Seasoned Leader with 18+ years experience , Technical depth, breadth & an entrepreneurial mindset who can bridge the gap between customers, technology and product to create disruptive products and business outcomes through customer-focused innovation.

Work experience

Oct 2013Present

Director of Engineering, Smart

Smart Analytics, Cisco Systems
Director of Engineering, San Jose, CA, USA

Technical Lead

Cisco Systems
Technical lead in a 50 people project for Multi-Topology Routing(efficient Routing in Triple-play Networks for a large Cable provider). Pioneer and co-inventor of Non-Stop Routing that fundamentally changed how Routing convergence happened in the Internet and enabled 99. 999% up-time for Networks(5 9' s). Led and architected the IP/IPv6 VPN design for scalability and convergence giving 10X improvement. Drove strategy and co-architected Label Switched Multicast for Inter-AS Multicast VPNs. This helped establish Cisco leadership in Multicast VPN with expected revenue of several billion dollars. Architected and led the improvement of Routing/Forwarding Convergence on Cisco routers resulting in-fold improvement. Brought down BGP convergence from over 45 minutes to under 5 minutes. Helped win and conserve several billion dollars of Tier-1 accounts with 15 min SLAs. Architected and designed IP/VPNs using BGP to enable Service Providers with IP-only cores to provision and sell VPN services. Led to several billion dollars of business for the major Tier 1 ISP and Cisco. Architected, designed and developed an infrastructure for dynamic BGP Update generation. This project resulted in several customer account wins and several million dollars in business.
Nov 2011Oct 2013

Founder, Architect, CEO

Sepalz Inc
Founder, Architect, CEO,. San Jose, CA, USA Sepalz is a Social Intelligence Platform that combines the power of Location based Intelligence and Network Analytics for providing intelligent, location-based recommendations to Professionals on the go. It uses Social APIs and determines intent for recommendations. It also has a location & intent based Targeted Advertising engine, which hugely improves click-through rates. Filed 9 patents with the USPTO(merged into 2). Created a unique business model with high revenue potential-revenue streams of in-app purchases, subscriptions and targeted intent-aware advertising. Partnerships with large international organizations. Created a University Network and Marketing team for socializing the platform and increasing adoption. Won the Grand Prize out of 400 startup applicants at the Business Plan Competition held by the California Program for Entrepreneurship(CAPE), sponsored by the Leavy School of Business.
Jan 2011Nov 2011

Founder, CEO

Vitraya Inc
Founder, CEO,. San Jose, CA, USA Vitraya adds intelligence to networking at events, with a unique Location based Analytics & people recommendation engine which improves people's ROI of attending an event or a conference, delivered through mobile Apps
Sep 2006Jun 2011

Sr Engineering Manager

Redback Networks
Sr Engineering Manager, (now Ericsson Inc.), San Jose, CA, USA Hired, built and scaled the Routing team at Redback from scratch to 25+ Engineers, Tech Leads and 2 Managers, spread over Bay Area, RTP, Canada & India. Led technology and software development of Routing(BGP, OSPF, ISIS, RIP, Multicast, L3VPN, MVPN). Worked extensively with Tier 1 thru Tier 3 Service Providers in US and Europe for defining new enhancements in BGP, OSPF, ISIS & Multicast VPNs. Instrumental in Multicast VPN Development and delivery to Tier-1 Internet Service Providers. Part of the Redback-wide Process and Quality Improvement board-led evaluation & adoption of Agile.
Nov 1999Sep 2006

Technical Leader

Cisco Systems
Technical Leader, San Jose, CA, USA Pioneer in Routing/Forwarding, Network Convergence, Multi-Topology and Non-stop Routing. Drove the technical strategy of the Routing team and participated in IETF & NANOG.
Aug 1998Sep 1999

Research Assistant

Purdue University NSL & COAST
Research Assistant, Labs West Lafayette, IN, USA Worked on Steganography algorithms & a Programmable Infrastructure for Intrusion Detection.



Post-MS Courses

Stanford University

Machine Learning, Network Analysis, Entrepreneurship, Business


Certificate in Product Management

Pramgmatic Marketing



Purdue University

Computer Science



Institute of Engg

Computer Applications