Neha Narkhede is an Indian-born American entrepreneur. She co-founded Confluent and served as its CTO before becoming a board member in 2020. In 2019 Forbes listed Neha on America’s Self-Made Women list.
Narkhede was raised in Pune, Maharashtra and went to the Panned Institute of Computer Technology (PICT), University of Pune. She received a Bachelor’s degree with an engineering major before graduating from Georgia Tech with a masters in technology.
Narkhede earned a Masters degree from Cornell then started work as a software engineer at Oracle. After Oracle, Narkhede worked with Jun Rao and Jay Kreps to create the open-source Apache Kafka platform while working as a lead of streams infrastructure at LinkedIn in 2011. Narkhede also founded Confluent along with Jose Rao and Jay Kreps in 2014, which is based on B2B technology.
Career of Neha Narkhede
In 2017 she published “Kafka: The Definitive Guide” alongside Gwen Shapira and Todd Palino about her knowledge of the technology. It is well received by readers worldwide who are interested in learning more about its founding story. She was the Chief Technology Officer of Confluent and later took on the role of Chief Product Officer until 2020. She now serves as a board member at this company that, in 2019, raised $125 million for a total funding amount of $206 million by then.
In April 2020, it had already brought its total funding to another milestone-$250 million – leaving it valued at $456 million and with an expected IPO date set for June 1st 2021. Companies such as Goldman Sachs, Netflix and Uber have begun using their platform to develop data-driven purposes since they filed for one back in March 2017 (valued at around 10 billion).
In 2017, MIT Technology Review ranked her as one of the top innovators under 35. The following year she was listed among America’s and the world’s top 50 Women in Tech by Forbes. She received an Oracle Groundbreaker Award at Oracle Code One conference in San Francisco. In 2020, Forbes list ranked Narkhede #33 on “America’s Self Made Women.”