About Igneous

Igneous Systems wants to fundamentally evolve how enterprises store, backup and archive data in the cloud era. We’re a Seattle-based, venture-backed company that designed the industry's first secondary storage to effortlessly handle massive file systems. 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 and Barracuda Networks, complemented by incumbent infrastructure vendors, including Isilon Systems, EMC and NetApp.

Meet the Team

Kiran Bhageshpur


Kiran is CEO and cofounder 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.

Steve Pao


Steve is CMO at Igneous. Prior to Igneous, Steve was an early executive through two IPOs – as VP of Product Management at Latitude Communications (now part of Cisco), and as SVP and GM of the Security Business at Barracuda Networks.

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.

Asif Daud

VP of Engineering

Asif is VP of Engineering at Igneous. Prior to Igneous, Asif was Director of Engineering for the Isilon Storage Division of EMC, where he led development of the OneFS filesystem.

Kevin Kotecki

VP of Sales

Kevin Kotecki 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 Systems has raised over $26.7 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.