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Dharmesh Thakker

General Partner
Menlo Park
Joined Battery in 2015
Focus Areas: Infrastructure Software, Application Software
Areas of Interest: AI-powered apps, cloud and DevOps, data, security, open source
"My journey as an immigrant to the U.S., and entrepreneur-turned-VC, taught me the value of adaptability, perseverance and commitment to the long game. I’m honored to support passionate founders on their own path to building impactful software companies globally."

Dharmesh, a prolific blogger on cloud-native topics, is a key partner to entrepreneurs building disruptive businesses in areas such as cloud infrastructure, big data, security and next-generation, enterprise applications.

EXITED INVESTMENTS

Dharmesh joined Battery Ventures in 2015 to focus on early-venture and growth-equity investments in areas including cloud infrastructure, big data, security and next-generation enterprise applications. He is actively involved with Battery Ventures portfolio companies Bionic, Collibra, Confluent, Contrast Security, Cypress.io, Databricks, Fungible, Gong.io, Guardsquare, InfluxData, JFrog (NASDAQ: FROG), Machinify, Matillion, Narvar, Ordr, Reflektion, Sensu, StreamSets, Styra and Sumo Logic (NASDAQ: SUMO).

Dharmesh also previously backed Bridgecrew, which was acquired by Palo Alto Networks, and JASK, which was acquired by Sumo Logic. And since 2019, he has made seed investments in Bit.io, Excision Biotherapeutics, LucidLane, Privacera and Reflect Software.

Prior to Battery, Dharmesh was a managing director at Intel Capital, where he led the firm’s global cloud and big-data practice and made early- and later-stage investments in companies globally. He also assisted in long-range strategic planning for Intel’s $14 billion datacenter group. At Intel Capital, Dharmesh was an active board member or investor with companies including: BlueData (acquired by HP Enterprise); Cloudera (NYSE: CLDR); DynamicOps (acquired by VMware); ElasticBox (acquired by CenturyLink); Enlighted (acquired by Siemens); Guavus (acquired by Thales SA); Maginatics (acquired by EMC); Mirantis; MongoDB (Nasdaq: MDB); Movidius (acquired by Intel); Saffron Tech (acquired by Intel); ScienceLogic; Vexata; and Yottaa.

Before joining Intel Capital, Dharmesh spent almost a decade in product management and go-to-market roles with enterprise-software companies like Keynote Systems (Nasdaq: KEYN), Manhattan Associates (Nasdaq: MANH) and two other startups leading to their acquisition. In 2016, Dharmesh was named to the Forbes Midas Brink list of up-and-coming venture capitalists, and in 2018 he was included on Business Insider’s 23 Top Venture Capitalists in Enterprise Tech list. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, where he received a BS in electrical engineering, Dharmesh also holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business.

He is a contributor to the Wall Street Journal and TechCrunch, and has a regular column in Forbes.

Dharmesh discusses the venture community’s renewed interest in chip companies in Reuters.


TechCrunch explores the market’s recent interest in Dharmesh’s portfolio company Databricks.


As AI company UiPath goes public, Dharmesh talks to BusinessInsider about the broader trends accelerating corporate digital transformation amidst Covid-19.


CNBC.com interviews Dharmesh about the trend of tech companies leaving Silicon Valley for greener pastures.


Dharmesh is one of a handful of venture capitalists selected by TechCrunch to discuss trends in cybersecurity.