About Igneous

We’re a Seattle-based, venture-backed company that designed the first hybrid solution to effortlessly handle massive volumes of file and object data.

We deliver the only Unstructured Data Management as-a-Service solution, giving data-centric organizations visibility, protection, and data mobility at scale, wherever datasets and workflows live. Our customers see, organize, and understand all of their unstructured data. Our customers protect petabytes of data on a single cloud-native platform. Our customers automate movement of datasets for everyone needing them. We combine all UDM functions into a single, API-enabled solution.  

We hold 13 patents in the United States based on our innovations, and were recognized as a "Cool Vendor in Storage Technologies" by Gartner in 2017. Our early technical team draws on veteran infrastructure talent from Isilon Systems, EMC, and NetApp, combined with modern cloud expertise from Amazon and Microsoft. Our go-to-market team combines talent from market-disrupters such as Tableau, ExtraHop, Apptio, and Cylance.

Igneous: The right data, in the right place, at the right time.  

Meet the Team

Kiran Bhageshpur


Kiran is CEO, cofounder, and member of the Board of Directors at Igneous. Prior to Igneous, Kiran served as VP, Engineering for the Isilon Storage Division of EMC through its growth to over $1B per year in revenue. 

Jeff Hughes


Jeff is CTO and cofounder at Igneous. Prior to his role at Igneous, Jeff was Director of Engineering for the Isilon Storage Division of EMC.

Byron Rakitzis


Byron is architect and cofounder at Igneous. Prior to Igneous, Byron was the first employee hired at NetApp and was responsible for one-third of the code in the company’s first product. Byron has authored or contributed to over 30 patents in storage and file systems.

Mike O’Brien


Mike is Chief Revenue Officer at Igneous. Prior to Igneous, Mike was  Senior Vice President of Global Operations at K2, and CEO of WiMetrics Corporation, a wireless security software startup he co-founded in 2003. Mike has a proven track record scaling businesses and driving predictable growth.

Christian Smith

VP of Product

Christian is VP of Products at Igneous. Prior to Igneous, Christian spent 15 years running field engineering organizations at EMC, Isilon, and NetApp.

Anna Mowry

VP of Finance and Operations

Anna is VP of Finance and Operations for Igneous. Prior to her role at Igneous, Anna was Senior Director of Finance and Sales Operations at ExtraHop, and before that, she held finance leadership roles at Isilon, DellEMC, and AWS.

Kevin Kotecki

VP of Sales

Kevin is VP of Sales for Igneous. Prior to Igneous, Kevin led both domestic and international sales teams at Tableau Software through their highest growth years and IPO. Prior to Tableau, Kevin led a sales team at Isilon Systems.

About Our Investors

Igneous has raised over $65 million in funding to date. Leading the funding are some of the most well-respected venture capital firms in the world.

Madrona Venture Group

Madrona has been investing in early-stage technology companies in the Pacific Northwest since 1995. Madrona manages nearly $1.3 billion and was an early investor in companies such as Amazon.com, Apptio, buuteeq, Isilon Systems, and World Wide Packets.


New Enterprise Associates, Inc. (NEA) is a global venture capital firm that has attracted nearly $17 billion in cumulative committed capital since inception. The firm's long track record of successful investing includes more than 200 portfolio company IPOs and more than 320 acquisitions.

Redpoint Ventures

Since 1999, Redpoint partners have supported over 434 companies with 136 IPOs and M+As, including trailblazers 2U, HomeAway, Heroku, Netflix, PureStorage, Twilio and Zendesk. Today, Redpoint manages over $3.8 billion across multiple funds.

Vulcan Capital

Vulcan Capital is the multi-billion dollar investment arm of Vulcan Inc., the company founded by Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul G. Allen. Vulcan Capital is focused on generating long-term value appreciation across a portfolio which spans diverse industry sectors and investment asset classes.

WestRiver Group

WestRiver Group (WRG) is comprised of leading investment firms that provide integrated capital solutions for the global innovation economy. The company has an investment portfolio focusing on the technology, life science, energy, and experiential sectors, with flexibility to invest in a variety of asset classes and capital structures.