Meet the Team

Aneel Ranadive

Soma Investor

- Managing Partner at Soma Capital. Early investor in Rappi, Cruise, Alto Pharmacy, Embarktrucks, Astranis, Ironclad, Razorpay, etc.
- Sacramento Kings NBA Ownership
- Founder of Tag, location sharing app backed by Facebook Cofounder Eduardo Saverin and Tim Draper. Acquired by Mark Cuban in 2015
- Head of Product at Nielsen Media Sync in San Francisco
- Co-founder of GlanceGuide, video analytics company sold to Nielsen
- Founder of BoredAt, anonymous social network backed by Redpoint Ventures
- Investment Banking Analyst at Bank of America
- B.S. in Mathematics at Columbia University

Aneel Ranadive

Soma Investor

Mendy Yang

Soma Investor

Prior to joining Soma Capital, Mendy was a Private Equity Associate and Analyst at Vista Equity Partners (software private equity firm with $57bn+ in committed capital):
Led diligence on new deals and worked closely with portfolio companies (iCIMS, IAS and Gather / Tripleseat); closed 4 platform deals and 9 add-on acquisitions during ~4 year tenure

Global Strategy and M&A Financial Analyst at AIG (global insurance company): Completed divestiture of Advisor Group (large broker-dealer network) to Lightyear Capital

Investment Banking Summer Analyst at Wells Fargo (NYC)

BS with Distinction from Yale University (2015): Economics and Psychology Double Major

Mendy Yang

Soma Investor

Juan Abundes

Soma Investor

- Before joining Soma, Juan was an early/late stage investor at Manchesterstory Group focusing on Fintech, Healthcare and Insurtech
- Early stage investor at Impact Venture Capital leading investments and portfolio management in both the US and abroad
- Project lead for research and development at Genentech for Influenza an Oncology research. Co-developed new strains of the influenza vaccine and the G36 molecule to help treat age-related diseases.
- Project Manager for Tylenol and other OTC drug research and development at Johnson&Johnson. Re-engineered Tylenol in 2014 to what is in market today.
- Background in Biochemistry, Data Science and Bioinformatics. MBA at University of the Pacific.

Juan Abundes

Soma Investor

Mir Faiyaz

Soma Investor

- Prior to joining Soma Capital, Mir worked as a Portfolio Associate at ICONIQ Growth – a premier late-stage tech VC with investments including Datadog, Zoom, Robinhood, Uber, Airbnb, Snowflake, and Chime.

- Before ICONIQ, Mir worked at Altman Vilandrie – a TMT-focused management consulting firm where he worked on 15+ commercial due diligences for megafund buyout deals, primarily focused on B2B SaaS, cloud infrastructure and consumer media.

- Mir has co-founded a non-profit EdTech startup – a platform connecting high school students from developing countries with college students / recently graduated mentors for dedicated guidance.

- Mir graduated with a B.A. in Mathematics from Dartmouth College, where he was a research assistant for multiple professors at the Tuck School of Business. Outside of academics, he was an involved member of the club swimming team, his fraternity, and senior society.

Mir Faiyaz

Soma Investor

Douglas Carney

Soma Investor

- Technical diligence at Soma Capital
- Senior Founding Engineering Lead at Renew.com building software to assist seniors in their transition to Retirement
- Engineering Consultant for Starbucks rebuilding their E-commerce store in late 2016
- Early iOS Developer at Shimmur a social influencers engagement platform
- Cofounder of Tag, location sharing app backed by Facebook Cofounder Eduardo Saverin and Tim Draper. Acquired by Mark Cuban in 2015
- B.S. in Computer Science from Rutgers New Brunswick

Douglas Carney

Soma Investor

Anant Akash

Chief of Staff

⁃ Technical diligence and internal operations
⁃ Software engineer at DoNotPay, Duo Security, Spacemaker.ai
⁃ Founded http://intern.club, the largest community of interns in the US
⁃ B.S. in Computer Science from University of Michigan, Dean’s List

Anant Akash

Chief of Staff

Jessica Li

Soma Investor

Jessica Li graduated with high honors from Harvard University where she studied computer science and economics. She completed her senior thesis with Nobel Laureate Oliver Hart on foreign direct investment bargaining in China. Previously, she was at Morgan Stanley's technology investment banking group, in public markets investing at Northwestern Mutual, and has worked in startups and venture through General Catalyst's Rough Draft Ventures and Luxe (acquired by Volvo). She loves working hands on with founders creating the most impactful solutions to the most pressing challenges. In her free time, she enjoys running outdoors, boxing, cycling, and yoga.

Jessica Li

Soma Investor

Advisors and Investors

Our advisors and investors who are actively helping portfolio companies with things like strategy, customer acquisition, hiring and fundraising

Raj Verma

Memsql CEO

CEO of Memsql
- Former COO of Hortonworks
- Former COO of Tibco
- Helped scale Tibco to over $1bn in annual revenue

Raj Verma

Memsql CEO

Justin Mateen

Tinder Founder

- Founder of Tinder, one of most valuable consumer co’s of all time. Tinder app generates more rev than Netflix app
- Seed investor in Brex, Zenefits, Alto, Homechef, Huckleberry, etc.

Justin Mateen

Tinder Founder

Trip Adler

Scribd Founder

- Founder and CEO of Scribd (Netflix for books)
- 100m monthly users, $100m in revenue, expected to IPO in 1-2 yrs
- Part of first ever Y Combinator class, one of the most successful YC companies

Trip Adler

Scribd Founder

Jason Boehmig

Ironclad Founder

- CEO & Cofounder of Ironclad, building digital contracts for a digital world

Jason Boehmig

Ironclad Founder

Anna Wang

Searchlight Cofounder

Anna Wang is the co-founder & CTO at Searchlight, a modern talent platform that helps companies identify exceptional candidates quickly through best-in-class reference checks. Backed by Accel, Founders Fund, and YC, Searchlight works with forward-thinking companies like Udemy, TrueCar, and MasterClass. Prior to Searchlight, Anna worked at Google and McKinsey and graduated with her B.S. and M.S. from Stanford University (Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence).

Anna Wang

Searchlight Cofounder

Kerry Wang

Searchlight Cofounder

Kerry Wang is the Co-founder and CEO of Searchlight, building the next generation talent platform for companies hiring the best, diverse teams. Searchlight's intelligent reference checks helps companies identify exceptional candidates quickly. Searchlight is backed by Accel, Founders Fund, and Y Combinator. Kerry graduated with dual degrees (B.A. Human Biology, M.S. Computer Science) from Stanford and previously worked at Google and McKinsey.

Kerry Wang

Searchlight Cofounder

Wayne Chang

Digits Cofounder

- Co-Founder, Digits. Building the most powerful financial engine for modern businesses. Raised ~$33M pre-launch from Benchmark, GV, and 70+ angels.
- Co-Founder of Crashlytics. ~5 billion devices monthly actives. ~6 trillion events monthly. Installed in millions of apps. Acquired by Twitter.
- Launched Answers, a mobile analytics tool with the Crashlytics team. In 10 months, Answers beat Google Analytics to take #1 spot in mobile analytics. Shortly after, Google acquired Crashlytics and Answers from Twitter. Now the default on Android.
At Twitter, held different roles such as Director of Product Marketing, Director of Product Strategy.
- Personal context: college dropout. ~10 years later, gave commencement speech and received honorary PhD. Got lucky with film industry and somehow won an Emmy.

Wayne Chang

Digits Cofounder

John Gedmark

Astranis Founder

- Co-Founder and CEO, Astranis
- Co-Founder and Executive Director, Commercial Spaceflight Federation
- Director of Rocket Flight Operations, X Prize Foundation
- Purdue, Stanford Aerospace Engineering

John Gedmark

Astranis Founder

Carlo Cabanilla

Datadog Cofounder

Carlo is an experienced engineering leader and cofounder of Datadog ( NASDAQ: DDOG), a cloud monitoring SaaS company with a market cap of $25B where he created and scaled up the metrics pipeline and engineering team. He is also an amateur game developer, having worked as a backend engineer for thatgamecompany's upcoming title, Sky.

Carlo Cabanilla

Datadog Cofounder

Betsie Larkin

Honeylove Founder

Betsie Larkin is the Founder and Co-CEO womens’ fashion brand, Honeylove. Betsie launched Honeylove on Kickstarter where it was one of the top 1% earning projects. Soon thereafter she got into Y Combinator and launched the Honeylove website, which saw immediate traction and helped her raise a seed round and a Series A within a year. Today, Honeylove is a fast-growing and profitable company with an ever-expanding line of garments.

Prior to starting Honeylove, Betsie built a career as a well known artist and vocalist in the EDM space. During this time she released several albums, toured the world numerous times and released vocal tracks with some of the top EDM artists (Armin van Buuren, Ferry Corsten, Gabriel & Dresden, etc). She took a personal need for stage-worthy shapewear, and turned it into a solution that’s now serving women everywhere.

Betsie Larkin

Honeylove Founder
Jack Altman

Jack Altman

Lattice Founder

Jack Altman is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer at Lattice, a San Francisco-based software company that makes software for performance management and employee engagement. In the 5 years since being founded, Lattice has grown to 150 employees and over 1,800 customers such as Slack, Asana, Pinterest, and Cruise.

Jack Altman

Lattice Founder

Karim Atiyeh

Ramp Founder

Karim Atiyeh is the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at Ramp, a New York-based technology company building the next generation of corporate credit cards and CFO tools. Karim previously founded Paribus (YC 15) and sold it to Capital One in 2016.

Karim Atiyeh

Ramp Founder

Shuo Wang

Deel Cofounder

Shuo Wang

Deel Cofounder

Alex Bouaziz

Deel Cofounder

Alex Bouaziz

Deel Cofounder

Alex Rodrigues

Embark Founder

- CEO/Founder of Embark Trucks
- Built the first self-driving truck to drive across the U.S.
- Backed by YCombinator and Sequoia
- Thiel Fellow, and Forbes 30 Under 30

Alex Rodrigues

Embark Founder

Austen Allred

Lambda Founder

Austen Allred is the co-founder and CEO of Lambda School. A native of Springville, Utah, Austen’s start-up journey began in 2017 with him living in his two-door Civic while participating in Y Combinator, a San Francisco-based seed accelerator. This experience became the foundation of Lambda School’s rapid growth.

Before founding Lambda School, Austen was the co-founder of media platform GrassWire. He co-authored the growth hacking textbook Secret Sauce, which became a best-seller and provided him the personal seed money to build Lambda.

Austen’s disruptive ideas on the future of education, the labor market disconnect, and the opportunity of providing opportunity at-scale have been featured in: The Harvard Business Review, The Economist, WIRED, Fast Company, TechCrunch, The New York Times, among others. Austen is fluent in Russian and currently lives in San Francisco with his wife and two kids. You can find him on Twitter @Austen.

Austen Allred

Lambda Founder

Mark Goldstein

Marc Benioff Advisor

- Head of Efficient Capacity Fund, private venture arm of Marc Benioff ($500m under management)
- 25 years of operational experience in fintech, SaaS, e-commerce, retail and online gaming

Mark Goldstein

Marc Benioff Advisor

Brian Vallelunga

Doppler Founder

- CEO of a Sequoia backed Doppler.com, highly loved developer tools company
- Led the mobile safety engineering team at Uber
- Spearheaded special projects for the Senior Director of Safety of Uber
- Founded an ad network that sold into some of the most popular sites on the internet
- Judge at the Los Angeles County Science Fair
- 2 time winner of the California State Science Fair

Brian Vallelunga

Doppler Founder

Ken Goldman

Eric Schmidt Advisor

- President at Hillspire / Eric Schmidt family office

Ken Goldman

Eric Schmidt Advisor

Ram Shriram

Google Board Member

Ram is a founding board member and one of the first investors in Google. He was earlier employed by Amazon.com, working for Jeff Bezos. Shriram came to Amazon.com in August 1998, when the company acquired Junglee, an online comparison shopping firm of which Shriram was president. Before Junglee and Amazon, Shriram was a member of the Netscape executive team, joining them in 1994, before they shipped products or posted revenue.

Ram Shriram

Google Board Member

Shara Ticku

C16 Founder

Shara Ticku is CEO and co-founder of C16 Biosciences, a New York-based start-up solving the palm oil problem. C16 Biosciences uses microbiology to produce sustainable, bio-based edible oils that look and function just like palm oil. Prior to founding C16 Bio, Shara worked at Goldman Sachs, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, and the United Nations. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA/BBA from the University of Texas at Austin.

Shara Ticku

C16 Founder

Abhi Ramesh

Misfits Market Founder

Abhi is the CEO of Misfits Market, a Philadelphia based company focused on solving food waste. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and The Wharton School of Business and previously worked at Apollo Global Management as a private equity investor. Prior to founding Misfits Market, he also launched the Horizons School of Technology, making higher education more accessible to people with non-traditional backgrounds.

Abhi Ramesh

Misfits Market Founder

Mattieu Gamache-Asselin

Alto Founder

Mattieu Gamache-Asselin is the founder and CEO of Alto Pharmacy. He grew up in Ottawa, Canada and studied Software Engineering and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Ottawa. He spent several years as an engineer at Parse before they were acquired by Facebook. In 2015, he started Alto Pharmacy, a full-service pharmacy that manages everything from insurance and price investigations to free delivery and around-the-clock support. Alto is dedicated to fulfilling medicine’s true purpose: to improve the quality of life for everyone who needs it. At Alto, we believe a better pharmacy can make all the difference.

Mattieu Gamache-Asselin

Alto Founder

Our Partnership with Bow Capital

We work closely with our anchor investor Bow Capital, Vivek Ranadive’s later stage fund. Soma invests seed, and Bow invests Series A to growth stage

Vivek Ranadive

Bow Capital Partnership

- Founding partner at Bow Capital, anchored by the UC endowment . in partnership w/ Soma Capital
- Owner of the Sacramento Kings NBA Basketball team
- Developing $2bn in projects in downtown Sacramento including a new arena that has won various awards as the most high tech arena in the world
- Founder of Tibco software. Grew to over $1bn in revenue powering 80% of Fortune 500 co's and sold to Vista for $4.3bn
- Tibco provides big data, analytics and event processing and originally digitized Wallstreet
- Published multiple NYC best selling books
- Early stage investor and advisor to Google, Ebay, Salesforce and Yahoo
- Master in Electrical Engineering at MIT and Harvard business school

Vivek Ranadive

Bow Investor

Grady Burnett

Bow Capital Partnership

- Partner at Bow Capital
- Pivotal in scaling two of the most important technology companies over the last two decades
- COO of Flurry where he led the company to a successful acquisition for over $200m to Yahoo
- VP of Sales and operations at Facebook. Helped scale sales and operations teams and grew revenue from $250m to over $10bn
- Director of Online Sales and Operations at Google. Ran Googles' NA AdWords sales and operations (responsible for over 50% of North America revenue)
- VP Sales at DoubleClick, helped with sale to Google
- University of Michigan and Harvard Business School

Grady Burnett

Bow Investor

Rafi Syed

Bow Capital Partnership

- General Partner at Bow Capital
- 5+ years of investing experience at Khosla Ventures and Bessemer Venture Partners
- Board observer at Mindbody, Pinterest, Raise, among others
- Studied consumer businesses and marketplaces in detail, investing in sectors ranging from real estate and financial services to food and SMB SaaS
- Rafi brings a deep understanding of customer acquisition and growth to his investing activities from his time as a product-oriented operator, and focuses on helping his portfolio companies develop profitable, scalable, differentiated growth plans
- BS in Economics and Computer Science from UC Berkeley

Rafi Syed

Bow Investor

Suraj Patel

Bow Capital Partnership

Joined Bow Capital in 2016 as part of the founding team to help form the firm’s investment process and operations.

Prior to Bow Capital, Suraj was an early employee at Looker (analytics platform) where he ran West Coast Sales Engineering. Suraj also worked at TIBCO Software in a variety of roles, including the creation of TIBCO Engage, a marketing automation product focused on real-time, analytics-driven, customer engagement management. He started his career at Wells Fargo.

Suraj lives in San Francisco and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley.

Suraj Patel

Bow Investor

Christina Dong

Bow Capital Partnership

Christina joined Bow Capital in 2018 as a member of the investing team. Prior to joining Bow, Christina was with the Boston Consulting Group where she worked on a variety of growth and investment strategy projects across the Industrial Goods and Tech, Media and Telecom sectors. She was closely involved with the IPO of a major online retailer. Prior to BCG, Christina worked at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Christina graduated with Honors from the University of Chicago with a BA in Sociology. At UChicago, she co-founded and ran her own nonprofit organization, BridgeMe Youth, dedicated to helping alleviate rates of sudden infant death syndrome on the South Side of Chicago.

Christina Dong

Bow Investor

Zizi Zhang

Bow Capital Partnership

Previously at Lazard’s Investment Banking practice focused on telecommunications, media, and technology (New York City) and Wayfair’s data science team (Boston)

Zizi Zhang

Bow Investor

Daven Patel

Bow Investor

Daven was previously a venture capital / private equity investor at Goldman Sachs in San Francisco. Prior to that, he spent time as a data scientist and product manager at high growth software companies as well as being a part of the Tibco Software team.

Daven graduated from UC Berkeley.

Daven Patel

Bow Investor

Murray Rode

Senior Advisor

Murray Rode has been with TIBCO Software Inc. and its predecessor company since 1995 in a variety of roles. Mr. Rode has cross-functional responsibility for the implementation of the corporate operating plans and strategies. He has direct responsibility for a range of functions, including finance, marketing and corporate development, as well as several operating groups. Prior to joining TIBCO Software Inc., Mr. Rode was a Management Consultant with a major international consulting firm, where he worked primarily in the areas of technology strategy and planning and business process re-engineering. Mr. Rode holds a B.A. from the University of Alberta, Canada.

Murray Rode

Senior Advisor

Bow Capital Advisors

Sanjay Mehrotra

Bow Capital Advisor

Founder and former CEO of Sandisk
CEO - Micron Technologies

Sanjay Mehrotra

Bow Advisor

Larry Sonsini

Bow Capital Advisor

Chairman - Wilson Sonsini

Larry Sonsini

Bow Advisor

Paul Jacobs

Bow Capital Advisor

Executive Chairman - Qualcomm

Paul Jacobs

Bow Advisor

Stacy Brown Philpot

Bow Capital Advisor

CEO - Taskrabbit

Stacy Brown

Bow Advisor

Sandy Weill

Bow Capital Advisor

Former CEO & Chairman - Citigroup

Sandy Weill

Bow Advisor

Shaquille O'Neal

Bow Capital Advisor

Former NBA Athlete
Multiple Time NBA Champion

Shaquille O’Neal

Bow Advisor