Team

Nagraj Kashyap

Nagraj Kashyap / SF

Corporate Vice President, Global Head of Microsoft Ventures

Nagraj oversees Microsoft Ventures. He has more than 20 years of experience in venture capital, business development, software engineering and management. Previously, he was a senior vice president and head of Qualcomm Ventures and led business development for Qualcomm Research. Nagraj holds an M.B.A. from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science from the University of Mysore in India.

Leo de Luna

Leo de Luna / NY & SF

Managing Director

Leo leads Microsoft Ventures in the Bay Area and New York. He has more than 15 years of experience in venture capital, investment banking, and business development. Previously, Leo was a principal at Split Rock Partners focused on investing in entrepreneurs building leading software and cloud-based service companies. He’s also held positions with Saints Capital, AMD, St. Paul Venture Capital, and Lehman Brothers, and he served as a lieutenant in the Singapore Armed Forces. Leo holds a MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.

Mony Hassid

Mony Hassid / TLV

General Manager, Managing Director

Mony leads Microsoft Ventures in EMEA. Mony has over 20 years’ experience in Research & Development, Business Development and Corporate Venture Capital. Prior to joining Microsoft, he was Managing Director at Qualcomm Ventures and at Motorola Ventures previous to that. In both cases, building the Israel office from the ground up and turning them to be dominant and successful Corporate VCs in Israel. Areas of investments over the years are across the board and include Data Center and Cloud, Cyber Security, Mobile and Wireless, New Media, Digital Home, Enterprise Mobility, IoT and Computer Vision. Mony earned his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Electrical Engineering and an MBA, all from Tel Aviv University with a cum laude distinction

Samir Kumar

Samir Kumar / SF

Managing Director

Samir is managing director within Microsoft Ventures providing technical leadership for the recently announced AI Fund. He will also lead investment activities in other key frontier technology areas such as quantum computing and autonomous vehicles. Prior to this he was senior director for business development and product management in Qualcomm’s corporate R&D division. In this role he led early stage product validation, partnerships, acquisitions & strategy for embedded/on-device deep learning. Samir started his career at Microsoft and spent several years in Redmond leading product management/product planning efforts for enterprise mobility before heading to Palm, Samsung and Qualcomm. He holds a bachelor’s of science degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell University.

Lisa Nelson

Lisa Nelson / SEA

Managing Director

Lisa leads portfolio development activities for Microsoft Ventures. Additionally, she also leads investment activities in the Pacific Northwest, VC engagement for Microsoft and marketing strategy and execution for the fund. Lisa’s been with Microsoft for several years in a variety of roles across business development and finance. She most recently served as chief of staff for the EVP of Business Development where she helped identify, pursue and support new areas of growth for Microsoft through key strategic partnerships, investments and M&A. Lisa is a Certified Public Accountant and has a Bachelor in Business Administration – Finance and Statistics from the University of Washington.

Sara Ali

Sara Ali / SEA

Portfolio Development

Sara is currently a Senior Manager on the portfolio development team within Microsoft Ventures. Prior to this, Sara focused on strategy and M&A for the broader business development team at Microsoft. Sara has led transformational acquisitions in the areas of big data/ML, enterprise mobility, cybersecurity, IT management, and developer tools. Previously, she held both financial and engineering roles. Sara has a B.S.E and M.S.E in Industrial & Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan with a focus on Financial Engineering.

Matt Cantieri

Matt Cantieri / SF

VC Engagement

Matt leads venture capital engagement activities in the Bay Area. He brings a combination of investment banking, strategic partnership and startup operating experience to the team. Previously, Matt led business development for Adallom which was acquired by Microsoft in 2015. Matt has an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University.
Location: San Francisco, CA

Adam Coccari

Adam Coccari / SEA

Portfolio Development

Adam is currently a Senior Manager on the portfolio development team within Microsoft Ventures.  Adam joined the team from Microsoft’s Azure Engineering group where he worked on strategy and customer engagements.  Prior to that, Adam was part of Microsoft’s Cloud + Enterprise team where he helped build the marketing automation and analytics platform for the company. Before coming to Microsoft, he was a 6th grade math teacher and launched a successful learning app for kids called Math Evolve. Adam has passion for product design, cloud technology, music, and social entrepreneurship. He holds an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Colgate University.

Itxaso del Palacio

Itxaso del Palacio / LDN

Partner

Itxaso is an Investment Partner for Microsoft Ventures. She is based in London and is responsible for the investments in Europe. Previously, Itxaso was a Principal at Lepe Partners where she led investments in venture growth companies in digital media and consumer technologies. Prior to that, she was at EC1 Capital investing in early stage startups and helping them build and commercialize their technologies. Itxaso is a Kauffman Fellow and holds a BSc and MSc in Engineering as well as a PhD focused on Economics and Venture Capital. Itxaso has also taught entrepreneurship in many institutions including Imperial College and University College London.

Matthew Goldstein

Matthew Goldstein / SF

Partner

Matt is an investing partner for Microsoft Ventures in the Bay Area. Previously, he was a principal at Trinity Ventures where he led investments touching a number of emerging tech sectors including containerization, 3D printing and machine learning. He began his career as technology consultant for Fortune 500 insurance and telecommunications clients before joining an early-stage automotive startup that raised $110 million to build a new American car company. Matt has an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BA from Pomona College.

Rashmi Gopinath

Rashmi Gopinath / SF

Partner

Rashmi leads enterprise software investments for Microsoft Ventures in the Bay Area. She brings a combination of strong venture capital and startup operating experience. Previously, Rashmi was an Investment Director at Intel Capital focused on investing in cloud, infrastructure, and big data companies. She also led global business development for high-growth startups Couchbase and BlueData. Prior to that, she held business development and product development positions at GE and Oracle. Rashmi has an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Mumbai in India.

Meghan Graves / SEA

Senior Marketing Manager

Meghan is a senior marketing manager for Microsoft Ventures. Her focus is on driving proactive engagement and awareness building activities for the fund. She joined the team from Microsoft’s communications organization where she led PR for M&A and strategic partnerships. Meghan believes in the transformative power of technology and has spent the last decade counseling C-level executives on how to communicate their unique value to the marketplace and position themselves as leaders in the digital economy. She brings a passion for marketing, public relations and reputation management to the team and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University.

Ken Horenstein / SEA

Portfolio Development

Ken is currently a manager on the portfolio development team within Microsoft Ventures. His mission is to accelerate the success of the MSV portfolio through new programs and offerings. Ken joined the team from the One Commercial Partner group where he worked on Independent Software Vendor strategy and go-to-market campaigns. Prior to Microsoft, Ken worked in strategy and marketing with startups, as an Angel Investor and as a financial underwriter for CNA Surety. Ken holds a BA in Finance and an MBA from the University of Washington Foster School of Business.

Ronan Kennedy / SF

VC Engagement

Prior to joining Microsoft Ventures, Ronan led investment and innovation teams within Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase, identifying and partnering with the most promising early and growth stage startups in the Bay Area. Though he grew up in the Bay Area, Ronan earned a BS from the University of Washington, Seattle, and received his MBA from UC Berkeley. Upon graduation from UW, he joined the US Army and logged over 28 months of combat in Iraq between 2005 and 2008.

Lior Litwak

Lior Litwak / TLV

Principal

Lior is a principal for Microsoft Ventures in Israel. Previously, he was a technology investment banking associate with Morgan Stanley in the Bay Area and London, where he helped cloud infrastructure, networking, storage, cybersecurity and semiconductor companies pursue strategic M&A and financing alternatives. Before Morgan Stanley, Lior was a development team leader at EMC, where he helped establish the Flash Products Division. He began his career as an intelligence-technology officer for the Israel Defense Forces after graduating from Talpiot, the military’s elite academic leadership program. Lior holds an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School and an M.Sc. in computer science from Tel Aviv University. He also holds a B.Sc. in computer science, physics and mathematics with high honors from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Tanya Loh / SF

VC Engagement

Tanya focuses on venture capital engagement, working with the leading teams backing and building the future. She joined Microsoft Ventures after consulting on a strategic project. A seasoned marketing and operations executive, Tanya has built and brought to market several startups. She was an early team member at Yammer, which was acquired by Microsoft in 2012. Tanya is passionate about innovation and how technology can help people work smarter and live better. She has an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BA with honors from Yale.

Christina Pluta / SEA

Portfolio Development

Christina is currently a Senior Manager on the portfolio development team within Microsoft Ventures. She joined the team from the Cloud & Enterprise Corporate Strategy team where she worked on a wide range of projects including strategy for Business Applications, IoT, Azure, and corporate partnerships. Prior to joining Microsoft, Christina spent ten years in various investing roles, including most recently in Healthcare VC. Christina earned her MBA at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and a Bachelor of Arts in Cellular & Molecular Biology from Colby College.

Elliot Robinson

Elliott Robinson / SF

Partner

Elliott is a Principal for Microsoft Ventures in the Bay Area. Previously, he was a Vice President with Georgian Partners in Toronto, Ontario, where he led growth equity investments in cyber security, marketing automation, healthcare IT, edu-tech, analytics, and AI companies. Prior to Georgian Partners, Elliott was a technology strategy consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton. Elliott began his career as a venture investor with Syncom Venture Partners in Washington, DC. Elliott holds an MBA from Columbia Business School where he was an InSITE Venture Fellow and Robert Toigo Private Equity Fellow. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Morehouse College.

Priya Saiprasad

Priya Saiprasad / SF

Principal

Priya is a Principal for Microsoft Ventures in the Bay Area, and has worked with entrepreneurs both as an investor and an acquirer. Previously, she was part of Square’s Corporate Development team as a Deal Lead, where she worked on several acquisitions in the mobile payments, SMB SaaS and AI & machine learning spaces. Prior to that, Priya was an investor at Saints Capital focusing on direct secondary investments in enterprise SaaS and marketplace startups. She started her career as an Investment Banking Analyst for UBS as part of their Leveraged Finance and Restructuring group. Priya holds a B.S. in Business Administration and graduated with highest honors from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.

Carol Yi

Carol Yi / SF

Executive Assistant

Carol joined Microsoft Ventures in April 2016 as Executive Assistant to CVP Nagraj Kashyap and runs operations for the team. She has been working for Microsoft since 2008. Prior to her current role, she was an Executive Business Administrator for the Cloud Platform Marketing Group based in Redmond, Washington. Prior to Microsoft, Carol worked at Procter & Gamble China in the Product Supply Division as an Administrative Business Partner. Carol has a Bachelor in Business Administration from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies in China and is fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.