SV member

 

Neil Sadaranganey

Managing Director

Neil leads the team responsible for investments and business development. Neil focuses on stage agnostic investments in mobile and e-commerce. Neil led Docomo’s investments in Cenrify, Muzy, Fab, Nextbit, Anfacto, Influitive and Nok Nok Labs. His current investments also include Couchbase.

Prior to Docomo, Neil spent 6 years building Bay Partners Software as a Service and digital media practices. As a General Partner he led the firm’s early investments in Eloqua which was acquired by Oracle after going public in 2012 and Cornerstone onDemand another IPO. Cornerstone (CSOD) is the leader and most valuable company in the talent management space. Neil served as a board director for Cornerstone onDemand, Like.com (acquired by Google), Eventful (acquired by CBS), LiveMedia and Hiplogic (acquired by Zynga).

Before venture capital, Neil spent 10 years as a product executive in technology companies of all sizes. Neil was part of the founding team of Afara Websystems which was acquired by Sun Microsystems. Afara's technology is the foundation of a multi-billion server product line at Oracle. Neil led product teams at Good Technology, RealNetworks and Sun Microsystems where he launched several new products. He began his career as a consultant with Accenture and IBM.

Neil has a BS in Systems Engineering from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from Stanford University.

Christina Ku

Director

Christina Ku is a venture capital professional investing in consumer internet, mobile, big data and cloud startups. She has evaluated, researched and assessed the viability of thousands of consumer internet businesses and new ventures for Intel, Vodafone and institutional capital firms. At her roles in investment research, corporate development and investment analysis, she has tracked public internet and mobile companies which provide her with a well-rounded perspective on emerging technologies (US, Europe), new markets, business models and financial diligence.

She started her career as an investment banker at Hambrecht & Quist, invested in emerging mobile companies such as Mobileway (sold to Sybase for $400 million) for Intel Capital and created new market development for Intel's Consumer Electronics Group. At Triplepoint Capital, she led the debt financing for 50 companies, primarily in the social networking space such as Facebook and Slide (sold to Google for $182 million). She also started one of the first online beauty social ecommerce startup at the Shimmer Group Inc.

Her most recent investments for Docomo were Netpulse, Elemental Technologies (acquired by Amazon) and Cyphort.

Christina received her MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship from Chicago Booth and BA in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley.

Christopher Hermanowicz

Principal

Christopher is a venture capital professional focused on investments in B2B, intelligent systems, big data, IoT and other related areas. He brings a mix of banking, venture capital, and operational experience working at several early-stage technology companies. Chris has spent his entire career in the venture capital ecosystem and has experience sourcing and evaluating investments in companies and funds, and in managing transactions and business development initiatives.

Chris started his career managing investments in venture capital and private equity for Limited Partners like CalPERS and Oak Hill, and worked as a placement agent and secondary market advisor at Probitas Partners (closed $340m in secondary transactions and raised several funds for top-tier VCs). Chris was later a Co-founder and CEO of an enterprise communication and intelligent systems startup, and worked for several VC-backed, Y-Combinator and TechStars companies in Business Development, Sales and Product Strategy. He also worked at Morgan Stanley and Xpert Financial, sourcing and evaluating numerous technology companies for investment.

Chris has a BA in Economics and International Relations for from the University of California, Davis and a certificate from the National University of Singapore in East Asian Economic Studies.

Shota Shiino

Manager

Shota Shiino has 9 years of experience in interconnectivity between mobile operator networks at NTT DOCOMO. Therefore he has knowledge of carrier networks including roaming networks and MVNO. Based on his experience, his strength is coordinating startups with corporations in international environments. His focus is Consumer Services, On-Demand Economy, Healthcare, and Roaming Solutions.

Shota took charge of the due diligence process for Docomo’s investment in Coinbase, Nok Nok Labs, Influitive, Cyphort and GlobeTouch.

Shota holds BS in Applied Mathematics from CSU EastBay.

Toshiharu Kurisu

Principal

Toshiharu Kurisu has more than 10 years of experience in creating consumer application services for both smartphones and feature phones at NTT DOCOMO. The services which he was engaged in creating reached over 10 million users and his strength is evaluating services from the point of view of the value for the consumer. His focus is machine learning, voice agent service, maps, safety service, home control device.

Toshiharu holds MA in Information Technology from the graduate school of Keio University in Japan.

Miyuki Tanaka

Principal

Miyuki has 5 years of experience in mobile communications. She spent most of her career planning and developing voice call services for consumer and her interest has always been developing the best user experiences for Japanese users.

She focuses on consumer services, messaging, and next communication style.

Miyuki holds MA in Applied Electronics from Tokyo University of Science.