Naganand Doraswamy

  • Naganand Doraswamy

    Managing Director & CEO, Ideaspring Capital

    Naganand Doraswamy is an entrepreneur with extensive experience in management and technology. He is a successful entrepreneur and is well networked in the community. He has over 25 years of experience in the industry and has held several leadership roles. He has participated actively in many standard bodies and has been an invited speaker in various panels and conferences such as Network+Interop. He is the President of TiE Bangalore, on board of TiE Global trustees , NASSCOM 10,000 start-up warehouse in Bangalore an a member of FICCI start-up committee. He is on various committees of Government of Karnataka to further entrepreneurship.

    Naganand founded Ideaspring capital to invest in very early stage product innovation companies. In addition to funding, the fund has a unique program “startup assist” that provides key interventions to increase focus on customer and product management.

    At SPAN (, as a Co-Founder and EVP, Naganand is actively contributing to engineering in R&D and development as well as operations including HR, IT, and operations. In addition co-managing the engineering team, he is also focused on building a business unit in the area on data and wireless networking. He is also actively contributing to the strategy and growth of the company.

    Prior to joining SPAN, Naganand was co-founder of Lexar Networks, MA, USA working on an idea in cellular and Wi-Fi convergence. Prior to that, he was the Director of Software at PhotonEx Corporation, MA, USA where he built carrier class software for long haul transmission systems. He was one of the very early hire into the company that raised over $160 million in funding.

    Prior to PhotonEx, he was a Consulting Engineer at Nortel Networks. He was one of the architects and a technical lead for Nortel’s core router.  Prior to that, he worked on next generation network architectures and protocol in Bay Networks Architecture Labs and made significant contributions to various products at Bay Networks.  Prior to joining Bay Networks, as an architect and technical lead for TCP/IP stack and IP Security at FTP Software, Inc. he and developed the industry’s first client IP Security solution.

    Naganand is a published author. He co-authored a book on IPSecurity titled “IPSec: The new security standard for the Internet, Intranets, and Virtual Private Networks,” published by Prentice Hall. As an active participant in IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) he was the chair of IP Compression Working group and chaired “Birds Of a Feather” forums (BOF’s) on VPNs.  He has been awarded 8 patents and 2 patents are pending in the area of networking and security.  He has 11 technical publications published in journals and conferences, has given numerous workshops at the Networld+Interop, and has been on various technical panels.

    Naganand is co-founder and on the board of ScienceAdda ( which focusses bringing curated and mobile experiential zones in various aspects of Science to schools. Naganand served on the boards of SPAN Infotech India, Aylus Networks India Pvt Ltd ( and Basil India (

    Naganand has a Masters in Computer Science from Virginia Polytechnic and State University. He got his Bachelors in Computer Science from U.V.C.E, Bangalore, India. Naganand is married with two kids. He loves playing tennis and occasional golfing. He enjoys reading fiction.