Powering the world's connections.
Kong makes connecting APIs and microservices across today’s hybrid, multi-cloud environments easier and faster than ever. We power trillions of API transactions for leading organizations globally through our end-to-end API platform.
Our growing team of engineers and tech professionals work passionately to drive the future of API innovation and service control platforms to help our community and our customers stay at the forefront of technology and innovation.
Augusto, Marco and Michele founded Mashapps -- a simple mashup platform -- in a small garage in Italy
The three founders moved to the U.S. and raised the company’s first 101K in angel funding
Mashapps pivoted into Mashape -- the first API marketplace -- and raised $1.5M in seed funding
Mashape became the largest API marketplace in the world, raising $6.5M in Series A funding
Mashape open sources Kong to the community with impressive early adoption
Mashape grew the Kong business rapidly, raising $18M in Series B funding
Mashape divested the API marketplace product to RapidAPI to focus 100% on Kong
Kong rapidly gained community and enterprise adoption around the globe, leading to Mashape’s rebrand to Kong Inc. and the launch of Kong Enterprise
Kong’s first company offsite
Kong announced Kong 1.0 at its first Kong Summit in San Francisco to an audience of hundreds of developers and customers
Kong solidified its DNA as a global company, growing revenue significantly year-over-year and doubling headcount
Kong raised $43M in Series C funding to deliver the first enterprise Service Control Platform, grow its open source community and further international expansion
Kong launched Kuma, a new open source universal service mesh
Kong acquired Insomnia and announced a number of new product developments at its second annual Kong Summit 2019
Kong donated Kuma to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) as a Sandbox project
Kong launched Kong Konnect, a new full-stack service connectivity platform delivered as a service, at its fully virtual third annual Kong Summit
Kong raised $100M in Series D funding, tripling its valuation to $1.4B
Kong made its debut on the Forbes Cloud 100 list
Meet Our Leadership Team
Augusto “Aghi” Marietti is an inventor, technology entrepreneur and angel investor. As the CEO and co-founder of Kong, the cloud connectivity company on a mission to power connections to build a reliable digital world, he drives the company’s vision, strategy and long-term growth. Prior to Kong, he was the CEO and co-founder of Mashape, the largest API marketplace, which was acquired by RapidAPI in 2017. Before that, he founded MemboxX, the first European cloud service for storing documents and sensitive personal data. Augusto holds a B.S. in Economics from the Catholic University of Milan and studied briefly at UC Berkeley. He is the lead inventor on five U.S. patents and an angel investor in more than 10 startups.
Marco Palladino is an inventor, software developer and Internet entrepreneur based in San Francisco. As the CTO and co-founder of Kong, he is Kong’s co-author, responsible for the design and delivery of the company’s products, while also providing technical thought leadership around APIs and microservices within both Kong and the external software community. Prior to Kong, Marco co-founded Mashape in 2010, which became the largest API marketplace and was acquired by RapidAPI in 2017.
Juliette brings more than 30 years of experience in marketing, sales development and growth strategy for leading enterprise technology companies. She most recently served as CMO for A Cloud Guru, a social learning platform for cloud computing acquired this year by Pluralsight. Prior to that, she was CMO at SailPoint, where she developed and led the company’s worldwide marketing and was instrumental in the company’s successful 2017 IPO. She has also held senior marketing leadership roles at Check Point Software Technologies, BusinessObjects, CA and Oracle. Juliette is also on the board of Elemica, a digital supply chain company, and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. She lives in Austin, TX with her husband and two kids.
Chirag Shah is a seasoned executive with extensive operational, financial and leadership experience across various stages of organizational growth. Prior to joining Kong, Chirag spent over a decade at Cornerstone OnDemand, a global leader in talent management software, most recently as the company’s chief financial officer. During Chirag’s tenure with Cornerstone, the company grew from less than $30M in annual recurring revenue (ARR) to nearly $900M in ARR. Chirag was responsible for leading Cornerstone’s successful initial public offering in March 2011, as well as its take-private sale transaction to Clearlake Capital for $5.2 billion in October 2021. Prior to Cornerstone, Chirag was an investment banker focused on mergers, acquisitions and restructurings. Chirag holds a B.S. from Georgetown University, and an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Saju Pillai is a seasoned engineering executive experienced in building teams and products from the ground up at both startups and global corporations. He worked as a principal engineer at Oracle Corp programming HTTP servers and Fusion Middleware tech. He then went on to build and successfully exit a startup in the RBA space. Before joining Kong, Saju most recently built Concur’s core platform as the company’s VP of engineering and later ran Concur’s R&D and Infrastructure Operations as CTO and SVP of engineering. He currently lives near Seattle with his wife, twin boys and a puppy.
Ken Kim is a serial entrepreneur and experienced startup executive. As the VP of business development for Kong, he oversees business and corporate development activities for the company. Ken has held leadership roles across sales, services, and business and corporate development at various technology companies, which include Citrix, Cloud.com, Symantec, Vontu, E2open, KANA and Accenture. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Stanford University.
Janet Phillips is the People leader at Kong, driving talent, people ops and culture programs to support Kong’s explosive growth. She is an experienced technology business leader, having held leadership positions in multiple disciplines, including HR, Technology Education Services, Customer Success and Support, M&A Integration, Field Sales and other roles in Fortune 500, mid-size and start-ups, including Ciber, Sonicwall, Vontu and Symantec. Janet holds a B.A. degree in Communications from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.
Reza Shafii is a seasoned product executive in the infrastructure and middleware space. His early career was as a software engineer at Nortel Networks as well as a technical consultant at BEA Systems. During this time, Reza fell in love with Product Management and has since led Product at a number of successful enterprises, including the first Product Management hire at MuleSoft, VP of product at CoreOS, and through acquisition, GM and VP of platform services for OpenShift at Red Hat. In his spare time, Reza still gravitates to writing code for fun and clears his head by taking on the beautiful bike roads of the Bay area.