Forward Networks

Forward Networks is a industry leader in network assurance and intent-based verification. The company delivers an innovative platform that provides network visibility, policy verification, and change modeling.

Forward Networks provides a robust network assurance and verification platform to reduce business risk and improve network operations.

Forward Networks was founded in 2013 by Brandon Heller, Peyman Kazemian, Nikhil Handigol, and David Erickson. The company is headquartered in Palo Alto, California.

Forward Networks solution is designed to help network teams eliminate network outages and reduce time to remediate errors.

Forward Networks' platform enables engineers and operators to visualize and search complex networks, debug configuration problems, verify network-wide policy implementations, and predict network behavior prior to deploying changes.


Forward Networks builds a software replica of an entire network to analyze its behavior. Using the network copy, the software traces, indexes, and stores the collected data, monitoring things like end-to-end behavior, verification of the network’s forwarding behavior and security posture, and close monitoring of configuration changes.


Forward Networks is backed by Goldman Sachs, Andreessen Horowitz, Threshold Ventures (previously DFJ Venture) and A. Capital. The company raised $35M from a "Series C" financing on Oct 8, 2019. The latest round brings Forward Networks' total funding to $63M to date.


Forward Networks has been recognized as a winner of several industry awards, including the Stratus Awards for Cloud Computing, the 2019 Golden Bridge Business and Innovation Awards, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, and the Broadband World Forum Awards.



  • Year founded: 2013
  • Funding Info: $63M over 3 Rounds (Last Funding Type: Series C)
  • Yearly Revenue: $2M-$5M (2018)
  • Employee Size: 11-50
  • Business Valuation: NA
  • City/Town: Palo Alto
  • State: California
  • Country: United States
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