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.

 

 

Gaurav Dhillon: “What Fly Fishing Reminded Me About Entrepreneurship”

GD at KDOW PhotoSnapLogic founder and CEO Gaurav Dhillon recently sat down with Kym McNicholas, host of KDOW 1220AM’s weekly business talk radio show, “Kym McNicholas on Innovation”. They discussed a range of innovation topics – everything from how Gaurav turned an idea into a billion dollarbusiness in the ’90s, why he returned to the startup world as founder and CEO of SnapLogic, how customers can accelerate their business and become data-driven with new cloud and big data technologies, and advice for emerging entrepreneurs. Continue reading “Gaurav Dhillon: “What Fly Fishing Reminded Me About Entrepreneurship””

Gaurav Dhillon Q&A: SnapLogic Elastic Integration Overview

In this series of posts, I’ve been sharing excerpts from a recent discussion between SnapLogic founder and CEO Gaurav Dhillon and John Gallant, chief content officer of IDG US Media. In the first post, Gaurav discussed the looming integration issues that people should focus on. In the second post, Gaurav reviewed the specific challenges SnapLogic addresses. In this post, Gaurav describes the core components and principles of the SnapLogic Elastic Integration Platform. Continue reading “Gaurav Dhillon Q&A: SnapLogic Elastic Integration Overview”

Gaurav Dhillon Q&A: SnapLogic Use Cases

SnapLogic founder and CEO Gaurav Dhillon recently sat down with John Gallant, chief content officer of IDG US Media, to discuss modern integration technology requirements in the enterprise: SnapLogic covers app integration in the cloud. In the first post in this series, I shared Gaurav’s answer to the question: What are the looming integration issues here that people should focus on more? In this post, Gaurav reviews the specific challenges SnapLogic addresses. Continue reading “Gaurav Dhillon Q&A: SnapLogic Use Cases”

Integration is Like Oxygen: You Don’t Miss it Until it’s Gone

idg_logoLast week InfoWorld featured an in-depth interview with SnapLogic founder and CEO Gaurav Dhillon: Q&A: SnapLogic Tackles App Integration in the Cloud Era. He was asked a number of questions by John Gallant, chief content officer of IDG US Media, including:

  • Why was SnapLogic founded and what has been the path to date?
  • What are the specific challenges that you’re trying to address?
  • What are the looming integration issues here that people should focus on more?

There is also a great discussion about the state of enterprise software and the vital role that integration technology plays in the era of cloud computing, big data analytics, and the Internet of Things. In this series of posts I’ll feature some of Gaurav’s responses. Here he is asked about integration in the modern, composite enterprise. I encourage you to read the full discussion here. Continue reading “Integration is Like Oxygen: You Don’t Miss it Until it’s Gone”

Gaurav Dhillon: The Master Plumber of the Digital Age

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SnapLogic founder and CEO Gaurav Dhillon was recently interviewed by Jason Bloomberg as part of his Digital Influencer series on Forbes. The article goes back to Gaurav’s early days of learning computer chip design in college and traces the origins of the first company he founded in the early 1990’s – Informatica.  Continue reading “Gaurav Dhillon: The Master Plumber of the Digital Age”

Gaurav Dhillon Talks Hadoop for Humans on theCUBE

This week at Strata+Hadoop World in San Jose, SnapLogic founder, CEO and data integration pioneer Gaurav Dhillon sat down with Silicon Angle’s theCUBE to talk about Hadoop for Humans, predictive analytics, changing dynamics of the data plane and how SnapLogic is going to “IKEA-ize this industry.”

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Gaurav Dhillon talks about big data integration on theCube at Strata+Hadoop, San Jose

The conversation was covered on Silicon Angle. Here’s a clip and the full video is below:

If you’re in San Jose today, stop by booth 718 to see a live demo of big data integration in action. You can also check out this recent SnapLogic Live recording, which shows how customers create Spark data pipelines quickly and without coding, making Spark data processing accessible even to non-experts. This is a must-watch if you are moving your business applications to the cloud and/or re-thinking your analytics architecture with Spark and Hadoop. You may also be interested the whitepaper: Will the Data Lake Drown the Warehouse?