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Our Story

PeerNova is a Silicon Valley-based technology company founded by veteran entrepreneurs with deep expertise in distributed systems, networking solutions, Big Data, compiler technology, and financial services. Our team consists of members with past experience at Intel, Qualcomm, IBM, Google, and Yahoo.

Computing has brought unimaginable speed and scale to recordkeeping and data storage. Today’s financial institutions, exchanges, and insurance companies can record transactions and update information in near real-time and benefit from the agility this immediacy offers. But digital recordkeeping led to sacrificing permanency. When everything can be updated and changed, nothing feels truly secure. As a result, we’ve created a world where we can no longer trust the integrity of data, fully protect information from bad actors, or easily comply with regulations or audits.

Drawing on inspiration from millennial blockchain technology and millennia-old recordkeeping practices, PeerNova has developed a new approach to tackling this challenge: the first immutable ledger with built-in audit, scale, and other capabilities necessary to help the world’s most trusted organizations store, secure, and validate data while maintaining the enterprise-class controls they require. With this solution in place, organizations can ensure the integrity of their recordkeeping, meet constantly rising regulatory and compliance standards, and complete successful audits with fewer resources than ever before, all while moving at the speed their business demands. Your business can’t afford to rely on data that’s probably right. With PeerNova, you can trust and verify whatever you need to maintain the highest levels of confidence and business success.

Our Leadership Team

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Gangesh Ganesan

President and CEO

Gangesh Ganesan is a co-founder of Peernova and serves as its President and CEO. Mr. Ganesan is an experienced technologist and entrepreneur and has worked in senior technical, marketing and product management roles in many prominent companies in Semiconductor, Cloud, and Software industries. Mr. Ganesan was co-founder and CEO of a Hadoop Big Data startup called Factals from 2012 to 2013. From 2008 to 2012, Mr. Ganesan served as President and CEO of Ubicom, a network processor company that was acquired by Qualcomm. Prior to joining Ubicom, Mr. Ganesan served as Director of Strategic Marketing for Marvell Semiconductor. Mr. Ganesan also served as Director of Marketing for TCAMs and Networking Search Engines at Cypress Semiconductor. Mr. Ganesan started his career as an ASIC designer and Systems Architect at the Telex communications division of Bosch Communications. Mr. Ganesan has an MBA and an MS, both from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis and a BE from College of Engineering, Guindy, Chennai, in India.

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Chris Mausler

Chief Financial Officer

Chris Mausler serves as Chief Financial Officer of PeerNova. Mr. Mausler brings over 25 years of senior financial management experience in the technology sector, ranging from Fortune 500 corporations to start-up companies. Prior to joining PeerNova, Mr. Mausler was CFO of Calypto Design Systems, a fast-growing private EDA software company, from 2012 to 2014. Before joining Calypto, Mr. Mausler served as Vice President of Finance at Ubicom, a networking and multimedia semiconductor company, from 2009 until its acquisition by Qualcomm in 2012. Previous finance leadership positions include tenures at Xilinx, an FPGA semiconductor company; Optimize, a medical device start-up; Informix Corp., a relational database software company; and Quantum, a storage solutions company. Mr. Mausler began his career at IBM, where he gained ten years of experience in all disciplines of finance across multiple billion-dollar business units in San Jose and New York. Mr. Mausler holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Economics and Computer Science from Colgate University and an MBA in Finance and Accounting from Columbia Business School.

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Raghu Rao

VP of Business Development

Raghu Rao is responsible for all business development and sales activities at PeerNova.  Raghu has over 25 years of business development, sales and marketing experience at multiple technology companies in systems, hardware and software. Raghu has had long stints leading Europe/Middle East field operations teams out of London and Asia/Pac operations out of Tokyo.  Raghu’s prior stints include Zenverge, Marvell, and Conexant.

Mark-Jennis

Mark Jennis

Global Head of Customer Engagement

Mark is a financial market executive with a record of successfully creating, building, and leading innovative, strategic global solutions for clients. Throughout this career, he has held a broad range of leadership positions in strategy, business development, operations, technology, risk management, and relationship management. Mark has been recognized for his ability to develop and implement an award-winning industry margin utility and successfully build collateral management and operations infrastructure for investment bankers.

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Bala Annadorai

Sr. Director of Business Development and Strategy

Bala is a senior financial services executive with extensive experience in developing strategic solutions and leading large-scale complex technology projects for global clients. During his time at PwC, he helped lead data analytics technology and collateral management groups, providing a host of advisory services to buy-side firms, sell-side banks, and industry utilities. Prior to PwC, Bala consulted with many global investment banks to build enterprise solutions with a particular focus on delivering technology and operational capabilities in the post-trade processing arena.

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Mike Radocchio

Director of Customer Success

Mike is a veteran of the capital markets post-trade space spanning a variety of different roles over the past 20 years.  Most recently, he was the Head of Professional Services for the Americas at NEX Optimization’s Traiana division. Additional roles at Traiana included Program Management responsibilities for both ClientLink, a buy-side post-trade processing service, as well as CCP Connect, a clearing facilitation service for market participants.  Prior to Traiana, Mike spent a number of years at Summit Systems working on a wide range of projects in the Product Development group.

Our Board

S. Atiq Raza

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Atiq Raza is currently Chairman & CEO of CALIENT Technologies, the leading MEMS Photonic Optical Switch Manufacturer. Atiq is also on the board of Solantro, Seeo, June-Alpha, and eASIC. Atiq also serves on the Stanford University School of Engineering Advisory Board.  He was Chairman and CEO of NexGen, the first company to offer competitive products to Intel in microprocessors. Atiq became the President and COO of AMD and served on its Board of Directors. Prior to NexGen, Atiq held various management positions at VLSI, most notably the Vice-President of Technology Centers. Post AMD, Atiq founded Raza Microelectronics Incorporated (RMI). RMI was acquired by NetLogic in October 2009. Atiq served as Chief Technology Advisor to NetLogic. NetLogic was in turn acquired by Broadcom on the strength of its Processor. Atiq has served as Chairman of the Board at Validity. Atiq also served as Chief Technology Advisor to NetLogic and has been on the boards of several successful start-ups including Mellanox (now a public company), SiByte (acquired by Broadcom for $2.2 billion), Siara (acquired by Redback for $4 billion), VxTel (acquired by Intel for $500 million) and Magma (formerly a public company which was recently acquired by Synopsys). He has several degrees, including his Bachelor’s degree with honors in Physics from Punjab University, a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering with honors from the University of London, and a Master’s degree in Materials Science & Engineering from Stanford University.

Gangesh Ganesan

Board Member

Gangesh Ganesan is a co-founder of Peernova and serves as its President and Chief Technology Officer. Mr. Ganesan is an experienced technologist and entrepreneur and has worked in senior technical, marketing and product management roles in many prominent companies in Semiconductor, Cloud, and Software industries. Mr. Ganesan was co-founder and CEO of a Hadoop Big Data startup called Factals from 2012 to 2013. From 2008 to 2012, Mr. Ganesan served as President and CEO of Ubicom, a network processor company that was acquired by Qualcomm. Prior to joining Ubicom, Mr. Ganesan served as Director of Strategic Marketing for Marvell Semiconductor. Mr. Ganesan also served as Director of Marketing for TCAMs and Networking Search Engines at Cypress Semiconductor. Mr. Ganesan started his career as an ASIC designer and Systems Architect at the Telex communications division of Bosch Communications. Mr. Ganesan has an MBA and an MS, both from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis and a BE from College of Engineering, Guindy, Chennai, in India.

Howard Mergelkamp

Board Member

Howard has over 20 years of investment banking, private equity, operating and corporate law experience in financial technology, electronic payments and financial services. As a founding member of Corporate Ventures and Advisory Services at BlackRock, Inc., Howard advised on proprietary investments and third-party mergers and acquisitions in financial technology. As a Senior Vice President at Regulus Group LLC (a payments portfolio company of Liberty Partners) he led strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate restructuring. Howard’s advisory experience includes investment banking at Merrill Lynch & Co. focusing on mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance in electronic payments and financial technology, and corporate law at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and Cravath, Swaine & Moore focusing on mergers and acquisitions in banking, asset management, insurance and consumer finance. Howard has advised on over $156 billion of strategic transactions across 91 completed deals of all types and structures, working with executive management teams and boards at companies with market capitalizations from $1 million to $43 billion. Howard has a BA, cum laude, in political science and economics from Columbia University and a JD, magna cum laude, from University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Jonathan E. Johnson

Board Member

Johnson is president of Medici Ventures, Overstock’s subsidiary that oversees a portfolio of blockchain technology and fintech businesses, including PeerNova.  Johnson joined Overstock in 2002, and has served as the chairman of Overstock’s board of directors since April 2014, transitioning to the position after five years as the company’s president, and later, as the acting CEO and executive vice chairman of the board.  He has been an integral part of Overstock’s meteoric growth from a small start-up to a publicly traded company with over $1.8 billion in sales and over 1,700 employees.  Prior to Overstock, he served various positions with TenFold Corporation, including Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President, Senior Vice President, and General Counsel.  Johnson received a Bachelor’s Degree in Japanese from Brigham Young University, studied at Osaka University of Foreign Studies in Japan as a Ministry of Education Scholar, and received his Juris Doctor degree from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University.

Suresh Kumar

Board Member

Suresh is a global digital leader and an entrepreneur in the financial industry. He helped build NetX360, the largest wealth management platform for financial advisors. He has also helped build NetXInvestor, the industry-leading platform for retail investors, pioneering the online brokerage industry. He is now working with startups and helping them scale. Suresh was a Senior Executive Vice President and Global Chief Information Officer for BNY Mellon. He served on BNY Mellon’s Executive Committee, the organization’s most senior management body. He led 13,000 technology professionals, as BNY Mellon became the industry leader in delivering innovative and exceptional technology solutions. He was also the founder and Chief Executive Officer of iNautix Technologies, a BNY Mellon Company that provides offshore development services.

Investors

Individual Investors:

  • Steve Case
  • Ashar Aziz
  • Pierre Lamond
  • Atiq Raza