Team September 3, 2015

Howie Xu Joins Greylock as EIR


I am thrilled to announce that Howie Xu has joined Greylock Partners as an Executive in Residence.

I met Howie back in 2004 when we were both at VMware — he was on the engineering team and I was on the product team. We worked in parallel for almost a decade and I saw first hand how Howie played an instrumental role to VMware’s network product portfolio and overall growth of the company. During his tenure, he helped to scale VMware that just started the server virtualization journey on ESX with 10+ developers to a virtualization giant with $4B in revenue and 10,000+ employees. Howie led the networking team at VMware. He and his team invented the network virtualization technology, which led to the creation of new markets including Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV). While at VMware he was one of the most capable technical leaders at the company building both a world class engineering team and driving strategic networking and security partnerships with companies such as Cisco, Intel, F5, Check Point, and Arista.

When Howie left VMware in 2011, he joined Big Switch Networks where he applied his technical experience and deep operating experience to recruit and run one of the most prominent networking teams in the Valley at the time. After, he went to Cisco to manage a wide range of products from Intercloud Fabric to Network Virtualization.

Over the years, we stayed in touch and kept tabs on each other trying to find ways to work together again. A couple of months ago, I reconnected with Howie to talk about the future of networking and security. As it turned out, Howie transitioned to a full-time executive program at Stanford GSB, and was contemplating for the next big move where he could make a meaningful impact. I spoke with him about the EIR role and, today, am extremely excited that Howie is joining the Greylock family.

As an EIR, Howie will consult our portfolio companies, and work with our partners to explore new opportunities to start a new company in the enterprise space.