Founded in 2014, Sproute is building a web platform for the distributed delivery of networking services.

Sproute is privately held and profitable.

Guiding Principles

Customers first

We believe that our success derives from the success of our customers.

Intersection of the web and IP Networking

We see Sproute as being at the intersection of the web and IP networking -- cross-pollinating tools, business and service delivery models, and techniques for building scalable distributed systems.

Network rather than Nodes

We believe that the best gains from modern architectures can be realized when solutions operate at the level of the network, rather than at the level of each node.

Building blocks

Sproute believes in a modular approach to building systems, where each component is dedicated to a well-defined task and can easily be replaced with an equivalent one.

To hold our feet to the fire, we license our building blocks for other companies to integrate into their systems, hence ensuring that the components have clean and flexible interfaces.

Among other things, this means that we can also deliver our solutions as packages rather than as a full OS distribution.

Giving back

Companies like Sproute would not exist were it not for open source software. We would like to return the favor. Sproute has made significant contributions to the Quagga routing suite. We hope to expand this to other projects in the future.

Consulting as leverage

Sproute offers consulting services to help integrate our products into the networks and systems of our customers.

We believe that some of the best talent around open source software is only available on a consulting basis, and that the rise of open source will grow the share of high-value consulting in the industry.

Team, tools and infrastructure

We believe that small, focused teams using great tools produce exceptional results.

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Avneesh Sachdev

Avneesh is an entrepreneur and engineer with over 20 years of experience in building software products. He was a co-founder of Amoora which was acquired by Juniper Networks. As a Distinguished Engineer at Juniper, he focussed on improving the availability and performance of the JunOS routing stack.

Avneesh has been a key engineer at a number of startups, including Procket Networks (acquired by Cisco), Ooma (a voice-over-IP service that went public in 2016), and Precept Software (one of the first companies to do streaming video, acquired by Cisco).

Avneesh holds an MS in Computer Engineering from the University of Southern California.

Rajesh Varadarajan

Rajesh is an accomplished engineering executive with over 20 years of experience in the networking industry. Before co-founding Sproute Networks, Rajesh held a number of senior management positions at Cisco. Most recently, he was responsible for layer 3 routing and forwarding infrastructure across service provider, data center, and enterprise segments.

Rajesh has served in various management and engineering roles at Procket Networks (acquired by Cisco), Marconi and FORE Systems (now part of Ericsson).

Rajesh earned an MS in Computer Science from the University of New Hampshire.

Pradosh Mohapatra

Pradosh is a leading networking architect and engineer with more than 18 years of experience. He has published multiple Internet RFCs and over 15 patents to date. Before co-founding Sproute networks, Pradosh was the technical lead for layer 3 protocols at Cumulus Networks. Previously, he was a Distinguished Engineer at Cisco and a key software architect of the industry-leading NCS-6000 platform.

Pradosh has been an early engineer at a number of networking startups, including Procket Networks (acquired by Cisco) and Tasman Networks (acquired by Nortel).

Pradosh holds an MS in Computer Science from the University of Chicago.

Deepak Sreekantan
Founding Engineer

Deepak is an expert in IP networking and distributed systems with more than 16 years of experience. Previously, Deepak led the ISIS protocol team at Cisco. As a engineer, his contributions to Cisco's service provider platforms included segment routing and IP fast reroute.

Deepak started his networking career as an early engineer at Calient Networks and further joined Procket networks to lead the traffic engineering effort.

Deepak holds an MS in Computer Science from the University of Kansas.

Karthik Subramanian
Founding Engineer

Karthik has a track record of solving hard problems and driving the delivery of products from architecture to every last detail. As a Principal Engineer at Cisco, Karthik led the software design for all IOS-XR platforms.

Karthik is an expert on Unicast and Multicast VPNs, with many patents and IETF RFCs/Drafts. Before Cisco, Karthik was responsible for fast-reroute at Procket Networks, GMPLS at Calient Networks and unicast protocols at FORE Systems.

Karthik holds an MS in Computer Science from Rutgers.

Terry Howard
Business Development

Terry has a 30 year track record of creating new business for telecommunication-related companies. He has held Senior Sales Leadership and Senior Marketing Advisor positions at Packet Island (now Broadsoft), Quintum Technologies (now Sonus), Commpartners (now Momentum Telecom), Tollbridge Technologies, Premisys Communications (now Zhone), along with GTE (now Verizon), SP Telecom (now Century Link) and PacTel (now ATT).

Terry has always focused his efforts on bringing new and exciting state-of-the-art network solutions to the market to address the needs of service providers and the enterprise community.

Terry Howard holds a BA in Business Finance from California State University at Northridge, CA. He served in the United States Navy as a Corpsman and is on the Board of Directors of “For The troops”, a 501-3c non-profit troop support organization.