We’ve been in your shoes.

Our 20+ years working across the operational, technological, and investment trenches has given us unprecedented experience—along with loads of battle scars to prove it—at foundational companies in the technology universe.

This is experience that influences how code is written. How famous teams are assembled. And how great problems are solved.

We’re looking for the next pioneers.

Jonathan Heiliger

Partner
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I started rebelling against my parents when I was nine years old by staying up all night to game, hack, and program a new computer. A few years later, I taught myself 3D computer graphics and IP networking while working for EPRI and Stanford University, the local hub for the Internet’s precursor, the NSFNET. At 19, I helped start GlobalCenter, one of the first web hosting providers, with initial customers such as CNN, Netscape, Playboy, and Yahoo!

More recently, I was a General Partner with North Bridge Venture Partners, from April 2012 to November 2014. During my tenure I started the seed practice and led investments in Lytro, Periscope.io, Quora, and Ravel Law, in addition to co-founding Coolan.

Prior to NBVP, I worked at Facebook, where I led global infrastructure, site architecture, and internal systems as VP Infrastructure & Technical Operations, from 2007 until 2011. During that time Facebook grew from 35 million to over 800 million users. Facebook witnessed unprecedented scale and velocity, one of our most impactful decisions was defying the status quo and sharing our lessons learned in infrastructure with the world through 100+ open source projects, consequently, forming the Open Compute Project.

Before that, I held executive engineering roles at Wal-Mart and Danger (acquired by Microsoft). I also spent several years as Chief Operating Officer for Loudcloud (which became Opsware and was later acquired by HP). Earlier in my career, I co-founded and was CTO of GlobalCenter, and later founded Global Crossing’s venture capital group. While scaling GlobalCenter, we saw an opportunity to build the world’s first native-optical IP network. When others were adopting ATM, we chose the path less traveled with a novel approach.

I currently serve on the board of directors of Webmonsters, in addition to Vertex portfolio companies PerimeterX, CloudAcademy, and Effective. I have individually invested in and actively help several companies, including Cloudera, Coravin, Diffbot, Dropbox, Square, and ThousandEyes.

Insik Rhee

Partner
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My love of technology started when I was 12 years old, when I bought my first computer and taught myself to code using computer magazines from the local library. I discovered the online world in 1986 with a 300 baud modem, and shipped my first commercial software product as a 19-year-old intern at Microsoft.

I currently serve on the boards of Hedvig, Testlio, and Interana.

Most recently, I served as a General Partner at Rembrandt Venture Partners. While there, I led investments in A Bit Lucky (acquired by Zynga), CloudOn (acquired by Dropbox), Concurrent, Found (acquired by Hightail), Netuitive, Ooyala (acquired by Telstra), and Quark Games (acquired by Machine Zone).

Prior to Rembrandt, I was a Venture Partner at Accel Partners, where I invested in and advised portfolio companies such as Aptana (acquired by Appcelerator), BitTorrent, Cloudera, Couchbase, Facebook, Mochi Media (acquired by Shanda), Raptr, and Terracotta (acquired by Software AG).

As a young entrepreneur, I co-founded two market-defining venture-backed companies. I was a co-founder and Chief Tactician at Opsware, formerly Loudcloud, which was acquired by HP for $1.6 billion in 2007. In this role, I helped create the cloud computing paradigm and guided the evolution of the data center automation product category. Prior to Opsware, I co-founded Kiva Software, a pioneer of the Application Server middleware market. Kiva was acquired by Netscape in 1997 for $180 million.

I hold a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley, and currently serve on their Executive Advisory Board for the College of Engineering.

Sandeep Bhadra

Partner
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Sandeep joined Vertex in 2017 and focuses primarily on cloud infrastructure, data-driven business applications and cybersecurity.

My earliest memories are of me building gadgets—toy microscopes, primitive Morse-code telegraph receivers, toy steam boats – and then reading about how they worked. At 21, as a freshly minted electrical engineer, I helped set up and operate India’s first WiFi hotspot and felt how transformative technology could be for business users, how hard infrastructure was to operate at scale and how demanding business buyers could be.

Most recently, I was a Principal at Menlo Ventures where I focused on investments in infrastructure and data/machine-learning driven applications—my investments there include Platform9, Signifyd, Unravel Data and Clarifai. Prior to that, I was with Cisco’s Corporate Development team learning how a market leader uses inorganic strategies to grow and transform itself. While there I worked on Cisco’s investments in MapR, Platfora, Moogsoft and acquisitions of Metacloud, tail-f and Memoir Systems.

I started my career at Texas Instruments’ R&D Center, where I learned to apply my PhD research in networks and algorithms towards designing protocols for 4G/LTE wireless networks, right before the iPhone came out. A few years later, I led a small team to spec out the first software-defined network switch-chip and saw how instrumental venture capital was in building a company around the project, and bringing it to market. Ever since, I have been motivated to a) understand the business of technology deeply and b) finance visionary technical entrepreneurs tilting at the windmills of status quo.

I hold both a B.Tech from IIT Madras and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in Electrical Engineering, and an MBA from INSEAD.

Eva Khoo

Principal
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I was seven when I asked Santa Claus for a cash register and “real magic.” I may not have gotten the magic, but I put the cash register to work—leasing time to my siblings for a chance to play Space Quest IV on my family’s 386. My life has straddled finance and technology ever since, increasingly leaning toward early-stage technology companies and a focus on growth and scaling.

Most recently, I led operations for Luxe Valet, a venture-backed on-demand startup, as a member of the founding team. During my tenure, in addition to managing the company’s finances, I launched Luxe’s initial market, supported its nationwide expansion—scaling live operations, logistics and customer support, and oversaw the company’s cross-functional strategy as its Chief of Staff.

Prior to Luxe, I was an investment banker at Goldman Sachs, advising public and pre-IPO companies in the technology, media and telecom space. I worked alongside senior executives on strategic and financial issues, including capital raises, recapitalizations and M&A. It was my experience at Goldman working with then-private companies, like FireEye, Jive Software and Metacloud, that provided the inspiration to join an early stage technology company and work more directly alongside entrepreneurs.

My career began in public equity investing at Peninsula Capital Management, a long-short investment fund. The firm focused on technology, energy and their intersection. As a result, I spent time in China meeting with some of the earliest public players in the cleantech landscape and saw first-hand the benefits of scale and supply chain ownership, as well as the complications of creating a new market.

I hold a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.