Jesse Rothstein and Raja Mukerji Honored by Ernst & Young for the Second Consecutive Year for Technology Innovation, Category Creation, and Business Leadership
SEATTLE, WA – April 30, 2015 – ExtraHop, the global leader in real-time wire data analytics for IT intelligence and business operations, today announced that Jesse Rothstein, ExtraHop co-founder and CEO, and Raja Mukerji, ExtraHop co-founder and President, have been named finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® 2015 Pacific Northwest Award for the second consecutive year. The award program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Jesse and Raja join a prestigious group of finalists including TUNE co-founders Lucas Brown and Lee Brown, Limeade CEO Henry Albrecht, and SmartSheet President and CEO Mark Mader. The finalists were selected by a panel of independent judges, including previous award winners, leading CEOs, private capital investors, and other regional business leaders.
"To be a successful tech entrepreneur, you have to have the right combination of vision, grit, leadership, and willingness to take risks," said Matt McIlwain, managing director at Madrona Venture Group, an ExtraHop investor. "From their days at F5, where they were instrumental in defining the Application Delivery Controller market, to ExtraHop, where they have laid the groundwork for the emerging IT Operations Analytics category, Jesse and Raja have demonstrated the kind of innovation and success that these qualities drive."
When Jesse and Raja started ExtraHop, they did so knowing that traditional approaches to managing the performance of applications and networks were not going to be able to scale up at the same pace as network capacity. Management and monitoring at 1Gb was one thing. Managing and monitoring the performance, security, and availability of applications and networks at 10GbE, 40GbE, and even 100GbE was another matter entirely. With ExtraHop, Jesse and Raja set out to build a platform that would not only scale to the data center speeds on the horizon, but to future needs as well.
Backed by funding from Technology Crossover Ventures, Meritech Capital Partners, Madrona Ventures, and private investors, including Mark Andreessen, Ben Horowitz, and Sujal Patel, ExtraHop is at the forefront of delivering IT analytics at scale with a platform that delivers correlated, cross-tier, and real-time visibility across the entire application delivery chain. With this deep visibility, ExtraHop's enterprise customers, including Lockheed Martin, McKesson, Alaska Airlines, Concur, and others, are empowered to optimize the performance, availability, and security of applications in their complex, dynamic environments.
"Jesse and I have been a team since our days at F5, and the mutual respect and camaraderie established there has played an integral role in the growth and success of ExtraHop," said Mukerji. "We are honored to be finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the year award for a second consecutive year."
Rothstein added: "We believe that this recognition is a testament to the kind of company that can be built on teamwork and cooperation not just between founders, but between employees, partners, and customers."
The winner of the 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year award for the Pacific Northwest will be announced at a special gala event on June 5, 2015, at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel. Visit the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards program homepage to learn more about the program and see the complete list of finalists.
To learn more about Jesse, Raja, and their entrepreneurial journey with ExtraHop, watch their Ernst & Young 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year finalist interview below.
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