Banyan was founded in 2015 by industry veterans from VMware, HP Labs, and Moovweb with expertise in different types of virtualization, networking, security, and PAAS technologies. Inspired by the adoption of container and microservices-based architectures, we have created a unique solution to seamlessly provide security and identity in highly networked environments. Incubated at Stanford University’s StartX accelerator, Banyan is backed by leading Silicon Valley investors and advisors.


Yoshio Turner


Yoshio Turner has deep experience in architecting and building reliable, scalable, and secure systems. Prior to founding Banyan, Yoshio was a Principal Research Scientist at HP Labs in the Networking and Mobility Laboratory. Over 15 years at HP Labs, he led projects in the areas of software-defined networking, virtualization, and data center system architecture, resulting in business unit tech transfers, several peer-reviewed publications and presentations at top venues, and over 30 granted patents. Yoshio received Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science, and B.S. summa cum laude in Computer Science & Engineering, all from UCLA.

Jayanth Gummaraju


Jayanth Gummaraju has over a decade of experience in inventing, designing and building complex computer systems. Prior to founding Banyan, Jayanth worked at VMware where he co-created the Instant Clone technology used by the Container and VDI product lines, and co-founded the Big Data Virtualization initiative. He holds many patents and has published several papers in leading conferences in the areas of distributed systems, virtualization, and security. He is also a recipient of several awards related to innovation throughout his academic and professional career. Jayanth received his PhD from the Computer Systems Lab. at Stanford University, MS from Univ. of Maryland, College Park, and BE from BITS, Pilani, India.

Tarun Desikan


Tarun Desikan has extensive experience in product strategy and business execution from nimble startups to global corporations. He was most recently VP of Product at Moovweb, where he help build a leading PaaS for mobile development, migrating 100s of enterprises to modern infrastructure in the Public Cloud. Prior to Moovweb, he was a strategy consultant at the BCG focused on marketing & sales initiatives for Global-1000 IT companies. Tarun was also an early engineer at Infinera (Nasdaq: INFN), developing networking products. Tarun holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from BITS, Pilani, India, and an MSEE and MBA from Stanford University.


Mitch Bishop

ex- CloudPassage

Shreyas Sadalgi

Business Strategy at BetterCloud

ex- Centrify, Blue Coat

Sameer Sait

CISO at Arrow Electronics

Board Member at IT-ISAC