Kumar Malavalli

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Kumar Malavalli
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Born (1943-02-09) February 9, 1943 (age 78)
Alma materNational Institute of Engineering, Mysore India
Cal State East Bay Honorary Doctorate of Science
OccupationChairman of C3DNA Inc.
Co-founder, CTO Brocade Communications
Board member ofGlassbeam, Inc.
C3DNA Inc.
Spouse(s)Vijayalakshmi Malavalli
ChildrenRanjini Malavalli
  • Narayanaswamy Malavalli (father)
RelativesDr. Seetharam Malavalli
Dr. Shivaram Malavalli

Kumar Malavalli is an Indian American technology entrepreneur and philanthropist.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9] In 1995, he founded Brocade Communications Systems with Paul Bonderson Jr. He currently serves as chairman of C3DNA Inc. and as a partner at VKRM Services, a boutique investment firm.[2][7] He has also served on the boards of the Storage Networking Industry Association and the Fibre Channel Industry Association.[10][11]

Malavalli was presented with an honorary doctor of science degree by California State University, East Bay in 2013.[7] The Kumar Malavalli Endowed Chair in Storage Systems Research at the University of California Santa Cruz's Jack Baskin School of Engineering was established in 2004 following a $1 million donation from Malavalli.[7][12][13] Professor Darrell Long currently holds the Kumar Malavalli Chair.[13]

Malavalli is a member of the Silicon Valley Hall Engineering Hall of Fame.[6][14]

Early life and education[edit]

Malavalli was born in Mysore, Karnataka, India.[15] He moved to Düsseldorf, Germany in 1972 following his graduation from the National Institute of Engineering with a bachelor's degree in engineering.[12] After graduating from the Institute of Engineering in Düsseldorf with a master's degree in industrial electronics, Malavalli moved to Toronto, Ontario, Canada.[12][15]


In Toronto, Malavalli worked for Canstar Communications’ fibre channel group, which was later acquired by Hewlett-Packard.[12] While at Hewlett-Packard, he served on American National Standards Institute's T11 Technical Committee, which established universal standards for fibre channel.[10][13][16]

Malavalli co-founded Brocade Communications, a producer of storage area networks, with Paul Bonderson, Jr. in 1995.[1][3][4][17] Brocade launched in 1998 and went public in May 1999, and its CEO was convicted for illegal backdating of options in January 2008.[15] In addition to being a co-founder, Malavalli served as CTO of Brocade.[18]

In 2001, Malavalli co-founded InMage, an independent software company.[2][9][18]

He was awarded the International Committee for Information Technology Standards’ 2002 Gene Milligan Award for his work chairing an INCITS committee, which developed 17 standards for storage area networks.[10][19][20]

In 2003, Malavalli became the first Indian member of the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame.[6][14]

Malavalli co-founded Glassbeam, a software-as-a-service vendor, in 2009 with Puneet Pandit.[21][22] He also serves as chairman of the company.[22]

Malavalli was appointed InMage CEO in 2011.[2][9]

Other companies whose boards Malavalli has served on include CryptoMill Technologies and LeadFormix (then-known as LeadForce1).[23][24] He was also an investor in Edurite Technologies, which was later acquired by Pearson Education.[25][26]


In 2004, Malavalli donated $1 million toward the creation of the University of California at Santa Cruz’s endowed Kumar Malavalli Chair in Storage Systems Research.[7][12][13] He is also a benefactor of Stanford University’s Institute for Economic Policy Research, with donations totaling over $500,000.[27]

Malavalli is a co-founder and trustee of the Indus Trust, which builds schools that are not affordable by the middle class population of India.[4][8][16] Hindu BL, The Indus Trust is headed by Lt. Gen. Arjun Ray.[4][8][16][28] He is also the principle investor of TeleVital, a company that provides telemedicine services to rural areas in India.[1][29]

Malavalli is the chairman and a funder of the India Community Center in Milpitas, California.[5][30][31] He also serves as a trustee of the American India Foundation and Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.[12][32][33] He sits on the board of The Indus Entrepreneurs’ Silicon Valley Chapter and the San Francisco-Bangalore Sister City Initiative.[13][34][35]

In 2013, Malavalli was awarded the Immigrant Heritage Award for his philanthropic work in the United States and India.[36]


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