Umang Gupta

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Umang Gupta[1] (born 1949) is an Indian-American entrepreneur and Silicon Valley CEO[2][3] who is credited with writing the first business plan for Oracle.



Umang Gupta is the former Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Keynote Systems,[4][5] Inc. (NASDAQ: KEYN). He served in that capacity from December 1997 to August 2013. Keynote Systems is a Silicon Valley, California Company that employs approximately 500 people and had revenue of $125.0 million in fiscal year 2013. The company develops and sells services, hardware and software to measure, test, assure and improve the quality of service of the Internet and of mobile communications. It was sold to Thoma Bravo, a private equity company, in August 2013.Keynote Pressroom[6]


Umang Gupta holds a Bachelor of Technology degree (1971) in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology,[7] Kanpur, India, and an M.B.A. degree (1972) from Kent State University in Ohio, USA. In 1996, Umang received the Distinguished Alumnus Award of the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur for his outstanding contributions to Information Technology and entrepreneurial achievements.[8]

IBM and Oracle[edit]

After working seven years at IBM, in 1981 Umang Gupta joined Oracle Corporation as their 17th employee and served as Vice President and General Manager of the Microcomputer Products Division through 1984. At Oracle he is credited with writing the first business plan for the company. Umang has also been an active investor and advisor to a number of Silicon Valley start-up companies including serving on the Board of Trustees of Mosaix, a publicly held call-center systems company from 1997 to 1999 until its sale to Lucent Technologies.


In 2000 Umang was honored with of the Asian Pacific Foundation Award[9] for Civic Leadership and Philanthropy. Apart from his professional activities, Umang has previously served on the board of the Peninsula Community Foundation, California, USA, which later merged with another foundation to form the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, the largest community foundation in the United States. Umang along with his wife Ruth have been donors to, and served as board members of PARCA, a non-profit organization in the Bay Area of California devoted to the needs of the developmentally disabled and their families, and helped to found Raji House, a respite home for the developmentally disabled, located in Burlingame, California. Umang also has an avid interest in history and served as Chairman of the Board of the San Mateo Historical Association[10] where he and his wife helped sponsor the "Immigrants Gallery", a permanent exhibition to honor the contributions of immigrants to San Mateo county. Umang was also a co-founder of the IIT Kanpur Foundation and currently serves as Global Board Chairman of PanIIT,[11] the alumni organization of over 200,000 alumni of the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology. He has also participated as an angel investor and adviser to various Silicon Valley technology companies.

Gupta Technologies[edit]

He was the founder and Chairman and CEO of Gupta Technologies, a client/server database and tools company, from 1984 to 1996, where he helped to usher in the era of client server computing with the world’s first SQL database server and application development tools for PC networks.[12]


  1. ^ "Umang Gupta". Forbes. 
  2. ^ "Umang Gupta Chair". Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. 
  3. ^ "Umang Gupta". Asian Pacific Fund. 
  4. ^ "Official Website". Keynote. 
  5. ^ "Deal done, with perseverance and a poker game". The New York Times. December 2, 2004. 
  6. ^ "Keynote sale shows what Umang Gupta learned". The Wall Street Journal. August 23, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Official website". India Institute of Technology. 
  8. ^ "On the record". SFGate. July 1, 2007. 
  9. ^ "Umang Gupta". Asian Pacific Fund. 
  10. ^ "Board of Directors". SMCHA Official Website. 
  11. ^ "Global Mission". PANIIT Global. 
  12. ^ "SQL Programmer's Guide". Umang Gupta. 

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