LOS ALTOS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ignition Partners, an early stage, business software venture capital firm, today announced Preeti Rathi has joined as a principal in the firm’s new Los Altos office. Rathi brings an extensive technical background in early stage venture investing and advanced product management and development, and will identify and support new investments for the firm in the areas of machine learning, cloud application services, vertical industry reinvention and infrastructure.
Rathi joins Ignition from Opus Capital, where as a principal she invested in big data and artificial intelligence startups such as Turi (acquired by Apple) and Edunav. Prior to Opus Capital, Rathi worked on the venture and strategic investments team at Juniper Networks where she invested in companies like Wickr (self-destructing messaging) and Vectra Networks (advanced threat detection).
“Preeti is, by any measure, a five-star recruit,” said Nick Sturiale, managing partner at Ignition. “We could not be happier adding her to our team and think she will prove to be an impact player, helping our portfolio companies as well as cultivating the next great enterprise software company.”
In addition to her investment experience, Rathi has a strong operating background gained from holding a number of positions in product management and development, including a 10-year tenure with Cisco, where her responsibilities focused on enterprise edge, SDN, and mobility products including defining product strategy and roadmaps for $1B in revenue products like the ASR 9000 Series. Rathi holds a master’s degree in computer science from Stanford University, and an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
“I'm delighted to become a part of the exceptional team at Ignition,” said Rathi. “I look forward to leveraging the firm’s platform to partner with companies and entrepreneurs in the machine learning and mobile enterprise markets, and maximize the tremendous opportunity they represent.”
About Ignition Partners
Ignition Partners helps entrepreneurs build innovative, category-defining businesses of lasting value. The firm, with offices in Bellevue, Wash. and Los Altos, Calif., specializes in early-stage investments in “consumerized” enterprise IT, cloud computing and big data. For more information, visit www.ignitionpartners.com.