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Ghanaian Immigrant and CEO of Nyansa, Abe Ankumah hadn’t worked on a computer until college now he runs a data computing firm. 

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Ghanaian immigrant Abe Ankumah hadn’t worked on a computer until college now he runs a data computing firm. 

  • Nyansa tracks network data, allowing businesses to troubleshoot issues and improve performance on client devices.
  • It counts roughly 30 employees, recently raised $15 million in Series B funding, and has more than 300,000 devices under constant review.
Abe Ankumah, CEO and Co-Founder, Nyansa

“Looking back at it, it’s crazy and also pretty humbling, The first time, freshman year at Cal Tech, I had to get exposed to computers, and I guess as they say the rest is history.”

Ankumah says he first studied the “underpinnings of technology” as a high school student at an all-boys boarding school in Ghana  all without access to computers.

“I showed up at Cal Tech with other kids who had been using computers when they were 5, who had been building their own video games at a much younger age,” he said. “Literally the first time I got my hands on a computer and I had to actually sort of go through my first programming exercise, it was all about, OK how does this work, and really sort of peeling that onion.”

Ankumah added a computer science major to his electrical engineering studies because, as he says, he wanted to get his hands dirty in understanding how computers worked.

In 2013, he founded the Palo Alto-based Nyansa alongside CTO Anand Srinivas and VP of Engineering Daniel Kan.

It counts roughly 30 employees, raised $15 million in Series B funding from a round closed in January, and has more than 300,000 devices under constant review.

Nyansa’s clients include Tesla, Uber, Proctor and Gamble and the International Red Cross.

“Think about what Google Analytics does for websites we do that for computer networks,” Ankumah said. “We basically take data that is riding over computer networks and surface a bunch of different insights that are used for business purposes.”

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The Nyansa Family

Nyansa, Inc. (“knee-ans-sah”), is a fast-growing innovator of a new generation of network analytics software technology, today announced that its big data user performance management platform, Voyance, has been chosen by some of the country’s leading enterprises to address the need for greater visibility into and control over client performance on corporate computer access networks.

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Analytics dashboard from Nyansa’s Voyance SaaS service.

Mulesoft, the Atlanta Braves, International Red Cross, Mission Health, Salt River Project, Linear Systems and Creative Arts Agency are among the newest companies to leverage Nyansa’s Voyance user performance management platform to tackle the growing challenge of ensuring the best possible client network experience in the midst of unstoppable user mobility, public cloud applications and IoT device proliferation within enterprise environments.

Voyance from Nyansa is now the world’s largest enterprise network analytics service in use, analyzing over 4 million client events each week across hundreds of production environments.

The company works to make network analytics reports simple and readable, an effort reminiscent of Ankumah’s early education with only the fundamentals of technology to build on.

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