SnapLogic CEO Gaurav Dhillon Shares His “Founder Story” with Ignition Partners

Founding a startup is not for the faint of heart. Raising capital, building product, managing teams, winning customers, fending off competitors — the list goes on and on. Every successful entrepreneur knows you can’t go it alone, you’ve got to find strategic, committed, supportive partners that will help you through the tough times and propel you forward in good times.

SnapLogic found exactly that in Ignition Partners back in 2012. In the trenches together now for the past four years, the two have grown SnapLogic into what it is today and look forward to helping the company along its path to becoming a world-class cloud software company for the ages.

Reflecting on the partnership, SnapLogic founder and CEO Gaurav Dhillon sat down with the team from Ignition to share his thoughts on the daunting fundraising process, overcoming bumps in the road, and why Ignition is the ideal partner for SnapLogic. Gaurav is joined in the “Founder Stories” video by other Ignition portfolio executives including Laura Mather of Unitive, Godfrey Sullivan and Erik Swan of Splunk, Kumar Sreekanti of BlueData, Jonathan Gray of Cask and Amy Chang of Accompany.

Below are excerpts from Gaurav’s conversation with Ignition Partners.

On the daunting fundraising process:

“Your product gets examined, people need to take apart the idea and put it together again in front of your eyes. For a lot of founders and entrepreneurs, it’s very difficult to have someone sort of decompose your baby right in front of you.”

On what makes for a good venture partner:

“There are certain firms and certain partners who approach you as ‘the boss’; no bad news is ever allowed. The joke in the Valley is if you take money from ‘that guy’ you need a ‘VP of Management of That Guy’.”

On overcoming bumps in the road:

“At SnapLogic, we had to make some tough choices, we had to really take a different product approach than we had started with.”

On why SnapLogic partnered with Ignition Partners:

“A lot of folks in the venture capital business are well connected but less and less of them have the sense for how to build a great company, how to build something that is durable, who really take pleasure in helping someone grow. That’s when you start to say – ‘who’s going to be the best person for us on our journey’. And make no mistake, all companies, especially successful ones, are on a journey and they have to deal with the twists and turns of what is going to happen in the marketplace. In the case of Ignition, this team had all come from operational backgrounds, they had been in my shoes, they had run big products and big companies.”

To watch the full videos, please click here and here.

 

 

Making Workday Faster for Vassar College

Last week we attended Workday Rising in Chicago where we talked to attendees about integrating Workday with the rest of their IT ecosystems. The real stars of the show, however, were our customers from Vassar College who gave a brief presentation at our booth to discuss their journey from finding the need for an integration vendor, to assessing different platforms, to ultimately choosing SnapLogic’s elastic integration platform as a service (iPaaS).vassar-college-image-edited

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Big Data Game-Changers at Strata + Hadoop World NYC

Next week our team of integration experts will be in New York for Strata + Hadoop World to demonstrate how our big data integration platform as a service (iPaaS) allows customers to quickly ingest, prepare and deliver data to other sources within their IT ecosystems. We are also hosting a networking event for big data game-changers on demystifying data lakes, Hadoop and hybrid architecture. Learn more here.

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SnapLogic’s Summer Internship Program

Here at SnapLogic, we launched our very first Summer Internship program. This summer we employed five interns, each working in a different area of the company: Rakesh Dammalapati, a Professional Services Intern; Dave Gan, an Engineering Intern; Gracie Walters, a Human Resources (HR) Intern; Michael Westra, a Business Development (BD) Intern; and Natalie Wiser, a Marketing Intern.

2016 Interns

All five of these interns got to be part of an up-and-coming startup company in Silicon Valley. They not only gained that well desired real world experience, but the internship also came with a lot of profitable perks. The interns were given their own managers in which they were able to establish a professional relationship that taught them about the company’s values of innovation, intensity and integrity. They were also given the opportunity to meet with some of the top executives of the company who shared details of their past career paths.  Each executive shared valuable stories, advice and resources that will give the interns a huge advantage when they start making decisions about their own careers.

With the summer coming to an end, we asked our interns to reflect on their past 12 weeks spent here at SnapLogic. Here is what they said:

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SnapLogic Cares at The Samaritan House

SnapLogic-Cares-LogoSnapLogic recently launched a new philanthropy program called SnapLogic Cares. The program is directly tied to our culture, which is committed to giving back to the communities through employee volunteer opportunities that give back and make a positive difference in the lives of others. SnapLogic Cares plans to sponsor regular volunteer activities for all of the U.S. office locations (San Mateo, Boulder, Boston, and New York) and soon organize activities for the international offices.

The SnapLogic San Mateo office decided to have their first volunteering event with the San Mateo Samaritan House. Their mission statement: Continue reading “SnapLogic Cares at The Samaritan House”

Top Five iPaaS and Big Data Integration Posts in June

top 5June was a record month on the SnapLogic blog in terms of views and posts – thanks to our readers and contributors! If you have suggested topics, feedback or are interested in writing a post about hybrid cloud and big data integration, digital transformation, SnapLogic best practices, tips and tricks, or other related topics, please be sure to Contact Us or share your comments below. Continue reading “Top Five iPaaS and Big Data Integration Posts in June”

The SnapLogic Team Goes to London for #StrataHadoop World

The SnapLogic team is going to London! Our team of hybrid cloud and big data integration experts will be in town this week for Strata + Hadoop World EU to talk about big data integration, moving to a data lake and how to quickly ingest, prepare and deliver big data in Hadoop or Spark environments, regardless of the data’s velocity, variety and volume.

Strata + Hadoop World EU

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