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About Us

Solo.io, enables companies to take the next step in their cloud journey. Our platform enables Kubernetes, Zero-Trust, APIs and Microservices.

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. 

Solo Values

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Get Stuff Done

We own our work, learn from our mistakes, and deliver exceptional customer outcomes with urgency.

Work as One

We are inclusive and collaborative with our colleagues and our customers creating collective success.

Define the Future

We creatively solve for the now and innovate for the future so our company and our customers are always one step ahead.

Lead with Integrity

We act with respect, honesty, and openness with each other and our customers.

Leadership Team

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Idit Levine
Founder 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.

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Christian Posta
VP, 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.

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Yuval Kohavi
Chief 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.

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Louis Ryan
Chief Technology Officer


Co-founder of Istio and current member of the TOC. Previously Principal Engineer at Google where he led the creation and open-sourcing of gRPC and ran the platform teams responsible for API serving infrastructure.

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Chris Gaun
Head 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.

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Neeraj Poddar
Head 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.

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Lin Sun
Director of Open-Source


Lin is the Director of Open-Source at Solo.io. She has been a maintainer of Istio service mesh since 2017 and serves on the Istio Technical Oversight Committee. Previously, she served on the Istio Steering Committee for four years and was a Senior Technical Staff Member and Master Inventor at IBM for 15+ years. She is the author of the "Istio Explained" and "Istio Ambient Explained" books and has more than 200 patents to her name.

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Rob Bailer
Chief 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.

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Brittni Beers-Branco
Chief People Officer


Brittni Beers-Branco is the Chief People Officer at Solo.io.

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Dave Stanley
Head of Customer Success


Dave Stanley leads customer success at Solo.io. He brings over 20 years of experience to helping companies succeed in deploying leading edge technologies to solve business challenges. Prior to Solo, Dave was Director of Global Customer Success at Red Hat.

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Kristian Györkös
Vice President, Alliances and Partnerships


Kristian Györkös leads global Alliances and Partnerships at Solo. He is responsible for driving partner ecosystem growth and innovation. Kristian started his Alliance career at Microsoft, where he was responsible for growing large global partnerships. He switched from corporate to the startup world to incubate partner business at Apigee (Google), Trifacta (Alteryx), Datastax and Kong, prior to joining Solo.

Board of Directors

Agarwal Puneet
Puneet Agarwal
True 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.

Dharmaraj Satish
Satish Dharmaraj
Redpoint 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.


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