The journey of Neha Narkhede, co-founder and former chief technology officer of cloud company Confluent, from Pune to Silicon
Wally, and from a software engineer to a Forbes list, was phenomenal.
And why is he in the news now? With an estimated net worth of Rs 13,380 crore, Narkhede has been ranked eighth in the list of Leading Wealthy Women 2021 compiled by Hurun. She can now count herself among HCL Technologies chairperson Roshni Nadar Malhotra, who has topped the Hurun list for the second year in a row, Falguni Nair, promoter of FSN e-commerce, and Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw of Biocon.
Narkhede was brought up in Pune, Maharashtra. Through his own account for the press, we know the source of his inspiration in his formative years.
So it’s no surprise that she decided to enter the male-dominated tech sector. Narkhede first went to Pune University and graduated in engineering from the Pune Institute of Computer Technology College, SCTR. In 2006, he left India to pursue a masters in computer science from Georgia Tech. After graduating in 2007, she started a job at Oracle.
After Oracle, Narkhede worked as a software engineer at LinkedIn, where she was involved in the development of Apache Kafka, an open-source messaging system designed to handle the networking site’s big data input. This will prove to be a turning point in his upcoming entrepreneurial life.
It was in 2014 that he and two LinkedIn associates left the company to found Confluent.
Let us now know about the company. Headquartered in Mountain View, California in the United States, Confluent provides organizations with an Apache Kafka-based streaming platform that enables them to easily access data in the form of a real-time stream.