Startup Grind Washington DC Hosts Sanju Bansal (cofounder of MicroStrategy)

  • August 7, 2013 · 6:30 PM


Sanju Bansal, cofounder of MicroStrategy

Founded in 1989 by Michael J. Saylor and Sanju K. Bansal, MicroStrategy develops and sells business intelligence, mobile software, and cloud-based services for some of the top Fortune 500 companies and technology companies in the world including Facebook, eBay, and Yahoo.  MicroStrategy was one of the first companies to pioneer data-driven enterprises with Business Intelligence and now is enhancing Big Data capabilities with its army of data scientists.  It is a public traded company on the NASDAQ: MSTR with almost $600 million in revenues with 3,200 employees worldwide.  Mr. Bansal received an S.B. in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.S. in Computer Science from The Johns Hopkins University. Hear this incredible rags-to-riches-to-rags-to-riches story from the perspective of this famous and humble DC area founder.  Also, we will talk about his insights in Big Data, social media, cloud, mobile and it's impact in the enterprise.


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Hosted By Brian Park, Director of Startup Grind Washington DC

Over 18 years professional experience in web/online/mobile product development. Experience in developing innovative consumer and enterprise collaborative web products and services.  Has started three previous startups. Previously worked for AOL and Merrill Lynch. Is a CMUer.
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