About Forward Networks

Transforming networks to be agile, predictable, and secure

Building the capabilities
we always wanted

Forward Networks was founded in Palo Alto, California in July 2013 by four Ph.D. graduates from Stanford University,
 Brandon Heller, Peyman Kazemian,
 Nikhil Handigol, and David Erickson.

TIMELINE

The first 5 of Forward

From academic concept to 
enterprise network transformation

FORWARD FOUNDERS UNITE

July 2013
David Erickson, Nikhil Handigol, Brandon Heller, and Peyman Kazemian officially register the name Forward Networks, Inc. 

$11M SERIES A FUNDING 

Nov 2014
Investors SV Angel, Andreessen Horowitz, and A. Capital provide early-stage funding for Forward Networks. 

PALO ALTO HQ OFFICE OPENS

October 2015
Company founders and six employees set up the first Forward Networks office on California Avenue in Palo Alto, California.

NETWORKING FIELD DAY DEBUT

November 2016
David Erickson, Brandon Heller, and Behram Mistree introduce Forward Networks to the world and demonstrate the platform publicly for the first time at NFD13.

$16M SERIES B FUNDING

August 2017
Investors Threshold Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, and A. Capital provide second-round funding for Forward Networks. 

Leadership

Forward Networks founders, 
executives, and board of directors

FOUNDERS

DAVID ERICKSON

Co-founder

NIKHIL HANDIGOL

Co-founder

BRANDON HELLER

Co-founder

PEYMAN KAZEMIAN

Co-founder

EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT

DAVID ERICKSON

CEO

YASSER GANJISAFFAR

VP of Engineering

LISA GARVEY

VP of Marketing

BRANDON HELLER

CTO

DENIS MAYNARD

Cheif Revenue Officer

TYLER OLSEN

Head of Finance

STEVE PACE

Head of HR

CHIARA REGALE

VP of Product

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

DAVID ERICKSON

Co-founder and CEO

BRANDON HELLER

Co-founder and CTO

L. WILLIAM KRAUSE

Director

JOSHUA MATHEUS

Director

ANDREAS STAVROPOULOS

Director

Forward Customers

From global financial institutions to international media distributors, the world's largest mission-critical networks depend on Forward Enterprise.
  • FORTUNE 50 MEDIA COMPANY

    FORTUNE 50 FINANCIAL INSTITUTION

    FORTUNE 50 TELECOM PROVIDER

    MULTIPLE U.S. GOVERNMENT AGENCIES

  • FORTUNE 100 PHARMACEUTICALS COMPANY

    GLOBAL 500  SERVICE PROVIDER

    FORTUNE 500 COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY

    FORTUNE 50 ENERGY COMPANY

  • The platform is truly amazing. 
    What I can do with this is unlike anything 
    else I have used in the past.
    Forward Networks customer

    FORTUNE 500 
    SEMICONDUCTOR COMPANY

  • Forward helps us clean up our network,
     be more consistent, and allows us 
    to introduce automation.
    Forward Networks customer

    FORTUNE 100 
    PHARMACEUTICALS COMPANY

  • Before Forward, I would spend hours
     troubleshooting/reverse engineering a firewall issue, 
    and now using the Forward platform, 
    it only takes 3 minutes.
    Forward Networks customer

    GLOBAL 50 
    TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMPANY

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GOLDMAN SACHS CASE STUDY

Goldman Sachs- once just a customer, now also an investor. Read why in the case study.
READ CASE STUDY

A JOURNEY IN 200 TICKETS

Read how a Global 10 financial institution improved network reliability with Forward. 
READ CASE STUDY

GARTNER PEER INSIGHTS

Forward Enterprise is unanimously rated 5-stars 
by real customers.
READ REVIEWS

Awards

Winner of over 20 industry awards, Forward Enterprise is the best-in-class network modeling software that customers love.
Experience Forward Enterprise for yourself

Forward Networks

Mathematically-accurate network modeling trusted by the world's largest networks.
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