The tenth episode in Tech Alpharetta’s Driving Innovation podcast series features Sharad Varshney, CEO at OvalEdge. A Tech Alpharetta Innovation Center graduate success story, OvalEdge started with just four employees and over the past four years has grown to 140 employees. OvalEdge is headquartered in the City of Alpharetta.
OvalEdge was founded in 2013, with the goal of democratizing data and making it accessible to all. As a founder, Varshney believed that employees – from marketing, sales, IT, human resources, and other departments – could do their jobs better if they could develop insights from data across the organization.
Varshney graduated with a degree in nuclear engineering from IIT Kanpur in India but shifted his focus to working in computer science. He moved to Atlanta in 2003 and began working in asset management and later as a principal architect with Hortonworks. Toward the end of his time at Hortonworks, Varshney was looking to be a part of the next big technology revolution in data.
The company’s product, a Data Catalog and End-to-End Governance Suite, improves productivity, reduces risk, and delivers trustworthy data. OvalEdge’s comprehensive functionality enables users to establish and improve data access, data literacy, and data quality.
“The biggest challenge for us as a startup was finding out what the customer really wanted and how to address their problems,” explained Varshney. “We would listen to our customer and try to identify their pain points to find a good product market fit. We’re always learning and adjusting to what our customers need.”
In 2018, OvalEdge was successfully acquired by FutureTech Holding Company (FTH) a firm with strategic holdings in the financial, technology and healthcare sectors.
Listen and watch to learn more about OvalEdge and Varshney’s startup journey.