Bala Venkatrao
Bala Venkatrao
Director, Product Management
Cloudera
Bala Venkatrao is currently Director, Products at Cloudera, a software pioneer in the Big Data space, aimed at bringing Hadoop and other related BigData technologies to enterprises. At Cloudera, Bala is involved in a wide array of activities including Product Management, Marketing and Partnership Development. He also leads the Customer Advocacy function to ensure the needs of customers are addressed effectively through product innovations. Prior to joining Cloudera, Bala worked at CA Technologies, where he was the founding member of CAís cloud business unit and laid the groundwork for several key strategic acquisitions. He conceptualized and led the product management efforts for an innovative cloud service management product. Bala also ran the CEO Innovation fund at CA, investing in new ideas related to virtualization, cloud, security and green IT Prior to CA Technologies, Bala worked as a management consultant at the Parthenon Group. He has also worked for several years at Sun Microsystems, designing their next generation server systems. Bala holds a MBA from MIT Sloan and completed his masterís/bachelorís in Electrical/Computer engineering.†He was a 2008 Fellow of the TiE Startup Leadership Program in Boston, where he worked on a new cloud computing start-up idea that he pitched to investors. Bala is an active consultant and advisor to several technology startups.