The Solo.io Story
Founded in 2017 in Cambridge, MA, Solo.io is the industry’s leading cloud-native application networking company. We connect, secure and observe the world’s Kubernetes applications and APIs. Our Gloo Platform is used by hundreds of companies worldwide, across more than a dozen industries. For most companies, the Gloo Platform is the next step in their cloud journey.
Solo.io’s customers are a mix of established Fortune 2000 global leaders, as well as new Cloud-native disruptors. Our customers are forward-looking companies that want to differentiate themselves through innovative digital experiences. They are market leaders in every industry and every geography.
All Solo.io products are based on open source technologies, such as Istio, Envoy, Kubernetes, Cilium, eBPF, GraphQL, WebAssembly, Linux and many others.
Solo.io has a world-class engineering team, with contributors to some of the industry’s largest and most widely used CNCF open source projects. They are Technology Leaders, Thought Leaders and Creators of the leading open-source, cloud-native Application Networking technologies (Istio, Envoy, Cilium, eBPF, GraphQL, Wasm, etc.) Solo.io holds leadership positions in the Istio Steering and Technical Oversight Committees, as well as being a significant contributor and innovator in both the Istio and Envoy communities.
Solo.io has been been recognized for a number of industry awards, including:
- Gartner Cool Vendor (2019)
- InfoWorld Technology of the Year (2022)
- CRN’s Top 10 Hottest Startups (2022)
- SDTimes Best in Show for Software Development – APIs (2022)
- Best Open Source Training for Cloud-native Apps (2022)
- GigaOm Service Mesh Market Leader & Outperformer (2022, 2021)
- Stratus Cloud Computing, Kubernetes (2022)
In 2021, Solo.io received $135M in Series C funding at $1B valuation, with investment from leading VC funds Altimeter Capital, Redpoint Ventures and True Ventures. In total, Solo.io has received $175M in venture funding. Solo.io operates as a remote-first company, with regional presence in North America, Europe and APAC.
Idit LevineFounder and CEO
Idit Levine is the founder and CEO of Solo.io. She founded Solo.io with the idea to create tools that help organizations meaningfully adopt cloud-native technologies alongside their existing IT investments. Idit has a long history in cloud, infrastructure and open source in both startup and large enterprise companies. Prior to Solo.io she was CTO of the EMC Cloud Management Division, a member of the global CTO office, and held technical leadership roles at Dynamic Ops, VMware, CloudSwitch, and Verizon.
Christian PostaVP, Global Field CTO
Christian Posta (@christianposta) is Global Field CTO at Solo.io supporting customers and end users in their adoption of cloud-native technologies. He is an author for Manning and O’Reilly publications, open source contributor, blogger and sought after speaker on Envoy Proxy and Kubernetes technologies. Prior to Solo.io, Chrisitan was a Chief Architect at Red Hat, FuseSource and held engineering positions at organizations like Wells Fargo, Apollo Group, Intel.
Yuval KohaviChief Architect
Yuval Kohavi is the chief architect at Solo.io working across the portfolio of commercial products and open source projects including Gloo Edge and Gloo Mesh. Prior to Solo.io Yuval held various software and customer engineering roles at EMC, Intigua and IDF.
Lin SunDirector of Open-Source
Lin is the Director of Open-Source at Solo.io. She has worked on Istio service mesh since 2017 and serves on the Istio Technical Oversight Committee. Previously, she served on the Istio Steering Committee for three years and was a Senior Technical Staff Member and Master Inventor at IBM for 15+ years. She is the author of the "Istio Explained" book and has more than 200 patents to her name.
Chris GaunDirector of Product Management
Chris is the Director of Product Management at Solo.io. He has worked on Kubernetes for over 6 years prior to joining Solo.io. Previously, he was in charge of the product team managing the Kubernetes platform products at D2iQ (formerly Mesosphere) and worked at Gartner as an analyst developing the first public IaaS research in the early 2010s.
Barry LiebermanVice President of Sales
Barry is Vice President of Sales at Solo.io. He has a long history in sales and was previously vice president of sales from API management company Apigee (part of Google Cloud) and previously he served as Apigee’s vice president of worldwide sales/global go to market. Before that, Lieberman worked in sales leadership roles at Endeca and SuccessFactors.
Neeraj PoddarHead of Engineering
Neeraj is Head of Engineering at Solo.io. He is an open source enthusiast and a long-term contributor and maintainer of the Istio project. Neeraj currently serves on the Istio Technical Oversight Committee (TOC) and Steering Committee.
Rob BailerChief Financial Officer
Rob Bailer is the CFO at Solo.io. Prior to Solo, he led finance and FP&A teams for other rapidly growing enterprise software companies including Immuta, DataRobot, and Opower (acquired by Oracle). Rob began his career in investment banking at Jefferies.
Brittni Beers-BrancoChief People Officer
Brittni Beers-Branco is the Chief People Officer at Solo.io.
Board of Directors
Puneet AgarwalTrue Ventures
Puneet brings a strong mix of operational and investment experience to his partner role at True since joining in 2008. He began his career as a product manager at CrossWorlds Software, an early startup focused on software integration, which was sold to IBM. He then spent time in technology investment banking at J.P. Morgan and later in venture capital at the Mayfield Fund, where he invested in early stage technology companies. Puneet holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in industrial engineering from Stanford University, where he was a Mayfield Fellow.
Satish DharmarajRedpoint Ventures
Satish joined Redpoint in 2009 as a two-time founder and career entrepreneur. Investments he has led and championed include Astro Technology, CloudSimple, Cockroach Labs, Descript, Dgraph, Duo Security, eero, LightStep, Nextdoor, Opsani, Simpo, Sonos, Solo.io, Snowflake, SpringPath, and Tact.ai. Prior to joining Redpoint, Satish was the founder and CEO of Zimbra and part of the founding team at Onebox where he led engineering and network operations. Before then, he wrote the Servlet class loader and the JSP compiler at the Javasoft division of Sun Microsystems.