• CEO and Co-Founder, Kasten

    Niraj can be found spending most of his waking hours working at Kasten, an early-stage stealth startup.

About Me


  • Dr. Niraj Tolia is the CEO and Co-Founder at Kasten, an early-stage startup working on cloud-native storage infrastructure. Previously, he was the Senior Director of Software Engineering within the Data Protection Cloud group at EMC and ran the Maginatics engineering team that was responsible for the CloudBoost family of products. Prior to EMC’s acquisition of Maginatics in 2014, he was a founding member of the Maginatics team and played multiple roles within the company including VP of Engineering, Chief Architect, and Staff Engineer.

  • Before Maginatics, Niraj was a Senior Researcher in the Exascale Computing Lab at HP Labs where he led research into data-intensive computing, next-generation non-volatile memories, Infrastructure-as-a-Service systems, and next-generation data centers.

  • Niraj received his PhD in Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, where he was a part of the Parallel Data Lab, and conducted research on distributed storage systems with an emphasis on wide area network data transfer. He also received a MS degree in Computer Engineering and a BS degree in Computer Engineerng with an additional major Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University.

  • For more information, you can always check out Niraj's CV.

Contact Info

I am based in Silicon Valley in sunny California, USA. To get in touch, feel free to contact me via email, Twitter, LinkedIn, or smoke signals. The last method isn't too reliable though.