Ignition Partners, a Bellevue, Wash. and Los Altos, Calif.-based early stage, business software venture capital firm, appointed Preeti Rathi as Principal.
Based in Los Altos, Rathi will bring her extensive technical background in early stage venture investing and advanced product management and development. She will identify and support new investments for the firm in the areas of machine learning, cloud application services, vertical industry reinvention and infrastructure.
Rathi joined Ignition from Opus Capital, where as a principal she invested in big data and artificial intelligence startups such as Turi (acquired by Apple) and Edunav. Prior to Opus Capital, Rathi worked on the venture and strategic investments team at Juniper Networks where she invested in companies like Wickr (self-destructing messaging) and Vectra Networks (advanced threat detection).
In addition to her investment experience, Rathi has an operating background gained from holding a number of positions in product management and development, including a 10-year tenure with Cisco, where her responsibilities focused on enterprise edge, SDN, and mobility products including defining product strategy and roadmaps for $1B in revenue products like the ASR 9000 Series.
Led by Nick Sturiale, managing partner, Ignition Partners specializes in early-stage investments in “consumerized” enterprise IT, cloud computing and big data.