Norwest Venture Partners
Norwest Venture Partners (NVP) is a global venture and growth equity investment firm that manages more than $3.7 billion in capital. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, NVP has subsidiaries in Mumbai and Bengaluru, India and Herzelia, Israel and Hong Kong. NVP makes early to late stage venture and growth equity investments across a wide range of sectors including: information technology, business services, financial services, infrastructure, technology enabled services and consumer. NVP has actively partnered with entrepreneurs to build great businesses for more than 50 years and has funded more than 500 companies since inception.For more information visit: www.nvp.com.
Gaurav is a former Special Limited Partner at Sequoia Capital. Prior to joining Sequoia Capital in 2001, Gaurav was a Founder and Senior Vice-President of Product Management at Redback Networks (RBAK). Earlier, Gaurav held various engineering positions at SynOptics and Bay Networks. Gaurav has a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering and a BS in Computer Science from Washington University in St. Louis.
Zod brings 30 years of enterprise software and Internet media expertise, and proven leadership in developing and commercializing scalable, high performance internet media and search solutions. Zod has been an independent investor and advisor since his retirement from Yahoo! in 2007. He joined Yahoo! in 1996 as Vice President of Engineering and was appointed Chief Technology Officer a year later.He is credited with pioneering the massively scalable and cost-effective web operations that allowed 600 million users make Yahoo! their reliable home on the internet. During his 11 year tenure at Yahoo!, Zod helped acquire and integrate over 50 companies and managed over six thousand engineers representing half of the company’s employees.Between 1985 and 1996, Mr. Nazem held various software development and management positions at Oracle Corporation culminating in his role as Vice President of Media and Web Server Division. His tenure at Oracle also included membership in the company’s Product Division Management Committee which set overall strategy for Oracle products. From 1983 to 1985, Zod was a senior engineer at SYDIS, Inc., an office automation software and hardware start-up. Previously, he was recruited from California Polytechnic State University by Rolm Corporation to be a software engineer in the VLCBX division. At age 19, he earned a B.S. degree in Computer Science with highest honors.
Peter Wagner has worked in technology since the mid-1980′s, as a physicist, line manager and venture investor. He focuses on IT products and services for businesses, seeking out founders and opportunities that have the potential to transform or create explosive markets. Since becoming a venture investor in 1996, Peter has led investments in dozens of early stage companies, many of which have gone on to complete IPO’s or successful acquisitions.