Entrepreneurship | episode 845

Scaling Samsara: Impact of Generative AI and the Convergence of IT and OT in Industrials with Co-Founders Sanjit Biswas and John Bicket

Sanjit Biswas and John Bicket are the co-founders of Samsara, an industrial Internet of Things company, which recently hit $1 billion in annual recurring revenue. The company has been recognized by numerous periodicals and was recently included in the Forbes cloud 100 list. Sanjit is the company's Chief Executive Officer and John is the company's Chief Technology Officer. They held the same titles at the other company they co-founded, Meraki, which built the first cloud-managed enterprise networking products, including switches, firewalls, and WiFi access points. Meraki was sold to Cisco for $1.2 billion in 2012. February 12, 2024

845: As with most industries, artificial intelligence has had an immeasurable impact on the entrepreneurial journey and the types of offerings being provided to enterprises from start-ups. In this episode of Technovation, Samsara co-founders Sanjit Biswas and John Bicket join Peter High in a conversation about the genesis story behind the company, its rationale for selling into physical operations, and how artificial intelligence is changing the start-up landscape. Both executives explain the role of AI at the company, the convergence of IT and OT within the industrial sector, and how they came to focus on the industrial sector when starting Samsara. They share how they overcame the learning curve associated with operating in an unfamiliar industry, the evolution of generative AI applications within the industrial sector, and how they’ve built their team with the right skills in technology. Finally, they share their lessons from scaling the business to become a publicly traded company, the trends in technology that are on their radar for the future, and the learnings they’ve taken away from their entrepreneurial journey.

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This episode is sponsored by Codeium.

"We knew that if we wanted to go have meaningful impact on the world, we'd need to solve big problems. We started by looking, holistically, "Where can we go have impact?" We knew a lot of people who worked on enterprise technologies like IT technologies, we knew people who worked on consumer, but we didn't know a lot of other people in Silicon Valley thinking about infrastructure." -Sanjit Biswas, CEO

The World Class IT principles in yellow were the focus of this interview

  • 01 1- People
  • 02 2- Infrastructure
  • 03 3- Project and Portfolio Management
  • 04 4- IT & Business Partnership
  • 05 5- External Partnerships

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