Ex-Googler Invents Weird Thing Now Worth $150m+


This is Episode 199 of the number 1 business podcast, The Top where you’ll learn:

  1. The weird thing Mohit Aron invented now worth $150m
  2. How he raised $77m
  3. Why Mohit decided to quit corporate/Google to do his own thing
  4. Why Mohit, even as an engineer, likes the marketing book “Crossing the Chasm”

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3 Key Points:

  1. Don’t get too comfortable—ever.
  2. Trust your instincts.
  3. Once you’ve “crossed the chasm” it’s time to find a new challenge.

Time Stamped Show Notes:

01:08 – Nathan’s introduction

02:00 – Nathan welcomes Mohit to the show

02:22 – Why Mohit left Google?—life was too comfortable

03:30 – What Mohit gave up to leave Google—north of $500K

04:09 – You can’t make a big difference when you’re working inside a juggernaut

05:27 – Don’t make a decision purely on the money—look at all the elements in the equation

07:00 – “The Cliff”

07:40 – AsterData sold to Teradata for nearly $323 million

08:40 – Founding Nutanix and hyper-convergence

10:04 – Network speeds have only grown by 10K in the last 15 years, whereas disk speeds have grown by 1000x

11:02 – Once Mohit leaves a company, he cuts ALL ties

11:59 – Crossing the chasm

13:40 – Talking about Cohesity

13:55 – Mohit originally bootstrapped but ended up being funded by Sequoia

16:28 – Alpha phase v. Beta phase

17:45 — Aron@cohesity.com

Famous 5

  • Favorite Book? – Crossing the Chasm
  • What CEO do you follow?— Steve Jobs
  • What is your favorite online tool?— Evernote
  • Do you get 8 hours of sleep?— No
  • If you could let your 20 year old self know one thing, what would it be?—Trust your gut

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In Episode #199, Nathan speaks with Mohit Aron, CEO of Cohesity, a company that caters exclusively to the secondary data storage market. Listen as Nathan ask Mohit about his journey up and through Google (including his decision to leave), his trial and error experiment in entrepreneurship, and how he came to create Cohesity.

Guest Biography:
Cohesity was founded in June 2013 by CEO Mohit Aron, who is regarded as the pioneer of hyper­convergence, the first architecture to converge compute and storage to simplify virtualization. Aron founded the infrastructure company Nutanix to bring hyper­convergence to market and served as its CTO before leaving to build Cohesity.

Aron worked as a Staff Engineer at Google from 2003 to 2007, where he helped design the company’s innovative Google File System. He also served as Architect at AsterData, a leading big data analytics company that was later acquired by Teradata. Mohit holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Rice University.