Neha Narkhede

Neha Narkhede

Co-founder and Board Member Confluent, Inc. Co-creator Apache Kafka, Technology Investor and Advisor 

2022 Technology Entrepreneurship Abie Award Winner

Neha Narkhede is an Indian American technology entrepreneur, the co-founder and former Chief Technology Officer, and currently board member of Confluent, a public technology company. As a LinkedIn software engineer, she helped develop the open source messaging system Apache Kafka now used by more than 80% of the Fortune 500. In 2014, she co-founded Confluent, which helps organizations process large amounts of data on Apache Kafka. Neha has been listed as one of America’s Top Self-Made Women by Forbes, Forbes’s Top 50 Women In Tech, MIT Tech Review’s Innovators under 35 and Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People. Neha grew up in Pune, India, studied Computer Science at Georgia Tech and today advises and invests in numerous technology startups. 

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