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Irfan Khan


Palo Alto, CA

Member Since May 2021


Enterprise Software
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Irfan Khan is the CEO and President of CLOUDSUFI and serves on its board of directors. He is responsible for building CLOUDSUFI into a powerful organization focused on eliminating the gap between “Human Intuition” and “Data-Backed Decisions”. Irfan is an Innovator and Angel Investor. An accomplished industry veteran, he has over two decades of leadership experience in large and medium-sized organizations. Irfan is recognized for building customer-centric organizations and driving business transformation. He has deep expertise in leading and managing turnaround growth strategies in business-to-business environments. His unique blend of experience in Strategic Planning, Field Execution, and Performance Optimization has helped shape organizations in building existing lines of business, launching new geographies and product lines. His decisive leadership has been a key factor in new market identification and strategic positioning. Before joining CLOUDSUFI, Irfan was the CEO and President of Bristlecone and was responsible for the record turn-around of the company over 60 months to a world-renowned supply chain brand. He has previously held leadership roles at Microsoft and Hughes Software, where he successfully led organizational changes and process improvement in markets across the Americas, Europe, Middle East, and Asia.

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Launching a podcast? Try these 14 tips for greater exposure

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Brands that want to capitalize on the popularity of podcasts need a solid strategy for reaching and growing an audience. Whether they're business-focused, educational or just for entertainment, podcasts have become one of the most popular content mediums in recent years. Businesses can leverage the podcast format to connect with their customers in new and exciting ways -- but it has to be done well. There are already many popular podcasts out there, so your brand must be able to differentiate itself from the rest. Below, 14 Fast Company Executive Board leaders shared their best tips for launching a successful podcast to increase your brand exposure.

13 competitive benefits even new businesses can offer

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Salary alone isn't enough to attract and retain top talent amid the Great Recession. You need great benefits, too. Over the course of the last few years, employees' values and priorities for their work lives have shifted. Many are searching for employers that will provide them with not only a competitive salary but comprehensive benefits that offer them balance, stability and overall well-being. As the labor pool continues to tighten, it's essential to make your business stand out to top-notch talent by providing competitive benefits, especially if your business is just starting out. To that end, 13 members of Fast Company Executive Board each described how new businesses can provide a solid benefits package for employees without breaking the bank.

9 tips that cultivate team (and individual) creativity

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If you're going through a rough patch generating new ideas for your next big launch, consider these tried and true methods. It's no secret that coming up with an innovative solution to surpass the success of your last product or service rollout is never an easy feat, especially when there is always a chance of it flopping in the marketplace if current and prospective customers don't catch on quick enough.  In order to boost creativity in your leadership team and with employees across the entire company, CEOs and managers need to think outside the box to encourage their employees to share their ideas freely in an open work environment free of judgment where they feel safe and supported. And once you lift any mental constraints from their brainstorming process, an endless pipeline of propositions is likely to flow. Nine experts from Fast Company Executive Board weigh in on their approach to gathering employee-proposed projects with the most potential.

How to defuse a tense business situation and stop stressing

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Here are 12 tactics to help you remain level-headed in the heat of the moment. If you're worried about losing a client over an agreement gone wrong or miscommunication, before you go into a meeting reacting impulsively out of fear or frustration, remember to stop, rethink your approach to addressing the misunderstanding, and check your emotions at the door.  At the end of the day, it will strengthen your ability to handle conflict, you'll salvage a key client relationship that may have been in jeopardy, and be appreciated for your professionalism, empathy and willingness to represent your stakeholders in a positive light. A panel of experts from Fast Company Executive Board shares their advice on how to turn a bad situation into a good one and move forward in business.

Don't skimp on these 15 expenses (even when money is tight)

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No matter how limited your business budget is, every company should find room for these essential line items. A business’s cash flow, especially during the pandemic, can get thin at times. In these cash-strapped periods, it’s vital for executives to make shrewd money decisions based on company values and goals. While saving money should be a priority in these situations, there are some parts of the business that shouldn’t be undercut. Below, members of Fast Company Executive Board each shared one thing executives should never skimp on, even on a tight budget.

Here's how to keep a consistent tone in your external content

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If you're outsourcing your content creation efforts, it's important to ensure your brand "voice" is consistent. Successful businesses have clear, powerful messaging that lets customers know their values and what they stand for as a brand. The messaging these companies use doesn’t differ on each social media platform, either: It stays consistent, whether you read about the brand on Instagram, LinkedIn or other sites. Sometimes, when companies outsource their consumer-facing content, the messaging and voice don’t appear consistent. To ensure this doesn’t happen to your business, 15 Fast Company Executive Board members shared their tips for maintaining a consistent tone of voice, regardless of the channel. 

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Company bio

We exist to eliminate the gap between “Human Intuition” and “Data-Backed Decisions”! Data is the new oxygen, and we believe no organization can live without it. We partner with our customers to get to the core of their problems, enable the data supply chain and help them monetize their data. We make enterprise data dance! Our work elevates the quality of lives for our family, customers, partners and the community. The human values that we display in all our interactions are of: Passion – we are committed in heart and head Integrity – we are real, honest and, fair Empathy – we understand business isn’t just B2B, or B2C, it is H2H i.e. Human to Human Boldness – we have the courage to think and do differently The CLOUDSUFI Foundation embraces the power of legacy and wisdom of those who have helped laid the foundation for all of us, our seniors. We believe in their abilities and we pledge to equip them, to provide them jobs, and to bring them sufi joy.



Area of focus

Data supply chain
Time value of data
Health and life sciences

Company size

201 - 500

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