Adarsh Arora

  • Industry Professor
  • Coleman Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Adarsh is a founder and CEO of Reputada and Lisle Technology Partners. He was a founder and CEO of Athena Security which was acquired by Solarwinds (NYSE:SWI) in August 2012. Prior to Athena, Adarsh has created, managed and nurtured multiple successful start-ups (Peritus Software Services and Vista Technologies) to maturity, including an IPO that created a $500 million market capitalization.

Adarsh is on the Boards of School of Applied Technology of IIT, and the Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science of Northwestern University. Adarsh is a founding Charter Member, Board Member and current President of TiE Midwest. He has invested in many technology start-ups including XML Solution and AccelChip Corporation which were acquired by Vitria and Xilinx, respectively.

Adarsh is a frequent speaker for entrepreneurial events offered by the Kellogg School of Management and the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business. Adarsh is a CEO Mentor at the Junto Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership. As a member of the Chicago Mayor's Council of Technology Advisors, Adarsh was often invited to speak on the issues involved in offshore outsourcing. He is also the recipient of the 2004 Chicago Software Association's Annual City Lights Award. 

Adarsh received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Northwestern University and his work in relational database systems is quoted in standard textbooks.


Ph.D., Computer Science, Northwestern University


Chicago Software Association's Annual City Lights Award

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Founder and CEO, Reputada; Founder, President and CEO, Lisle Technology Partners; President, TiE Midwest