NZ Business Podcast - Paul Spain

NZ Business Podcast 32: David Hughes, Founder/CEO, Silver Peak

Episode Summary

Hear insights into building a business in the San Francisco Bay Area as Kiwi Founder/CEO Dr David Hughes shares his career story and that of his network technology firm Silver Peak Systems. This is unique chance to hear Paul Spain talk with David Hughes and gain insights from David's experiences both in his firm Silver Peak Systems, and working with other companies including hypergrowth startup Stratacom, giant Cisco Systems and Venture Capital firm Benchmark Capital. Not only did David Hughes raise some US$63-million in funding from leading Silicon Valley investors such as Benchmark Capital and Greylock Partners he also established Silver Peak Systems as one of very few competitors to not only survive, but reach profitability within 5-6 years - with some individual clients generating in excess of US$10-million/each. David shares his own experiences with career decisions, hiring, pivoting, taking advantage of client feedback and how the concept of the self driving car also has relevance in the field of computer networking. In 2017, under David Hughes' leadership, Silver Peak Systems has seen dramatic customer growth. Silver Peak is now a standout among Silicon Valley networking technology firms and is likely to keep attracting more attention in the year ahead. Please connect and send feedback via Twitter @NZ\_Business, Facebook.com/NZBusinessPodcast and the official website http://NZBusinessPodcast.com Featured: Silver Peak Systems: https://www.silver-peak.com/ Paul Spain: https://www.paulspain.com Sponsors: Gorilla Technology: https://www.gorillatechnology.com/ Process Street: https://www.nzbusinesspodcast.com/process-street/ Host and Guest: Paul Spain, David Hughes Running time: 0:59:43

Episode Notes

Hear insights into building a business in the San Francisco Bay Area as Kiwi Founder/CEO Dr David Hughes shares his career story and that of his network technology firm Silver Peak Systems. This is unique chance to hear Paul Spain talk with David Hughes and gain insights from David's experiences both in his firm Silver Peak Systems, and working with other companies including hypergrowth startup Stratacom, giant Cisco Systems and Venture Capital firm Benchmark Capital. Not only did David Hughes raise some US$63-million in funding from leading Silicon Valley investors such as Benchmark Capital and Greylock Partners he also established Silver Peak Systems as one of very few competitors to not only survive, but reach profitability within 5-6 years - with some individual clients generating in excess of US$10-million/each. David shares his own experiences with career decisions, hiring, pivoting, taking advantage of client feedback and how the concept of the self driving car also has relevance in the field of computer networking. In 2017, under David Hughes' leadership, Silver Peak Systems has seen dramatic customer growth. Silver Peak is now a standout among Silicon Valley networking technology firms and is likely to keep attracting more attention in the year ahead. Please connect and send feedback via Twitter @NZ_Business, Facebook.com/NZBusinessPodcast and the official website http://NZBusinessPodcast.com Featured: Silver Peak Systems: https://www.silver-peak.com/ Paul Spain: https://www.paulspain.com Sponsors: Gorilla Technology: https://www.gorillatechnology.com/ Process Street: https://www.nzbusinesspodcast.com/process-street/ Host and Guest: Paul Spain, David Hughes Running time: 0:59:43