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Instart Logic Overview

Palo Alto, CA
51 to 200 employees
Company - Private
Information Technology
$10 to $25 million (USD) per year
Many of the worlds largest brands use Instart Logic to substantially and immediately increase their digital revenue by delivering a faster, safer and more compelling digital experience for their clients.

Our value proposition is simple. We offer our clients ... Read more

Mission: Instart Logic was created with a single mission: bringing an intelligent, fast and scalable solution to the challenges of application delivery to companies whose business depends on cloud application performance.

We’ve built a company rich in ... Read more

Glassdoor Awards

Best Places to Work: 2015 (#6)

Highest Rated CEOs: 2015 (#20)

Company Updates

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Instart Logic – Why Work For Us?

Instart Logic is a Palo Alto based startup. Not only do we have a really innovative product, but we also get to work with some of the most brilliant minds in the Valley who also happen to be genuinely great people! We don't need a "no jerks" policy because we don't hire them.

Our team combines deep expertise in the domain of the problem we are solving, with incredibly smart talent in areas that have nothing to do with it. In doing this, we are able to identify deep flaws in the structures of traditional solutions, leading us to reimagine brand new approaches to problems that everyone strives to solve, but can’t using current thinking.  

Out of this composite of talents comes an industry-shifting breakthrough, and a new team dynamic. We are united in our determination to break the long-standing barrier to web application performance and pioneer a new era in how users experience the Internet.

What You will find at Instart Logic

  • A team of engineers with remarkable smarts and absence of big egos.

  • Amazingly complex engineering problems that no other company is working on.

  • Exceptional people determined to grow our customers’ businesses, and tie our company’s success to theirs.

  • Great customers that expect bleeding edge innovation and support.

  • A company culture rooted in commitment, sportsmanship and transparency.

  • A fun, challenging environment enriched by gifted people and fascinating technology.

In it to win it!

We're a competitive bunch - enjoy a friendly game of basketball, Wii, Halo, or foos ball in our game room or join the team for weekly soccer games. We really come together when there's competition involved like the egg drop competition, office olympics and Happy Hour competitions.

Welcome home!

We want you to feel like Instart Logic is a second home - bring your competitive spirit along with your kids and dogs to work any time you want (as long as they play well with others).


Time Off Policy

Our policy is....we have no policy! With respect to sick and vacation time, we take a lenient approach; as long as you, your team and your manager are on the same page with what needs to be done, we let you work out time off amongst yourselves.  

Flexible Working Hours

Want to avoid rush hour? Have a doctor’s appointment? We understand, and relate! A happy and productive employee is one that has great work-life balance.

Catered Lunches

Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, enjoy cuisines from different cultures, from sandwiches to Middle Eastern food and everything in between. Suggestions are always welcome!

Fully Stocked Kitchen

Need a fix to get started in the morning, or just to get over your mid day hump? Whip yourself up a latte on our Breville Espresso machine, or make a freshly roasted cup of coffee on our Avalon. Our fully stocked kitchen includes everything to meet your healthy (and some times indulgent) snack needs.


Eager to start saving for retirement? No need to wait! You are eligible to sign up as soon as you are onboarded and start contributions for the next paycheck. Instart Logic matches up to 4% of your 401k contributions! 

Health Benefits

We pay for 100% of the monthly benefits premium for full time employees, and 80% of the premium for your dependents. Insurance coverage begins on your start date. There are four medical plans to choose from through Anthem BlueCross and Kaiser Permanente. Dental coverage is through Guardian Dental and Vision insurance is through VSP. 

Life Insurance

We understand the worry that comes when you have a family and how they would be taken care of if something were to happen to you. At Instart, we offer a core Life/AD&D plan as well as a voluntary life/AD&D plan. 

We take care of our Employees

Short Term Disability Insurance is provided at no cost to employees, and will replace a portion of your income if you are unable to work due to illness or injury for more than 7 days. The benefit will be paid to you for a maximum of 12 weeks. Employee Assistance Program is provided at no cost to employees and their dependents: resources address areas of education, dependent care, legal/financial, lifestyle/fitness, and career development. Flexible Spending Account offers a convenient way to pay for out of pocket medical, dental, vision, and dependent care expenses pre-tax.


Instart Logic is built by a team of experts with diverse experience across big data analytics, large-scale web application infrastructure, virtualization and networking.

Manav Mital: CEO and Founder

Manav is a co-founder of Instart Logic and has been CEO since its inception in late 2010. Previously, he was Engineering Manager at Aster Data, where he led the design of major components of their flagship product, including the core database engine and all query processing. Aster Data, a pioneer in the Big Data market, was acquired by Teradata Corp for $263M. Before Aster, Manav worked in Yahoo's Web Search team, where he helped design and build systems to improve search rankings by better webpage classification. Manav has a MS in Computer Science from UCLA and a BS in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.

Hariharan Kolam: CTO and Founder

Hariharan is a co-founder and CTO of Instart Logic and is responsible for focusing on long term innovation and competitiveness. Previously, Hariharan was a senior engineer at Aster Data and worked on all features across the entire development stack, ranging from the kernel to the BI application layer (distributed workload management, backup and data re-partitioning services). Prior to Aster, he was part of the Solaris Cluster group at Sun, where he contributed critical modules of software responsible for high availability on Solaris zones. Hariharan has a MS in Computer Science from Stony Brook and a BS in Computer Science from NIT Nagpur, India.

undefined Rafael Torres: CFO

As CFO, Rafael is responsible for leading the company towards its short term and long term strategic financial objectives. Rafael plays a key role in developing, monitoring and evaluating overall corporate strategy with the CEO and leadership team, with an emphasis on bottom line performance, working capital management and enhancing shareholder value. He currently serves on the board of directors for Ubiquiti Networks.  Previously, he was the CFO at OCZ Storage Solutions, a Toshiba Group Company.  Rafael has also held senior leadership roles at Capella Photonics, Power Integrations and PLX Technology Inc. Rafael holds a BS in Accounting from Santa Clara University - Leavey School of Business and is a Certified Public Accountant (Inactive).

Shane Lowry: VP of Engineering

Shane is responsible for product development at Instart Logic. Previously, he was Director of R & D at VMware, where he spent 7 years overseeing a global team of engineers building the Lab Manager and vCloud Director solutions. Shane came to VMware through its acquisition of Akimbi Systems, where he was the Director of Engineering. Prior to Akimbi, Shane served 3 years as Director of Application & Web Development at Affinity Internet, where he was responsible for developing powerful hosting and e-commerce applications. Shane has a MA in Philosophy from the National University of Ireland, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Internet Systems Development from Dublin Institute of Technology.

Peter Blum: VP of Product Management

Peter is responsible for product management & product marketing at Instart Logic. Previously, Peter was at Citrix, where he was Senior Director of Product Management and Marketing for the XenClient product. Earlier, at XenSource, he held a variety of product management and technical sales roles focusing on the XenServer virtualization platform. XenSource was acquired by Citrix for $500M. Prior to XenSource, he held a variety of pre-sales, web development and IT admin roles, including 5 years at Marimba working with enterprise change management systems. Peter has a BA in Political Science with a minor in Computer Science from UCSD.

undefinedShailesh Shukla: VP of Products and Strategy

Shailesh has a wealth of business and technology leadership experience in software, networking and mobility. Most recently he was the VP/GM of the Mobility Software and Applications Business Unit at Cisco, where he set up this new entrepreneurial business focused on monetizing and optimizing mobility and wireline networks. Prior to joining Cisco, Shukla was part of the management team at two Silicon Valley networking companies: Juniper Networks for three years and Redback Networks for seven years, in a variety of roles including Vice President of Marketing, Strategy and Corporate Development. His broad range of experience includes previous stints at Mercer Management Consulting (now Oliver-Wyman) as a Principal, and Booz-Allen and Hamilton as an Associate. Shukla holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from BITS Pilani, India, a MS in electrical engineering from the University of Kansas, and an MBA (SM) from MIT Sloan School of Management.

undefined Samrah Khan: VP of Business Development

Samrah is responsible for all Business Development and Partnership functions at Instart Logic. Prior to Instart, Samrah was with MuleSoft, where she was responsible for Strategic Global Partnerships that focused on driving channel revenue via sales and services. Earlier at MuleSoft, she also focused on alliances for go to market of joint MuleSoft cloud solutions with ISV’s. Before MuleSoft, she spent 7 years at TeleNav that went public in 2010. At TeleNav she held variety of client facing roles ranging from technical sales to business development that focused on large Telcos and OEMs in the mobile space. Samrah has a BS in Computer Science from Santa Clara University.

undefined Justin Fitzhugh: VP of Technical Operations

Justin is responsible for expanding the company’s world-class software-defined application delivery infrastructure and ensuring impeccable reliability and scale. He brings over 17 years of experience to Instart Logic, most recently as CIO and Vice President of Technical Operations at Jive. Prior to Jive, Justin ran Engineering Operations at Mozilla for over 5 years where his team scaled the infrastructure from 2 racks to 7 global data centers serving over 25% of the internet and 500 million users. In addition Justin bootstrapped the business intelligence group while also managing the web development, support,   infrastructure security, operations and architecture groups, growing the team to over 90. Previously he has worked at Cisco, Macromedia, Currenex and holds a degree in CS from University of the Pacific.

 Chris Smith: VP of Worldwide Field Operations

Chris is a highly successful Global Sales Executive, evidenced by two IPOs and 2 separate Billion Dollar acquisitions. His track record for building elite sales & sales operations teams is impressive. He brings nearly 25 years of sales and business operations knowledge to Instart Logic. When asked about his success, he replied, "The key is to understand the market challenges and how to solve complex business problems in a practical way. I drive a customer focused culture where each employee is accountable for the customers success. That culture will inevitably breed excellent service, solutions and sales; the result being a category king brand." He most recently served as Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales at Invincea, the global leader in endpoint security. In 4 years he drove product sales to over 25,000 Customers and 3 Million Active Users, leveraging a newly structured Dell OEM. Before Invincea, Christopher was Eastern Vice President of Sales at ArcSight where he helped drive sales to $360M, which resulted in a successful IPO and ultimately a sale to HP for $1.5B.

Dan Druker: VP of Global Marketing

Dan's career has spanned a series of amazing technology companies – starting out as a Sales Engineer at Oracle when it was just a few hundred people and then going on to marketing and management leadership roles in mid to late stage venture-backed firms. In marketing, his focus is on creating markets, driving visibility, building great teams, crushing competitors, and partnering closely with sales and products to accelerate growth. He's a Bay Area native who went to Stanford and studied Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and then earned his graduate degree from UCLA.

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    I have been working at Instart Logic full-time (More than 3 years)


    Super smart & diverse group of people, challenging business-relevant problems to solve for customers, great benefits including 401k match


    No shower, too much free (and not super healthy) food, sometimes communication is not the best

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus heavily on customer satisfaction & enablement, especially for customers in target markets; invest more in people and processes that will maintain & grow the business and help customers succeed; work on establishing regular communications internally and externally with a focus on transparency.

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Instart Logic Interviews



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    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Instart Logic (Chicago, IL) in May 2017.


    The interview process was thorough, informative and smooth from first interview to first day of employment. I met with hiring VP, CRO, talked with an existing rep and HR. The length of overall process was very quick.

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Instart Logic Awards & Accolades

  • Silicon India Company of the Year, Silicon Valley Business Journal, 2017
  • Red Herring Global Top 100, Red Herring, 2016
  • Career-Launching Companies List, Wealthfront, 2016
  • Employees’ Choice - Best Small & Medium Companies to Work For, GlassDoor, 2015
  • Employees’ Choice - 50 Best Medium Sized Companies to Work For, Glassdoor, 2015
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