If you are a Venture Capitalist, you are most likely looking for entrepreneurs who can identify problems ahead of the market, but of course not too-too early. And, you’re looking for founders who are uniquely qualified to solve those problems, plus build a world class company at scale.
It’s a tall ask, but entrepreneurs like Andres are made for this. He’s a serial entrepreneur who loves hard tech. He likes the technical challenges that most people don’t have the expertise or desire to solve. He has built many successful companies and the common thread is his ability to see how the market will evolve and in his case how it will evolve around the world of data storage, especially in the cloud.
His latest company, Nasuni, is the world’s first cloud-native global file system. As previously noted, being early to market can be a competitive advantage and this is certainly the case for Nasuni, as the company has been growing at a very rapid pace.
In this episode of our podcast, we cover:
- A fun discussion about a failed startup that Andres was building with his brother, Antonio, which was aiming at solving the problem of home media storage for consumers which was a very different landscape back in 2000.
- How his graduate work in Physics at Boston University helped shape the foundation of his expertise.
- The details on Abuzz, a first generation social media company, that was acquired by The New York Times.
- Building Archivas, the first enterprise-class cloud storage system which was acquired by Hitachi.
- All the details on Nasuni - from its creation to it’s aggressive growth plans ahead.
- Advice on hiring and building out a company's initial engineering team.
- And so much more.