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We back founders who create and own categories in Enterprise and Supply Chain areas. Our value is that we believe, look for what could go right, and warmly share our knowledge and networks.

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Rohini Chakravarthy

Managing Partner

Rohini is a venture capitalist with over 20 years of investing experience. As a Partner at NGP Capital, NEA and Intel Capital, she served on 15+ boards as an investor board member and has shepherded companies through exponential growth, successful acquisitions and IPOs.

She currently focuses on early-stage enterprise investing around the Edge Cloud, Saas and Deeptech areas. Before going into venture investing, Rohini was a hardware design engineer at Bay Networks. Rohini received an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, an MS from Case Western Reserve University and a B. Tech from IIT Madras. She is deeply involved in alumni giving and active on supporting women in technology.

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Chad Bailey

Partner

Chad leads our investments in supply chain related enterprises. Previously, Chad spent 5.5 years at NGP Capital where he made more than a dozen investments across transportation, logistics, supply chain and other vertical industries. He was also the editor of the NGP Road Ahead newsletter, a monthly publication that delivered thematic insights on the broader mobility sector. Prior to joining NGP, Chad worked at Houlihan Lokey, where he supported dozens of transactions, providing strategic advisory across M&A, capital raising, and restructuring. As part of Houlihan Lokey’s TMT group, he specialized in software and growth-stage technology businesses. Chad holds a BA in economics from Yale, where he was a member of the lightweight rowing team.

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Madhav Durbha
Advisor

Dr. Madhav Durbha is the Vice President of Supply Chain Strategy at Coupa Software. Prior to Coupa, Dr. Durbha held positions at LLamasoft, Kinaxis, BlueYonder and i2 Technologies. With more than 20 years in the supply chain industry, Dr.Durbha has broad experience in strategy & process consulting, program management, go-to-market strategy, and applications of AI/ML. He received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Florida and his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology at Madras.

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Aparna Chennapragada
Advisor

Aparna Chennapragada is a Board Member at eBay and a well-regarded product expert. Previously, she was Chief Product Officer at Robinhood and at Google for nearly 13 years, where she was the VP in-charge of product development for several internet-scale AI products including AR, visual search, shopping, voice assistants and search. She was also a board director at Capital One, a Fortune 100 company. Her core interests include consumer internet, business strategy, product management, design, network businesses, big data, public speaking, leading cross-functional teams and getting things done.

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Scott Rosenberg
Advisor

Scott Rosenberg was most recently SVP and General Manager of the platform business at Roku. Over 9 years at the streaming video leader, Scott led the development of the Roku Channel, Roku’s original programming venture, created and scaled the streamer’s advertising business and led partnerships, revenue, product, analytics, payments, and operations. Roku regards him a key player in their 2017 IPO. Previously, he was Founder/ CEO of Umami and held executive roles at Rovi & ReplayTV.

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Pankaj Dugar
Advisor

Pankaj is an advisor to enterprise SaaS startups, and an angel investor. Previously, he was the Vice President of Product and Data Partnerships at Databricks, responsible for building over 100 successful partnerships. Prior to Databricks, he led the team at Google Cloud that was responsible for their most strategic cloud partnerships. Prior to that he was Founder and CEO of a location-based startup focused on bringing like-minded people together. He's also held a variety of senior roles at HP, Oracle, Cisco, McKinsey, Infosys and Booz-Allen. Pankaj graduated from Dartmouth with a degree in CS and has an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

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Partha Ramachandran
Advisor

Partha Ramachandran is a senior engineering leader with deep experience in data architecture. As VP of Engineering at Project-44, he is responsible for the tech stack that seeks to replace some of the most archaic parts of the global supply chain with an intelligent, efficient and sustainable system. Previously, Partha was VP of Engineering at Nutanix, a converged server-storage category leader, for 11 years and a Principal Engineer & Architect at Citrix Systems for 5 years. Partha brings a fantastic data, supply chain and edge cloud practitioner’s view to the companies we evaluate.

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Every Startup is Different

Our partners have worked with dozens of companies over two decades. There are parallels, common roadblocks, and similar puzzles solved, but ultimately your journey is unique to you.

We are thematic investors. Our current investment focus areas are based on understanding technological drivers that are driving the Edge Cloud and the secular market trend around Vertical Saas that is poised to transform enterprise productivity, supply chain and logistics. Through our team’s product-market centric approach and our industry networks, we have developed the pattern recognition to identify companies that will transform our future.

Thematic Investing

We are thematic investors. Our current investment focus areas are based on understanding technological drivers that are driving theEdge Cloud and the secular market trend around Vertical Saas that is poised to transform enterprise productivity, supply chain and logistics. Through our team’s expertise and networks, we have developed the pattern recognition to identify companies that will transform our future.

Thematic Investing

We are thematic investors. Our current investment focus areas are based on understanding technological drivers that are driving theEdge Cloud and the secular market trend around Vertical Saas that is poised to transform enterprise productivity, supply chain and logistics. Through our team’s expertise and networks, we have developed the pattern recognition to identify companies that will transform our future.

Current Investments

Early-stage enterprise portfolio of Edge Cloud and AI/ML infrastructure, Vertical Saas, Supply Chain and B2B Fintech companies

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Previous Investments

Before starting NewBuild Venture Capital, we were investors in category leading enterprise, supply chain, logistics and transportation companies personally or as part of our prior firms.

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As I leave Roku after 9 years and start to work on new things, Rohini was one of the first people I called. She has a great pulse on the early-stage market, is collaborative with entrepreneurs, and great at recognizing new emerging categories.

Scott Rosenberg

Advisor

I spoke at the conference Rohini & Chad put together in 2019. It was topnotch, a real service to entrepreneurs. And was one of the reasons we chose to work with them in 2020.

Shishir Mehrotra

CEO of Coda

Chad'sknowledge of the mobility space was one of the reasons I was excited to havehim as an early investor in Lime, he then brought in critical thinking andstrategic support that forged a long term partnership between the twoparties.

 Mark Licht

Telematics Entrepreneur

Today, the supply chain is undergoing its fastest innovation compared to any time in the past 25 years. I am excited to be helping Rohini & Chad as they build a supply chain focused venture firm.

Madhav Durbha

VP of Supply Chain Strategy, Coupa Software

Rohini and Chad were great investors and partners to Zum. They are collaborative and always willing to help think through different market and business challenges.

Ritu Narayan

Cofounder and CEO, Zum

I tell entrepreneurs that they would be lucky to work with NewBuild.VC. I have been friends with Rohini for years and admire her as a savvy enterprise investor.

Aparna Chennapragada

Chief Product Officer at Robinhood, Former VP at Google

As I leave Roku after 9 years and start to work on new things, Rohini was one of the first people I called. She has a great pulse on the early-stage market, is collaborative with entrepreneurs, and great at recognizing emerging categories.

Scott Rosenberg

Former SVP @ Roku

While leading partnerships at Databricks, I gained significant insights from my interactions with fast-growing startups, and investors. Rohini is an excellent mentor to young companies in the data ecosystem.

Pankaj Dugar

VP of Product and Data Partnerships, Databricks

With my experience in data and enterprise, I am drawn to edge applications that use real time data natively. It is fun to advise NewBuild.VC ’s partners since they bring such deep market knowledge. We each learn as I help them evaluate potential investments.

Partha Ramachandran

VP of Engineering, Project 44

Chad's knowledge of the mobility space was one of the reasons I was excited to have him as an early investor in Lime. His critical thinking and strategic support helped us immensely.

Brad Bao

Co-founder, Former CEO of Lime

Rohini was a sounding board for me well before she invested in Cacheflow. She made several important introductions that helped us refine our business plan.

Sarika Garg

Cofounder and CEO, Cacheflow

I spoke at the conference Rohini & Chad put together in 2019. It was top notch; a real service to entrepreneurs. And it was one of the reasons we chose to work with them in 2020.

Shishir Mehrotra

CEO of Coda

Rohini co-led the Series A investment for my startup, Springpath, and became a good friend over time. I appreciate her empathy for the entrepreneur’s struggle.

Mallik Mahalingam

VP/Fellow at Intuit; Founder/CEO/CTO - Springpath

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We would love to connect with you if you are building a category-leading enterprise company. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions on what we look for in our investments. Contact us if you feel we are a match.

Stage

How early do you invest?

We are early-stage investors looking to back teams that have a minimum viable product and can demonstrate proof of value. In terms of rounds, we evaluate Seed, Series A, and Series B fundraises.

I’m raising a Series C or Series D round. Should I contact you?

Our core focus is on the early stage. However, we are thematic investors and always like to help entrepreneurs working within our core themes, even if it ends up being too late for an investment from NewBuild.VC. Do contact us if we can be of help.

Investment Process

Which areas or industries do you invest in?

Our investments tend to cluster around Edge Cloud, Vertical Saas such as supply chain, logistics and enterprise productivity software. We think AI/ML is interesting because every enterprise user needs (or wants) an AI assistant. NLP, voice and vision are spawning a Saas refresh and AI/ML development is standardizing, creating infrastructure software opportunities.

Our last investment was in the telco-crypto space. We approached it as students of decentralized networks, but this experience has drawn us into a few areas of B2B fintech: opportunities that connect finance to the physical world and Saas companies that incorporate finance as their “second act”.

These are the themes where we are active right now, but our curiosity extends much further! If you’re building something different targeted at enterprise customers, we want to hear from you and learn about the vision of the future you have in mind. We will be respectful of your time and still add value via introductions to our network if it is not a fit for NewBuild.VC.

What is the best way to introduce my company to you?

We love to learn! Find a common connection, share something insightful about your space, tell us how you plan to change the world, or how we can help you on your journey. We are very responsive on email and (fairly) responsive via LinkedIn/ Twitter.

Do you invest in companies located outside of San Francisco and New York?

Yes! Since we are thematic investors, we see category defining clusters emerging in many areas around the US and Canada. We are also quite comfortable with "headquarter-less" and "all-remote" models or Delaware-incorporated companies with extensive development teams outside the US. Our main criterion is that the companies target US enterprises as the initial/ primary market segment.

How do I know which partner is the best fit for my company?

Being a small firm, all our companies get the whole team (yay!). But if you have a specific team need, we are open to a conversation about it. Rohini is focused on Edge Cloud & Chad is working on Supply Chain and they jointly look at productivity, AI/ML and B2B fintech companies.

Terms

How much do you usually invest in a new company?

Our investment amount will depend on the stage of the company. Our typical Series A investment is between $5-10M. The amount will vary depending on the round size and the stage of your business.

Do you have a strict ownership requirement?

We invest with conviction and would like to have a material position on the cap table. Ideally that would be 10-20%, but we are open to a smaller ownership in later stage, category-leading companies where we bring unique value.

Will NewBuild.VC only invest if it can lead the round?

We will lead, co-lead or participate in rounds. Our expectation is that we will lead/ co-lead 60% of our investments and participate in the remaining 40%.

Working With Us

Do you take board seats?

Yes, we take board seats or board observer roles in our companies. It is the most efficient way for us to have the business context needed to be helpful to our entrepreneurs on company culture, business development and product growth. As companies grow, we are active in building balanced boards and helping entrepreneurs develop strong operating plans.

Do you plan to host a great conference like you did in a prior life?

You may be referring to the World of Connections 2019 we helped organize while at NGP. The conference was indeed wonderful, and it brought together our entrepreneurs, co-investors and corporate partners in a way that added value to each. As the world emerges out of the pandemic, many of our friends are asking when we might meet in person again. We are working on two ecosystem events in 2023. Do reach out at marketing@NewBuild.VC if you wish to co-host it with us.

Where are your offices?

We are based in the Bay Area working from co-working spaces in Palo Alto, San Francisco and Oakland. So modern!

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We are excited to add new voices to the enterprise investing conversation. If you are an entrepreneur or operating executive working in our thematic areas, let us talk!

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