How four Stanford Ph.D. graduates used algebra to transform network management.

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.

Together our co-founders have spent their careers working to improve networking, as contributors to OpenFlow and pioneers of software defined networking (SDN). They saw deficiencies in network operations: extreme complexity, human error, and outdated tools. These deficiencies make networks easy to break and hard to fix.

Transforming Network Operations with a Digital Twin​

Forward's mission: transform networks to be agile, predictable, and secure.

Always Moving Forward

The Forward Platform simplifies operation of the world's largest networks to increase visibility and reduce the risk of errors and outages. Our goal is to help identify and fix potential network issues with a straightforward, intuitive, and modern software interface.


Forward Networks is winner of dozens of industry awards, from Product of the Year to Great Employer.

We are building a team of the smartest network engineers and problem-solvers, all dedicated to advancing network operations. While you build the future, we’ll keep your network healthy and running.

Backed by Top-Tier Investors

Forward Networks is backed by a group of leading investors, including Andreessen Horowitz, Threshold Ventures, Goldman Sachs, and A.Capital.