Hometown: Pune, Maharashtra
Age: 37 Years
Some Lesser Known Facts About Neha Narkhede
- Neha Narkhede is an Indian American technology entrepreneur, investor, and advisor. She is the co-founder of a streaming data technology company, Confluent and has worked in it as its Chief Technology Officer (CTO). She is one of the founding members of Apache Kafka, an open-source software platform. She serves as the board member of Confluent. Neha Narkhede was listed by Forbes as one of America’s Self-Made Women in 2020.
- When she was eight years old, her parents brought a computer for her, and then she started dreaming about working with technology. In a media conversation, she disclosed that her parents instilled a lot of motivation into her life since childhood. Neha Narkhede said,
My parents did a number of things that still impact my life today. First they instilled in me a belief that I could do anything. Second, they taught me the value of education. Third, they ensured that I was exposed to women role models.”
- Soon after completing her formal education, Neha Narkhede started working as a Member of the Technical Staff at Oracle Corporation in February 2008 and served in the position till February 2010. In Oracle, she was responsible for
- In February 2010, Neha Narkhede joined LinkedIn as its Software Engineer and worked in the position till April 2011. She was then promoted to the position of Senior Software Engineer in April 2011, and she served in the position till April 2012. At LinkedIn, she worked in the
- According to Neha Narkhede, she follows Padmashree Warrior and Indira Nooyi and considers them her role models. She talked about these businesswomen from India in a media interview. She said,
I look up to Padmashree Warrior, the ex-CTO at Cisco who is now the CEO and founder of NIO, an electric car startup. I also look up to Indira Nooyi, Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo.”
- In 2011, when Neha Narkhede was working at LinkedIn, she, along with Jun Rao and Jay Kreps, created the Platform Apache Kafka. Reportedly, they were working on a project at the company and came up with an idea to develop Kafka as an open-source platform.
- In September 2014, Neha Narkhede co-founded a software venture Confluent and started working as its Chief Technology and Product Officer. In January 2020, she was appointed as a board member of Confluent, which is a Palo Alto-based startup. She founded it along with Rao and Kreps. Later, they decided to begin Confluent as a business to business infrastructure company. In a media conversation, she disclosed how she came up with the idea to leave LinkedIn and start her own venture. Neha Narkhede narrated,
I talked to my colleague at the time, Jay Kreps, because he was thinking about the data access problem. I asked him if I could help work on a solution and that’s how we got started. We didn’t start by building technology. Instead we began by investigating the technologies that existed to understand their drawbacks. We concluded that a solution didn’t exist.”
- Apart from being a businesswoman, Neha Narkhede is also an accomplished author. In 2017, she published a book titled Kafka: The Definitive Guide along with Gwen Shapira and Todd Palino. This book narrates all the technologies created by Kafka.
- In March 2020, Neha Narkhede began working part-time as a startup investor and advisor and started advising several renowned technology-oriented companies such as
- According to Neha Narkhede, she likes scuba diving and travelling to distant places across the world. She talked about her favourite leisure time activities in a media interview. She said,
I love to travel and I’m an avid scuba diver. My husband and I create lists of cool places to dive around the world like the Great Blue Hole in Belize. There were a lot of sharks around so it was a bit of an adrenaline rush.”
- In 2019, Confluent raised $125 million in business, which increased its total funding to $206 million during the year. Neha Narkhede and her team were able to raise $250 million in business in April 2020, increasing its total funding to $456 million.
- Renowned companies like Goldman Sachs, Netflix, and Uber often use Confluent for data analyzing and collecting purposes. Once, in a media conversation, she stated the aim of her company while working on data processing. She said,
We view our technology as a central nervous system for companies that aggregates data and makes sense of it within milliseconds, at scale. We think virtually every company would benefit from that and we plan to bring it to them.”