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Powering all APIs and microservices for today’s leading innovators

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.




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Our Story

July 2009

Augusto, Marco and Michele founded Mashapps -- a simple mashup platform -- in a small garage in Italy

April 2010

The three founders moved to the U.S. and raised the company’s first 101K in angel funding

August 2011

Mashapps pivoted into Mashape -- the first API marketplace -- and raised $1.5M in seed funding

November 2013

Mashape became the largest API marketplace in the world, raising $6.5M in Series A funding

April 2015

Mashape open sources Kong to the community with impressive early adoption

March 2017

Mashape grew the Kong business rapidly, raising $18M in Series B funding

May 2017

Mashape divested the API marketplace product to RapidAPI to focus 100% on Kong

October 2017

Kong rapidly gained community and enterprise adoption around the globe, leading to Mashape’s rebrand to Kong Inc. and the launch of Kong Enterprise

March 2018

Kong’s first company offsite

September 2018

Kong announced Kong 1.0 at its first Kong Summit in San Francisco to an audience of hundreds of developers and customers

January 2019

Kong solidified its DNA as a global company, growing revenue significantly year-over-year and doubling headcount

March 2019

Kong raised $43M in Series C funding to deliver the first enterprise Service Control Platform, grow its open source community and further international expansion

September 2019

Kong launched Kuma, a new open source universal service mesh

October 2019

Kong acquired Insomnia and announced a number of new product developments at its second annual Kong Summit 2019

June 2020

Kong donated Kuma to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) as a Sandbox project

October 2020

Kong launched Kong Konnect, a new full-stack service connectivity platform delivered as a service, at its fully virtual third annual Kong Summit

Meet Our Leadership Team

Augusto MariettiCEO

Augusto “Aghi” Marietti is an inventor, technology entrepreneur and angel investor. As the CEO and co-founder of Kong — the API company on a mission to intelligently broker information across all services — 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. He is the lead inventor on five U.S. patents and an angel investor in more than 10 startups.

Marco PalladinoCTO

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.

Ken KimVP, Business Operations

Ken Kim is a serial entrepreneur and experienced startup executive. As the VP of business operations for Kong, he oversees most aspects of operations for the company, including customer services, finance and legal. Ken has held leadership roles across sales, services, and business and corporate development at various technology companies, which include Citrix,, 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 PhillipsVP, People

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.

Geoff TownsendVP, Engineering

Geoff Townsend is a startup veteran with nearly 20 years of experience. He has held engineering leadership roles at various companies that were acquired by Lyris, IBM and Cisco. Prior to joining Kong, he was the director of engineering for R&D/Product at OpenDNS, where he played an important role in growing it from $5 million to $100 million in average rate of return. A big fan of Agile, Geoff realizes most people do it wrong — Agile simply means making the fewest product guesses before getting feedback from customers. He holds a degree in Physics from the University of California, Santa Cruz and lives just outside of Blackhawk, CA.

Sandeep Singh KohliVP, Marketing

As the VP of marketing, Sandeep Singh Kohli is responsible for all aspects of global marketing for the company. Previously, he led global horizontal and platform marketing at MuleSoft through its successful IPO. Prior to that, he ran marketing at Piston Cloud Computing and saw the company through its acquisition and integration with Cisco. Before that, he served as head of cloud and big data marketing at Brocade and held various marketing, business and technical leadership roles at Cisco Systems, Nortel and Lucent. Sandeep holds an MBA degree with Honors from UC Berkeley with a specialization in marketing and strategy and an Engineering degree with Honors from Bombay University.

Reza ShafiiVP, Product

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.

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