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Preetish Nijhawan is a co-founder and partner at Cervin Ventures. When it comes to day-to-day operations, Pree...
Neeraj Gupta is a co-founder and partner at Cervin Ventures. One of his favorite parts of his job is working w...
Shirish Sathaye is a general partner at Cervin Ventures. He focuses on investments in next-generation enterpri...
Samir Shah is an operating partner at Cervin Ventures. He focuses on pre and post-investments that include sou...
Courtney McKee joined the Cervin team with over 12 years of operations management and back office experience i...
McKayla Nevins joined the Cervin team with many years of administrative experience. She keeps the Cervin offic...
Ashley Daniels joined the Cervin team in 2020. She orchestrates digital marketing strategies across social med...
Rohit Rao joined the Cervin team in 2021. He helps source deals through a variety of channels including accele...
Preetish Nijhawan is a co-founder and partner at Cervin Ventures. When it comes to day-to-day operations, Preetish serves on the board of several portfolio companies, mentoring and advising their founders. He also meets entrepreneurs for potential investments and builds connections across other venture capital firms, alumni networks, and potential investors. He is especially interested in the future of work, and his areas of investment focus are; the application layer in the IT stack, HR Tech, Sales & Marketing Tech, and DevOps tools.
Previously, he worked at McKinsey & Company, Neon, BMC, and iVita, an asset management software startup he co-founded. Preetish was also a co-founder of Akamai Technologies. Prior to Akamai he held various roles at Intel in engineering and program management. He 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.
When he’s not mentoring the next generation of entrepreneurs, Preetish enjoys reading, sports, traveling, and discovering new movies and TV shows.
Neeraj Gupta is a co-founder and partner at Cervin Ventures. One of his favorite parts of his job is working with entrepreneurs to build their market and competitive strategies - reimagining the world they can create together. Neeraj’s investment focus areas are industry solutions and data infrastructure.
Previously, Neeraj was the founder and CEO of Nexient, a digital experience consulting firm, and Cymbal, a telecommunications consultancy (acquired by Patni/Cap Gemini). He also held 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.
Outside of the office, Neeraj can be found on a favorite hiking trail or traveling to interesting new destinations. He also loves reading anything about Stoicism, leadership, and public policy.
Shirish Sathaye is a general partner at Cervin Ventures. He focuses on investments in next-generation enterprise software, cloud-based software, AI-powered businesses, wireless and wireline networking, data infrastructure and systems.
Prior to joining Cervin, Shirish had a 20 year career as a General Partner across several venture firms. He spent 10 years at Matrix Partners, 3 years at Khosla Ventures and then at Formation 8 before joining Cervin. Shirish’s investment career was preceded by 15 years in technology companies in senior engineering and management roles. He was involved in 2 startups, Alteon Websystems and FORE Systems, both of which had multi-billion IPOs.
Shirish has a Ph.D in Electrical & Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, an MSEE from Virginia Tech, and a Bachelor's Degree in Electronics Engineering from IIT-BHU, Varanasi, India.
Outside of the office, Shirish enjoys hiking, running, and reading non-fiction. He is also a foodie who enjoys trying new restaurants and cuisines.
Samir Shah is an operating partner at Cervin Ventures. He focuses on pre and post-investments that include sourcing, investing, onboarding, and portfolio company building. He also oversees the Cervin brand and content strategies. Samir’s investment focus areas are DevOps/Tools, Industry SaaS, Retail Tech, and Quantum Computing.
As a Silicon Valley native for 30 years, Samir held engineering and executive positions at multiple tech startups. Most recently, he founded and ran Zephyr, a cloud-based enterprise testing company that SmartBear acquired in 2018. 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. Before Zephyr, Samir headed the quality line-of-business at Patni Computers and quality engineering at PointCast, Attachmate, and Wollongong.
Samir holds an MS in EE from The University of Alabama, where he was recently named a Distinguished Engineering Fellow. He has also completed the Stanford Executive Program at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.
Samir enjoys all sports and is a big fan of the Crimson Tide, San Francisco Giants, Golden State Warriors, and San Francisco 49ers. He recently reached the last screen on Netflix that said there is no content left for him to watch.
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 has served as Treasurer on the Board of Directors for the San Francisco Chapter of the American Marketing Association.
McKayla Nevins joined the Cervin team with many years of administrative experience. She keeps the Cervin office organized and running smoothly on a day-to-day basis. McKayla has a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Services with a concentration in Health Administration from the University of Southern Indiana.
Ashley Daniels joined the Cervin team in 2020. She orchestrates digital marketing strategies across social media, email, and Cervin's blog and works with partners and portfolio companies to create thought leadership content.
Ashley started her career as a content writer at a digital marketing agency in her home state of Michigan. After moving to California, she worked as content marketing manager at Pinger, leading content production for blogs, social media, email, and lifecycle engagement messaging. She has a BA in Communication Studies and Environmental Studies from Western Michigan University. Ashley is an avid reader, amateur chef, and adventurous hiker.
Rohit Rao joined the Cervin team in 2021. He helps source deals through a variety of channels including accelerators and incubators and researches new companies, themes, and industries for current and future investments aligned with Cervin’s investment thesis.
Prior to joining Cervin, Rohit worked as an analyst at ICONIQ Capital and an Associate at Kingfish Group. He has a BA in Economics from Northwestern University. Rohit is an avid tennis player and enjoys watching football and basketball as a Lakers fan.
“If it weren't for Cervin I wouldn't be here today. Capital is important, but Cervin brings more than money. Preetish and Neeraj and the whole team at Cervin have been supportive, thoughtful, and sage partners to me. I can't say enough great things about this team.”
“The Cervin team has been a fantastic partner for ClientSuccess. They bring a great combination of experience, conviction, vision, and patience to help their portfolio companies reach their full potential. We're honored to have Cervin in our corner.”
“The Cervin Ventures team has been an incredible partner to us. Their unwavering belief in our mission and their operational expertise and guidance have helped Paystand navigate our growth path with precision.”