back to article Pavilion Data Systems hands more engineers their marching orders

NVMe-over-fabrics array startup Pavilion Data Systems has laid off more engineers just a month after a previous cull during which co-founder Kiran Malwankar departed. It has now let go of further staffers from its core Silicon Valley-based software engineering team, leaving just three behind. CEO Malwankar started Pavilion in …

  1. Alister Silver badge

    The decision to separate from these employees was driven by a combination of performance management and alignment to ongoing objectives and investments.

    We've decided to concentrate on software sales...

    1. volatilehuman

      hope those sales guy can do some bug fixing/coding too.

  2. Nate Amsden

    maybe those engineers

    can get a job at Violin systems, I don't know why but I poked around the Pavillion website seeing where they had offices(actually I guess was interested how likely it was they were shipping those jobs overseas). Looked on google maps and kind of ironic I suppose that Violin is literally in the same building as Pavillion(looks like Violin is perhaps 1 floor above).

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: maybe those engineers

      HAHA,

      Violin is truly one floor above Pavilion.

  3. ArtificialIntelligence

    Transparency and Strategy

    With respect to Gurpreet Singh's statement.

    1. They haven't been able to secure $25M in funding which was expected for Series B. Only partial amount has been secured as they cannot generate Sales.They have been trying to get funding since Mid-December.

    2. In storage you need "money and network" to sell system which would cost few hundred thousands dollar. See Pure Storage they got money else they would be out

    3. Removing All of SQA and 60 percent of Core Development team from US office is part of normal evolution ? I think it is normal for shrinking companies not growing companies.

    4. When would company let go of Core Engineering team to hire Sales/Sales support personnel ?

    5. Two people working in Europe doesn't equal to opening an office in Europe ? Where is office in Europe. I don't find address on Pavilion Data website.

    6. Removing Founder of company followed by complete hardware engineering + 60 percent of SW team + 100% SQA team for "performance management and alignment to objectives and investments".

    At this point things don't add up :)

    Two things that lead to layoff:

    1. Pavilion's software and hardware product is fully developed and hardware is extremely stable. This lead to firing of key engineering team who didn't get along with CEO and CTO.

    2. For VC to invest in Series B, they need to see Sales, Sales and only Sales. The CEO, CTO and VP Sales couldn't deliver single sales by themselves. Sales which has happened until now is because of earlier CEO and Founder. This CEO,CTO and VP of Global Sales team haven't delivered a single sale.

    For Startup to succeed, CEO/CTO and Sales personnel's "Network" is more important than anything else. Network is developed based on TRUST. Nobody has Trust in this TRIO in Storage industry or Venture community. Product can be build by any other company too, it takes money and network to sell it. Selling is an Art not a Science!

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Transparency and Strategy

      Well Said!! Agree completely...

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Transparency and Strategy

      If someone has seen the movie Padmavat(i)

      Here's the cast @ Pavilion

      Jalaluddin Khilji- current CEO

      RanaRatan: founder CEO

      Royal Priest: CTO

      Ladies who committed Sati :Engineers who were laid off

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Transparency and Strategy

        Funny!

      2. spark

        Re: Transparency and Strategy

        Good one :-))))

      3. volatilehuman

        Re: Transparency and Strategy

        Funny !! now i dont need to/ or need to see the movie :)

  4. ArtificialIntelligence

    Transperancy and Strategy

    With respect to Gurpreet Singh's statement.

    1. They haven't been able to secure $25M in funding which was expected for Series B. Only partial amount has been secured as they cannot generate Sales.They have been trying to get funding since Mid-December.

    2. In storage you need "money and network" to sell system which would cost few hundred thousands dollar. See Pure Storage they got money else they would be out

    3. Removing All of SQA and 60 percent of Core Development team from US office is part of normal evolution ? I think it is normal for shrinking companies not growing companies.

    4. When would company let go of Core Engineering team to hire Sales/Sales support personnel ?

    5. Two people working in Europe doesn't equal to opening an office in Europe ? Where is office in Europe. I don't find address on Pavilion Data website.

    6. Removing Founder of company followed by complete hardware engineering + 60 percent of SW team + 1005 SQA team for "performance management and alignment to objectives and investments".

    At this point things don't add up :)

    Two things that lead to layoff:

    1. Pavilion's software and hardware product is fully developed and hardware is extremely stable. This lead to firing of key engineering team who didn't get along with CEO and CTO.

    2. For VC to invest in Series B, they need to see Sales, Sales and only Sales. The CEO, CTO and VP Sales couldn't deliver single sales by themselves. Sales which has happened until now is because of earlier CEO and Founder. This CEO,CTO and VP of Global Sales team haven't delivered a single sale.

    For Startup to succeed, CEO/CTO and Sales personnel's "Network" is more important than anything else. Network is developed based on TRUST. Nobody has Trust in this TRIO in Storage industry or Venture community. Product can be build by any other company too, it takes money and network to sell it. Selling is an Art not a Science!

  5. volatilehuman

    > leaving just three core engineers behind ?

    Really pavilion ? Such a big axing on engineering team, before much sales, wont help any start up to go ahead.

    If you care about nvme, check out pivot3 , 2k+ customers till now.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      No customers.

      Pivot3 is 2k+ customers. Pavilion has not even 2 customers. :) I think the management to wasting too much time with politics rather than sales...

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Dumb management...they have no idea what they are doing. They are actually so much focused on cereal dispensers in the cafeteria that they forgot about the product...what a pathetic end to a fine product...

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