About This Talk
What to expect when engaging with Corporate Venture firms
Varun Jain is a General Partner of SE Ventures, a $600M venture capital fund launched in close partnership with Schneider Electric, and a member of the Investment Committee. He has spent close to a decade in investing in several transformative AI and IoT startups that have proven to be powerful catalysts for digital transformation and decarbonization of industry, mobility, and the built environment.
Varun led SE Ventures' investments in Augury, Aquant, Oosto, Energetic Insurance, Prisma Photonics, Pico MES, and Navix Solutions. Before joining SE Ventures, Varun was running the global early-stage fund at Qualcomm Ventures. One of the world's first and most successful corporate-backed early-stage investing efforts, this fund backed several breakout winners such as Zoom (NASDAQ: ZM), Matterport (NASDAQ: MTTR), Cruise Automation (acquired by GM), Noom and many others.
Varun holds an MBA from Kellogg School of Management, where he was a McCormick Scholar.
Robert Bosch Venture Capital
Yvonne is an accomplished Investment Principal at Robert Bosch Venture Capital’s (RBVC) affiliate office located in Sunnyvale, responsible for sourcing, evaluating, and executing venture capital deals for RBVC in North America. Her specialty are investments in deep tech fields such as Machine Learning/AI, edge computing, industrial IoT, mobility, next generation computing including quantum, semiconductors, or sensors. She is an investor and non-executive board member of RBVC’s portfolio companies InSyte Systems, Syntiant, Zapata Computing, UltraSense Systems, Aclima, and Recogni.
Prior to this position Yvonne was Director of Technology Scouting and Business Development building up an Innovation Center in Silicon Valley for Bosch Automotive Electronics. She has two decades of solid experience in operations and engineering in the automotive and consumer electronics space through different executive roles at Bosch in Germany.
Outside of work she mentors & advises several startup CEOs, serves as a board member at women@Bosch Silicon Valley, and volunteers in Bosch’s Mentoring Program.
Vibhor is a growth and private equity investor in enterprise software with a specific focus on Artificial Intelligence and data infrastructure. Vibhor's prior investing experience includes General Partner at SymphonyAI, a $1B mid-market AI focused private equity fund, and Investment Director at Intel Capital, Intel's global VC group investing $500M-$700M per year in startups globally.
Vibhor has experience originating, structuring, and executing deals in North America, Europe, and Asia (China and India), and has investing experience in a variety of sectors. His exits include: iZettle (Fintech, acquired for $2.2B by Paypal); Venafi (cybersecurity, acquired for $1.2B by Thoma Bravo); Cloudgenix (SD-WAN, acquired by Palo Alto Networks for $460M); EazyTec (cloud computing and IoT in China, $1B IPO on the Shanghai stock exchange); Basis (smartwatch, acquired by Intel); Paxata (self-service data prep for big data and ML workloads, acquired by DataRobot); CareCloud (SaaS/digital health, acquired by Nasdaq: MTBC); and TOA (mobile field service, acquired by Oracle). During his investing career, Vibhor has served on multiple boards and has extensive corporate governance experience.
Vibhor has also served as interim CEO/COO of portfolio companies and greatly enjoys helping companies with their growth strategy, sales strategy and operational execution of business plans. Prior to his investing career, he was a management and technology consultant at Deloitte.Vibhor has an MBA with High Honors from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where he won the Student Management Investment Fund scholarship, and an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from IIT Kanpur, where he won the Dean’s Award for academic excellence. Outside of investing, he enjoys hiking, running, and non-fiction reading.
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