Founder and CEO
Farzin, “The Maestro” Shahidi is a successful entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience in the enterprise software and services industry. Farzin has a M.B.A from Drexel University, and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of Colorado at Boulder.
Farzin enjoys dreaming up creative metaphors and ways to describe complex technology to non-technical people, spending time with his family, practicing Tai Chi Chen, and cultivating Bonsai trees.
Founder and CTO
Sanjay, “El Diablo” Pujare is responsible for setting the company’s overall technical direction and product architecture. Sanjay brings over 20 years of experience developing complex applications and enjoys a well-deserved reputation for delivering high quality products in a timely, cost effective manner. Sanjay holds a M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Toronto and a B.S. in Electronics Engineering from IIT Bombay.
Sanjay enjoys traveling and outdoor activities and has rekindled his interest in music because of his children.
Senior VP Business Development and Sales
Nick, “Rainmaker” Sears is responsible for global sales and business development strategy at NextPlane, including developing enterprise customers, service providers, and vendor relationships.
As a keen SCUBA diver and certified PADI Rescue Diver, Nick spends as much time under the water as time allows. When not getting wet, Nick also plays competitive table tennis to keep him on his toes.
Vice President SaaS and Engineering Services
Yogesh, “Wizard of Oz” Raina is responsible for managing NextPlane Cloud services, quality control, product management and technical engagements with customers.
Yogesh holds a B.E. in Electronics and Communication from Bangalore University.
He is interested in soccer, hiking, travel, and sci-fi movies where he finds inspiration for the new products he dreams of creating.
Sarva, “The Prince of Darkness” Bellan is responsible for the overall architecture of the NextPlane UC Exchange. Sarva holds a B.S. in Electronics and Communication Engineering from CIT/Bharathiar University in Coimbatore, India.
In his free time, Sarva enjoys the dark glow of the computer screen, immersing himself in MOOCS and playing online chess.
Senior Principal Software Engineer
Silvia, “Pull a Rabbit” Restelli develops and maintains many of the key components of the NextPlane UC Exchange. Silvia has more than 20 years of experience in software development at all levels ranging from operating systems and device drivers to enterprise software solutions.
Silvia graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Milan and landed in the US on a one year assignment….. Twenty years later she is still here and calls California her home. Silvia loves travel, movies, and the outdoors.
Ali, “Octopus” Kholafaei oversees our software development process to ensure the quality of all final products. Ali has an M.S. in Computer Science from the Technical University of Vienna in Vienna, Austria.
Ali loves the outdoors and wildlife and spends most of his free time hiking.
Senior Principal Software Engineer
Venky, “I’ve been there and done that” Talla contributes to the development of the various peripheral components of NextPlane. Venky has over 20 years of software development experience both in leading engineering teams as well as individual contribution. Venky has a M.S. in Computer Science from West Virginia University.
Venky loves the outdoors and nature and spends most of his weekends digging in the dirt at his farm near Hyderabad.
Product Marketing Manager
Marianna, “Social Media Fairy” Prodan comes to NextPlane with a strong background in Cloud technology and many years of navigating the technology startup scene in Silicon Valley, New York, and London.
At NextPlane, she is overseeing all online, social, email marketing and advertising activities. Marianna holds an M.B.A from Cass Business School (formerly City University of London). She enjoys photography, cooking, and exploring the beauty of California with her three young boys and her husband.
Senior Technical and Business Writer
Margaret, “Tina, the Wiry-Haired Tech Writer” Sands is NextPlane’s master story teller. Margaret has over twenty years of experience working in high-tech business and technical environments (primarily software and hardware) designing, writing, and editing technical and marketing communications.
Margaret graduated from Mills College and holds an M.A. in Linguistics from the University of California, Berkeley. She loves cooking, writing, playing the piano and hanging out with her moody little Chihuahua, Douglas.
Senior Inside Sales Manager
Jeff “The Chaser” Podraza is based in our corporate office. Originally from Chicago, he has over 20 years of experience in high-tech sales in Silicon Valley. He has spent most of the last decade in Unified Communications. In the evenings, Jeff is finishing his degree in Business. He likes spending time at the pool with his family and is an avid fan of open-wheel auto racing.