BOSTON—Boston Business Journal honored 14 local entrepreneurs with the 2015 Innovation All-Stars award. Two of them are Indian-American tech entrepreneurs: Ash Ashutosh, Founder and CEO, Actifio; and Veer Gidwaney, CEO and co-founder, Maxwell Health.
Ashutosh was honored for his contribution in the area of Software Infrastructure. When asked what was his most innovative accomplishment, Ashutosh told Boston Business Journal: “We are proud of having created an entire new category of enterprise technology — copy data management. It was hard to believe the data at first: Enterprises were making, managing, using and spending a lot more on copies of data than on the original production data. And this was the dirty secret driving the massive growth in storage business.”
Ashutosh brings more than 25 years of storage industry and entrepreneurship experience to his role of CEO at Actifio. He is a recognized leader and architect in the storage industry where he has spearheaded several major industry initiatives, including iSCSI and storage virtualization, and led the authoring of numerous storage industry standards. Ashutosh was most recently a Partner with Greylock Partners where he focused on making investments in enterprise IT companies. Prior to Greylock, he was Vice President and Chief Technologist for HP Storage.
Ashutosh founded and led AppIQ, a market leader of Storage Resource Management (SRM) solutions, which was acquired by HP in 2005. He was also the founder of Serano Systems, a Fibre Channel controller solutions provider, acquired by Vitesse Semiconductor in 1999. Prior to Serano, Ashutosh was Senior Vice President at StorageNetworks, the industry’s first Storage Service Provider.
Gidwaney received the honor for his contribution in the Health IT area. When asked what was his most innovative accomplishment, Gidwaney told Boston Business Journal: I’ve been an entrepreneur all my life, but Maxwell and my kids are by far my proudest accomplishments. This is the third company I’ve founded with my brother Vinay, and this is definitely the most exciting. We’ve built an amazing team in Boston and around the country, all laser-focused on our mission and the people we serve — I’m constantly on the go, and it’s not always easy, but I couldn’t imagine a better group of people to do this with.”
Named one of Maclean’s Magazine ‘Top 25 Under 30,’ Gidwaney is a proven entrepreneur and innovator whose energy and intelligence have long been devoted to solving the problems of our time. He co-founded and served as CEO of DailyFeats, the popular mobile app that motivates and rewards members to improve their health and well-being.
Prior to co-founding DailyFeats, Gidwaney was Director and Co-Founder of Humanity Calls, a fundraising tournament website designed to bring together non-profits, companies and individuals focused on addressing global causes. In 2010, Humanity Calls, in partnership with eBay, ran a successful tournament for the environment that resulted in donations to dozens of top non-profits.
Gidwaney was also a Director and a primary investor of Neurosilicon, a life science company focused on advancing healthcare research through enabling rapid, non-invasive, targeted depolarization of excitable cells using the company’s novel photoconductive stimulation technology.