About

At Samsara, we believe that by making it easy to deploy sensors and analyze their data, customers of all types will be able to use them by the thousands, and in places they've never been used before.

Breakthroughs in semiconductors are making sensors smaller and radically cheaper, and wireless Internet connectivity is becoming ubiquitous. Yet traditional enterprise-scale sensor systems still require complex infrastructure, from hard-wired networks to servers, middleware, and custom code. As a result, sensor projects can take months — if not years — to bring online.

Samsara disrupts the traditional sensor model with an integrated, software-centric solution. Our products combine plug-and-play sensors, wireless connectivity, and rich cloud-hosted software, all tightly-integrated for simple deployment.

Samsara was founded in early 2015 by Sanjit Biswas and John Bicket. Sanjit and John previously co-founded Meraki, the cloud networking leader. Meraki was acquired by Cisco for $1.2 billion in 2012, and under Sanjit and John's continued leadership became one of Cisco’s fastest growing businesses. Samsara’s team includes veteran executives and technical leaders from companies including Google, Apple, and Meraki, who bring experience in big data, cloud software, and hardware design.

In Sanskrit, "Samsara" is the eternal cycle of life and rebirth.

Investors

andreessen horowitz

Andreessen Horowitz

Andreessen Horowitz backs bold entrepreneurs who move fast, think big, and are committed to building the next major franchises in technology. Founded by Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz, the firm has $4.2 billion under management. Among its investments are Airbnb, Coinbase, Facebook, GitHub, Instagram, Jawbone, Lookout, Nicira, Oculus VR, Lyft, Pinterest, Skype, and Twitter. Learn more at a16z.com.

Management

sanjit biswas

Sanjit Biswas

Founder & CEO

Sanjit co-founded Samsara to make it easier and more affordable for businesses to deploy sensors at a massive scale. Prior to Samsara, Sanjit was the CEO and co-founder of Meraki, one of the most successful networking companies of the past decade. Sanjit grew Meraki from his Ph.D. research into a complete enterprise networking portfolio, with cloud-based management that revolutionized the deployment of large networks. Meraki's sales doubled every year from inception, earning the company tens of thousands of customers. In 2012 Cisco acquired Meraki for $1.2 billion. Under his leadership, Cisco Meraki continued to grow at over 100%, making it one of Cisco's fastest-growing product lines in history.

Sanjit has been recognized as a TR35 honoree by MIT Technology Review, a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum, and has received awards for academic research in computer networking. He also serves on the boards of ThousandEyes and Highfive Technologies, and is an investor in several startups.

Sanjit holds a B.S. in Computer Systems Engineering from Stanford and an S.M. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT.

john bicket

John Bicket

Founder & CTO

John is responsible for Samsara's disruptive technology that makes operating thousands of sensors simple and secure. Prior to co-founding Samsara, John co-founded Meraki, where he was CTO and VP of Engineering. At Meraki, he built a cloud-based platform combining analytics, big data, and security that transformed how customers deployed and managed enterprise networks.

Starting Meraki out of his Ph.D. research at MIT, John and his team built integrated hardware, software, and cloud-based infrastructure that fueled continued 100% annual sales growth. Meraki's platform scaled to connect millions of network devices across over 140 countries. After Cisco acquired Meraki for $1.2 billion, John led Meraki as Cisco's fastest-growing cloud product.

John holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Cornell University and an S.M. in Computer Science from MIT.

kiren sekar

Kiren Sekar

VP Marketing & Product Management

Kiren is responsible for Samsara's product strategy, positioning, and outbound marketing. A proven technology leader, Kiren's broad experience ranges from product development to communications and go-to-market strategy. Prior to Samsara, Kiren was VP of Marketing at Meraki, where he was responsible for product marketing, brand, communications, and demand generation. Kiren was the first to bring modern, web-oriented marketing to enterprise networking, and developed innovative programs that sourced over half of Meraki's sales. Kiren's engineering-oriented business approach comes from his time as a technical leader at high-growth startups. Kiren holds patents for his work in network protocol design at Apple.

Kiren has a B.S. in Computer Science from Stanford.

ben calderon

Ben Calderon

VP Hardware Engineering & Operations

Ben brings over 15 years of experience to Samsara, where he is responsible for hardware design and operations. Before Samsara, Ben was VP of Hardware Engineering and Operations at Meraki, where he led the development of over 40 unique hardware products. Working with the industry's top semiconductor companies, Ben created a nimble development and supply chain operation that enabled Meraki to rapidly bring new products to market and scale to ship hundreds of thousands of units globally. Prior to Meraki, Ben was a key member of Apple's hardware team, where he managed notebook launches and iPod supply chains. Ben has also developed PVD and CVD semiconductor equipment at Applied Materials.

Ben has an S.B. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and an MBA from Stanford.

Board of Directors

sanjit biswas

Sanjit Biswas

Founder & CEO

john bicket

John Bicket

Founder & CTO

marc andreessen

Marc Andreessen

Founding Partner, Andreessen Horowitz