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Rishi Ratan

Partner - Tech M&A and VC/Growth Investments

New York, United States

$2,000/day

Enterprise & deep-tech investor with a diverse blend of experiences across tech-investing at financial and strategic F100s and operations in engineering, product management, and corporate strategy disciplines across US, Asia, and Europe over 10+ years.

Domain experience

Relevant Total Experience: 10 years

Seniority Level: Manager

Sector Experience: 

Semiconductors Software and Services Technology Hardware and Equipment

Skills

Skilled in: Corporate Strategy, Venture and minority investments, Acquihire, Due Diligence, Fundraising strategy, Sell-side M&A, Corporate Development, Buy-Side M&A

Technical Skills: R, Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Bloomberg, Matlab, Microsoft Office, Capital IQ, Blockchain, Tableau, Python

Languages: English, Hindi

Work Experience

Odile Capital

Partner

1/1/2023

 

- Now

Crossover investments in venture and public equities focused in technology verticals. Specialize in M&A and equity investments

Micron Technologies

Principal - Corporate Development and Venture Capital

1/11/2021

 

- 1/1/2023

 Formulated and pitched investment strategies in emerging areas such as modern data-stack / MLOps, Industry 4.0, AI Accelerators, Generative AI - NLP & LLMs, Web3 & Metaverse, and Quantum Computing to C-suite executives, resulting in $50M in 7 strategic investments that generated a 4x MOIC at 54% IRR, with 1 M&A exit and 6 valuation step-ups.  Identified and evaluated 400+ potential early-stage (Seed - Series C) investment opportunities and led 7 strategic deals spearheading the entire due-diligence (tech/product, business model, financial modeling/underwriting, legal, and term-sheet negotiations) with founders & lead VCs.  Managed 3 analysts/associates, led the recruitment & new hire on-boarding process, drove DEI initiatives, and organized the industry-wide sustainability focused semiconductor accelerator in collaboration with CVC executives from Samsung, Lam Capital, Applied Materials, Intel Capital.  Key Deals: Paperspace, Eliyan, Red Leader, InWorld, Avicena, Virtualness, and Normal Computing

In-Q-Tel

Investor - Frontier Tech and Applied AI

1/5/2020

 

- 1/9/2021

 Constructed sector investment theses for Advanced Materials & Manufacturing, Space Infrastructure, AI Platforms, Warehouse Automation, and HW Security industries based on market research, competitive analysis, industry expert interviews, and evaluating 100+ pitches from leading startups in each sector that resulted in $40M allocated across 8 investments in Series A - D companies that generated 5x MOIC.  Provided strategic guidance and expertise to senior government officials in the Senate & Congress, contributing to the development of policies outlined in the CHIPS Act, which allocated $52 billion for domestic semiconductor production and research.  Developed comprehensive market analyses and identified $500M of potential revenue growth opportunities for portfolio company CEOs looking to expand their commercial technologies into government intelligence agencies and DoD.  Key Deals: Matterport, MosaicML, Nozomi Networks, Capella Space, Q-Ctrl, Xanadu, Cerebras, and Groq

Microsoft

Senior Corporate Development and Strategy Manger | Product Manager 2 (Tech) | HW Design Engineer

1/8/2014

 

- 1/7/2019

 Developed and implemented a comprehensive investment strategy for a $400M AI/IoT innovation fund, resulting in a 30x return on investment for MSFT by driving partner engagement and encouraging the incubation of new AI & IoT device archetypes and digital transformation of legacy devices businesses.  Devised comprehensive product feature roadmaps, engineering & user-experience specifications, and crafted product story narratives for the global launch and international expansion of Surface/HoloLens products across 7 countries, resulting in a 15% increase in market share & $2B+ incremental revenues.  Managed and allocated a $60M development budget, optimizing spending by negotiating favorable deal-terms with global suppliers, vendors, and contract manufacturing partners and oversaw builds in Asia (China, Korea, Japan), and Israel, resulting in an overall annual cost savings of 15% and ~$600M.  Key Product Launches / M&A Deals: Surface Book, Surface Pro LTE, HoloLens, Teams HW, Bons.ai & N-TRIG acquisitions

Education

Columbia Business School

Finance and Strategy

1/8/2020

 

- 1/5/2022

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Electrical and Computer Engineering

1/1/2013

 

- 1/5/2014

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Electrical Engineering

1/8/2009

 

- 1/12/2012