• Team

  • Venkat Bussa

    General Partner - Real Estate & Buyouts

    • 20 Years Experience, Engineering, Marketing and Entrepreneurship
    • Worked at Cisco, Lead Technical Marketing and Engineering functions for $1B High-End Routing and Optical Product Lines
    • Market Expertise: Telecommunication, Cloud, Networking, Agriculture, Education, Commercial & Newspaper Print & Packaging Industries
    • BSc. from College of Engineering Osmanabad, Harvard University -  Alternative Investments, Stanford GSB - Mergers & Acquisitions, Berkeley Haas - Venture Capital Executive Program


    Syed Natif Nawaz

    Sr. Principal (Buyouts & Real Estate)

    • Technology Leadership and Consulting, with extensive strategic and technical management experience in a broad range of environments. 
    • Leader of global, cross-functional teams ranging from 5-10 to 100-200, with a deep understanding of the intersection of IT, product, team, and business functions and an engineering background in Cloud Operations, Networking, and Datacenter solutions.
    • Domain Expertise: Cloud, Telcos, Datacenter, and M&A
    • Core Value & Experience:
      ✧ Proven record of driving innovation, including multiple patent applications and leading-edge product initiatives.
      ✧ Excel in working with customers, particularly at the C-level, to create solutions for long-term business success.
      ✧ Offer a diverse set of skills applicable to multiple products, sectors, verticals, and operating environments.
      ✧ Combine deep engineering and technical skills with the ability to inspire teams to reach their highest potential.
      ✧ Comfortable in start-ups & large companies, leadership and consulting roles, and rapidly changing requirements.


    Founder & Chairman

    • Ranked Top 100 Powerlist VC
    • 15+ years of VC/PE Investing, 100+ Portfolio Companies
    • Select Prior Portfolio Companies: Beyond Meat (IPO'd, $14B), Sensity (Acquired by Verizon, $300M+), ShopKick (Acquired by SK Telecom, $200M), Made In Space (Acquired by AE Industrial Partners), FabFitFun ($1B+), Spyce (Acquired by sweetgreen), Bear Flags Robotics (Acquired by John Deere, $250M)
    • Former Managing Director of Investments at Cleveland Avenue (VC/PE Fund co-founded by Former CEO & President of McDonalds), focusing on food and beverage brands, food related technologies, and new restaurant concepts
    • Founder, Head, & Former Managing Director of Simon Venture Group (investment arm of Simon Property Group, S&P 100, largest retail real estate company in the world), grew to top 5 corporate VC focused on commerce alongside Google Ventures, Intel Capital, and Comcast Ventures
    • Adjunct Professor at New York University teaching Venture Capital Intensive
    • Creator of Multiple Top Ranked Entrepreneur Resources: #1 Startup Investor Pitch Deck Template (viewed & downloaded 750,000+ times, used by leading business schools and accelerators)
    • Co-Founder of the #1 Startup Board Game: The Next Big Thing: The Game of Entrepreneurship, backed by over 25+ of the top accelerators and VC investors