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Jai Das

President + Partner

Based in Palo Alto, USA

About Jai

Jai is a partner, president, and co-founder at Sapphire Ventures. He invests in startups he believes are developing ground-breaking products and services, and have embarked on their journey to become a company of consequence. He has more than 15 years of experience helping companies innovate their product and marketing strategies in order to scale and become market leaders.

Fourteen of Jai’s investments have become publicly traded companies and more than 15 have been acquired.

Jai is currently a member of the board (director or observer) at Catchpoint, CircleCI, Clari, DataRobot, Narrative Science, OpsRamp, PubNub, Splashtop, Tetrate, ThoughtSpot, UJET, Uptycs, Verbit, yellow.ai, and Yugabyte. He also led the firm’s investments in Blockdaemon, FalconX, JumpCloud, Privacera, Netskope, Tesseract and Zesty.

Jai’s previous investments at Sapphire include: at AllyO (acquired by HireVue), Alteryx (NYSE: AYX), Apigee (IPO then acquired by Google Cloud), Box (NYSE: BOX), Connectiva Systems (acquired by Mara Ison), Cloudhealth Technologies (acquired by VMware), Control4 (IPO then acquired By Hellman & Friedman), Cyphort (acquired by Juniper Networks), ExactTarget (IPO then acquired by Salesforce), Five9 (NASDAQ: FIVN), GroundWork (acquired by Parallax), Ignite Technologies (acquired by Versata), Iron.IO (acquired by Xenon Technologies), Jaspersoft (acquired by TIBCO Software), JFrog (NASDAQ: FROG), JustDial (NYSE: JUSTDIAL), MuleSoft (IPO then acquired by Salesforce), Newgen Software (NYSE: NEWGEN), Nutanix (NASDAQ: NTNX), Paytm (NYSE: PAYTM), Punchh (acquired by PAR Technology), Portworx (acquired by Pure Storage), Socrata (acquired by Tyler Technologies), Square (NYSE: SQ), Sumo Logic (NASDAQ: SUMO), and Tealeaf (acquired by IBM).

Prior to joining Sapphire Ventures in 2006, Jai worked at Oracle, Intel Capital, Agilent Ventures, and MVC Capital. He has a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from Brown University and an MBA from University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

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Focus Areas

  • B2B
  • Infrastructure software
  • Security
  • Open Source
  • AI/ML
  • Data
  • Analytics
  • DevOps
  • Crypto
  • Blockchain

Jai was an early investor in MuleSoft and invaluable as a steady, positive force as we navigated the ups and downs of a high growth startup. Jai has a broad perspective and deep insights, as well as exceptional relationships which were invaluable in fundraising, partnering and recruiting initiatives. Most important, Jai is a good human, who I could trust to always have the best interest of MuleSoft at heart.

Greg Schott

CEO, MuleSoft

investments

  • Alfresco

    Alfresco is the leading open source alternative for enterprise content management. It couples the innovation of open source with the stability of a true enterprise-class platform.

    Acquired by THL Partners (2018)

  • AllyO

    AllyO is an end-to-end AI recruiter that makes recruiting delightful and efficient with intelligent, automated and conversational engagement via text and webchat.

    Acquired by HireVue (2020)

  • Alteryx

    Alteryx is the leader in self-service data analytics, providing analysts with the ability to easily prep, blend and analyze all of their data using a repeatable workflow, then deploy and share analytics at scale for deeper insights in hours, not weeks.

    NYSE: AYX

    IPO 2017

  • Apigee

    Apigee – a leading provider of API technology and services for enterprises and developers.

    NASDAQ: APIC

    Acquired by Google Cloud (2016)

  • Blockdaemon

    Blockdaemon is a leading independent blockchain node infrastructure to stake, scale, and deploy nodes with institutional-grade security and monitoring. Blockdaemon powers the blockchain economy by simplifying the process of deploying nodes and creating scalable enterprise blockchain solutions.

    CEO: Konstantin Richter

  • Box

    Box was officially in 2006 with the vision of connecting people, devices and networks. The Box platform allows personal and commercial content to be accessible, sharable, and storable in any format from anywhere.

    NYSE: BOX

    IPO 2015

  • Catchpoint

    Catchpoint is a leading digital performance intelligence company that provides unparalleled insight into customer-critical services to help consistently deliver amazing digital experiences.

    CEO: Mehdi Daoudi

  • CircleCI

    CircleCI is the leading continuous integration and delivery platform for software innovation at scale. With intelligent automation and delivery tools, CircleCI is used by leading engineering teams to reduce the time from idea to execution.

    CEO: Jim Rose

  • Clari

    Clari’s Revenue Operations Platform helps B2B organizations increase win rates, shorten sales cycles and improve forecast accuracy by using AI and automation to create full funnel accountability across go-to-market teams.

    CEO: Andy Byrne

  • CloudHealth

    CloudHealth provides the world’s most trusted software platform for accelerating business transformation in the cloud.

    Acquired by VMware (2018)

  • Control4

    Control4 manufactures wired and wireless home automation products. It offers software and hardware products, which enable home theater and television, multi-room music, lighting, temperature, and security control.

    NASDAQ: CTRL

    Acquired by Hellman & Friedman (2019)

  • Cyphort

    Cyphort delivers complete defense against current and emerging Advanced Persistent Threats, targeted attacks and zero day vulnerabilities. Cyphort detects and analyzes next generation malware, providing actionable, contextual intelligence that enables security teams to respond more effectively.

    Acquired by Juniper Networks (2017)

  • Cypress

    Cypress is a next generation front end testing tool built for the modern web addressing the key pain points developers and QA engineers face when testing modern applications.

    CEO: Drew Lanham

  • DataRobot

    DataRobot offers an enterprise machine learning platform that empowers users to develop and deploy ML and AI faster. Incorporating a library of hundreds of open source machine learning algorithms, DataRobot automates, trains, and evaluates models in parallel, delivering AI applications at scale.

    CEO: Dan Wright

  • ExactTarget

    Founded in 2000, ExactTarget was a leading cloud marketing platform.

    NYSE: ET

    Acquired by SalesForce (2013)

  • FalconX

    FalconX is an all-in-one cryptocurrency and digital assets financial services platform facilitating trading, credit, and clearing for institutions.

    CEO: Raghu Yarlagadda

  • Five9

    Five9 is a leading provider of cloud contact center software for the digital enterprise, bringing the power of cloud innovation to customers and facilitating more than three billion customer interactions annually.

    NASDAQ: FIVN

    Five9 had an IPO in 2014

  • GroundWork

    GroundWork delivers Unified Monitoring for Real™ with an open software platform for shockingly easy integrations and customized visualizations of cloud, virtualization, network, application, server, and storage data.

    Acquired by Fox Technologies (2016)

  • Ignite Technologies

    Ignite Technologies provides a secure and scalable Content Delivery Solution enabling customers to efficiently publish, deliver and manage digital assets-from rich media content for communications and training to software patches and virus updates.

    Acquired by ScaleArc (2018)

  • InfluxData

    InfluxData delivers a modern Open Source Platform built from the ground up for analyzing metrics and events for DevOps and IoT applications. Whether the data comes from humans, sensors, or machines, InfluxData empowers developers to build next-generation monitoring, analytics, and IoT applications faster, easier, and to scale.

    CEO: Evan Kaplan

  • iYogi

    iYogi is an early leader in fulfilling the potential of the Internet of Things (IoT). iYogi is a global software and services company providing solutions for consumers in both, the home and business. Leveraging its proprietary Digital Service Cloud IoT platform, iYogi delivers support to millions of customers.

    CEO: Uday Challu

  • Jaspersoft

    TIBCO Jaspersoft Studio is a powerful, intuitive, 100% Java visual report builder and designer. Featuring the industry’s most advanced design environment, it enables you to create the richest, most customized reports and visualizations for JasperReports.

    Acquired by TIBCO (2014)

  • JFrog

    JFrog empowers developers to code high-quality applications that securely flow to end-users with zero downtime.

    NASDAQ: FROG

    IPO 2020

  • JumpCloud

    JumpCloud provides secure access to the resources they need to do their jobs. JumpCloud gives IT, security operations, and DevOps a single, cloud-based solution to control and manage employee identities, their devices, and apply Zero Trust principles.

    CEO: Rajat Bhargava

  • JustDial

    JustDial is the leading local search engine in India.

    NSE: JUSTDIAL

    IPO 2013

  • Matillion

    Matillion is a software company that offers purpose-built, native ELT solutions for cloud data platforms. Its products are designed and developed for fast-growing, tech-savvy, and intelligence- and data- driven companies that are leveraging the cloud to gain insights.

    CEO: Matthew Scullion

  • Mirantis

    Mirantis is the flexible infrastructure company harnessing open source to free application owners from operations concerns. Mirantis has helped hundreds if enterprises and service providers build and operate some of the largest open clouds in the world.

    CEO: Adrian Ionel

  • Mulesoft

    MuleSoft’s mission is to help organizations change and innovate faster by making it easy to connect the world’s applications, data and devices.

    NYSE: MULE

    Acquired by Salesforce (2018)

  • Narrative Science

    Narrative Science creates software that writes stories from data to drive understanding and results. Powered by artificial intelligence, our technology automatically turns data into easy-to-understand reports, transforms statistics into stories, and converts numbers into knowledge.

    Acquired by Salesforce (2021)

  • Netskope

    Netskope helps the world’s largest organizations take full advantage of the cloud and web without sacrificing security. Their patented Cloud XD technology eliminates blind spots by going deeper than other security providers to target and control activities across thousands of cloud services and millions of websites.

    CE: Sanjay Beri

  • Newgen

    Newgen is the leading provider of a unified digital transformation platform with native process automation, content services, and communication management capabilities.

    NSE: NEWGEN

    IPO 2018

  • Nutanix

    Nutanix is a global leader in cloud software and hyper-converged infrastructure solutions, making infrastructure invisible so that IT can focus on the applications and services that power their business.

    NASDAQ: NTNX

    IPO 2016

  • OpenX

    OpenX powers highly relevant advertising at global scale, delivering quality and value to brands, publishers and consumers across every type of connected screen and ad format.

    CEO: John Gentry

  • OpsRamp

    OpsRamp enables IT to control the chaos of managing their hybrid IT operations and act as a service provider back to the business.

    CEO: Varma Kunaparaju

  • Privacera

    Privacera’s SaaS-based data security and governance platform enables analytics teams to access data without compromising compliance with regulations such as GDPR, CCPA, LGPD, and HIPAA. Privacera provides a single pane of glass for securing sensitive data across multiple cloud services.

    CEO: Balaji Ganesan

  • Portworx

    Portworx is the cloud-native storage company enterprises trust to manage data in containers. Portworx reduces storage, compute and infrastructure costs for running mission critical multi-cloud applications with zero downtime or data loss for its many customers.

    Acquired by Pure Storage (2020)

  • PubNub

    PubNub is a secure global Data Stream Network (DSN) and easy-to-use API that enables its customers to connect, scale, and manage realtime applications and IoT devices. PubNub’s unique infrastructure provides the ability to easily connect and operate world-class realtime applications and IoT devices.

    CEO: Todd Greene

  • Punchh

    Punchh is the world leader in innovative digital marketing products for brick and mortar retailers, combining AI and machine learning technologies, mobile-first expertise, and Omni-Channel communications designed to dramatically increase lifetime customer value.

    Acquired by Par Technology (2021)

  • SAVO

    SAVO plugs your sales reps into the collective genius of your entire organization by connecting them to the best resources, insights and expertise so that they never sell alone. 

    Acquired by Seismic (2018)

  • Socrata

    Socrata is the world leader in cloud solutions for open data and data-driven governments. Socrata’s solutions assist government leaders in improving transparency, modernizing citizen access to information and bringing data into every decision, all with unprecedented speed and cost savings. 

    Acquired by Tyler Technologies (2018)

  • Splashtop

    Splashtop Inc. delivers the best-in-class cross-screen productivity and collaboration experience, bridging smartphones, tablets, computers, TVs, and clouds. Splashtop remote desktop enables people to access and control their favorite apps, files, and data via their mobile devices.

    CEO: Mark Lee

  • Square

    Square is a full point of sale tool, created for running every part of a business–from accepting credit cards to sales, inventory tracking, and small business financing. Founded in 2009, Square is available in the United States, Canada, and Japan. 

    NYSE: SQ

    IPO 2015

  • Sumo Logic

    Sumo Logic is a secure, cloud-native, machine data analytics service, delivering real-time, continuous intelligence from structured, semi-structured and unstructured data across the entire application lifecycle and stack.

    NASDAQ: SUMO

    IPO 2020

  • Tealeaf

    Tealeaf is a Customer Experience Management (CEM) software company known for its CX line of products and solutions that capture customers’ website interactions from the individual user’s point of view. 

    Acquired by IBM (2012)

  • Tesseract

    Tesseract is a financial services and investment management innovator in digital assets. Tesseract is a forerunner in the digital asset sector and has expertise in providing industry-leading solutions in investments, portfolio management, capital markets operations, and blockchain technology. 

    CEO: Kshitij Marwah

  • Tetrate

    Tetrate is the enterprise service mesh company managing the complexity of modern, hybrid cloud application infrastructure. Its flagship product, Tetrate Service Bridge, provides a comprehensive, enterprise-ready service mesh platform built for multi-cluster, multitenancy, and multi-cloud deployments.

    CEO: Varun Talwar

  • ThoughtSpot

    ThoughtSpot, the leader in search & AI-driven analytics for enterprises, is helping the largest companies in the world succeed in the digital era by putting the power of a thousand analysts in every business person’s hands. With ThoughtSpot’s next-generation analytics platform, business people can use Google-like search to easily analyze complex, large-scale enterprise data and get trusted insights.

    CEO: Ajeet Singh

  • UJET

    UJET empowers support organizations to create intelligent workflows, make data actionable, and create a modern business model where organizations have the tools and technology they need to create an immersive, engaging, and one-of-a-kind experience for their customers.

    CEO: Anand J.

  • Uptycs

    Uptycs provides a SaaS and on-prem SQL-powered security analytics platform for security analysts, site reliability engineers, incident response teams and IT professionals to observe and secure their productivity endpoints (macOS, Windows), server endpoints (Linux, containers) and cloud providers (AWS).

    CEO: Ganesh Pai

  • Verbit

    Verbit is a leading interactive transcription and captioning solution. Verbit’s in-house, AI-based technology is able to transform both live and recorded video and audio into 99% accurate captions and transcripts for the higher education, legal, media and enterprise industries.

    CEO: Tom Livne

  • yellow.ai

    yellow.ai (formerly Yellow Messenger) is the world’s leading conversational CX automation platform that brings the best of AI and human intelligence together, to automate Customer Experience for large brands and enterprises.

    CEO: Raghu Ravinutala

  • Yugabyte

    Founded by former Facebook and Oracle engineers, Yugabyte is the company behind YugabyteDB, the open source, high-performance distributed SQL database for building global, cloud-native applications. 

    CEO: Bill Cook