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Anand Desikan

Founder & Partner

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Anand focuses on early-stage startups in Digital Health, Healthcare, Telecommunications, Mobility Solutions, and Travel industries. He brings deep expertise in Medical devices, SaaS, Cloud infrastructure, DevOps, Cybersecurity, Artificial intelligence, and Machine learning to deliver long-term value.

Anand led the delivery of multiple products from early-stage for B2B and scaled to $90MM+ revenue with high operating margins. Anand advises several startups in their early stage and growth stages and loves to work with founders and leaders to make their products become force multipliers.

Anand lives in the San Francisco Bay area. He began his career in engineering, and product roles at Philips, Siemens, GE Healthcare, and has earned an M.B.A from Lake Forest Graduate school of Management and a B.S. in Engineering from the University of Madras in India.

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Jogi Daita

Founder & Partner

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Jogi focuses on early stage startups in Recruiting, Talent Management and Education Tech industries. His broad responsibilities include driving vision, strategy, developing key partnerships and venture creation.

Jogi is the Founder & Partner of Oxygen Ventures, a tech venture firm based in Harrisburg with offices in the US and India since its inception in 2004. Earlier, he served as CEO at Credo Technology Solutions and other technology firms. Prior to relocating to the US in 1999, he was based in Mumbai and gained valuable experience in technology startups, private equity, and M&A.

Jogi serves as an advisor and board member to partner firms. He holds both a BA in Economics and an MBA, and is a BITS, Pilani alumni.

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Suresh focuses on early stage startups in HRTech, EdTech and brings in the SaaS, Mobile Apps, IoT, and Chatbots expertise. He is passionate about productivity and collaboration applications across industries. His passion is to take startups from 0 to 1.

Suresh drove product strategy for multiple B2B SaaS and Mobile products and scaled to $100M+ revenue in 5 years with organic growth and acquisitions. The 2 startups he was part of went through acquisitions by Oracle & Software AG. Suresh enjoys mentoring and advising early-stage founders & leadership teams building emerging technology start-ups.

Suresh is an author, blogger, speaker and Product Management mentor, and lives in San Francisco Bay Area. He has a Computer Science degree from India and MBA from the University of California, Davis.

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David Chen

General Partner

Dave Chen brings 30 years of experience in engineering innovation and in the creation and management of complex integrated manufacturing pipelines. He has served as COO and Chief Engineer and is the lead engineer for numerous products and several patents. He is experienced in creating products from inception to completion as well as fixing and tuning specific facets of production, often in multinational capacities. He is specialized in working in the big picture as well as focussing on the precision and attention to detail required of the manufacturing processes for medical instrumentation and for semiconductor capital equipment.

Dave has a BSME at UC Berkeley focussed on precision mechanism design and his MSME at Stanford specializes in robotics and automation.

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Sushant Pednekar

General Counsel

Sushant is an attorney by trade, providing counsel to pre-seed, seed startups in SaaS and AI areas. He works with Product10x founders to integrate legal functions across our diverse portfolio. Sushant supports Product10x’s existing operations and plans for future growth while managing IP, risk and corporate compliance.

Sushant holds a J.D. from Symbiosis Law School, India, and has his Master’s in Law from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.

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Aditya Pathak

Associate Partner, Business

Adi has over 7 years of Entrepreneurship and Management consulting experience. He helps companies ideate, launch, and scale products globally through his work with Higher Ed institutes. He is deeply passionate about creating Diversity equity and inclusion efforts and expanding access for women-owned businesses. His expertise in management consulting involves Program innovation, Strategic planning, Business development, and Corporate/B2B strategy.

Aditya has a Bachelors in Business Administration from City Premier College, India, and has completed his MBA in global management from Babson College.

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Geoffrey Roche

Associate Partner, Business

Geoffrey has over 12 years of executive leadership experience in strategy, community and corporate engagement, workforce development, and government relations in healthcare and higher education. Geoffrey has served as a fellow with the National Rural Health Association and currently serves on the Pennsylvania Department of Health Office of Health Equity Advisory Committee. Geoffrey has also been recently selected to serve on the Health Equity Task Force of the National Infrastructure for Mitigating the Impact of COVID-19 within Racial and Ethnic Minority Communities (NIMIC) initiative.

Geoffrey has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Moravian College and a Master’s in Public Administration from East Stroudsburg University.

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Paula Fontana

Associate Partner, Product, Product Marketing and Branding

Paula Fontana leads product and partner marketing at Fusion Risk Management, a global provider of solutions that help organizations build operational resilience, encompassing business continuity, risk management, IT and cyber, third party, and crisis and incident management.

20 years of her professional experience includes global leadership roles in innovation, design, development, operations, and delivery at LexisNexis, Kroll, Wiley, United Airlines, and TransUnion as well as startup organizations in supplier risk management, media, and health care.

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Niraj Mulani

Director, Startup Community & Engagement

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A city dweller who loves sports, traveling, and partaking in outdoor activities. Niraj has 8+ years of marketing & community building experience in industries ranging from Venture Capital & Private Equity, Sportstech to Gaming. Nothing satisfies Niraj more than meeting new people, developing new relationships, solving problems, and contributing to the overall growth of businesses and ergo, the society.

Niraj leads the marketing & community efforts for Product10x and strive towards building a thriving community that benefits all our portfolio startups and our extended network.

Niraj resides in Bangalore, India and holds a Master’s degree in Strategic Marketing & Communications from MICA. He is also a host of the sports podcast “The Gifted?”.

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Troy Mott

Head of Marketing

Troy Mott has 20+ years of experience leading teams of authors, editors, content marketers, project managers, and liaising with publishers. With proven success across platforms, he has deep expertise in managing content creation projects for websites, blogs, podcasts, videos, books, packaging, exams, technical manuals, and articles. He has worked with companies including IBM, Microsoft, Apple, AMD, Palm, O’Reilly Media, No Starch Press, Pearson, Wiley, Maker Media, Apress, Safari, WSO2, Wrox, Indeed, and Packt Publishing. He is adept at working collaboratively across functions, meeting tight deadlines, managing multiple tasks, and delivering quality content to enable business growth.

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