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Northwestern University, MS 1995
Worcester Polytechnic Institute, BS 1993

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Sam Pullara

Sam is joining Sutter Hill Ventures from Twitter where he was a senior infrastructure engineer and remains a technology advisor.

He came to Twitter via the acquisition of Bagcheck in 2011 where he was co-founder and CEO.

Previously Sam was an EIR at Benchmark, an angel investor, and the former Chief Technologist at Yahoo!.

While at Yahoo! Sam was responsible for technology strategy across the audience organization and platform team. Prior to his role as Chief Technologist, he worked as the Head of Application Platform at Yahoo! where he focused primarily on grid computing, virtualization, large scale reliable data systems and the implementation of Yahoo’s open platform strategy.

Before joining Yahoo, Sam worked as CEO of Gauntlet Systems, which developed the first Intelligent Continuous Integration system. Gauntlet was acquired by Borland, where Sam served as Chief Architect from the acquisition in January 2006 until July of that year.

Sam came to Silicon Valley to work at WebLogic where he was the first server engineer after the founders and stayed on through the acquisition by BEA Systems.

He received his Master of Science degree in Physics from Northwestern University and his Bachelor of Science degree from Worcester Polytechnic InstituteSam Pullara is an engineer at Twitter. He joined when the company acquired Bagcheck, a startup he co-founded.

Recent Milestones


Company Date Round Size Participants
Polar 2/2013Seed$1.2M7
Tomfoolery 1/2013Seed$1.7M8
OtherInbox 9/2010Series A$1.5M11



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  2. Tomfoolery Raises $1.7M Seed Funding ( [edit]
  3. Austin startup OtherInBox raises $1.5 million for expansion ( [edit]
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