Ravi is a Managing Director at Shasta and co-founded the firm in 2004. At Shasta, a premier early-stage venture firm with more $1 billion in management, Ravi led the firm’s investments in and currently serves on the Boards of Anaplan, Brandcast, FogLogic, LeanData, Lightbend, Lucidworks, Resilinc, Spiceworks, Squelch, Suplari, and vFunction. He also led Shasta’s investments in AppSheet (acquired by Google), Finsphere (acquired by VISA), Clickability (acquired by Limelight) and ChartCube (acquired by Anaplan), iConclude (acquired by HP), Lithium (acquired by Vista Equity), Outright (acquired by GoDaddy), Volometrix (acquired by Microsoft), WatchDox (acquired by Blackberry) and Zenprise (acquired by Citrix).
Ravi has focused his entire career on the software business. He works with passionate entrepreneurs who possess unique product and market perspectives that result in high growth companies. His areas of expertise span data and analytics, SaaS applications and infrastructure management. He brings a unique perspective to the companies he works with specializing in product/market fit and team building.
We were ultra-fortunate to have Ravi and the Shasta team in our corner… 2019 was a year of so much positive change for AppSheet, and it ties directly back to the many investments Ravi made in our company including financial, thought, time, encouragement, and advice. I hope to work with him again in the future.
– Praveen Seshadri, Founder and CEO at AppSheet (acquired by Google)
Prior to Shasta, Ravi was a general partner at Battery Ventures and a member of the executive committee. He led eight investments and served on the boards of 12 software and technology-enabled service companies. Previously, Ravi built transaction-processing systems at Accenture, sold and implemented software applications for Hyperion Software Corp., and ran MIC, a business intelligence software company in India. Ravi also spent time at McKinsey & Co., working with consumer-packaged goods companies.
He is active in entrepreneurial circles and helped found the Silicon Valley chapter of the Indian Venture Capital Association (IVCA) to leverage entrepreneurial activities between India and the U.S. Ravi holds a B.S. degree in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University and earned his M.B.A. degree from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.
Ravi really wants to be helpful. He immerses himself in our world. I’ve just always appreciated his approach. It truly feels like he’s part of the team, not just a member of the board. It’s been such a refreshing change from the typical VC.
– Lyle Fong, Founding CEO, Lithium