We are Tala Security

We want to make the web a safer place for everyone.

Tala is founded and led by security industry veterans with over 100 years of combined experience across industry and academia. We have successfully built startups, launched products and have several dozen patents to our credit.

Management and Board

Aanand Krishnan

Aanand Krishnan

Founder and CEO

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Aanand Krishnan is the CEO and Founder of Tala Security. Prior to Tala, Aanand was most recently a senior director of product management at Symantec where he built Symantec’s first big data security analytics platform and led key strategy projects that helped establish the company’s vision and strategic focus.

Aanand spent several years in investment banking at and mergers and acquisitions at Morgan Stanley and Dolby Labs and acted as an adviser to leading security software, semiconductor and clean tech companies. He started his career building high-speed optical networking products at Agilent Technologies. Aanand holds an MBA from Berkeley where he was a recipient of CJ White Fellowship, a Masters in Photonics and Optoelectronics from UC Santa Barbara where he was a QUEST Fellow and a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering with Honors from BITS, Pilani.

Sanjay Sawhney

Sanjay Sawhney

Co Founder and VP of Engineering

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Sanjay Sawhney is the co-founder and VP of Engineering of Tala. Sanjay is an experienced, engineering leader, technologist and entrepreneur who has worked for 25+ years in various engineering capacities in both well-established companies as well as startups.

Most recently, he spent 9 years at Symantec managing Symantec Research Labs, one of the key innovation engines of the company. Prior to joining Symantec, he co-founded two companies and led their engineering – Neoscale Systems, a data encryption company, and Ukiah Software, a network security company. Earlier in his career, he has worked in various engineering positions at Novell. Sanjay received a B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, and an M.S. in Computer Science from University of California, Santa Barbara.

Swapnil Bhalode

Swapnil Bhalode

Co-Founder and Architect

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Swapnil is the Co-founder and Chief Architect of Tala. Swapnil had over 14 years of experience in researching and building security technologies.

Swapnil started his career as a Security Consultant at Ernst & Young, followed by an extensive work in the threat research and response teams at Microsoft, Symantec and Dell. Swapnil holds Master Degree in Computer Science from Syracuse University, and Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from University of Mumbai.

Hemant Puri

Hemant Puri

Co-Founder, Director of Engineering

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Hemant Puri is the Co-founder and Director of Engineering at Tala. He has 20+ years experience in the area of networking, security, storage and cloud infrastructure and holds several patents in the field. He has worked in several startups as well as big companies.

Before co-founding Tala, he was a Senior Researcher at Symantec Research, where he worked on a variety of cloud, mobile and network technologies. Prior to Symantec, he held various engineering positions in startups (Neoscale Systems, Ukiah Software) as well as big companies (Cisco, Novell). Hemant holds a B.S. in Computer Science from MIT, India.

Ken Pelowski

Ken Pelowski

Board Member

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Ken founded Pinnacle Ventures in 2002 while working at Redpoint Ventures. Prior to Redpoint, Ken founded and was Chairman of the Board of Currenex, which was acquired by State Street for $560 million.

Content Before Currenex, Ken was Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer and a Board Director of GetThere (a Brentwood Venture Capital/USVP portfolio company) where he led its IPO as well as its $750 million acquisition by Sabre. Prior to joining GetThere, Ken was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Preview Travel (a Kleiner Perkins portfolio company), which acquired and changed its name to Travelocity. Ken led Preview’s IPO. o Before joining Preview Travel, Ken was a Corporate Vice President and Executive Committee Member at General Instruments and at Quantum Corporation where he was responsible for corporate strategy and business development. Previously, he held senior management positions in sales and marketing at Sun Microsystems and Intel.

Steve Bennett

Steve Bennett

Board Member

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Steve Bennett is a board member, angel investor and advisor with a long track record of delivering strong results for customers, partners, employees, and shareholders.

His operating roles included 23 years at GE, 8 years as CEO of Intuit and 20 months as CEO of Symantec. His board experience spans a wide range of public companies including Intuit, Sun Microsystems, Qualcomm, Symantec and Insweb.

Investors

Ron Gula

Ron Gula

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Former CEO and Co-Founder of Tenable Security – scaled company to over 20k customers and annual revenues of over $100 million.
Ray Rothrock

Ray Rothrock

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Partner emeritus Venrock, winner of the Forbe’s Midas List, former chair of the National Venture Capital Association. Currently CEO of RedSeal.
Amit Mital

Amit Mital

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Former CTO of Symantec, Corp Vice President at Microsoft. Founder and CEO of Kernel Labs.
Michael Brown

Michael Brown

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Michael is a Presidential Innovation Fellow working with the Defense Innovation Unit

Experimental (DIUx) in Silicon Valley. Michael was formerly the CEO of Symantec and Quantum Corporation. He’s served on the board of several public and private technology companies.

Advisors

Gen. Wesley Clark

Gen. Wesley Clark

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General Clark serves as Chairman and CEO of Wesley K. Clark & Associates, a strategic consulting firm; Chairman and Founder of Enverra, Inc. a licensed investment bank; Senior Fellow at UCLA's Burkle Center for International Relations; Advisory Board member of SICPA, Trustee of International Crisis Group; Founding Chair of City Year Little Rock/North Little Rock; Chairman of Energy Security Partners, LLC; as well as numerous corporate boards including BNK Petroleum and Leagold Mining.
Haseeb Budhani

Haseeb Budhani

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Founder and CEO of Rafay, Soha (sold to Akamai), CPO of Infineta.
Sean Doherty

Sean Doherty

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Former Head of Alliances, Enterprise CTO at Symantec).

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