Rehan Jalil came to the US to attend graduate school and then took a job at Sun Microsystems, accidentally ending up in Silicon Valley that would be the base for the rest of his career. Recognizing that he wanted to make a positive impact on the world, he started his entrepreneurial journey by founding WiChorus, which focused on enabling 4G technologies. After it was acquired by Tellabs, Jalil went on to look for new problems to solve. Elastica was formed to innovate cloud application security. It was acquired by Blue Coat in 2015, which recently was purchased by Symantec.
In this interview, Jalil emphasizes passion and perseverance in building a company. He relates the story of how, after raising Series A funding for Elastica, a large customer told him that they would not buy what they were building. This caused Jalil to pause the company's plans while he reassessed the idea and tested it against what he felt in his gut. Out of that pause, Jalil grew strong convictions about his team,