The BizSpark startup of the day is Virsto Software, based in the US. You will find below an interview with Mindy Anderson, Director of Product Management at Virsto Software. All the best to them and congrats for being the startup of the day!
Director of Product Management.
The founders of Virsto (CEO, CTO and VP of Engineering) were all working in various other emerging technology companies. I joined Virsto as the company was launching the beta program for our Virsto One software product.
This is very exciting!
Virsto sees a world where virtual storage is as empowering as virtual servers.
First and only hypervisor-based storage virtualization software architected to anticipate the evolving demands, barriers and opportunities of the virtual computing era.
We recognized that there were some fundamental differences in how storage was deployed and managed moving from a physical to virtual world. We talked with customers to validate their pain points and our presumptions.
We received our initial funding in Summer 2008. We are not actively seeking funding at this time.
We are an 18-person company, 14 developers.
We are not actively hiring. But are always on the look out for people who have a mix of storage and virtualization experience that can help us reach our goals.
We build on multiple platforms, including Windows. We set out from the beginning to be hypervisor agnostic. The first release of our first product, Virsto One, is only supported in a Windows Hyper-V environment. We have enjoyed the support and the enthusiasm in working with the Microsoft team.
We are excited about the possibilities and potential of the program.
One of the biggest things to get right is understanding the problem you are trying to solve. This is hard. It requires analysis of the problem or question being asked. It must be attacked from multiple levels. This gets tricky because of one thing – the ability to listen.
I have many. Every day I go into the office, I am in awe of the team of people that I work with and the accomplishments that they all have done in their lives outside of the office. I think my role models are typically the people who just chose to do something and did not give up. There are people like Pablo Picasso who used many forms of media to showcase his art, it seems to me he was finding different ways to use art to reach his audience. I like the people who continue to push the envelope in their respective areas. I love their creativity.
How could I possibly choose one thing? Virsto sees a world where virtual storage is as empowering as virtual servers. It really is our vision.