NEA is a global venture capital firm partnering with entrepreneurs to build transformational businesses across multiple stages and sectors, with more than 200 IPOs and 320+ acquisitions since the firm’s founding in 1977.
Accel Partners is a global venture and growth equity firm. Accel funds companies from inception through the growth stage. Accel manages over $8.8 billion from offices in Palo Alto, California, New York City, London, India and China. Accel is an early stage investor in MindTickle, and adds tremendous value in terms of expertise, network and guidance on an ongoing basis.
As the Venture Capital investment arm of Qualcomm, the world leader in next-generation mobile technologies, Qualcomm Ventures has been making investments in early-stage technology companies since 2000. Qualcomm Ventures seeks to make strategic investments in high-technology companies that have the potential to dramatically transform our world.
Ravi joined NEA in 2004 and co-heads the firm’s Technology Venture Growth Equity investment practice. Ravi’s investments in the software and technology sectors include Acquia, BloomReach, Boku, Captora, Forter, MindTickle, MOVE Guides, Mulesoft, Plaid, and Placester. Prior investments include Arcot (acquired by CA), Braintree (acquired by eBay), GlobalLogic (acquired by Apax Partners), IM Logic (acquired by Symantec), PURE Energies (acquired by NRG), Sanera (acquired by McData), Tele Atlas (Euronext: TA, acquired by TomTom), and ViXs (TXS: VXS). Prior to NEA, Ravi worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co. as co-head of the technology practice in their private equity group. Ravi has also worked for McKinsey & Company and Raychem Corporation focusing on R&D in various materials systems. Ravi received an MBA from Wharton and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from UCSB where he focused his research on materials science applications. Ravi also earned a BS in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania. He currently serves on the Wharton Entrepreneurship Advisory Board. Read more of Ravi’s perspectives at: www.raviviswanathan.com
Dinesh Katiyar joined Accel in 2011 and focuses on early-stage, cross-border (US-India) companies. Dinesh led Accel’s investments in MindTickle, Paxata, Yakit and Simility. Prior to Accel, he co-founded iLeverage (acquired by E.piphany), SayNow (acquired by Google), and was the CEO of Small Device (acquired by Digital Chocolate). He also held positions with Sun, Motorola and Citrix. Dinesh grew up in Zambia, Africa (and later, Mumbai) and graduated from IIT Kanpur. He has a PhD in Computer Science from Stanford.
Amit has more than 20 years of experience in technology and internet industries and is also deeply engaged with the early stage ecosystem in India. In his previous role as the Chief Products Officer for MakeMyTrip, Amit led the entire online product portfolio. He was a part of the leadership team that took the company public on NASDAQ in 2010. Amit has also been the head of various teams focusing on search, mobile and advertisement products at Google. One of his products (the search‐based keyword tool) won the Google founder’s award. Prior to his role at Google, Amit was the Director for the Enterprise Search and Discovery business at IBM San Jose, California.
Amit holds a B.S Computer Science (Gold medalist) from Indian Institute of Technology Varanasi and a Masters in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has published several papers and holds seven US patents. When he is not busy mentoring and working with entrepreneurs, Amit loves to travel around the world, is a sports enthusiast, enjoys reading and is a fusion chef!
Neeraj has a prolific background of business development across geographies and business models. He is an avid startup enthusiast and has a track record of helping tech ventures with mentorship, recruiting, financing, distributing products and BD. He is currently responsible for business development at WhatsApp.