Board Members

Jishnu Bhattacharjee

Managing Director, Nexus Venture Partners

Jishnu is a Managing Director at Nexus Venture Partners, a leading venture capital firm in India and US, investing in innovative early to early-growth stage companies. He brings several years of investing and operating expertise in hi-technology start-ups. His interests span software, cloud computing, Internet, digital and social media, mobile, and systems. Jishnu’s investments include Cloud.com (acquired by Citrix), Gluster (acquired by Red Hat), Vdopia, Kaltura, Druva and GENWI.

Jishnu is an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he ran the Venture Capital Club and co-led GSB Principal Investing Conference. Jishnu also holds an MS degree in electrical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and a BTech from IIT Kharagpur, and is an inventor of more than a dozen US patents.

Kanwal Rekhi

Managing Director, Inventus Capital Partners<

Kanwal is a Managing Director at Inventus Capital Partners. Kanwal is also a well-known and respected entrepreneur and venture investor in both Silicon Valley and India. He has been CEO of venture-backed companies three times, was the first Indo-American to take a venture-backed company public on the NASDAQ, co-founded and built TiE, the largest global network of Indian entrepreneurs, and co-founded Inventus to devote his full energy and experience to establish a leading US-India venture franchise.

He holds a BSEE from IIT-Bombay and a MSEE and Honorary Doctorates in both Business and Engineering from Michigan Tech. He founded the Kanwal Rekhi Schools of Information Technology at both IIT-Bombay and Michigan Tech.

Manish Chandra

Founder and CEO, Poshmark

Manish Chandra is currently the Founder and CEO of Poshmark. Formally, he was the chief executive and co-founder of Kaboodle, Inc., a shopping Website where people recommend and discover new products. He provided strategy and vision for Kaboodle, which Hearst acquired in 2007, while overseeing new product ideas and managing its business operations and revenue. Prior to Kaboodle, Chandra was vice president of worldwide marketing at Versant Corporation. Prior to Versant, he served in various roles at Versata, including vice president of marketing and product strategy; he was part of the executive team that took Versata public in March 2000. He also spent time in research & development and product management roles at Sybase and Intel.

Chandra holds a bachelor’s degree from IIT Kanpur, India, an MS in computer science from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from Haas Business School at the University of California Berkeley.

Mike DeVries

Head of Business Management, MarketShare

Mike advises and consults leading technology startups on business and marketing strategy. Mike was President & COO at DataSong, prior to its acquisition by MarketShare where he currently is Head of Business Management. Mike led a global sales and services team of 350+ while at OpenText, helped sign the first 25 customers at GoodData, and led Instill to record-breaking business results and a successful sale to Accel-KKR. Mike began his career at GE where he developed an interest in fact-based decision making as well as the cultural dynamics of technology adoption and change in large organizations.

Mike has held several senior level positions at software companies including Versata, Wakesoft, Clarus Systems. He currently serves on the Board at Genwi and Shibumi. Mike holds a B.A in Economics from University of California at Santa Barbara.

Rahul Patel

CEO & Founder

Rahul leads the Genwi team, bringing a wealth of experience from industry leading technology companies.

Before joining GENWI, Rahul was Vice President of Server Technology at Oracle Corporation where he was responsible for Enterprise 2.0 and Portal platform that included several industry-leading products such as Oracle WebCenter, WebLogic Portal, WebCenter Interaction and Oracle Portal. Prior to Oracle, he was responsible for data integration and XML/XQuery technology development for BEA Systems & held senior level positions at other Enterprise Software companies including Sun Microsystems, Sybase, and Versata. He holds an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Florida.

Advisory Members

Mike Maples

Managing Partner, Floodgate

Mike Maples, Jr. is the managing partner of FLOODGATE, and was recently named as one of “8 Rising VC Stars” by Fortune Magazine for his investments in business and consumer technology companies. Before becoming a full-time investor, Mike was an entrepreneur and operating executive who worked in a variety of senior management roles in high-growth companies. His background spans a variety of markets including consumer technology, small business, and the enterprise, and he has led various functions in product development, marketing, business development, and corporate strategy.

Mike began his technology career in high school, when he started a software company that developed games and educational products for the original IBM PC. He has been passionate about the technology industry ever since.

Roger McNamee

Co-founder, Elevation Partners

Roger McNamee is a co-founder of Elevation Partners. He began his career in 1982 at T. Rowe Price Associates, where he managed the top-ranked Science & Technology Fund and co-managed the New Horizons Fund. In 1991, he launched Integral Capital Partners, the first crossover fund (combining later stage venture capital with public market investments), in partnership with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. In 1999, Roger co-founded Silver Lake Partners, the first private equity fund focused on technology businesses. In 2004, Roger and his partners launched Elevation Partners, an investment partnership focused on the intersection of media and entertainment content and consumer technology.

Roger serves on board of directors of Wordnik. In philanthropy, he serves on the boards of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame Museum, and the Rex Foundation.