Tech Coast Angels
Faisal is an Angel Investor at Tech Coast Angels, the largest and most active angel group in Southern California. He is an advisor and investor in several startups and is a mentor/charter member at several organizations including CONNECT, OPEN and TIE.
He received an MSEE from Purdue University and an MBA from Santa Clara University. He holds 8 patents in the areas of networking, including control plane, data plane, load balancing and video delivery.
Faisal is also an innovative, dynamic, and inspirational executive and entrepreneur with extensive leadership experience. He has built global organizations, delivered innovative products, driven growth, improved efficiencies and gained market share, both in fast pace startup environment as well as Fortune 500 companies. Currently he is serving as CTO of Sleep Number corporation, a leader in smart bed space redefining the future of sleep with individualized sleep experiences, where he leads the global technology, product development and innovation. Previously he was VP Technology at GlobalLogic leading Global Cloud/DevOps Practice organization and responsible for providing thought leadership and technical excellence in areas of public/private/hybrid clouds, DevOps, Containers and SDN/NFV. He was also a Founding member/VP of Engineering at multiple startups from PLUMgrid (Acquired by VMware), Allot Communications, Ortiva Wireless (Acquired by Allot) and Wichorus (Acquired by Tellabs). Faisal began his career at Cisco Systems where he designed and developed several routing/switching product families.
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