Each of our investors has co-founded startups, bringing an operational mindset and entrepreneurial DNA to the table to help first time and repeat founders through their journeys.
Co-Founder and General Partner
Preetish Nijhawan is a co-founder and partner at Cervin Ventures. He has worked in numerous companies including McKinsey & Company, Neon, BMC, and iVita, an asset management software startup he co-founded. Preetish was also a co-founder of Akamai Technologies, after various roles at Intel in engineering and program management.
Preetish earned a BS in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the BITS, Pilani, India, an MS in Computer Engineering from USC, and an MBA from MIT Sloan.
Co-Founder and General Partner
Neeraj Gupta is a co-founder and partner at Cervin Ventures. Most recently, Neeraj was a member of the executive team at Patni, after its acquisition of Cymbal Corporation that he founded. Previously, he held numerous engineering and product management positions at Octel and Genesys.
Neeraj has a BS in Electronics and Electrical Engineering from Punjab University, and an MSEE from the University of Alabama. He is a Kauffman fellow.
Shirish Sathaye focuses on investments in next-generation enterprise software, cloud-based software, wireless and wireline networking, storage infrastructure and systems. Prior to Cervin, Shirish was a General Partner at Formation 8. He was also a General Partner at Khosla Ventures from 2010 to 2013 and a General Partner at Matrix Partners from 2001 to 2010. Shirish’s prior investments include Aruba Networks (NASDAQ:ARUN), Nutanix (NASDAQ:NTNX), Grandis (acquired by Samsung), Solidcore Systems (acquired by McAfee), Aviatrix, and Vectra.AI. Shirish’s investing career was preceded by a long operating career at technology companies. He helped build two venture-backed companies, FORE Systems (NASDAQ:FORE) and Alteon Websystems (NASDAQ:ATON), and led the design and development of their core products. Both companies pioneered important new product categories and had very successful IPOs. Shirish ran the Engineering Group at FORE Systems, a pioneer in ATM Switched Networks. FORE went public in 1994 and was eventually sold to Marconi for $4B. In 1997 Shirish joined Alteon Websystems, which created the server-load-balancer product category, as its VP of Engineering and later, its CTO. Alteon went public in 1999 and was acquired by Nortel for $7.8B. Shirish began his career at Digital Equipment Corporation ﬁrst in the Semiconductor group and then in the Network Architecture & Software Group.
Shirish has a Ph.D in Electrical & Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, an MSEE from Virginia Tech, and a Bachelors Degree in Electronics Engineering from IIT-BHU, Varanasi, India.
Samir Shah is an operating partner at Cervin Ventures. Prior to Cervin, Samir founded and ran Zephyr as its CEO before successfully exiting to Frontier Capital. The products he designed continue to remain at the top of the charts on the Atlassian Marketplace and are being used by millions of testers worldwide. Samir has held multiple engineering management positions at Patni, Cymbal, PointCast, Attachmate and Wollongong.
Samir got his MSEE from The University of Alabama and did his SEP at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, but his football allegiance lies firmly with the Crimson Tide.
Director of Finance
Courtney McKee joined the Cervin team with over 12 years of operations management and back office experience in mutual funds, hedge funds, private equity and venture capital to fund administration.
Courtney is a Certified Public Accountant and graduated from the University of California, Davis and Santa Clara University. She currently serves as a Treasurer on the Board of Directors for the San Francisco Chapter of the American Marketing Association.
Cathy Tie is a partner at Cervin Ventures. Cathy was recently the CEO and co-founder at Ranomics, a venture backed genomics company that created a first-of-its-kind knowledge base of gene function information that enabled clinicians to understand the biological consequences of genetic variants. Cathy also led the launch of VariantFindTM, a gene variant synthesis platform that enables antibody optimization, drug target validation, and enzyme, protein and organism engineering.
Cathy founded Ranomics at the age of 18, and was named a Thiel Fellow in 2015 and Forbes 30 under 30 in 2018.