About Us

Executive Team

Vishal Sunak

Co-founder and CEO

Vishal Sunak has held positions in operations and product management at Backupify and InsightSquared prior to founding LinkSquares.

Vishal has a B.S in Engineering from Northeastern University and a M.S from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Chris Combs

Co-founder and COO

Chris has been working in enterprise and SaaS software companies since his early 20’s. Most recently at Backupify, an enterprise security company that was acquired by Datto in 2014.

Understanding how businesses approach document management and security has been at the core of his work over four different companies, two of which he co-founded from concept.

In 2015 Chris and Vishal co-founded LinkSquares. As COO, he spends most of his time involved in business development, sales and customer success, but also enjoys product and user experience design.

Chris graduated from Centre College and also studied at the University of London.

Industry Advisory Board

LinkSquares advisors include the top General Counsels and other legal and finance professionals from some of the best companies in the world.

Robert Ball

Chief Legal Counsel, Ionic Security

Robert serves as Chief Legal Counsel and oversees all legal, regulatory, and legislative policy aspects of the company. He also serves as the company's Global Privacy Officer.

Previously, Robert was a partner at Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan and a member of the firm’s Cybersecurity & Privacy team.

Prior to Sutherland, Robert was a senior executive at Akamai Technologies (NASDAQ: AKAM) in Cambridge, MA. As General Counsel, he managed Akamai's initial public offering and oversaw all aspects of its corporate legal affairs. Following the IPO, Robert launched Akamai’s Business & Corporate Development team and managed Akamai’s corporate strategy, strategic partnerships and joint ventures, M&A, and technology licensing. He also later served as Vice President, International, where he directed Akamai's international expansion and rapid growth across Asia and Europe.

Tim Parilla

General Counsel, DraftKings

Tim has been the General Counsel at DraftKings since March 2014. Tim is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the company operations with potential legal implications, from managing fundraising, closing high-profile marketing deals, and managing litigation, to building out the in-house legal function to continue to help the business grow and innovate amidst an evolving regulatory landscape.

Prior to joining DraftKings, Tim was the internal legal counsel to a European-based gaming company, engaged in lobbying and regulatory consulting activities at the Federal and State level, and was later a co-founder in a startup in the cryptocurrency space.

Tim received his law degree from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University in Georgia, and his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Oakland University.

Ari Buchler

General Counsel and SVP Corporate Development, Sophos

Ari Buchler joined Sophos in 2013 and is responsible for the global legal affairs of Sophos, corporate development, OEM sales and partnerships.

Prior to Sophos, Ari was a senior executive at Rocket Software, Inc., a global software development firm, where he served as Vice President and General Counsel from March 2012. Ari directed Rocket Software’s global legal affairs and played a key role in the company’s aggressive M&A strategy.

Ari also served as Senior Vice President, Legal and Regulatory Services at Phase Forward Inc. At Phase Forward, he was a member of the senior executive team from 1999 until the company’s sale to Oracle in 2010. Ari helped build Phase Forward from a venture-backed start-up to a publicly traded, global industry leader with over $200 million in revenue and more than 900 employees in 8 countries. He played a leadership role in Phase Forward’s venture and strategic financings, IPO and secondary offering, M&A strategy and execution, and its sale to Oracle.

Earlier in his career, Ari served as in-house counsel at Reed Business Information and as a corporate associate at the law firm of Skadden Arps.

Ari has a law degree from Columbia University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in political science and a special honors curriculum from Hunter College of the City University of New York.